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(Prague; 05-02; p.2)

Not surprisingly, more eastern-European states have been invited to become members, but the agenda of the international organisation has been broadened.
In the summit declaration this agenda and the resulting demands are presented quite detailed. The interesting question is, if and how these intentions will be discussed politically and put into practice.

To cut a long story short - and thereby reducing it surely to woodcarving -, here are the main questions to solve:

• Will NATO see itself in future as UN's world security agency or as military lobby of members? So, will the alliance accept as justification for missions solely decisions of the UN security council or will they do with non-UN mandated constructs of presumed self-defence on foreign territories and for an unspecified amount of time?

• How will the sizes and structures of members' armed forces be changed? More to the guide-lines of being capable to intervene in cases of crisis as well as being structurally not capable to engage with other alliance members? Or will the presumed capability to defend one's territory on one's own be prolonged and simply a component of intervention capability be added?

• How will institutions of decision-finding and mission command be restructured so that they remain functional within the framework of assigned tasks and as well adequately legitimised? - A question that e.g. the EU had to pose as well.

• Will the burdens of armament and equipment needs be distributed in a way that reflects the respective abilities in terms of budgets? Will be counted in that weapons and equipment producers are parts of several national economies?

• Will further arms reductions, e.g. within the process of conventional disarmament in Europe, happen as results of binding multi-lateral treaties or of unilateral behaviours?

Luckily - and against some claims of urgency - foreign policies develop rather in years than in months. Thus, there should not be anything in the way of deliberate strategies and their pursuit.

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