Expert: Global NATO To Help Contain China
October 10, 2012
NATO has no future in Asia: Experts
NATO will facilitate joint US-European operations despite the lack of UN mandates that prevents collective NATO action. With the rise of China, NATO’s importance will increase as China’s rise will force much closer US-European cooperation.
Islamabad: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and United States (US) commitment is a transatlantic bargain. The US provides security and gains influence; and in return Europe provides access, capacity and legitimacy and gains security.
Professor Dr. Sten Rynning, University of Southern Denmark NATO, stated [this] while presenting a lecture on the topic of “After Afghan Combat: Does Atlantic Alliance have an Asian Future” at the Institute of Strategic Studies, (ISSI).
Regarding Pakistan, he said that Pakistan should go to Brussels, speak to NATO and make its presences in shaping NATO’s agenda and engage with NATO. He said that a multilateral debate will not provide an immediate solution but a beginning for what the region need.
Dr. Peter Viggo Jakobsen (Royal Danish Defense College, Copenhagen), in his presentation under the title “Global NATO after Afghanistan,” explained the concept of NATO and also highlighted NATO’s role in Asia after Afghanistan.
While defining NATO, he said…that preventing a renationalization of the European NATO members defence forces since 1989 has been a major stabilizing factor in Europe. Regarding NATO’s future in Asia he said that NATO has a bright future in Asia. NATO naval presence in Asian waters and important sea lines of communication (SLOCs) is only possible through deeper partnerships with interested and likeminded countries such as Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
While concluding, Dr. Peter said that NATO will facilitate joint US-European operations despite a lack of UN mandates that prevents collective NATO action. With the rise of China, NATO’s importance will increase as China’s rise will force much closer US-European cooperation.