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The CSIS Europe and International Security Programs, in partnership with the Noaber Foundation, hosted the launch of "Towards a Grand Strategy for an Uncertain World: Renewing the Transatlantic Partnership," a new report authored by Gen. Dr. Klaus Naumann (Germany), Gen. John Shalikashvili (United States), Field Marshal The Lord Inge (United Kingdom), Adm. Jacques Lanxade (France), and Gen. Henk van den Breemen (the Netherlands), with Benjamin Bilski and Douglas Murray.  The event also featured commentary by Robert E. Hunter, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO.

From the Executive Summary of the CSIS (Center for Strategic & International Studies):

In every country, and at all times, we like to rely on certainty.
But in a world of asymmetric threats and global challenges, our
governments and peoples are uncertain about what the
threats are and how they should face the complicated world before them.
After explaining the complexity of the threats, the authors
assess current capabilities and analyse the deficiencies in existing
institutions, concluding that no nation and no institution is capable
of dealing with current and future problems on its own.
The only way to deal with these threats and challenges is
through an integrated and allied strategic approach,
which includes both non-military and military capabilities.

Based on this, the authors propose a new grand strategy,
which could be adopted by both organisations and nations,
and then look for the options of how to implement such a strategy.

They then conclude, given the challenges the world faces,
that this is not the time to start from scratch. Thus, existing
institutions, rather than new ones
, are our best hope for dealing
with current threats. The authors further conclude that, of the
present institutions, NATO is the most appropriate to serve
as a core element of a future security architecture, providing it
fully transforms and adapts to meet the present challenges.
NATO needs more non-military capabilities, and this underpins
the need for better cooperation with the European Union.

Following that approach, the authors propose a short-, a
medium- and a long-term agenda for change. For the
short term, they focus on the critical situation for NATO in Afghanistan,
where NATO is at a juncture and runs the risk of failure.
For this reason, they propose a series of steps that should
be taken in order to achieve success. These include
improved cost-sharing and transfer of operational command.
Most importantly, the authors stress that, for NATO nations
to succeed, they must resource operations properly, share
the risks and possess the political will to sustain operations

As a medium-term agenda the authors propose the development
of a new strategic concept for NATO. They offer ideas on how
to solve the problem of the rivalry with the EU, and how to
give NATO access to other than military instruments. They
further propose bringing future enlargement and partnership
into line with NATO’s strategic objectives and purpose.
In their long-term agenda the authors propose abandonment
of the two-pillar concept of America and Europe cooperating,
and they suggest aiming for the long-term vision of an
alliance of democracies ranging from Finland to Alaska.
To begin the process, they propose the establishment
of a directorate consisting of the USA, the EU and NATO.

Such a directorate should coordinate all cooperation in the common
transatlantic sphere of interest. The authors believe
that the proposed agenda could be a first step towards a
renewal of the transatlantic partnership, eventually leading to
an alliance of democratic nations
and an increase in certainty.