NATO was urged to strengthen partnerships with countries around the world and to maintain a nuclear deterrent in order to meet increasingly unconventional threats.
A panel led by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said the 28-nation alliance needs to consolidate the defense of its home territory while improving its readiness for “dynamic engagement” in war zones like Afghanistan.
“NATO must be versatile and efficient enough to operate far from home, generally in robust partnerships,” Albright said in a letter presenting the recommendations in Brussels today that will be debated in November by allied leaders as the basis for a new strategy. The alliance must “be secure against the full range of possible threats.”
The strategic rethink is the first since 1999, when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization had launched its first out- of-area mission by ejecting Serbia’s forces from Kosovo and before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks drew it into Afghanistan.
A nuclear deterrent “at the minimum level required by the prevailing security environment” remains essential, Albright’s 12-person panel said.
The experts also called on NATO to deepen ties with Russia, remain open to further expansion, and establish stronger partnerships with Africa, the Middle East and Asia.