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  • Thursday, June 1 2017
  • Maria Wouters
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  • Terrorism
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After the allies met last May 25 in the new Brussels HQ building, NATO underlined the Alliance has agreed in doing more in the fight against terrorism.

The Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg claimed NATO “will become a full member of the Global Coalition, in which all 28 Allies already take part”. NATO will support the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS by providing NATO AWACS data to improve situational awareness, establishing a terrorism intelligence cell within the new Intelligence Division – which will improve the information sharing between the allies- and appointing a coordinator to oversee NATO’s efforts in the fight against terrorism.

However, this is not the first time NATO responds to terrorism. Back in 2001, the Alliance invoked its collective defence clause (Article 5) for the first time in response to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the United States. This is a continuation of its vision holistic approach to counter terrorism. Furthermore, it is also an important step forward as NATO could play an increasing role in the Global Coalition depending on the evolution of events in the ground. We may keep in mind that to date, NATO’s counter terrorism activities and measure were confined to discrete and very concrete tasks. We might monitor the evolution of its actions within the Global Coalition to see if NATO wants to play a major role compared to what it is doing – and has done- in the past.


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