NATO Watch Chicago Summit Briefing Series: No.4 NATO partnerships and the Arab Spring

No.4 NATO partnerships and the Arab Spring


For Immediate Release: 10 May 2012

Contact: Dr. Ian Davis | +44 (0)7887 782389
Please find attached the fourth of a seven-part media briefing series from NATO Watch
The Chicago NATO Summit is to take place on 20-21 May 2012. Originally planned as an “implementation” summit—to review progress on a series of goals laid out in a new Strategic Concept agreed at the 2010 Lisbon Summit—the alliance is now faced with a wider and more complex range of challenges, many arising from recent geopolitical events. Thus, the ante for this summit has been upped even higher with the uprisings in the Arab world, the international financial crisis and the debate over transatlantic burden-sharing becoming major summit issues in their own right.
But in accordance with the parable of the wise builder, will NATO's Chicago house be built on a foundation of rock (and hence decisions taken will likely endure beyond 2012) or on a foundation of sand (with outcomes facing potential future subsidence)?  This briefing series previews the six key items expected to be on the agenda together with a final briefing that will touch on a collection of other issues also fighting for leaders’ attention, even though they are unlikely to be on the agenda, including Syria, Iran, NATO enlargement and the broader question of what NATO’s role will be post-Afghanistan.
No.2      Missile Defence
No.3      Afghanistan
No.4      NATO partnerships and the Arab Spring
No.5      Smart Defence
No.6      The Defence and Deterrence Posture Review (DDPR)
No.7      'Off the agenda' but on the horizon
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