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openSecurity was recently invited to publish the winning recommendations of a “Your ideas, your NATO” policy workshop on the Arab Spring. This has elicited a pithy response from Andrea Teti who argues that NATO must first learn from past mistakes, swiftly followed by a wider debate on the role NATO should play to foster security and its own democratisation, from its interventions in South Asia to the transparency of its operations in Europe, as Wilbert van der Zeijden and Rebecca Johnson remind us. Joseph Surface replies here to Andrea Teti.Is NATO's enlargement endangering future relations with Russia?

NATO’s role in the southern Mediterranean: learning lessons from the EU

Keeping a safe distance might actually help the NATO Alliance to rebuild its credibility in the region. As the EU recently learnt, breaking down 'democratization' into concrete bits and treating Islamist parties as legitimate interlocutors is the way forward.

Averting a new NATO-Russian arms race

Angered by the decision to push NATO eastwards and the prospect of other post-Soviet states soon joining the alliance, Russia has become engaged in a game of high-risk brinkmanship with the US. A swift ‘resetting of the reset' is needed if dangerous rivalries are to be prevented from spiralling out of control, says Hall Gardner.

NATO’s Middle East policy reform: learning from EU failures

In response to Josiah Surface, Andrea Teti argues that NATO must think innovatively about the assumptions underpinning past policy. The EU’s past experiences in dealing with MENA countries point to a number of mistakes NATO should avoid reproducing.

Defining NATO partnerships: why the 'Stability' critique is flawed

Stability is a desirable outcome for all parties in the Mediterranean Dialogue. This does not mean returning to the failed policies of the past; our Atlantic Memo is rather a roadmap for maintaining a commitment to the burgeoning democratic institutions of the region.

The Chicago Summit: a relevant NATO in a post-western world ?

NATO attempts to brush over the original intentions behind the Chicago Summit may prove successful, given an extremely able diplomatic bureaucracy and an environment with a short memory span. But despite 'smart defense', three crucial issues left off the agenda could spell the end of NATO relevance.

Disarmament is more practical than we are conditioned to think

As attention shifts to the NATO summit in Chicago, a statement by sixteen non nuclear weapons states, including Switzerland and Norway - an ally of the nuclear weapons states, says that nuclear weapons and programmes have catastrophic humanitarian consequences and should be abolished.

International intervention and its humanitarian consequences in Libya and beyond: an unresolved issue

Although the intervention in Libya has had some positive effects on the country it finds itself in a humanitarian crisis. Impunity and crimes against humanity occur, many people are displaced and conflict has spilled over to neighbouring countries. A more developed and broader humanitarian intervention in Libya is required

NATO nuclear weapons and the Defence and Deterrence Posture Review: a non-consensual debate

Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have acknowledged publicly that they would like to see the US nuclear weapons all three are hosting removed from their territories. Yet the debate in NATO on this issue lacks transparency and accountability.

Europe and NATO's response to the Arab Uprisings

Western governments need to recognize that authoritarian regimes are often fierce but not strong; that privatisation is rarely the road to liberalisation, much less democratization; and that Islamism was as wrong-footed by the uprisings as they were

Is the nuclear non-proliferation regime fit for purpose?

While the world turns, nuclear weapons are modernised and revalued in nine nuclear-armed states, causing a growing number of nuclear-weapon-free countries to reassess their options for security. Rebecca Johnson reports from Vienna where diplomats are gathering to review progress on the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

The gendered cost of NATO in Pakistan

Pakistan's Domestic Violence Bill has become the latest fatality in the barter between women's rights, NATO, and issues of national security, says Afiya Shehrbano Zia

Partners in democracy, partners in security: NATO and the Arab Spring

Sponsored by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, the US Mission to Germany, and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the’s "Your Ideas, Your NATO" policy workshop competition challenged students and young professionals to make recommendations on how NATO should support the long-term transition process prompted by the Arab Spring. 

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