US, Allies Look to take NATO from Cold War Relic to Relevance Now

With the Cold War behind them, NATO members gathering here in Lisbon for a summit on Friday will seek to assert their continued relevance. The future of the Afghan war effort will be a key part of the meeting’s agenda, and the nations will also deal with missile defense of NATO territory. The alliance will also adopt a new mission statement or “strategic concept.”

The strategic concept will aim to reinvigorate the NATO alliance 20 years after the end of the Cold War. Calling Lisbon, “one of the most important summits in the history of our alliance,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen hopes the new global outlook will prove the organization is still relevant.

“No other organization can marshal, deploy and sustain NATO’s military power,” Rasmussen said last month. “There will be other missions in future for which only NATO can fit the bill. We will have to be ready.” Read more…

Want to learn more about NATO’s New Strategic Concept? Check out this video.

As published in www.cnn.com


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