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Pragmatism of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's and European Union's Strategic Partnership

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[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union are two of the preeminent international organizations IO today. Recognizing the advantages of cooperation, NATO and the EU have formed a strategic partnership. In 2008 piracy became a threat to global commons off the coast of Somalia and both organizations undertook the initiative to develop counter-piracy operations. The development of near simultaneous but separate operations suggests the two IOs overlooked political and strategic collaboration thus ignoring opportunities within their strategic partnership. An analysis of the challenges for the IOs planning and execution of counter-piracy operations will provide the framework for the study. The related case study will identify political and military challenges the IOs dealt with previously and continue to overcome in their response to the piracy crisis off the Horn of Africa. The challenges, conclusions, and recommendations will demonstrate how to ensure the future relevance of both organizations through better integration of the formal principles of the strategic partnership. The recommendations for both organizations and member states to consider are the incorporation of pragmatism into political consultation between the two organizations, the expansion of partnership planning into collaborative planning for both military and civilian crisis management, the exploration of unity of command in support of unity of effort, and the execution of joint training and exercises.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]