A Bath University international security and defence expert commenting ahead of the NATO Summit near Newport has described this as an 'interesting time for NATO and European security.'
Professor Galbreath is Editor of the Journals Defence Studies & European Security and also Director for the Centre of War & Technology at the University of Bath.
While we can expect some disruption closer to the main Summit events, the attention of much of the world will be focusing on the South West as the world’s largest security alliance meets on 4-5 September. The mobilisation of nearly 9,500 police officers is as much about providing security and emergency response as it is not minimise the impact on everyday lives leading up to and during the events.
Local governments, the Welsh Assembly and UK Government are proud to bring the NATO Summit to the South West at such an interesting time for NATO and European security.
Commenting on the talks themselves, he said:
Like the 1990 London Summit, we see that NATO is facing a question as to how to respond to new and old threats. The new threats are the rise of Islamic State and its threat to regional and national securities. We should see a greater collaboration between NATO member-states and Middle East governments, such as Jordan, UAE, Egypt and Morocco.
The old threats come in the form of Russia’s secret war against Ukraine. While NATO is not willing to risk war with Russia over Ukraine, it has an interest in Ukraine’s territorial integrity and future of Russia’s border regions. Most importantly, NATO member-states have to show Moscow that a similar secret war will not be tolerated in Eastern NATO member-states. Leading up to the NATO summit, I argue that Russia is overplaying its hand by forcing reluctant member-states such as Germany, France, Spain and Portugal to agree to the demands of Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania of greater NATO presence and even further permanent NATO military presence in the region.
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