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June 2012 the Permanent Representative of the United States to NATO emphasized during a speech the importance of the Chicago Summit. It was the largest gathering of foreign leaders that had ever come to the United States for a summit. No less than 61 countries were represented. The overall outcome of the Summit was positive. “NATO is fit for purpose, ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century.” After this introduction, the four main issues from Chicago were discussed: Afghanistan, NATO’s capabilities, missile defense and the role of partnerships. The decisions at the NATO 2010 Lisbon Summit laid the framework for the agenda in Chicago. It was during this latest summit that the Lisbon vision was turned into reality.

Thursday 23 October 2008 there was a briefing at NATO HQ on 'ORGANISATION and the POLITICAL AGENDA'. Organised by NGIZ, it was certainly a great success. In an open atmosphere decision-making, missions, partnerships and the roles of the organization were discussed. Building consensus is what it is about, but decision making is heavy and stiff. After all, there are 28 member countries (some EU countries are not a NATO-member).

A new NATO-role after the Cold War: more and wider tasks and cooperation with UN and EU. Article 5 (9/11) is in front, 'attack on one will be considered as an attack on all'. Besides, significance to get acquainted with each other, might not be underestimated.

NATO Bilateral treaties of friendships comes to the front when conflicts there appear. 'Bring them in' in a substantial environment is a strategy and that approach does increase chances to extent democracy and security.

There is still yet not sufficient
communication with the EU; the Union has no legitimate representative (treaty for Europe). NATO does not support an 'EU-army' because there is just only one 'tool-box'. A comprehensive approach. (A comment was received from Budapest).
February 2008, the US ambassador lectured on the needs of Europe, the US, the democratic world and the NATO for a stronger, more capable European defense capacity.  'An ESDP with only soft power is not enough. Effort have to be taken to strengthen European defense spending in order to upgrade European military capabilities'.