The Istanbul Cooperation Initiative: Dimensions and Concepts

The Istanbul Cooperation Initiative: Dimensions and Concepts

  • 24 January 2008

The lecture discussed the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative
adopted by NATO to enhance its political and development
roles in addition to its military one. Whether in Afghanistan,
Kosovo or Iraq, NATO has proved to be effective in performing
its mission by combining its civilian and military components,
with each component supporting the other, as there can be no
security without development, and no development without
security. This is why NATO is keen to engage with the United
Nations and other international institutions, such as the
European Union and the World Bank, in a comprehensive
approach to the common security challenges. The speaker
emphasized that NATO seeks to develop closer cooperation
with international organizations and individual nations,
irrespective of their geographical location – countries
that understand the added value of cooperating with an
experienced, multilateral, political-military organization such
as NATO to strengthen their bilateral relationships – and that
are interested in working together with NATO to enhance both
the security of their own citizens in particular, and the stability
of the international community in general. The speaker praised
the response of the Arab Gulf states to this initiative, especially
the United Arab Emirates, which has been one of the most
active participants in NATO’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.
The UAE actively participates in political dialogue with NATO,
in addition to the practical cooperation existing between it
and NATO, with training and education forming a promising
new area for cooperation. He concluded that given the already
increasing scope of cooperation between NATO and the
United Arab Emirates, there is merit in trying to structure and
focus it more effectively through a cooperation program, in
which NATO would welcome.

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Thursday 24 January 2008

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Thursday 24 January 2008

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