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NATO Defense College Research Division

Works: 122 works in 216 publications in 1 language and 5,966 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  History 
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Most widely held works by NATO Defense College
Russia's 2014 military doctrine and beyond : threat perceptions, capabilities and ambitions by Polina Sinovets( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To what extent does the 2014 military doctrine add anything substantially new to the understanding of contemporary Russian politics? Although on the surface the 2014 doctrine does not differ significantly from its previous versions, the devil is as always in the detail. And this detail, as it turns out, is not very reassuring. The main theme of the doctrine is rivalry with the West ..."--Page 11
Nuclear implications of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict by Karl-Heinz Kamp( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The author, Dr. Karl-Heinz Kamp, asks what should we make of Moscow's threatening nuclear gestures, what the potential consequences for US nuclear weapons stationed in Europe might be, and more generally, what the implications are for NATO's nuclear strategy. As Kamp points out, after the fierce debates on the future of US nuclear weapons in Europe in 2009, NATO was remarkably quick to take the issue off the agenda. The 2012 Deterrence and Defense Posture Review proved to be a compromise all sides could live with. The "nuclear dog" that had been briefly awoken was put back to sleep. But Russia's expansionist policies in Eastern Europe have profoundly changed the international security landscape, and are also likely to wake up the nuclear dog again. Hence, NATO will have to restart the debate in order to reassess the role of nuclear weapons in its deterrence posture. The author concludes that the only adequate solution for the Alliance is to forge a comprehensive consensus which includes NATO's conventional capabilities, its missile defence capacities, and its nuclear forces (in Europe and in the United States) as well as a coherent nuclear strategy."--NATO Defense College website
NATO and the security challenges of the Sahel-Sahara Region within the new geopolitical order by Rabah Aynaou( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Sahel-Sahara region crystallizes all the security challenges facing NATO members. Security concerns in the Sahel-Sahara, North Africa and Europe are inextricably linked, civil war has erupted in Libya, and a crisis continues in Mali. In addition, the proliferation of different forms of trafficking and the growing power of terrorist groups in the Sahel-Sahara area have far-reaching implications. This unstable environment is, in many ways, a direct threat to the security of the citizens of NATO countries. The southern borders of Europe are increasingly under threat. The sequence of events in the Sahel-Sahara region since 2011 has made it a sanctuary for terrorist activities and other forms of crime. The ongoing crisis in both Mali and Libya highlights, more than ever, the political, military and economic fragility of the various states in the region. The "cloning" of terrorist groups (e.g., al-Qaida and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa) aggravates such problems. The relativity of the concept of sovereignty in this area requires that NATO consider new approaches to cooperation. Regional and subregional stabilization depends above all on the recognition of the Alliance's legitimacy in the region. A successful stabilization mission in Libya and serious consideration of the benefits to be gained from non-military alliances will be the basis for this. Such a process can enable the Alliance to contribute effectively to stability beyond its own southern borders, and will benefit from the various opportunities offered by cooperation with the various actors in Africa. Initiatives of this kind will be crucial in the process of regional and subregional stabilization."--NATO Defense College website
NATO interoperability : sustaining trust and capacity within the alliance by Stephen J Maranian( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This paper proffers that interoperability provides a vehicle for enhancing trust and cooperation within NATO while simultaneously mending fences in order to keep the alliance strong. It begins by describing the strategic context highlighting the importance of interoperability with a focus on the operational and strategic levels. It describes an erosion of trust which has emerged within NATO during the ISAF era while offering recent examples from both ISAF and Libya, which show that despite internal friction, interoperability has emerged as a significant strength of the alliance. It highlights the corresponding increasing prominence of the concept of interoperability in NATO's recent strategic guidance and public declarations. Finally it provides some suggestions for NATO's way ahead by discussing methods for sustaining and improving interoperability in the areas of its doctrine, organization, training, material, and personnel, reinforcing its recent success"--Page 1
Threat perception in Central Asia in response to Russia-Ukraine : Kazakhstan will not be next by Zhulduz Baizakova( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper examines the potential for Russia to repeat in Central Asia what it has done in Ukraine, and explores several possible impediments to such a course of action. Given Russia's security operations in North Caucasus, and its ongoing operations in Ukraine, it is far beyond the Russian state's capacity to open a "third front" elsewhere. Economic policy, integration initiatives and the vexed and sensitive questions pertaining to ethnic relations in Kazakhstan are also examined
NATO's hybrid flanks : handling unconventional warfare in the south and the east by Andreas Jacobs( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In its Strategic Concept of 2010, NATO reconfirmed its commitment "to deter and defend against any threat of aggression and against any emerging security challenges". Last year, with the crisis in Ukraine and the continuous rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and in the Levant (ISIL), the Alliance recognized, during its Summit in Wales, that it was faced with new, "hybrid" threats. Understood as the simultaneous use of both conventional and unconventional means, techniques and procedures, backed by a strong ideology and a mature communication strategy, these hybrid threats are insidious and, situated as they are in an ill-defined area between war and peace, difficult to analyse and deter. The latest Research Paper by NDC examines what hybrid warfare is, in order to help our political and military stakeholders better understand the concept. It then goes through several case studies, involving the southern and eastern flanks of the Alliance, which underline the need to be better prepared. The authors consider that NATO has already started thinking about hybrid threats, but what is needed is a truly holistic approach, with some structural and organizational transformation."--NATO Defense College website
Nuclear arms control : implications from the crisis in Ukraine by Dániel Bartha( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The latest NDC Research Paper shows how the nuclear disarmament agenda and the debate over further reductions of nuclear weapons in Europe have been affected by recent events in Ukraine. The authors point out that the most important consequences of the crisis in terms of nuclear arms control have been "the dramatically worsened relations between Washington and Moscow, the loss of trust, and the hostile environment which poisons the chances of cooperation. These circumstances are definitely not ideal for further arms control measures and, in many cases, threaten the survival of already existing regimes." Consequences of these dynamics include "undermined solidarity among the P5 states, the distress of the arms control regime as a whole (especially the NPT and its ability to advance the interests of the non-nuclear weapon states), and the weakened value of great power assurances." These problems have been escalated by the weakened positions of arms control advocates, and the strengthened arguments of hardliners. Parallel to these events, the United States and Russia both conducted regular nuclear strike exercises in May 2014 which further fueled strategic tensions. The authors argue that maintaining existing arms control regimes is one of the few options remaining for Washington and Moscow to keep open this important field of cooperation, one which has the potential to provide some level of trust and transparency despite the general decline in U.S. and NATO relations with Russia. This will require a balanced mix of political, diplomatic, economic, and military steps to assist Ukraine and stand up to Russia in such a way that it will be deterred from repeating its actions, but not alienated from future cooperation. These challenges will make arms control harder in the coming years, but that does not mean that the process has lost its viability in the current international security system."--NATO Defense College website
Semantics matter : NATO, cyberspace and future threats by Christine Hegenbart( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Following the cyber-attacks against Estonia in 2007, NATO decided to adopt a policy on Cyber Defence at the Bucharest Summit in 2008 which led to the establishment of the Cyber Centre of Excellence in Tallinn (Estonia). Since then, the cyber issue has not disappeared, as the media and best-selling books suggest that cyber is a new way to wage war. As more and more states are getting concerned by what could be seen as either a new threat or merely hype, NATO's member states have continued to work on improving their own cyberspace security and that of the Alliance as a whole, and mitigating their potential weaknesses. However, as cyber seems to be a new battlefield, it has to be carefully defined, and understood. This new Research paper by the NDC Research Division considers a domain which is seldom addressed: the semantics of cyber security. Providing a sober, precise explanation of what cyber is, and what cyber threats look like, Christine Hegenbart advocates the use of a common narrative avoiding flamboyant gestures to carefully analyse, and henceforth respond to, a new type of conflict. By getting the semantics right, de-escalation of potential conflicts and threats coming from cyberspace would be easier. Common language fosters a common mindset and can help create interoperability: we can only fight efficiently together when we realize we share a common identifiable threat."--NATO Defense College website
NATO-Mongolia relations : limited in scope, but with room to grow by Robert Helbig( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Considering the young age of the partnership, NATO and Mongolia have initiated substantial projects in military education, interoperability and science. The partnership, however, is limited in scope, mostly as a result of the strategic constraints Russia and China impose on Ulaanbaatar's foreign policy, which is aimed at maintaining sovereignty and ensuring economic development. Given Russia's growing assertiveness and China's rise, the partnership between NATO and Mongolia will not expand; but it may be deepened, by filling the existing partnership agreements with additional substance"--Page 1
Africa : a region for enhanced NATO-EU cooperation by Allen Pepper( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The African continent is ripe for expanded NATO-European Union (EU) cooperative efforts. Both Brussels-based organizations have been active in Africa in the security and defense arena over the last dozen years, but they have only coordinated their activities in a very limited fashion, sometimes resulting in confusing messages and duplicative efforts. NATO-EU collaboration should advance more rapidly in Africa than it has elsewhere, with the EU in the lead in the areas of crisis management and cooperative security and NATO in a supporting role. This enhanced cooperation with regards to Africa could open the door for better relations between the two organizations in other areas, as well. According to the author, who recently served as an Army War College Fellow at the NATO Defense College, EU and NATO leaders should attempt to put this enhanced cooperation between the two organizations in place in Africa, and the progress there may eventually lead to better cooperation in other regions and subject areas, as well."--Page 1
'Resetting' AU-NATO relations : from ad hoc military-technical cooperation to strategic partnership by Mehari Taddele Maru( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An end-of-time utopia : understanding the narrative of the Islamic State by Jean-Loup Samaan( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this perspective, the new research report from the NATO Defense College specifies the narrative of the Islamic State. It sets out to deconstruct its geopolitical imaginary by relying on the speeches and statements from its leadership as well as on its various propaganda documents (including maps and pictures). Understanding this imaginary is not only bound up with grasping the movement's interpretation of the sources it quotes, but is the key to better understanding its messianic agenda and its seductive appeal for the young people prepared to join the jihad. Of course, this must ultimately provide the basis on which a successful counter-narrative can be built."--NATO Defense College website
Efficacy, not efficiency : adjusting NATO's military integration by Martin Zapfe( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Navigating towards NATO membership : Montenegro's maritime strategy in context by Brooke A Smith-Windsor( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On 2 December 2015, a small western Balkan country bordering the Adriatic Sea and one of modern Europe's newest democracies, Montenegro, was invited to begin accession talks to become NATO's 29th member state ... Navigating to become a full player in NATO -- one of the most successful collective bargains in international relations history -- has for Montenegro been in progress for several years now. Since December 2009, its so-called 'Membership Action Plan' has been underway. Six years hence on 2 December 2015, this simply entered a new and definitive phase with ongoing challenges as well as opportunities. In this regard, NATO's secretary general choose the occasion to single out the importance of further strengthening the rule of law on Montenegro's part, and in terms of military tradition the expertise it has to offer the Alliance in maritime security. These combined are essentially the subject of this paper: Montenegro's development of a maritime security strategy to uphold the national and international rules-based order at sea as a NATO aspirant member state. The paper begins with a brief reminder of the Adriatic Sea in terms of geographic and economic importance to Montenegro and its neighbours. This is followed by a survey of contemporary perceptions of risks and threat to the Sea's economic promise. Next, attention turns to Montenegro's development of a maritime strategy to address the risks and threats that exist close to home in the Adriatic Sea, while at the same time to contribute to, and benefit from the security of the high seas (the global maritime commons). Both military and non-military aspects of Montenegro's maritime strategy (in the spirit of the so-called 'cross-sectoral approach' to borrow a fashionable EU term) are addressed. However, the focus on NATO accession necessarily lends itself to a primary concern with the naval (military dimension since independence in 2006 up to the December 2015 announcement of NATO accession talks. While in the same month Montenegro's Ministry of Defense promulgated for internal planning purposes a Study on the Navy Branch, no public document exclusively dedicated to naval or maritime strategy currently exists. The broad contours of a de facto strategy are nevertheless discernible by placing Montenegro's policy choices in the context of the seminal work on the use of the sea by the naval theorist, Ken Booth. They are further revealed by reference to public national defense and security policy guidance documents and frameworks, as well as to relevant regional, NATO and EU ones to which Podgorica adheres or aspires. The picture that emerges serves to demonstrate how even a small country like Montenegro with limited means may, if committed to the rule of law at sea, leverage its seaward position on a critical European waterway to position itself as a legitimate participant in the transatlantic bargain and continental integration"--Pages 1-3
Moscow in the Donbas : command, control, crime and the Minsk peace process by Donald N Jensen( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Both sides in the war in Ukraine have demonstrated an ability to control the level of violence in the eastern part of the country, Alexander Hug, a senior official with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), announced at a press conference in Brussels on 18 October 2016, 'There is clear evidence they have the ability to command and control their forces or armed formations on both sides because otherwise it would not be possible that you could calm down a situation where you regularly have thousands of violations.' US officials agree. They have repeatedly indicated that Moscow has 'enormous leverage' over the pro-Russian fighters. If the Russians want to stop ... the violence, of course, they can do it,' a US State Department representative said in March 2016, 'and they, in fact, have to do it.' On the other hand there also is circumstantial evidence that Moscow may not control all the fighting on the ground. In a recent report, a Dutch-led criminal investigation team published strong evidence that in July 2014 Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was downed by a Russian-made surface-to-air Buk missile fired from territory controlled by pro-Moscow fighters in eastern Ukraine. However, the report stopped short of saying whether the order to fire came from pro-Russia commanders acting independently, the Russian military personnel stationed nearby, or Moscow. The Kremlin has denied any responsibility for the incident, though recently leaked emails published in the German news media underscore the extent tot which Moscow spin doctors managed the media response of pro-Russia fighters after the tragedy. This paper seeks to answer the questions raised by these contradictory official statements: Who are the so-called separatist fighters? To what extent, and how does Russia manage them? Are they an obstacle to a peace settlement? It will do so by exploring the security, political and military relationships of those fighters to Russia and to each other and how those relationship have changed over time. It also will examine the policy implications of those relationships for the Minsk peace process and NATO as well as the political impact inside the Russian Federation of the returning fighters"--Pages 1-2
Challenges and potential for NATO-Egypt partnership by Adel El-Adawy( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What NATO contribution to the security architecture of the Indo-Pacific? by Samaan Jean-Loup( )

1 edition published in 2019 in Undetermined and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although the Indo-Pacific has by now become a central feature of policy discussions in the US, it has been relatively absent from talks within NATO circles, as the issue is perceived as a matter lying outside the organization’s mandate. But security developments in this region do matter for its member countries
Will artificial intelligence challenge NATO interoperability? by Martin Dufour( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"NATO has arguably been the most successful alliance of its kind, and much of this success can be attributed to its cohesion in the face of various threats. At the heart of this cohesion lie two important notions: burden sharing between members; and interoperability. The Alliance’s cohesion however has increasingly come under pressure over the last two decades, and there are growing challenges with the level of interoperability between member countries. While numerous technical and political factors influence interoperability, the emergence of disruptive technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, additive manufacturing and robotics, are likely to make this challenge more acute in the next two decades.""Of the many technologies rapidly emerging, none is likely to have as significant an impact as that of artificial intelligence, which combines with other technologies and multiply their effect by allowing the development of advanced autonomous systems. And while the latter holds the promise of developing new classes of weapons with great military potential, its asymmetrical adoption among the various NATO allies could also lead to significant interoperability problems."
Insecurity in North Africa and the Mediterranean by E. G. H Joffé( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the five years since the Arab Spring overturned the established political order inside the Middle East and North Africa, there have been profound changes in the balances-of-power there. States that seemed innately stable have been overthrown, thus demonstrating the danger of assuming that autocracy guaranteed stability; states that sought regional hegemony have seen their assumptions about external support overturned and challenged by geopolitical realities masquerading as sectarianism, and outside powers that had been assumed to possess an immutable dominance over regional affairs have had to begin to accommodate challenges from former adversaries now revived by the ending of 'hegemonic stability.' The result has been a bewildering complexity in regional affairs that makes any prediction over the future there extremely challenging"--Page 12
The internal nature of the Alliance's cohesion by Thierry Tardy( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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