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Naive ignorance threatens the core transatlantic base

After too long of a pause, the NATO Russia Council met again in Brussels last week. A lot of discussion was and is needed.

Mainly about the Ukraine conflict broiling, including more than 400 armored vehicles on the side of the pro-Russian rebels and many Russian soldiers involved in the Donbas, several breaks of the cease fire from Minsk II, and no political solution for autonomy and local elections – a bleeding wound in Europe.

There were several confrontations with Russian planes in the air recently.

NATO reacted to the new confrontation by Russia and started to station more arms and units in the Baltic and Eastern European member states.

A political solution for Syria can only work together with Russia. Cooperation is needed, necessary, and works in some areas.

A full program to discuss within NATO, with Kiev and Moscow.

GLOBALO has presented a possible solution for Ukraine with the White Paper of the World Security Network, including better relations between NATO and Russia. Political leadership, creativity and actions are needed now. It must include pressure on Moscow and on the Kiev government as well to implement autonomy in the Donbas.

Moscow until today follows a destructive policy against the alliance and needs a re-set of the relations with NATO and the West and more flexibility. The adventures must stop now.

NATO, the core defense instrument of the West and the main transatlantic link, is unfortunately split and almost paralyzed in its strategic approach below the surface:

What does this split in NATO mean for NATO Europe and the US? What is the Harmel Doctrine?


So NATO, the United States and Western Europe won the Cold War by this clever Harmel approach. This is our core strategy and nothing else. We could avoid war and win peace and freedom for Eastern Europe. Now we need a Harmel 2 approach or we will lose the next phase.

It is a pity that out of naive ignorance, important American diplomats have forgotten these lessons. They should remember their own failures in their old strategies for Iraq and Afghanistan, where the failure of a centralized government and real reconciliation became the base for ISIS and a refreshing Taliban. Important American diplomats have failed in the past to prove they have a better approach than Harmel for the alliance.


We need a fresh approach NATO 3.0, which experts from eight NATO member countries formulated in a proposal by the World Security Network already, on September 6th, 2013.

NATO 3.0  must include Harmel II and sufficient defense as well as new creative tools:

  • To analyze and agree on the new threats and how to contain and deter those unknown risks using the hard and soft elements of peacemaking with detailed but flexible action plans rather than only short-term crisis-management when it is very late. The establishment of a NATO Early Warning System in order to identify possible risks, dangers and threats at an early stage and an effective NATO Cyber Defense is clearly justified. This would create new opportunities to put the comprehensive approach into practice, so it would not only always be reacting to live crises with military intervention – rarely at the right time.
  • To focus on the build-up of responsible elites in our partner countries and partners for peace who promote know-how and shared democratic values based on the UN Charter and the Washington Treaty.
  • Both the U.S. and Europe need a solid national economic base in order to afford sufficient armed forces, extend economic support to underdeveloped countries and ensure internal stability and credibility as democracies. For a decade, the XXL-greedies and XXL-public debt have been sawing away at the branch on which we are sitting at NATO. Public debt must be reduced to a stable 60 percent of GDP level in all NATO countries as a basis of transatlantic stability. Without sufficient economic power, the sword of NATO remains dull and the West a lame duck. We only won the Cold War because of the enormous economic superiority of the West, which is now threatened.

Read all details about NATO 3.0 by clicking the image below:

Photo: GLOBALO Founder Dr Hubertus Hoffmann visits NATO Headquarters in Brussels.