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Should NATO have a leadership role in world affairs?

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Should NATO have a leadership role in world affairs?

<p><span class="caps">NATO</span>’s role in world affairs is under scrutiny in this edition of Utalk .</p> <p>The question comes from Marc in Brussels: “Its seems the international community doesn’t know how to deal with Ukraine and Iraq. Is now the right time for <span class="caps">NATO</span> to take a lead on the world stage?”</p> <p>The answer is given by Jean-Pierre Maulny, Deputy Director of <span class="caps">IRIS</span> (Institute for International and Strategic Relations – Paris):</p> <p>“It’s clear that the paralysis which is currently affecting the United Nations – and which is now reinforced by the new tensions with the Russians – facilitates decisions being taken outside UN bodies by regional organisations such as <span class="caps">NATO</span> because <span class="caps">NATO</span> is a well structured, militarily effective organisation where decisions can be made.</p> <p>“==<a href="http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/article/willing-or-waning-nato%E2%80%99s-role-age-coalitions" rel="external"><span class="caps">NATO</span> plays several roles</a>==. The organisation has a mission of collective security. It also has a mission consisting of peacekeeping operations. What is certain is that, at its last summit in Newport, <span class="caps">NATO</span> clearly put its mission of collective security forward.</p> <p>“In the case of Iraq, <span class="caps">NATO</span> is not going to be on the front line. <span class="caps">NATO</span> will provide support to the countries of the coalition, but <span class="caps">NATO</span> will not act on its behalf.</p> <p>“In the case of Ukraine, <span class="caps">NATO</span> is more on the front line because this is a question of assuring the security of <span class="caps">NATO</span> members, such as Eastern European countries and the Baltic states.</p> <p>“Now, I would add that the current situation is somewhat risky because we have to bear in mind that <span class="caps">NATO</span> is a military alliance that can act against countries which are not part of it.</p> <p>In the end it could be dangerous to let <span class="caps">NATO</span> take decisions in place of the UN because it does not represent all countries.”</p> <p>If you would also like to ask a question on Utalk, click on the button below. </p>