These are turbulent times. The world is becoming more competitive, unstable and unpredictable. Russia continues its pattern of aggressive military and hybrid actions. China is more assertive abroad and oppressive at home. Together, they are at the forefront of an authoritarian challenge to the democratic international order. At the same time, cyberattacks are becoming more frequent, sophisticated and disruptive; terrorist threats persist; nuclear weapons are proliferating; and the changing climate precipitates instability and fuels crises.
These challenges affect our security on both sides of the Atlantic. They are each different, but there is only one way for North America and Europe to tackle them, and that is together, in NATO.