A REVITALIZED NATO AND ITS “NEW STRATEGIC CONCEPT” AMID GLOBAL
30 August 2022
FUAT KEYMAN C ontrary to the fast and immature declarations of the “end of history” at the end of the Cold War in 1990, the 21st century has so far given rise to recurring global crises in security, economy, democracy, and climate and shifted power configurations between the West and the rest. [...] The unity of the West, of Europe, of the transatlantic Alliance, of NATO, and the EU has been to a large extent achieved. [...] What remains to be seen is the degree to which this initial and truly remarkable unity can be sustained amid the global and regional turmoil, the complexity of which has deepened through the multiple crises of globalization and changing power configurations in the international system. [...] The new Strategic Concept consists of a total of 49 articles to “define the security challenges facing the Alliance and outlines the political and military tasks that NATO will carry out to address them.”4 The Concept outlines NATO’s three core tasks: deterrence and defense, crisis prevention and management, and cooperative security.5 “Europe must explore alternatives in preparing for the coming “. [...] While the EU is focusing on making itself a “geopolitical actor” and achieving its strategic compass for security and defense, to put it in the words of President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, NATO’s new Strategic Concept and EU’s strategic compass and energy policy are expected to take decisive steps together in stride toward the regulation and reduction of Europe’s gas demand.