15 March 2012


The March issue of International Affairs focuses on security and defence, featuring articles on the prospects for UK strategy beyond Afghanistan and NATO cooperation post-Libya.

The issue leads with an article by Paul Cornish and Andrew Dorman, the fifth in a series commenting on UK national strategy, which assesses the government's 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. The authors suggest that UK national strategy could hencef orth become more of an adaptive, iterative process; what they call 'smart muddling through'.

Looking forward to the NATO summit in Chicago in May, Andrew Dorman looks at the issues that are likely to be most prominent - NATO’s wars; enlargement and Russia; and burden-sharing. He sees signs that the divergent agendas within NATO 'are becoming more apparent and a series of major issues for NATO are (re-)emerging which at times are at odds with one another.' With regard to Afghanistan, Dorman observes that 'the reality for NATO is that success is now much more narrowly defined, at least in private.'

Also in the journal, Ellen Hallams and Benjamin Schreer make the case for a 'post-American' NATO alliance in which European allies assume a greater leadership role, and Wyn Q Bowen, Matthew Cottee and Christopher Hobbs look at the prospects for the second Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul later this month.

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Andrew Dorman on what to expect from NATO's 2012 Chicago Conference, and a look at the review articles with Deputy Editor Sabine Wolf.