Institutchef at the defense college, will be part of the group of experts, which should strengthen political cooperation.
Ten security experts must help Nato to find common ground, after internal turmoil last year culminated with the French president called the collaboration for “hjernedødt”.
Among the ten selected is the Danish researcher Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen, who is institutchef at the defense college. She has among other things conducted research in terrorism, security policy and military strategy.
– As I understand the ambition, the group must deliver fresh views on how Nato’s political dimension can be strengthened. The art in it becomes, as I see it, to find a common denominator between the many different interests and focus, says Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen.
the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, on Tuesday presented the ten experts. They come from ten different member states. The group should be headed by two of the members:
The former German defence and minister of the interior Thomas de Maizière and the american Aaron Wess Mitchell, who is the foreign policy expert.
Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen looks in the member states a series of quite different views on what the focus should be on:
it Is Russia’s behavior, China’s growing power and international ambitions, terrorist groups such as Islamic State or large flows of irregular migrants poses the greatest threat to the us?
– Here is absolutely no consensus between Nato countries. The art is to find some common denominators and focus on them. It will be an exciting challenge, ” she says.
Thursday is holding the foreign ministers of Nato meeting. It happens via the video – for the first time. Because of coronakrisen.
When they last met, the mood was tense. It happened on the background of a sharp criticism from the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, who in an interview had called the cooperation “hjernedødt”.
Other countries to distance themselves from the term. But several agreed the reason for the criticism, namely, that the UNITED states announced a withdrawal from Syria without coordinating with the members of the alliance.
at the same time acted Turkey – a member of Nato in the conflict with the other countries ‘ interests. The criticism also came from Denmark.
When Germany’s foreign minister, Heiko Maas, arrived at the meeting in november, he presented a plan to form a council of experts. The council should evaluate and strengthen the strategic and political cohesion.
It was endorsed by heads of state and government at a summit in London in december.
– After a period in which there has been much focus on the hard military capabilities, budgets and investments, the group can perhaps help us to have a chat about what the overall political vision for Nato in the world, says Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen.
the prime minister must follow the group’s work. He has not yet presented the group a precise mandate.