NATO has always been a collective defence organization, aimed at repelling an external threat to Alliance members. However, ever since the Harmel Report of 1967, and certainly since the end of the Cold War, NATO’s purview has widened to include a much more prominent diplomatic role, related to a much broader understanding of what constitutes a security concern, without compromising its original mission. Changsung Lee considers whether this latter-day understanding of NATO’s purpose might serve as a template for a future multilateral security structure in Northeast Asia that could facilitate a rules-based order in that region, and perhaps help catalyze the reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
In this article, Dakota Bewley discusses the trade war between the US and China. Is President Trump’s aggressive outlook towards China a tool for economic containment?
Marian Corera investigates the recent political turmoil in Sri Lanka and its implications for international security and trade.
The program editors at NAOC look at global intervention in Sub-Saharan Africa in the form of military, economic, and political ties.
In this article, Dakota Bewley investigates the the depth of Chinese infrastructure development in Africa and the possible impacts of the One Belt One Road initiative for the world order.
Central Asia is the topic of discussion on this Editor’s Forum. NAOC interns weigh in on what they perceive to be the critical issues in the geopolitics facing this region and what they might mean for NATO in the years ahead.