North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Analysis, Trends, New Developments & Future Outlook
In order to protect the sovereignty and ensure security of
European countries, from external aggression and deter any Russian military
adventure is fuelling the current expansion of NATO. The Russian invasion of Crimea
has damaged its relationship with most European Countries. The ramifications of
Russian military aggression in Crimea and its continued role in destabilizing
Ukraine has re-ignited fears among NATO-European countries, as it demonstrates
Russia’s willingness to employ brute military force to gain favorable outcomes.
NATO countries by and large also remain deeply skeptical of the ongoing Russian
rearmament programs and are threatened by the ongoing Russian military build-up
in the arctic. Given the fact that NATO countries such as Norway, Canada and
Denmark continue to have extensive national frontiers abounding the Arctic
region, the Russian military build-up in the Arctic directly poses a challenge
to these countries.
This report analyzes factors that influence NATO member
states’ defense spending, their threat perception, defense requirements,
procurement projects, technology development domains, inter organization
relationships and its future role in global arena.
- NATO defense spending is primarily fuelled by need to counter Russian military
capabilities and contain the latter’s influence within Europe.
- With Russia increasingly taking a hostile stand, NATO member states are
expected to increase their defense spending over the coming years and invest in
military hardware to deter Russia from further aggression.