The Future of NATO and European Security

NATO is facing internal divisions in a growing number of areas. This has called into question its ability to act in an effective and unified manner should the need arise. What is more, there is a lack of clarity about the United States’ political leadership, which is coupled with concerns about the unity of the Alliance as a community of values. For example, the relationship with an important NATO member – Turkey – has become difficult, owing to its less than scrupulous approach to the rule of law and pluralist democracy, not to mention its decision to order new missile systems from Russia. In several other NATO countries, too, developments concerning respect for the rule of law have become a cause for concern.

Inadequately equipped

The AIV concludes that NATO is inadequately equipped for its primary task: preventing aggression against its members through credible deterrence and collective defence. The AIV therefore recommends strengthening NATO’s internal cohesion and improving the transatlantic relationship. What is more, given the far-reaching developments in the field of nuclear weapons, the AIV believes that NATO needs to re-evaluate its nuclear strategy.