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 outside of 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 difficult social, economic and political circumstances around the Euro-Atlantic area. Through innovative policy methodology dissemination of knowledge and knowhow, NATO aims to increase political and military effectiveness in cooperation with non-members to the alliance, to increase accountability and trust, with partners outside NATO and to successfully and jointly with partners counter new and possibly upcoming challenges, whether symmetrical or asymmetrical.
Flexibility, openness, strategic and tactical orientation and preparedness is the way forward for a robust cooperation plan in international security issues. These are NATO’s policy objectives of cooperative security with non-NATO members.
In line with the strategic concept of security, NATO as the sole security organization aims to promote openness through a multilevel cooperation, national, peripheral, organizational; to create an organization of robust political engagement of outside members through individual cooperation or collective action, through its programs civilian and military and political objectives, to counter strategic, international and peripheral challenges.
Political cooperation and enhanced engagement, entails cooperation, both ways 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 (whether countries, organizations). Partners in Peace should be Partners in Challenges; especially when those challenges are of international concern.
Current and future cooperative security with alliance members and partners entails 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 theatre operation through tactical preparedness e). methodology of knowledge dissemination for operatives and public policy cooperation for civilians.
The concept on future security cooperation, through the Strategic Concept is laid out for implementation. The policy framework entails deeper and more constructive agreement for engagement. The ‘policy template’ agrees with the specification of joined interests and joined challenges for now and for the future. Joined interests are formed. Alliances are created. Standardization, a policy for tactical military interoperable preparedness should be equivalent to synchronization, policy methods, approaches to the international military concerns and implementation of policies through the civilian public policy outreach.
In the age of technology and social media and e-networking new buzz words should be adopted. They will describe the need for cooperation in emerging challenges through partnerships and cooperation. New word of description should be simple and better understood; simple in political terminology but also friendly to social causation (twitting and facebook), on security interoperability terminology and diplomatic cooperation and through the use of public policy outreach, professional or divisional.
The policy of partnership otherwise as security cooperation is thus a Public Policy ‘Box’. This box is an artifact. It is created for the needs of interoperable security, tactical preparation and policy orientation. This is the method of approachment to international security affairs in the 21st century for the west.
This article has been published by Dr.Efthymiopoulos on WE-NATO (http://we-nato.org/2012/05/03/on-the-future-of-cooperative-security/).