Friday, November 19, 2010

has Solana also written the new NATO Strategy Concept?

"Solana has the power and has had it since January 30, 1999.
We are speaking with one voice through Javier Solana."
(then U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright)

One reason two children are very similar can simply be that they have the same father. Javier Solana composed the NATO strategy for the last ten years and it looks a lot of input comes from him for the next ten years too, as the two papers, Spanish Security Strategy and NATO's New Strategic Concept, are VERY similiar. But first let me start with this one:

After fulfilling the task of deploying the new Spanish Security Strategy these days (see here: LINK), and having received the Nunn-Lugar International Global Science and Security Engagement Award (Link), with also last night the 6th Spanish Political Career Award "Salud y Bienestar 2010" (Link, Link), Javier Solana just received the licence to lead the NEW Intelligence Group:

"The license 007 will deal also with the Spanish economy. The secret services, in fact, evolve and the classic work of intelligence on international terrorism, organized crime or ETA, are about to add a specialized cell in the "defense of national economic interests."Codename: SIE (Sistema de Inteligencia Economic) in addition to the existing CNI (Centro Nacional de Inteligencia) which belongs to Moncloa. The new 007-group, according to newspaper Publico,close to the present Government, would be "led" by the former High Representative of the International Politics of the EU, Javier Solana, and with this a large group of experts capable of identifying risk areas (from laundering dirty money, to speculative attacks), but above all to prepare effective plans for prevention and defense. Very topical issues in recent months, as the contagion of Greece, Ireland and Portugal may soon graze Spain too. (Mi.C.)" Link

...and then we find an interesting article, about the timing and the similar content of the new Spanish and the latest NATO Strategy paper:

In Spanish Security and Defence magazin Alberto Pérez Moreno writes:

"The NATO summit meeting in Lisbon today with the Heads of State and Government of the 28 member countries reaffirmed the solidarity and cohesiveness of the Alliance, presented an ambitious project on the role of NATO in a more complex international order and less centralized, but at the same time realistic and credible in terms of capabilities and resources.

The NEW STRATEGIC CONEPT (NSC) to be adopted in Lisbon, which will replace the existing 1999 when the alliance had 18 members, will be heading the direction of the organization over the next decade, and it will highlight, in addition to the analysis of new threats, risks and challenges, issues such as the new relationship with Russia, the decision to take over Afghanistan, or the creation of a defense system against ballistic missiles...

Meaning and implications of the Lisbon Summit in Spain

The fact that this Summit will take place before you see the light the first Spanish study on National Security Strategy, which will be adopted on November 30, adds to the Lisbon meeting of special significance for Spains (farmer:or better Solanas) "National Security Strategy" (paper): A Common Responsibility "is a document that, as in the NSS, embodies the security risks in the medium term and how to address them, so that both documents should be consistent.

The reality is that bringing Spanish National Security Strategy and NATO's NSC is not a question that has to wait for their approval, although there may be last minute changes to be considered, since both documents have been a long process processing.

In the case of NSC, the process began with the Declaration on Alliance Security adopted at the NATO summit in Strasbourg-Kehl in April 2009. Later, in a phase of reflection, we analyzed the identity of the Atlantic Alliance, its functions, capabilities and strategic purpose in the twenty-first century. The result was the report "OTAN2020. Guaranteed security, proactive involvement," which, prepared by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the head of a group of experts has been the basis, along with national contributions in the consultation phase to prepare the draft that will present to Secretary General Rasmussen in Lisbon (farmer: who was also attending the Nunn-Lugar-Conference on Science and International Security).

The formulation of the draft National Security Strategy Spanish has been born by Javier Solana, and to realize it has enjoyed the cooperation of experts from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Interior over nearly a year.

It is therefore not surprising that the analysis of risks and threats in the two documents match, although with nuances. According to the draft is called the National Security Strategy, the main risks for Spain are: terrorism, organized crime, financial and economic insecurity, energy vulnerability, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cyber and flows uncontrolled migration, as well as armed conflicts and natural disasters.

The new Strategic Concept sets out similar concerns, but replaces the term "risk" to "threat" to refer to conventional attacks, terrorist or cyber, and "danger" for representing the failed states.It also uses the word "challenge" to describe other factors not directly affecting NATO, such as natural disasters, but with public concern. Overall, it appears that the NSC is away from the concept of defense and security and is close to a reactive and replaced with a more proactive.

NSC important aspects of Spain

In the chapter on cooperative security is important for Spain in order for NATO to have a closer relationship with the EU to overcome the political differences that have kept apart the two organizations over the years, another thing is that the intention to materialize into concrete steps.

If the NSC finally in taking the Spanish(farmer: Solanas) proposal to strengthen the NATO-"Mediterranean Dialogue" will be a success, and as neither the Mediterranean nor North Africa did appear in the regional analysis of the "Albright Report", a Spanish victory will compensate, in part, the suspension of the Summit of the "Union for the Mediterranean" which would have been held in Barcelona. ..."


stay tuned!


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