• Toby Irwin

NATO Discusses Future Strategic Threats

Earlier today, NATO Foreign Ministers met in Brussels. This comes ahead of the coming meeting in London. Noting the continued importance of the Organisation, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg remarked, "despite differences among Allies, NATO has grown stronger over the last seventy years and continues to provide security for almost 1 billion people".

NATO continues to provide security for both North America and Europe, yet despite being the most successful security alliance in history is not immune to fractures or weaknesses. It seems unlikely that any one power can challenge the organisation conventionally. However, that said future threats to member states may come from dimensions as yet fully explored.

Within this area is the likes of hybrid warfare, cyber warfare and space operations. At the meeting, foreign ministers noted how space will soon become a new operational domain for security concerns alongside air, land, sea and cyber. Unlike other domains though, NATO stresses security arrangements in space will be entirely defensive in nature. Principal concerns would revolve around deterrence, early warning, communication and navigation.

Considerations of how best to utilise technology in space comes as part of wider discussions of future threats to the alliance, which includes "Russia. Arms control and the rise of China".


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At the time of writing, Toby Irwin is a third year student at the University of St Andrews. He is studying International Relations. Areas that interest him the most are UK foreign policy and the defence/aerospace industry.