On the future of Cooperative Security
NATO’s new Strategic Concept adopted in Lisbon in 2010, identifies‘partnership’ as ‘cooperative security’, being one of the 3 main policy ‘pillars’
of NATO. The stakes of such policy are high; If titled we can assume that this
is the ‘outreach professional public policy orientation of NATO’, outside its
traditional borders. Promotion of stability, prosperity and growth in and outsideof the Euro-
Atlantic region or rim of NATO’s engagement is the aim. The goal
is to increase the impact factor of security attentiveness in a period of difficultsocial, economic and political circumstances around the Euro-Atlantic area.Through innovative policy methodology dissemination of knowledge andknowhow, NATO aims to increase political and military effectiveness incooperation with non-members to the alliance, to increase accountability andtrust, with partners outside NATO and to successfully and jointly with partnerscounter new and possibly upcoming challenges, whether symmetrical orasymmetrical.
By Marios Efthymiopoulos, President of Strategy InternationalAll Copyrights Reserved, 2011-2016,Article first published at the We-NATO.org
In line with the strategic concept of security, NATO as the sole securityorganization aims to promote openness through a multilevel cooperation,national, peripheral, organizational; to create an organization of robustpolitical engagement of outside members through individual cooperation orcollective action, through its programs civilian and military and politicalobjectives, to counter strategic, international and peripheral challenges.
Political cooperation and enhanced engagement, entails cooperation, bothways and in multiple levels. NATO members are jointly requested to do more,to offer more. As such so should those that wish to be partners (whethercountries, organizations).
Partners in Peace should be Partners in Challenges; especially when thosechallenges are of international concern.
Current and future cooperative security with alliance members and partnersentails a. the creation of a long-term practical conceptual plan of cooperation
for the future b. a framework of engagement c. a security ‘template’ on
procedures and proceedings, d. a standardization agreement of theatreoperation through tactical preparedness e. methodology of knowledgedissemination for operatives and public policy cooperation for civilians.
The concept on future security cooperation, through the Strategic Concept islaid out for implementation. The policy framework entails deeper and moreconstruct
ive agreement for engagement. The ‘policy template’ agrees with the
specification of joined interests and joined challenges for now and for thefuture. Joined interests are formed. Alliances are created. Standardization, apolicy for tactical military interoperable preparedness should be equivalent tosynchronization, policy methods, approaches to the international militaryconcerns and implementation of policies through the civilian public policyoutreach.
In the age of technology and social media and e-networking new buzz wordsshould be adopted. They will describe the need for cooperation in emergingchallenges through partnerships and cooperation. New word of descriptionshould be simple and better understood; simple in political terminology butalso friendly to social causation (twitting and facebook), on securityinteroperability terminology and diplomatic cooperation and through the use ofpublic policy outreach, professional or divisional.
The policy of partnership otherwise as security cooperation is thus a Public
This box is an artifact. It is created for the needs of interoperablesecurity, tactical preparation and policy orientation. This is the method ofapproachment to international security affairs in the 21
century for the west.