NATO Weekly Roundup - Week of October 29th


  • “Secretary General: NATO, Finland and Sweden share the same security interests”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_188061.htm?selectedLocale=en 

In a visit to the country, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underscored the importance of alliances with Finland and Sweden. 


  • “NATO Building Integrity team conducts train-the-trainers programme in Iraq”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_188100.htm?selectedLocale=en 

The NATO Building Integrity (BI) Team, in partnership with the Allied Joint Force Command Naples (JFCN) and NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) concluded a training program. 


  • “Secretary General welcomes NATO’s close cooperation with Finland”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_187609.htm?selectedLocale=en 

In a three day visit to Finland and Sweden, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized the importance of the alliance of the two countries. 


  • “NATO releases new Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_187547.htm?selectedLocale=en 

NATO adopted a new Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, which emphasizes the importance of NATO Allied commitment to gender equity and justice. 


  • “NATO sharpens its technological edge”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_187605.htm?selectedLocale=en 

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_187607.htm?selectedLocale=en 

On Friday, NATO launched its Innovation Fund to support investments in new technologies. 


  • “Secretary General reaffirms NATO’s commitment to counter terrorism at a meeting of Defence Ministers from the Global Coalition against ISIS”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_187613.htm?selectedLocale=en 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joined an in-person meeting of defense ministers, chaired by the United States. 


  • “NATO Releases First-Ever Strategy for Artificial Intelligence”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_187934.htm?selectedLocale=en 

The strategy emphasizes the role that AI can play in defense and security, as well as the need for ethical applications. 


  • “Eleven Allies launch multinational projects to boost CBRN defence”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_187694.htm?selectedLocale=en 

Three multinational High Visibility Projects were launched by the Defense Ministers from 11 NATO Ally countries. 


  • “Fifteen Allies deepen cooperation on Ground Based Air Defence”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_187698.htm?selectedLocale=en 

Defense Ministers from 15 NATO Allies reaffirmed their commitment to develop, acquire and deliver Ground Based Air Defence capabilities.


  • “NATO Defence Ministers address key issues for Allied security”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_187611.htm?selectedLocale=en 

On Thursday, NATO defense ministers discussed how to further strengthen the NATO alliance in a more complex and competitive world. 


  • “Secretary General welcomes US Secretary of Defense to NATO”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_187603.htm?selectedLocale=en 

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to NATO Headquarters on Thursday.


  • “Appointment of Daniela Morgante as IBAN Chair”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_187619.htm?selectedLocale=en 

The North Atlantic Council reappointed Ms. Daniela Morgante, Italian Board Member, as Chair of IBAN. 


  • “Turkish Defense Minister warns against alliances that harm NATO”

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/turkish-defence-minister-warns-against-alliances-that-harm-nato-2021-10-23/ 

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, indirectly referencing the Greek-French defense pact, expressed his concern about member-states searching for partners and allies outside the alliance. He stated that such outside alliances are harmful to NATO. 


  • “NATO Leaders Stress Unity at Conclusion of Defense Ministerial”

https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Stories/Article/Article/2819534/nato-leaders-stress-unity-at-conclusion-of-defense-ministerial/ 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin emphasized the strength of alliance, which is based on shared values, and their “ironclad” commitments to Article 5.


  • “Russia warns NATO any move on Ukraine will have consequences”

https://www.eureporter.co/world/russia/2021/10/22/russia-warns-nato-any-move-on-ukraine-will-have-consequences-report/ 

In the wake of US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s visit to Ukraine and the black sea, Russian Defense MInister Andrei Rudenko has issued a warning to NATO that admission of Ukraine into the alliance will have “consequences”. 


  • “German Defense Minister warns Europeans: Don’t Detach from NATO”

https://www.politico.eu/article/germany-defense-minister-annegret-kramp-karrenbauer-eu-nato/ 

In response to increasing talk of European strategic autonomy, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer encouraged Europeans to increase their defense capabilities within the NATO framework, rather than detaching from the US. 


  • “NATO’s new special representative vows to ‘find ways’ to further strengthen ties with Georgia”

https://agenda.ge/en/news/2021/3233 

During his first official visit to Georgia, NATO’s new special representative Javier Colomina stated that NATO desires a comprehensive relationship with Georgia, and expressed his concern about Russian hostilities on Georgia’s border. 


  • “Italy hosts NATO-Industry Forum 2021”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_187535.htm

Leading up to the 2022 Madrid Summit, the NATO-Industry Forum allows member-states to engage in dialogue regarding the development of the new NATO strategic concept, which will be adopted at the 2022 Summit.