2019 - NATO@70: WHY THE ALLIANCE REMAINS INDISPENSABLE - Revised Draft Report

Gerald E. CONNOLLY (United States)

13 September 2019

For the past 70 years the Alliance has been the prime catalyst for close transatlantic policy co-operation and co-ordination – which has been pivotal in securing peace, prosperity and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area.  The fact that more countries want to join the Alliance is a testament to the significance of that triumph of liberal democracy.  

The draft report provides a short overview of NATO’s adaptation process and describes key challenges confronting the Allies in the 21st century.  Although the rapporteur, Mr Gerald Connelly (United States), stresses that NATO remains the best vehicle for Allies to pursue their own national interest he also acknowledges that past achievements do not guarantee future success.  To maintain the value of the Alliance in a rapidly changing security environment NATO member states need to adapt and modernise their military capabilities.  Moreover, the emphasis on shared values has been pivotal in maintaining Alliance cohesion for seven decades and will be decisive for continued success.