Experts fear a collapse of Nato will bring untold consequences to the region and the world (photo:dpa)

Without change, Nato’s future looks bleak

There is an increasing belief inside Nato that the Alliance needs to refocus on territorial defence in the North Atlantic region as it views a resurgent Russia on its eastern border, and the militant Islamist movement ISIS on its southern border. But Nato is only as strong as its members. The wars in Afghanistan, Libya, and the air campaign against ISIS have shown the shortcomings of European military capability. The intergovernmental security alliance faces some major institutional challenges in the coming years. Nato is long overdue for a new strategic concept.

SINCE 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) has played a direct role in keeping the North Atlantic region, in...

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 Luke Coffey
As an intergovernmental security alliance, Nato is only as strong as its members. Currently, only four out of 28 members - US, UK, Estonia and Greece - meet Nato’s target of spending two per cent of GDP on defence
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