Weekly Roundup

WEEK OF DECEMBER 10TH

 

  • “NATO chief: The alliance is charting its path forward amid a changed security environment”

https://www.defensenews.com/outlook/2021/12/06/nato-chief-the-alliance-is-charting-its-path-forward-amid-a-changed-security-environment/

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks about NATO’s future plans on the security environment.

 

  • “Biden to Speak with NATO Allies on Ukraine Before Putin Call”

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-12-06/biden-to-speak-with-nato-allies-on-ukraine-before-putin-call
 
US President Joe Biden has confirmed that he will discuss the situation in Ukraine and on the Poland-Belarus border with European NATO counterparts, including representatives of Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, before his Tuesday call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
 
  • “NATO Chief says allies must prepare for the worst in Ukraine”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/nato-warns-russia-avoid-costly-mistake-ukraine-81463502

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned NATO allies to prepare for conflict on the alliance’s Eastern flank as Russia continues its ominous military build-up near the Ukrainian border. However, the Secretary General still asserts that Russia’s intentions in the region are unclear, and repeated calls for transparency.
 
  • “NATO, EU states interested in export of Turkish drones: Foreign minister”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/nato-eu-states-interested-in-export-of-turkish-drones-foreign-minister-169863
 
Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu stated Monday that many EU and NATO member-states are interested in the Turkish defense industry, especially its drones. The Foreign Minister also mentioned NATO and EU member-state Poland as a recent purchaser of Turkish armed drones.
 
  • “Most Ukrainians Want To Join NATO”
Support of NATO membership for Ukraine among Ukrainians has increased a staggering 24 percent since March of 2014. As of November 2021, 58 percent of Ukraininans favor NATO membership for their country.
 
  • “Putin hits back as NATO warns Moscow against attacking Ukraine”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/with-us-intelligence-nato-discuss-russian-intent-near-ukraine-2021-11-30/
 
Following statements from US Secretary of State Blinken and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg which warned Russia about taking further military action against Ukraine, Russian President Putin said that if advanced missile systems from NATO were stationed in Ukraine, Russia would have no choice but to retaliate by mirroring the threat toward the west.
 
  • “Russia to unveil security pact proposals in bid to restrain NATO”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-unveil-proposals-new-european-security-pact-soon-lavrov-2021-12-02/
 
Speaking at the OSCE in Stockholm, Sweden, Russian FM Lavrov stated that Russia will put forth new proposals for a European security pact in response to the approaching possibility of military confrontation in Europe. Lavrov criticized NATO for encroaching on Russia’s borders and ignoring proposals by Russia to de-escalate tensions.
 

WEEK OF DECEMBER 3

  • NATO Secretary General welcomes US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to Riga”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_189046.htm?selectedLocale=en

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to the NATO meeting of Foreign Ministers on Monday. The United States is a key NATO ally, and the Secretary General gave his thanks to Secretary Blinken for his leadership and the United States’ commitment to the NATO alliance.

 

  •  “Çavuşoğlu, Blinken discuss bilateral and regional issues at NATO meeting”

https://www.anews.com.tr/world/2021/12/01/cavusoglu-blinken-discuss-bilateral-and-regional-issues-at-nato-meeting

At the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting in Riga, Latvia, the Turkish FM and Secretary Blinken held a high-level meeting where they discussed a variety of issues such as Ukraine, Libya, Syria, the Southern Caucasus, the Western Balkans and Afghanistan. They expressed a desire to meet again in the near future.

 

  • “NATO Foreign Ministers discuss Russia and Ukraine, Belarus, arms control”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_189159.htm?selectedLocale=en
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia to deescalate the situation in Ukraine by being transparent about the intentions of their military build up. He called on Moscow to work with NATO to alleviate the heightened tensions.

 

  • “Kyiv Calls for NATO 'Deterrence Package’ Against Moscow Amid Tensions Over Military Buildup”

https://www.rferl.org/a/nato-russia-ukraine-deterrence/31588242.html

In response to Moscow ammassing 115,000 troops and heavy weaponry near the Ukrainian border, the Ukrainian President has called for a new package of economic sanctions and a bolstering of military cooperation between NATO and Ukraine.

 

  • “Secretary General shares ideas on NATO’s next Strategic Concept”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_189092.htm?selectedLocale=en

At the NATO Public Diplomacy Conference in Riga, Latvia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg outlined a number of elements which should be included in the next NATO Strategic Concept, including protecting shared values, reinforcing military power, strengthening member-state societies, a global outlook, and building NATO as the Institutional link between North America and Europe.

 

  • “Foreign Ministers address lessons learned from NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_189512.htm?selectedLocale=en

Reflecting on two decades of conflict in Afghanistan, NATO Foreign Ministers discussed the lessons the alliance had learned from Afghanistan. The comprehensive analysis of the collapse of the Afghan government will also inform the future decision-making of NATO’s top military and political leaders.

 

  • “NATO Foreign Ministers discuss Black Sea security, Afghanistan, Western Balkans”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_189154.htm?selectedLocale=en

Speaking at the end of the two day NATO Foreign Ministers meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the alliance’s commitment to the territorial integrity of its Black Sea partners such as Georgia and Ukraine. He additionally stated: ''any future Russian aggression would come at a high price, and have serious political and economic consequences for Russia.''

 

  • “NATO Secretary General in Latvia: ‘An attack against one Ally is an attack on all Allies”


https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_189049.htm?selectedLocale=en

At the Allied meeting of Foreign Ministers in Riga, Latvia, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the allied commitment to Article 5. He added, "We remain vigilant, and stand ready to help Allies,".

WEEK OF AUGUST 10TH

 

Political Elements of NATO


“Coronavirus response: NATO delivers disinfectant to Ukraine”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_186013.htm?selectedLocale=en

  • As Ukraine works to combat a growing number of COVID-19 cases, NATO relivered 30,000 litres of surface disinfectant liquid to help. 

 

Military Exercises and Operations of NATO

 

“UK tried to form NATO coalition to keep troops in Afghanistan”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/08/09/uk-tried-form-nato-coalition-keep-troops-afghanistan/

  • As NATO and US troops continue to exit Afghanistan, the UK worked to keep troops in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban. 

 

“Statement by the acting NATO Spokesperson on the Mercer Street vessel attack” 

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_186010.htm?selectedLocale=en

  • NATO joined its allies in strongly condemning the recent fatal attack on the MV Mercer Street off the coast of Oman. 

 

“NATO donates over US $70 million in supplies, equipment to Afghan National Defence and Security Forces so far in 2021” 

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_186009.htm?selectedLocale=en

  • NATO has delivered military equipment to Afghanistan as the Alliance withdrawals its forces from the country. 

 

WEEK OF AUG 2

NATO Military Exercises and Operations

 

  • Nato Baltic Air policing fighters intercept Russian aircraft over the Baltic sea

https://ac.nato.int/archive/2021/NATO_BAP_intercepts

Allied radars tracked three unknown aircraft leaving Kaliningrad, NATO's Combined Air Operations Centre at Uedem in Germany launched the allied fighter aircraft to intercept and identify them. 

  • Afghan Troops to be trained in Turkey under first NATO program abroad

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1902921/middle-east

Afghani troops are to receive military training from NATO. This training program is only the first of a whole new series of  training programs abroad of Afghani soldiers. Turkey offering itself to host these troops shows a willingness for improving ties with its NATO allies.

NATO Political Elements


  • Coronavirus response: NATO and Hungary deliver ventilators to Ukraine

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_185985.htm?selectedLocale=en

The NATO Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre and Hungary have aided in Ukraine’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic through coordination with NATO’s Pandemic Response Stockpile. Ukrainian Oblasts, including Donets'ka, Zaporiz'ka, MykolayIvs'ka, Kharkivs'ka, Khersons'ka, Cherkas'ka and Chernivets'ka will benefit from these ventilators in their fight against COVID-19.  

 

WEEK OF JULY 26TH

Political Elements of NATO

 

  • Ukraine needs NATO membership to counter Nord Stream 2 threat, Ukraine's Naftogaz says 

https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-germany-nord-stream-2-naftogaz-idUSL8N2OX6CO

The threat of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a geo-political weapon by Russia against Ukraine has raised concerns for the necessity of enlisting Ukraine into NATO. Nord Stream 2 and Russian aggression is raising concerns for regional security. 

 

  • NATO welcomes stronger cooperation with the Republic of Korea

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_185907.htm?selectedLocale=en

Chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Kyung-Hyup Kim, to the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Their discussions focused on security challenges as well as NATO’s relationship with Seoul, South Korea.

 

  • NATO’s next mission: Find a new boss

https://www.politico.eu/article/nato-mission-new-secretary-general-jens-stoltenberg-successor/

Jens Stoltenberg, who has been Secretary-General since 2014, is set to step down from the position in September 2022. NATO officials believe now is the time to appoint a female to the role, especially one from Eastern Europe to send a message to Moscow. Former presidents Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović of Croatia and Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania; and current Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid are the three most likely candidates. 

 

Military Exercises and Operations of NATO

 

  • NATO's 'Shark Hunt 21' anti-submarine exercise begins in North Atlantic

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2021/07/23/nato-sharkhunt21-navy-submarine/1121627055369/

The U.S. led an anti-submarine exercise joined by France, the UK, and Canada known as “Shark Hunt 21”. The exercise included three submarines, four surface ships, and seven aircraft. The exercise ensures trans-atlantic maritime safety.  

 

  • US, EU, NATO release joint statement urging halt in fighting in Afghanistan, say don't support govt imposed by military force

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/us-eu-nato-release-joint-statement-urging-halt-in-fighting-in-afghanistan-say-dont-support-govt-imposed-by-military-force/articleshow/84714039.cms

Countries are closely monitoring the situation in Afghanistan, calling for a halt in the fighting as they stated this conflict does not have a military solution. 

 

  • US  Mission to NATO tweet: 

https://twitter.com/USNATO/status/1418584715829841920?s=20


WEEK OF JULY 19TH

Political Elements of NATO

 

  • “Statement by the North Atlantic Council in solidarity with those affected by recent malicious cyber activities including the Microsoft Exchange Server compromise”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_185863.htm?selectedLocale=en

On Monday, July 19th, NATO released a statement in response to recent cyber attacks. The statement observed the increasing concern of cyber threats, condemned malicious attacks, upheld NATO’s Cyber Defence Pledge, and called on China to uphold their commitment to cyber safety. 

 

  • “NATO’s next mission: Find a new boss”

https://www.politico.eu/article/nato-mission-new-secretary-general-jens-stoltenberg-successor/

NATO Allies have begun “scouring” their ranks in search of a new successor to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a former Prime Minister of Norway.

 

  • “NATO Secretary General discusses cooperation with Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_185842.htm

Secretary General Stoltenberg welcomed the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina to NATO recently to discuss COVID-19, reform efforts, and their addition to the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. 

 

  • “Deputy Secretary General welcomes Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister to NATO Headquarters”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_185679.htm

The meeting between Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksii Reznikov and Deputy Secretary General Geoană involved security, sovereignty and NATO support for Ukraine.

 

  • “What the Afghanistan Withdrawal Means for Georgia’s NATO Dreams”

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2021/07/what-afghanistan-withdrawal-means-georgias-nato-dreams/183832/

Georgia fears becoming obsolete to NATO’s membership action plan as forces withdraw from Afghanistan. Georgia has made itself into a security provider ever since the U.S. led coalition in Iraq 2004. Georgia is similar to Ukraine since it shares a border with Russia who also invaded them in 2008. Georgia also fears missing out on U.S. funding and training of its military, known as the GDRP.

 

Military Exercises and Operations of NATO

 

  • “NATO Ships Exercise in the Black Sea” 

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_185879.htm?selectedLocale=en

Starting on July 12th, 2,000 forces and 30 ships took part in an exercise breeze in the Black Sea that concluded on Monday, July 19th. The exercise included forces from 14 NATO allies. 

 

  • “Allied Joint Force Command Norfolk Declares Full Operational Capability”

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_185870.htm

The Allied Joint Force Command Norfolk is NATO’s newest operational command and officially had its opening ceremony on July 15th, 2021. This command in particular works to protect lines of communication in all mediums, protect Transatlantic sealines, and enable enforcement within the European region. 

 

  • “L3Harris and international team to develop surveillance concepts for Nato”

https://www.airforce-technology.com/news/l3harris-and-international-team-surveillance-concepts-nato/

L3Harris Technologies is working with other European defense and technology firms to develop “future NATO surveillance concepts” for its Alliance Future Surveillance and Control program. NATO plans to replace its current fleet of surveillance aircraft by 2035. 

 

  • “Commander of U.S., NATO forces in Afghanistan steps down”

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/commander-u-s-nato-forces-afghanistan-stepping-down-n1273665

US Army General Austin “Scott” Miller, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, stepped down after three years and handed command over to Marine Corps. Gen. Frank McKenzie.

 

  • “Russia Warns U.K. and NATO Next Black Sea Spat Will Be Met With 'Most Severe' Response” 

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-warns-popov-navy-black-sea-severe-1609949 

Following the Sea Breeze military exercises in the Black Sea and the incident between the UK and Russia, Russia has furthered their threats and potential response to NATO and Allied exercises. 

WEEK OF JULY 6TH

Military Exercises and Operations of NATO

 

  • “NATO allies Greece, Turkey, Romania hold military drill in Black Sea”

https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/diplomacy/nato-allies-greece-turkey-romania-hold-military-drill-in-black-sea

NATO allies, Turkey, Greece, and Romania, conducted air-maritime military exercises off the coast of Romania. Simulation exercises practiced maritime-to-air defense, and air-to-air combat. The operation included Greek, Romania, and Turkish air forces, NATO assets such as the AWACS, and other ally assets such as the Italian Navy flagship Fasan. NATO members conduct these drills to “build trust and enhance readiness” in the Black Sea.

 

  • “Nato Holds Air Defence Exercise In Black Sea”

https://ac.nato.int/archive/2021/ADEX-Black-Sea

The recent exercises in the Black Sea included a coalition of Allied forces to underscore the unity, cooperation and skills inhabited by NATO while showcasing their commitment to peace and collective defense. 

 

  • “Marks 60th Anniversary Of European Air Patrols”

https://ac.nato.int/archive/2021/NATO_60YAP_Day

July 1st marked the 60th anniversary of the Alliance’s work of committing to keep European skies, as well as territories, secure.

 

  • “Turkish, U.S. defence ministers to discuss Kabul airport plan on Wednesday”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-nato-turkey-usa/turkish-us-defence-ministers-to-discuss-kabul-airport-plan-on-wednesday-idUSKCN2EC0SW 

Following NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, Turkey is in talks with the United States about overseeing and operating the Kabul Hamid Karzai airport due to the diplomatic and security purpose it serves. 

 

  • “Afghanistan: Taliban captures territory as NATO withdrawal continues”

https://www.euronews.com/2021/07/05/afghanistan-taliban-captures-territory-as-nato-withdrawal-continues

The Taliban is continuing to capture more territory throughout Afghanistan as NATO forces pull out. On Sunday, ASF fled into Tajikistan from Northern Afghanistan, enabling the Taliban encroachment. The Taliban now controls a ⅓ of all 421 districts due to poor troop morale, and lack of supplies and coordination. The Afghan government and security forces have been their own worst enemy, and now the Taliban has a strategic advantage because they control much of the territory bordering other Central Asian Countries.