[QODLink]
Empire
Nato: Going Global
As its original enemies were defeated two decades ago, what is Nato's new role?
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2010 15:44 GMT

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) is the largest military force ever assembled, with a potential armed force of more than seven million.

Nato  Video Icon
 

What and where is Nato
Producer: Tim Tate

  Reset Russia
Producer: Flo Phillips
  Anti-Nato
Producer: JP Raymond
  Afghanistan: Nato's test
Producer: Leon Ferguson

Two decades after its original enemy, the Soviet Union, disintegrated, the alliance has been searching for a new identity and new role.
 
As it reinvents itself for the 21st century, Nato is also redefining its threat assessments and its area of operations.

Its philosophy is summed up in Article 5 of the treaty, all for one, and one for all. But does this 'Three Musketeers' approach work when there are 28 different or conflicting agendas?

Is this alliance anything more than a fig leaf for US foreign policy? And what sort of relationship can it strike with reinvigorated Russia?
 
Nato's new strategic concept unveiled in Lisbon underlines the global role of the alliance's new non-continental or non-geographic preoccupations such as cyber and space.

Is this the way to stay relevant in a complicated world? What does the future hold for Nato in Afghanistan and beyond?

Empire finds out.

Joining the programme: Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Nato secretary general; General Sir Michael Jackson, former commander, Nato Allied Corps; Oksana Antonenko, Russia & Eurasia director, IISS; Dr Gülnur Aybet, International Relations, Kent University; William Pfaff, author of The Irony Of Manifest Destiny; Professor Stephen M Walt, international affairs, Harvard University; Diana Johnstone, author of Fools Crusade; Dr Vlad Sobell, Daiwa Research Institute; Professor Alex Callinicos, author of Bonfire Of Illusions.

This episode of Empire can be seen from Wednesday, November 24, at the following times GMT: Wednesday: 1900; Thursday: 1400; Friday: 0300; Saturday: 1900.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.