Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, November 19, 2018 12:13:46 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Potential of EU-NATO cooperation

By
13th-Jul-2018       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Andreas Marazis :
On 8 July 2018, the EU-NATO Enhanced Cooperation turned two. During the past two years we heard a lot about increased cooperation between the EU and NATO in many fields, from hybrid threats to cyber security and maritime cooperation. Deterrence, resilience, cyber security are few of the buzzwords that dominate throughout statements and official documents.
The question is whose capabilities and resilience are the EU and NATO trying to strengthen? Some will seek to draw a firm line between NATO's allies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and its partners just beyond the border, notably the Eastern Partnership (EaP) members. However, deterrence in CEE is inextricably linked with NATO policy in partner countries like Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova.
The two progress reports that were released following the endorsement by the North Atlantic Council and the Council of the European Union of a common set of proposals in December 2016 highlighted the importance of the Black Sea region and the need to assist our partners in the Western Balkans, and in our Eastern and Southern neighbourhood.
In the meantime, the Baltic States and Poland, in light of growing Russian military resurgence, requested and were granted NATO combat forces on their soil - three to four thousand soldiers - to be stationed on a rotational basis. Indeed, multinational battle groups in the east of the Alliance are now fully operational, while at the same time NATO steps up its efforts against cyber-attacks and hybrid threats.
In September 2017 the biannual, defensive, military exercise Dragon-17 was completed in Poland with the participation of several NATO forces from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania as a response to the Russian-led Zapad-17 military drill.
The drill was focused on countering hybrid warfare tactics, similar to the ones used in Ukraine, as well as cyber-attacks. It is worth mentioning that Ukrainian and Georgian forces participated in the exercise as well.
One might rightly say that this is already something substantial and that strengthening the states that lie between Russia and NATO is primarily a task for these states themselves; a political and economic task. And this is perhaps what countries like Ukraine need.
It is not about promising membership status or protection under the EU-NATO umbrella, rather it is about providing assistance in order for our partners to be able to address their security challenges. Solidarity, unity and cooperation among EU and NATO members would send a stronger message than any military hardware.
In the framework of EU-NATO Enhanced Cooperation, there are currently three pilot countries: Moldova, Tunisia and Bosnia and Herzegovina with three key areas of interaction, ammunition storage and safety, cyber security and strategic communications.
These cooperative efforts will strengthen the resilience of the non-member partners against potential aggression, and will also contribute to their reform process. The pilot phase is well underway and the expected results will benefit other partner countries - like Ukraine - immensely.
On 30-31 May 2018, the potential of an increased EU-NATO cooperation in relation to Ukraine in the fields of cyber security and strategic communication was mentioned for the first time. The discussion took place during the NATO-Ukraine two-day conference was co-organised by local and Brussels-based organisations with the support of the NATO Information and Documentation Centre (NIDC) in Kyiv.
Energy security, hybrid warfare, cyber security and strategic communications prevailed throughout the discussions. The latter two require further attention though. It is not a coincidence that on the 14 June 2017 progress report on the implementation of the common set of proposals endorsed by NATO and EU Councils, special reference was made on the fact that ten out of the forty-two actions are dedicated on countering hybrid threats, including cyber-attacks.
Strategic communications also have a central role in conveying messages of unity and solidarity towards our partners, increasing the visibility of both organisations and countering disinformation.
When it comes to EU-NATO cooperation in Ukraine on strategic communications, already before the Warsaw Summit we witness elements of coordination through regular meetings, exchange of training plans, sharing expertise in various communication disciplines and the delivery of joint training. However, such initiatives are insufficient on their own since there is no concrete strategy for strategic communications.
Cybersecurity in Ukraine faces similar challenges as strategic communication does. Ukraine has many skilled hackers and cyber experts. They lack, however, inter-agency coordination. There is an ongoing battle just to determine which agency is in the lead.
Lack of interagency coordination and the absence of a concrete strategy discourage and confuse the donor community.  The basic principle is that the recipient country must have a strategy and the donors have to align their efforts according to the priorities of the strategy.
In the next EU-NATO progress reports, Ukraine could potentially be in the spotlight if the authorities in Kyiv keep up the reform pace. Emphasis on interagency coordination and subsequently creating the right conditions for EU-NATO cooperation potential to unfold in the areas of strategic communications and cyber security is required.

(Andreas Marazis is the project manager and head researcher for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC).

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

City »

Bangladesh Army Chief Aziz Ahmed inspcting parade on occasion of endorsing regimental colour to Adhoc 11 Bangladesh Infantry Regiment (Machanised ) at CMP Center and School Parade Ground in Savar Cantonment yesterday.


Cricket »

BCB President Nazmul Hassan assumes rotating ACC Presidency


President of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Nazmul Hassan Papon MP assumed the post of Asian Cricket Council (ACC) President for a two- year term at its Annual General Meeting held in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Saturday.Nazmul Hassan Papon is the 3rd ACC President from Bangladesh following in the ...

Cricket »

England win second Test against Sri Lanka to seal series


AFP, Kandy :Jack Leach's first five-wicket haul clinched an overwhelming win for England in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday that sealed the series with a match to go.England needed just 30 minutes on the fifth day to take the final three wickets with Leach fittingly getting last ...

Editorial »

US-China trade war : An opportunity for BD to expand businesses and attract FDI


THE ongoing trade war between the US and China has created a better opportunity for Bangladesh, especially for garment sectors. The exporters have been receiving a greater number of work orders from both China and the US. The current trade war has opened an opportune moment for us (Bangladesh) as ...

International »

Sri Lankan President seeks talks to end power struggle


AFP, Colombo :Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday called crucial talks with political leaders in a bid to end a power struggle with the prime minister he sacked last month.The Indian Ocean nation has been paralysed since October 26 when Sirisena deposed Ranil Wickremesinghe as premier and replaced him ...

International »

No ‘final conclusion’ on Khashoggi killing, say US


AFP, Washington  :The US government has not reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the State Department said Saturday following reports that the CIA had held the Saudi Crown Prince responsible."Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate," State Department spokeswoman ...

Entertainment »

What Kriti Sanon is learning for her next movie?


Actress Kriti Sanon who has her hands filled currently with multiple projects has started taking Marathi lessons for her upcoming next. The actress who is currently shooting for Housefull 4 has already begun prep for her next, Panipat. As Kriti will be seen essaying the role of a Maratha queen ...

Entertainment »

IFFI to pay tributes to Sridevi, Shashi Kapoor and others


Actor Sridevi, who died unexpectedly earlier this year, will be posthumously honoured at the 49th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, died at the age of 55 due to accidental drowning in Dubai earlier this year. The actor ...

Campus Life »

DIU Chairman gets honorary doctorate


Campus Report :In recognition of his vision to digital transformation of society, skill management to imbibe the spirit of entrepreneurship in every youth, and social contribution to destitute children through Daffodil Institute of Social Sciences (DISS) in association with Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, India, the management of ...

Business & Economy »

Mohammad Nawaz, Director of South Bangla Agriculture & Commerce (SBAC) Bank Ltd, inaugurating its 66th branch at Abdullahpur in South Keranigonj of Dhaka on Sunday. Md. Golam Faruque, Managing Director of the bank presided over the ceremony. DMD Tariqul Islam Chowdhury, Company Secretary Md. Mokaddes Ali and Branch Manager Salil Kumar Dutta were present.


Football »

Neymar penalty punishes Uruguay in feisty friendly


Neymar kept his cool to score the controversial penalty that fired Brazil to a 1-0 win over Uruguay in a full-blooded friendly on Friday.Brazil captain Neymar was subjected to some ferocious fouls from Uruguay as the clash between the South American rivals boiled over at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.But the Paris ...

Cricket »

Shakib returns as BCB announces squad for 1st Test against WI


The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday announced the squad for the first Test of two-match series against the West Indies (WI) with ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan returned to the squad.Another big-name inclusion in the squad is Soumya Sarkar, whose last Test appearance came on the tour of South ...

Editorial »

Pro-people police is the demand of time


THE Police Investigation Bureau (PIB) has unveiled the mystery behind a spine-chilling crime where a middle-aged woman passenger was killed inside a running bus at Ashulia in the outskirts of Dhaka city. It took hardly seven days for them to crack the case. Police have already arrested the murderers along ...

International »

US opposes UN resolution condemning Israel's occupation of Golan Heights


AFP, United Nations :For the first time, the United States voted Friday against an annual UN resolution condemning Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights, dropping its practice of abstaining in the vote.The non-binding resolution was adopted in a General Assembly committee by a vote of 151 to 2, with the ...

Entertainment »

Aupee Karim returning to big screen


Entertainment Desk :Actress Aupee Karim is returning to the big screen after 15 years , with a film titled "Debris of Desire."Aupee made her debut in cinema with Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's 'Bachelor,' for which the actor won the Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actress in 2004. The film is ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news