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Defence Cooperation Between NATO and Its Partners - Visions of the Future


John Colston & Philipp Fluri



Jointly conceived by NATO’s Political-Military Steering Committee on Partnership for Peace and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), and co-funded by the Swiss Ministry of Defence, the ‘Future of NATO’ conference held in Montreux in February 2007 was initiated in order to discuss the future of defence cooperation, with a particular emphasis on democratic defence and security reforms, between the Alliance and its partners. The event followed on from the conclusions of the November 2006 Riga Summit of NATO Heads of State and Government, in which the importance of NATO’s policy of partnerships, dialogue and cooperation was underlined. The Allies voiced their aim to maximise the potential of NATO’s partnership frameworks, in both operational and reform assistance contexts, thus providing the central focus of the event. This publication contains an overview of the event, and the key interventions by Alliance partners, and the conclusions as to next steps. Reference to the other interventions can be found in the Conference Report by Deputy Secretary General Mr. John Colston. The editors thank the Swiss Ministry of Defence for the substantial financial support which made the conference and this publication possible.



John Colston and Dr. Philipp Fluri

Dr. Philipp Fluri

Food for Thought Paper
John Colston

Keynote Address
Dr. Graeme Herd

NATO after the Riga Summit
Willem von Eekelen

NATO’s Policy of Partnerships and the 21st Century Challenges ofDefence and Security Posture Transformation — Ukrainian Experience
Victor Korendovych

Experience of Azerbaijan in Defence and Security Sector Reform :The role of PfP and IPAP
Dr. Javanshir Mammadov

Management Changes in the Defence System —Experience of Serbia
Colonel Zeljko Gajic

Visions of the Future
Thierry Legendre

Chairman’s Conference Report
John Colston