Strengthening Atlantic Institutions

The structures of the Atlantic Community, often called "Euro-Atlantic Institutions", are of an open nature. They started with a smaller number of members than they currently have. And in several cases with a smaller number of functions. Since their inception they have evolved considerably, in order to manage in a more effective way the relations among their members, and with the rest of the world.

Recent Mars/Venus name-calling indicates the need for serious work in rebuilding public awareness of why transatlantic unity is so important for world stability. On this particular point the Streit Council stresses that unity is never secure until it is completed through institutions. We will continue to underline this point, while working on a wider spectrum of issues together with other transatlantic think-tanks.

In keeping with the intrinsic transformative nature of this set of institutions and alliances and to guarantee that they can perform their functions and their role of global leadership they need, even today, to be upgraded and transformed.

Moving to the next level of Euro-Atlantic Institutionalization

* Extending Democracy
Enlarging NATO and the EU
Building the Community of Democracies
Promoting transition to Democracy

* Enhancing Peace & Security
Transforming NATO
Transatlantic homeland security
Consolidation against WMD proliferation

* Expanding Prosperity
A common market of the industrial democracies

The widening and deepening of NATO and other international institutions

• Our organization was the first to speak of expanding NATO after Communism would come to an end, already in 1987. Ukrainian developments are a reminder of the still unfinished business.
• We were also the first to say that NATO should transform itself toward a more integrated structure - without any veto power on its ordinary decisions - so it can make decisions effectively despite having more members. The call for such reforms has since been echoed by Lord Robertson, Madeleine Albright, David Abshire, and the U.S. Senate, but has not yet been acted upon. More work is needed to keep this issue in the limelight.

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