A NATO summit will commence today in Madrid to decide on the alliance’s strategy for the coming decade.
NATO leaders and strategic partners areto adopt the alliance’s updated Strategic Concept, in light of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The is one of NATO’s most central documents, serving as a roadmap for its further development. Apart from announcing to increase pressure on Russia, NATO members will likely also decide on initiatives tackling emerging threats, including the development of disruptive , increasing threats in the and the security impact of . NATO will likely announce steps to reduce the alliance’s carbon footprint. Still, most attention will probably be on NATO’s plan to its troop strength in Europe.
For the, leaders of NATO’s Asia-Pacific partners—Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea—will also attend the summit. This includes the newly-elected South Korean President , who wants to strengthen his country’s cooperation with the alliance. Given the Asia-Pacific leaders’ presence, NATO will likely also address China’s assertive regional policies, probably by announcing measures for closer security cooperation and information sharing. This will put pressure on China’s at establishing its own security alliance with Pacific island states.
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David is a Senior Analyst focusing on East Asia. He primarily writes on economic, political, and social issues and how they relate to the geopolitical environment.