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NATO defence planning between Wales and Warsaw: politico-military challenges of a credible assurance against Russia

NATO-Verteidigungsplanung zwischen Wales und Warschau: verteidigungspolitische Herausforderungen der Rückversicherung gegen Russland

Zapfe, Martin; Glatz, Rainer L.

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract The far-reaching measures agreed by NATO at the Alliance’s 2014 Summit in Wales substantially increase operational readiness but fall short in guaranteeing the security of all member states against Russia. The Alliance therefore faces difficult discussions before the next Summit in Warsaw in July 2016. Member states will have to improve capabilities and the operational readiness of their armed forces, which will come at a cost. Indefinitely avoiding the question of the role of nuclear weapons in defensive planning will not be possible. And finally, a credible assurance for the exposed Baltic States may not be feasible in the framework of the NATO-Russia Founding Act. As a transitory step, compromises can be reached, perhaps in the form of establishing an extensive infrastructure for a substantial pre-positioning of materiel. In the absence of a fundamental improvement of NATO’s relationship with Russia, however, further measures will likely become necessary. (Autorenreferat)
Keywords NATO; defense policy; security policy; alliance policy; military; capacity to act; Russia; Baltic States; international relations
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Free Keywords NATO Defence Planning Committee
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
City Berlin
Page/Pages 8 p.
Series SWP Comments, 5/2016
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications