Amid tensions with Russia, new NATO Strategic Concept to guide alliance’s work over next decade – All you need to know


Spain will host a NATO Summit in Madrid on 28, 29 and 30 June

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New Delhi: US State Secretary Antony Blinken and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg discussed a new NATO Strategic Concept document in a telephone conversation to guide the alliance’s work over the next decade.
As per the US State Department, the two leaders talked about the upcoming June 28-30 NATO Summit in Madrid, including the new NATO Strategic Concept document.

The officials held the conversation amid the ongoing informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, which is being held from May 14-15.

Spain will host a NATO Summit in Madrid on 28, 29 and 30 June during which the intergovernmental military alliance will adopt its new Strategic Concept.

The new concept document will define the security challenges facing the Alliance and outline the political and military tasks that NATO will carry out to address them.

What is NATO Strategic Concept?

Strategic Concept is a key document for the Alliance which reaffirms NATO’s values and purpose and provides a collective assessment of the security environment.

It also boosts NATO’s strategic adaptation and guides its future political and military development based on the current situation and threat assessment.

The Strategic Concept is reviewed and updated regularly and since the end of the Cold War, it has been updated every 10 years to take account of changes to the global security environment and to make sure the Alliance is prepared for the future.

The last Strategic Concept was adopted at the Lisbon Summit in 2010.

‘Madrid Strategic Concept will reflect the new security environment’

“The Madrid Strategic Concept will reflect the new security environment, recommit to our values, and reaffirm our unity, ensuring that our Alliance is fit for the future,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

At the 2021 Brussels Summit, NATO leaders asked Stoltenberg to lead the initiative to develop the next Strategic Concept after internal consultations and external engagements.

Internal consultations have been conducted with allies on NATO’s evolving strategic environment, approach and priorities. The intergovernmental military alliance is also engaging with international organisations, expert communities, youth organisations, civil society and the private sector.

Once this consultation phase is over, allies will negotiate and endorse it at the 2022 Madrid Summit.