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Preparing NATO for the Next Defence-Planning Cycle

NATO’s defence planners must be given strong political guidance as to the Alliance’s future direction as they prepare for the next planning cycle

The Atlantic Alliance will be turning more than one corner in 2014. Aside from the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, the year also marks the conclusion of the first cycle of the NATO Defence Planning Process. The arcane world of defence planners arguably represents the principal sphere in which NATO will define a new balance between collective defence and crisis management. Alexander Mattelaer discusses the key debates informing the next defence-planning cycle, an

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