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In the final decades of the 20th century, transatlantic bonds on security and defence were strong. Broadly speaking, support between allies within NATO was unquestioned. But in recent years global security and instability has brought about a new era in the transatlantic relationship.

“The old concept of regional security has given way to a 21st-century concept more geopolitical in nature,” noted Giles Merritt, Founder and Chairman of Friends of Europe. “Europe and America are keen on stability, and that means working together on a super-regional level.”

“The continuing instability in the Middle East and North Africa and the effects of this instability on Europe is a major transatlantic security challenge,” stressed Magnus Nordenman, Director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative and Deputy Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council of the United States.

The joint declaration that came out of the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw underlined that EU member states and NATO allies must work more closely together in the face of shifting regional and geopolitical priorities in the world.

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