NATO Partnerships: DOD Needs to Assess U.S. Assistance in Response to Changes to the Partnership for Peace Program
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO established the Partnership for Peace PfP to increase cooperation with former Warsaw Pact members and provide many of these countries with a path to NATO membership. As NATO confronts new security challenges, including the war in Afghanistan, its relationships with partner countries have grown in scope and importance. Additionally, NATO is developing a new Strategic Concept to clarify its mission and activities, including its relationship with PfP countries and other partners. The Department of Defense DOD-funded Warsaw Initiative Fund WIF supports the goals of the PfP program. GAO was asked to review 1 how the PfP program has evolved since GAO last reported on it in 2001 2 options NATO is considering for the future of the PfP and other partnership programs and 3 support to PfP countries through the U.S. WIF program. GAO analyzed NATO, DOD, and State Department State documents and WIF funding data. GAO also interviewed DOD, State, NATO, and selected country officials.
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