NATO Crowd-Sourcing Future

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Seriously. NATO Transformation Command, based in Norfolk, Virginia and previously known as Supreme Allied Command, Atlantic, wants to crowd-source the future. They have a strategic foresight initiative that is hot right now, and anyone can sign up to have an account and express their views on Economics, Environment, Technology, and more. These are serious people with good intentions. Got brain? Take it for a drive at the Innovation Hub. Right now. This stage CLOSES on 23 June. Contributors get to join in the video discussion 24-26 June 2015. The possibility of personal thank you letters is being discussed. Do this.  Now.  Please. http://innovationhub-act.org/

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Jun 18

Answers: Steele for NATO Strategic Foresight

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My preliminary contributions to the NATO Strategic Foresight Online Workshop. I have no appointment or connection to NATO or the Transformation Command. This workshop is open to the public without restriction.

Characteristics of the Future Threats & Possibilities
Economic Considerations
Environmental Considerations
Human Considerations I & II
Political Considerations
Technology Considerations
Strategic Foresight I & II

 

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Jun 11

NATO Watch: Four Questions — and 70-90 US Nuclear Weapons in Turkey, US Helping Turkey Go Nuclear By 2019?

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Four questions not answered by NATO Defence Ministersnato watch

By Nigel Chamberlain and Ian Davis, NATO Watch

4 November 2013

www.natowatch.org Promoting a more transparent and accountable NATO

Four questions only:

1. Can NATO’s defence gap be bridged?
2. Why such slow progress on NATO support for Libya?
3. Are NATO and Russia going to cooperate to help eliminate Syrian chemical weapons
4. Where absolute secrecy prevails – absolutely [nuclear weapons in Europe and Turkey]

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Nov 5

NATO CIMIC: The Role of Iran in Afghanistan’s Reconstruction & Development

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Farsi Language Zones

Farsi / Dari Language Zones

PDF (10 Pages):  20130816 NATO CIMIC Iran_Reconstruction_Afghanistan

This report provides a broad overview of the contribution of the Islamic Republic of Iran to reconstruction and development in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban. It complements previous CFC reports discussing the role of China, India and Pakistan in Afghanistan’s reconstruction, development and exploitation of natural resources. Related information is available at www.cimicweb.org.

Iran has been an active player in Afghanistan‟s reconstruction and development since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, with the Afghan government frequently lauding Iran for its assistance to the country. For instance, in June 2013, Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai praised Iran as “a very good neighbour”, while stressing a need for expansion of ties and cooperation between the two countries. Similarly, in February 2013, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul hailed Iran‟s positive role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.  While this report primarily focuses on reconstruction and development – related projects, it is useful to situate these within a broader context of Iran‟s regional economic objectives and its foreign policy toward Afghanistan.  As noted by Ellen Laipson of the Stimson Center, Iran would prefer to see Afghanistan
emerge from decades of conflict as “a more reliable trading partner, transit route, and competent state that can [reduce] the flow of drugs and refugees across its border, [as well as ] prevent non-state actors from operating on its territory”.   These factors, among others, have guided Iran‟s reconstruction and development efforts in the country.

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Aug 23