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Prepping for 2030: The Young Leaders’ Perspective on NATO’s Future

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is set to outline the NATO 2030 initiative to the 30 NATO member countries next week. In prep, Eric Jackson highlights the NATO 2030 Young Leaders’ recommendations on how to strengthen the Alliance.

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Political Accounting: Rethinking NATO’s ‘2 percent’ Rule

Is the ‘2 percent’ rule an effective way to measure a member State’s commitment to NATO? Eric Jackson explores how political manipulation in current defence spending misrepresents a nation’s military readiness and suggests a broader definition for security expenditures.

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Game of War: The Suwalki Gap, Deterrence, and Cybersecurity

The Sukwali Gap is described as point of vulnerability that would risk isolating Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from its NATO allies if seized by Russia. Recent exercises by NATO forces along this border underscore the need to expand defence operations beyond physical geography.

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How to synchronize Eastern and Southern perceptions of security threats to the Alliance

To the east, Poland, the Baltics, and Romania face threats of hybrid conflict coming from a revanchist Russia. To the south, allies such as Italy and Greece prioritize maritime security across the Mediterranean.