NATO, Greece and the 2004 Summer Olympics
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Since the end of the Cold War the Alliances transformation has erased doubts about its survival. NATO continues to adapt to new threat environments by expanding its mission scope to out-of-areas operations and by assuming new security missions. For the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States and subsequent 11 March 2004 Madrid bombings in Spain complicated an already robust Greek security plan. Greeces extensive security planning, in addition to coordination NATO support, highlighted the challenges and readiness requirements for the Alliance in the 21st century. Terrorist concerns, burden-sharing recognition of Greek sovereignty, political limitations in deploying NATOs CBR defense team and NRF utilization were all elements of the challenges faced in security preparation for the Games. In assessing the dynamics behind NATOs history and its security participation in the 2004 Summer Olympics, this thesis serves as a case study in the continuing transformational role and adaptability of NATO. Overall, the Alliances willingness to assume security support to a major international sporting event represented its long-time relationship with Greece, its ability to perform significant security missions and its commitment to and solidarity with its allied members.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Unconventional Warfare