- Jan 19 2017
Strong multilateral forums can mitigate threats arising from contested spaces: Commander, US Naval Forces Europe and Africa
“Strong multilateral forums” are needed to mitigate threats arising from contested spaces in this growing interconnected world, said Admiral Michelle Howard, Commander, US Naval Forces Europe and Africa.
As a multilateral actor for collective defence, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) is a model for multilateralism, she said while delivering the key note address on the third day of the 2nd Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, organised by Observer Research Foundation and the Ministry of External Affairs.
Pointing out the shift in America’s trade across the Atlantic and the Pacific, Admiral Howard said this is also shaping the dynamics of global trade.
Admiral Howard said NATO’s engagement with EU is “at the heart of Europe’s security” and engagement with African Union is “promising and fruitful.” These are examples of how regional forums are useful platforms for cooperation their own security and also to serve global security.
Responding to a question, Admiral Howard said that NATO and EU have been “synchronising their activities, sharing logistics support.”
A challenge that confronts the world in the cyber domain and to address cyber security threats “we need to be innovative,” Admiral Howard said.
Intolerance and religious extremism are major threats to global security when growing interconnectedness is changing the global security. “NATO will continue to defend democratic ethos and supports open societies,” she added.
NATO also engages several countries in cooperative dialogue and “this is a perfect concept of collective defence.” Building partnerships should form the new normal, Admiral Howard said.
More than 250 participants from 65 countries are taking part in the three-day Dialogue, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. The first edition was attended by 120 participants from 40 countries.