Security & Defense

France & NATO – pt.4

[Click here to read part 1]

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[Click here to read part 3]

France, NATO and the EU

Throughout France’s 2013 White Paper on NATO, the EU is omnipresent. Even though it is clearly stated that “NATO and the European Union are not in competition” common sense would suggest otherwise. First, a strong NATO cannot happen without a strong EU. Second, it is stated that NATO should take into account European defence industry to develop smart defence. It is common knowledge that France has always been a strong supporter of a Europe de la Défence project, which is often thought that Paris would be eager to let it replace the Alliance. Indeed, “France will continue to support the European initiative aimed at sharing and pooling military capabilities.” The creation of the Weimar initiative with Poland and Germany confirms France’s determination to increase the EU’s military dimension, a project in which Paris is deeply involved.

The EU and NATO, two organizations serving complimentary purposes

However, the White Paper suggests the complementary posture of the two organizations, emphasizing their diverging scopes, interdependence in terms of operation and crisis resolution and values. France intends to reinforce the European pillar within NATO to shift the responsibilities from North America to the Old Continent when it comes to Europe’s security concerns. Capitalizing on its strong positions in both organizations, France Continue reading

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Security & Defense

The Istanbul Cooperation Initiative: Bridging the regional gap

Again this month, I wrote an article for the Atlantic Treaty Association‘s monthly publication, Atlantic Voices.
This month, the topic was the bilateral agreements between NATO and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). I specifically wrote about the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative which regroups NATO and four countries of the Gulf.

To know more about the ICI, go straight to page 7! (you can also check out the first article on the Mediterranean Dialogue)

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