“It’s crucial that NATO ups its game to ensure security for all its member states,” says James Appathurai, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy. So what is NATO doing beyond its borders to rise to the challenge?
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It is critical for NATO to ensure security for all its member states and to protect the stability of its partner nations. James Appathurai, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, explains NATO’s role in security beyond its borders.
--SOUNDBITE—(ENGLISH) James Appathurai, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy
“NATO is helping our neighbours become more stable, which helps make us safer as well.”
TEXT ON SCREEN WHAT IS NATO DOING BEYOND ITS BORDERS?
“In 2016, around 25,000 people were killed by terrorism. The people in the region to NATO’s south are suffering terribly. A network is growing of arms traffickers, people smugglers, drug traffickers and terrorists.”
“The instability in that region is contributing to terrorism as well as, separately, the flow of migrants to Europe.”
“Over 10,000 Ukrainians have died since Russia began its aggressive actions against Ukraine in 2014.”
“These numbers alone indicate that Euro-Atlantic security faces the most serious challenge of a generation.”
The Alliance started a new training mission in Iraq, will continue strengthening defence capacity building support with Jordan and Tunisia, and provide more counter-terrorism support and institution-building to all our 12 partners in the region.
In Europe, NATO will deepen our cooperation with Finland and Sweden, put more capability into the Black Sea region in response to Russia moving military equipment into Crimea. We will also step up our cooperation with the European Union across the board.
It’s crucial that NATO ups its game to ensure security for all its member states and protect stability for our partners.'
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