Country Risk

NATO's new Readiness Action Plan leaves Europe's southern flanks vulnerable

12 February 2015

Key Points

  • NATO's RAP has focused on responding to the emergent threat of Russia to its east
  • As a result it has neglected to deal adequately with the threat from instability to the south in the Middle East and North Africa

If carried through as envisioned, NATO's new Readiness Action Plan (RAP) that was launched by allied defence ministers on 5 February will considerably improve deterrence against aggression along the alliance's eastern frontier, its main flank of concern. However, the plan does not yet meet the other direction of concern: NATO's southern flank - and particularly towards the southeast.

"This is a hole in our rapid reaction capabilities," a NATO source told IHS Jane's .

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