Photo Gallery The Unveiling of NATO 3.0

It’s been over a decade since NATO presented its last mission statement. But, since then, the world has become a completely different place. Later this week, NATO officials will gather in Lisbon to discuss the draft of a new strategic concept.
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NATO's first secretary general, Lord Ismay, described the original idea behind the alliance in this way: "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down." But now things have changed. The Soviet Union no longer exists, Russia is 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) farther away, and Germany no longer poses a threat. These days, NATO forces are busy in places like Afghanistan (pictured here), but are also having to combat threats that were not even imagined by its original mandate.

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In a two-day summit starting Friday in London, leaders from NATO’s 28 member states will convene to discuss a new “strategic concept” for the 61-year-old alliance. The members will have to discuss Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent calls for NATO to scale down its military operations there, but also how to deal with other threats, such as missiles from Iran and North Korea as well as cyber war.

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen recently said that the alliance needs to become "more effective, more engaged and more efficient." The strategic concept represents the first overhaul of NATO’s basic mission since 1999.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will attend a separate NATO-Russia session on Saturday. NATO’s new strategic concept involves inviting Russia to take part in a joint missile-defense effort to create a missile shield over Europe, according to the Associated Press.

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