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12: Future of NATO

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With help from CSIS security experts, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright prepared the report on NATO's new Strategic Concept: NATO 2020: Assured Security; Dynamic Engagement. NATO's Strategic Concept, which frames the Alliance's political goals and military requirements, had last been updated in 1999 and needed to be replaced with a document that reflects dramatic changes in global security affairs over the last decade. CSIS's senior vice president and Henry A. Kissinger Chair Stephen Flanagan served as Secretary Albright's lead adviser in her work as Chair of the Group of Experts on the new Strategic Concept. After nine months of deliberations and study, the Group's final report assessed the implications of changes in the global security environment and recommended that the Alliance expand its external partnerships, transform its military capabilities, and streamline its organizational structures to ensure its effectiveness over the coming decade. By clarifying Alliance consensus on these issues and advancing various reform proposals, the Albright report framed the main elements of the new Strategic Concept and facilitated the work of NATO's secretary general and member governments in drafting the final document. CSIS hosted the Washington launch of the report in May, featuring keynote remarks by Secretary Albright and former national security adviser and CSIS trustee Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft.


  • Madeleine AlbrightFormer Secretary of State

  • Stephen FlanaganCSIS's senior vice president and Henry A. Kissinger Chair

  • Lt. Gen. Brent ScowcroftFormer National Security Adviser and CSIS trustee