The officials held the conversation amid the ongoing informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, which runs from May 14-15.
Spain will host a NATO summit in Madrid on June 28, 29 and 30, during which the intergovernmental military alliance will adopt its new strategic concept.
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The new Concept Paper will define the security challenges facing the Alliance and outline the political and military tasks that NATO will perform to meet them.
What is NATO’s Strategic Concept?
The Strategic Concept is a key document for the Alliance that reaffirms NATO’s values and purpose and provides a collective assessment of the security environment.
It also stimulates NATO’s strategic adaptation and guides its future political and military development based on the current situation and threat assessment.
The Strategic Concept is reviewed and updated regularly and since the end of the Cold War it is updated every 10 years to reflect changes in the global security environment and ensure the Alliance is prepared for the future.
The latest strategic concept was adopted at the Lisbon summit in 2010.
“The Madrid Strategic Concept will reflect the new security environment”
“The Madrid Strategic Concept will reflect the new security environment, reaffirm our commitment to our values and reaffirm our unity, ensuring that our Alliance is ready for the future,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
At the 2021 Brussels summit, NATO leaders asked Stoltenberg to lead the initiative to develop the next strategic concept after internal consultations and external engagements.
Internal consultations were held with Allies on the evolution of NATO’s strategic environment, approach and priorities. The intergovernmental military alliance also engages with international organizations, communities of experts, youth organizations, civil society and the private sector.