NATO, new allies and reassurance

Policy brief
Ronald Asmus, Stefan Czmur, Chris Donnelly, Aivis Ronis and Klaus Wittmann, Tomas Valasek
12 May 2010

NATO spends too little time thinking about potential conflicts close to home and developing the means to react. Some of its members – mostly in Central and Eastern Europe – worry that the alliance would not be able to come to their defence in a crisis. NATO should take 'reassurance' measures to address this spreading sense of insecurity. It should create new mechanisms to study crises in and around Europe, improve its co-operation with the EU, and upgrade ports, air bases and other military facilities in Central and Eastern Europe.

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