Transparency and Accountability

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For NATO to live up the reason for which it was created—to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilisation of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law (North Atlantic Treaty, 1949)—it must be open, transparent and accountable to the public. Yet NATO is the only major intergovernmental body not to have even a basic information disclosure policy and the Alliance continues to be a closed and secretive organisation distant from the general public. Most of the Alliance’s work takes place away from the glare of publicity in an assortment of projects involving over 400 specialised agencies, centres, committees, groups and panels. Mechanisms for parliamentary and public accountability and oversight are inadequate or non-existent. This is a summary list of all the content in the site categorised within the Transparency & Accountability policy area.

26th
Jan
2010

Public consultation launched by NATO on its new Strategic Concept: window dressing or a genuine attempt to listen to concerned citizens?

NATO has come under criticism from a variety of sources, including myself, over its lack of transparency and accountability procedures.

20th
Jan
2010

Cleaning up Nato

Original publication date: 
Sun, 07/12/2009 - 01:00

Nato is the cornerstone of UK defence policy – we can no longer afford to ignore the democratic deficit at its heart

20th
Jan
2010

Public Must Help Shape a Better, More Open NATO

Original publication date: 
Fri, 05/08/2009 - 01:00

Ian Davis: NATO needs to become closer to the more than 1 billion stakeholder citizens. Two new public consultation projects aim to make NATO more accountable, transparent and open.