Report Title: Burdensharing revisited
Rapporteur: Ojars Eriks KALNINS (Latvia) 
Year: 2017

Since its founding, NATO has served as a transatlantic forum for political dialogue and consultation to define common political positions and adopt diplomatic and military strategies and
actions. The debates over what kind of resources and capabilities are required to ensure allies’ territorial integrity and security was always a central part of this dialogue, as was the question as to
who was paying for what. The issue of burdensharing is now again at the top of NATO’s agenda, despite the Allies’ commitments on increased defence spending made at the 2014 Wales Summit
and the reiteration of these commitments at the 2016 Warsaw Summit. As in the past, the debate is mainly driven by the United States, which continues to provide the bulk of the defence spending
among NATO member states. Both the US administration and many members of Congress feel that the United States bears an inequitable share of NATO defence spending and that the Allies need to step up to the plate and contribute their fair share. 

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