How can NATO rebrand itself as a security provider for the twenty-first century?


This paper presents two primary recommended courses of action that will allow the Alliance to improve and grow its ability to provide for the security of its members and to maintain its status as the vanguard of human rights, all the while rebranding the organization in a way that makes its relevance in today’s world unquestionable:


  1. In line with the 2010 Strategic Concept and the Smart Defense mantra, NATO should become a global provider of security sector training by increasing the size of its special forces,[1] auxiliary forces,[2] and law enforcement units in order for these units to become interoperable and capable of conducting training missions outside the Euro-Atlantic region. These units should be ready to engage in combat operations around the globe, but should primarily be engaged in extensive training and capacity building programs with their counterparts in NATO partner countries. The Alliance should incorporate all relevant educational, training, threat assessment, and operational institutions into a single network to provide the necessary support for training personnel so that they are capable of creating and managing successful training missions around the globe.
  2. The looming threats posed by intractable non-state actors both within and outside of the Trans-Atlantic community demand that states maintain robust intelligence services in order to safeguard against these threats. NATO should commit to becoming an organizational platform capable of facilitating intimate cooperation between the intelligence services of member states, and with partner countries as well.


In the two sections that follow, this article will break down each recommended strategy for rebranding, explaining the intended goal and what practical changes can be put in place to support it. In other words, each section will present a set of proposed reforms that would assist the Alliance in enhancing its capabilities in the ways noted here…Download

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Alejandro Gamboa

Alejandro Gamboa is an editor at the International Security Observer and head of the Security Studies Division. Alejandro works as a researcher and analyst at a private security firm in the Washington DC area. His work helps private and public sector clients keep abreast of the threats they face in high-risk regions of the world. Born in the Seattle area, Alejandro received his BA from the University of Washington, majoring in International Studies with a specialization in ethnic conflict and nationalist movements. He obtained his MA in International Relations at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies, where he wrote his thesis on the use of preventive violence by states to mitigate some of the most salient national security threats of the post-Cold War era. He is fluent in English and Spanish.


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  4. I suggest a change of denomination from N.A.T.O. (Nord Atlantic..) to N.O.T.O. (Nord Oceans..). This change is to envolve Pacific Oceans Area in the activity of the organisation

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