Usually, every 10 years, NATO member-states convene and negotiate a new strategic concept, a living document that gives purpose and direction to the alliance. Since the last such discussion happened in Lisbon in 2010, when it was endorsed by NATO heads of state and government, one might expect that the conversation is on everyone’s lips—but actually there is a deathly silence. No one wants to open that Pandora’s box right now. The question is whether this discomfort will pass or is it here to stay.
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