Editorial

NATO’s new manifesto

Written by The Frontier Post

The Defence Ministers of NATO’s member nations met in Brussels to review the progress of the alliance in various spheres during the previous year and to set future targets while considering new challenges being faced by the alliance in the contemporary world. The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg said that the Defence Ministers have discussed an overarching plan for the defence of the Euro-Atlantic area, ensuring deployment of the right forces in the right place at the right time to protect one billion people from any threat. According to Stoltenberg, NATO defense ministers also approved mandatory tasks for the member states to acquire new weapons and equipment.

According to reports, the participants also adopted NATO’s first strategy on artificial intelligence and signed an innovation fund of one billion Euro to boost their capabilities in this specialized field during the coming months. The Defence Ministers also discussed the lesson learnt during NATO’s mission in Afghanistan and deliberated on the means by which the gains of alliance’s counter terrorism campaign in Afghanistan can be preserved through joint efforts. The NATO Chief expressed dismay over Afghanistan’s fall to Taliban while noting that the alliance had made significant achievements during its stay in Afghanistan including preventing Afghanistan from being a safe haven for international terrorists. Stoltenberg vowed to maintain a credible nuclear deterrence as long as there are nuclear weapons in the world, because NATO believes in balanced verifiable nuclear disarmament instead of unilateral reduction in its nuclear stockpile.

The recent meet up of NATO’s Defence Ministers was actually a session of mending mutual ties and consolidation of bonds within the alliance which were badly shattered due to inharmonious and chaotic withdrawal of the United States and allies from Afghanistan and widely criticized by the member states.

Previously, European leaders were annoyed by the acrimonious attitude of former US President Donald Trump, whereas Biden’s philosophy and solitary flight in the affairs related to the North-Atlantic alliance further worsened their frustration with the US. According to reports, several NATO countries including UK and Turkey were insisting to maintain their troops in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal but could not make it due to nonavailability of air support in the post US Afghanistan. The United States has spent the last three months reassuring NATO allies about its faithfulness and guaranteed greater political consultation on the issue of shared interests in future. Due to credibility concerns among the allies, the US Defense Secretary Llyod Austin visited NATO’s frontline states including Ukraine, Georgia, and Romania before the summit to reiterate America’s support to them in the wake of any future Russian aggression against them. During the meeting, NATO leaders discussed the measures to improve air and missile defences, adoption of fifth generation jets, joint exercises, and effectiveness of nuclear deterrence to compete with adversaries.

Currently, NATO is strengthening its muscles to counter rapidly growing Chinese military modernization and rising Russian aggressiveness in Black Sea region. NATO’s Defence Ministers have agreed to invest more in capacity building of the alliance and an increase in the number of troops deployed in Baltic states to neutralize Russian hostilities. In fact, NATO’s soft military doctrine has failed in the face of harsh creed of Russia and China during the past, however the worth of new prophecies of Jens Stoltenberg would be determined after some time.

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