NATO’s new Strategic Concept, adopted at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010, identifies “cooperative security” as one of NATO’s three essential core tasks. It states that the promotion of Euro-Atlantic security is best assured through a wide network of partner relationships with countries and organizations around the globe. No one country or organization can deal with the complex and unpredictable challenges of the evolving security environment on its own: coordinated multilateral action is required.
NATO pursues dialogue and practical cooperation with non-member countries on a wide range of political and security-related issues, and partners contribute to NATO’s goals and tasks, including to NATO-led operations and its actions against terrorism and emerging security challenges.
In the Euro-Atlantic area, the Alliance engages in relations with non-member countries through the 50-nation Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and the Partnership for Peace (PfP) – a major programme of bilateral cooperation with individual Euro-Atlantic partners. Among these partners, NATO has also developed specific structures for its relationships with Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.
NATO is developing relations with the southern Mediterranean-rim countries through the Mediterranean Dialogue, as well as with countries from the Gulf region through the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.
In addition to these more structured partnerships, NATO cooperates with a range of countries which are not part of these structures. Formally referred to as “partners across the globe” – or often simply as “global partners” – they include Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Mongolia.
NATO Relations with Third States: Founding Documents
Other NATO pages:
A selection of external analyses:
NATO, Cooperative Security, and the Middle East – Status and Prospects: Experts Workshop, Austrian Institute for international Affairs (16 December 2016)
Toward a NATO of the Gulf? The challenge of Collective Defense within the GCC by Jean-Loup Samaan, Strategic Studies Institute and US Army War College Press (September 2017)
“NATO Duty” Interactive Map (March 2014): NATO is on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, preventing conflicts through diplomacy and protecting our security and freedom on land, at sea, in the air and in cyberspace. NATO cooperates with partners as diverse as Australia and the United Arab Emirates, Sweden and Japan. Check out this interactive map to see some of the ways NATO is working around the clock and around the world to keep our citizens free and safe, now and for the future