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March 31, 2008

Int’l Security Summit Misses HLS Opportunity

Filed under: Events,International HLS — by Jonah Czerwinski on March 31, 2008

As described on this blog before, the U.S. can better engage multilateral entities, such as NATO, ASEAN, and the EU, to work with important countries in pursuit of the shared interest in combating terrorism and protecting civilian populations.

In researching further details of what NATO has to offer, I decided to highlight here the Alliance’s Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism (PAP-T). The Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism deserves attention by this year’s NATO Summit, taking place this week in Hungary. The PAP-T involves nearly forty countries through NATO’s Partnership for Peace program and NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue. Participating countries agree on the level of their participation individually with NATO. PAP-T facilitates intelligence sharing and cooperation in areas such as border security, terrorism-related training and exercises, the development of capabilities for defense against terrorist attacks and for managing the consequences of attacks. The PAP-T takes a pragmatic approach and focuses on:

Consultations and information sharing

Operations and exercises

Assisting Partners’ efforts against terrorism

Targeting terrorist finances

Civil emergency planning

Cooperating with other international organizations

Science and environment

With the heads of State and Government from the 26 NATO nations, 24 Partners, and other representatives from international institutions meeting in Bucharest this week to discuss NATO enlargement and operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo as part of NATO’s biannual summit, the dearth of counterterrorism issues on the agenda is worth noting. Readers are encouraged to send in any comments with details about the Summit that actually do address this topic.

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Comment by Michael SG

April 1, 2008 @ 10:46 am

At a few events around Brussels related to European Security and Defence Policy and NATO activities, Jaak Aaviksoo, Estonian Minster of Defence and Major-General Georges d’Hollander (NATO) said that NATO would launch Cyber Defence Authority by signing a Memorandum of Understanding in May. Estonia was hit with cyber attacks in Spring 2007, and has established itself as a leader in responding to ‘cyber warfare’. It will be interesting to see if this is discussed at the Summit.

Comment by Jonah Czerwinski

April 1, 2008 @ 6:47 pm


Great comment. Can you email me about the NATO Cyber Defence Authority and the corresponding MOU? Jonah.hlswatch[at]gmail[dot]com.

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 4, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

It would be interesting to know how the NATO civil security group is doing? Active, informed, and weighing in with substantive reports and actions? Actually the Ukranians and Georgians might have lent an interesting perspective if they had been encouraged to join up. Personally, I believe for many many complicated reasons, the US should leave NATO, but whether expand or die is the underlying belief, NATO civil security planning and ops should be very important to its future. Note that under E.O. 12656, the Secretary DHS is the NATO civil security rep, not the SECDEF or the SECRETARY of STATE.

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