The Ukrainian conflict still rages east of NATO and the Baltic countries are full of fear about what will Russia do next. In the Middle East, just kilometres away from the border with Turkey, another threat expands – so-called Islamic State. The neighbourhood of NATO is in turmoil.
NATO knows it and must adapt to these huge changes. That is why representatives of all NATO countries gathered in Wales in 2014 and created the new Readiness Action Plan. Everyone is well aware of the need to reassure their eastern allies, rethink the fundamental strategies and create new forces. For example, the VJTF, a super-ready force with 5,000 troops designed to combat any conflict breaking out on NATO territory.
A general plan is just the first step, however. The NATO Allies will need to discuss it again, into more detail, maybe coming up with new solutions. But most importantly, our new ambassadors will need to decide how intensive the defensive reaction towards Russia or so-called Islamic State should be.