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How to Fix… Nato: Listen to episode four of Prospect’s new podcast

This week I'm joined by Fabrice Pothier, Deborah Haynes and Elisabeth Braw to talk about NATO

By Steve Bloomfield  

When the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was established in 1949 it had a purpose – to protect North America and western Europe in the face of the emerging threat, as they saw it from, from the Soviet Union. But once the Cold war ended in 1989, some began to question whether there was any point to Nato. Over the following three decades it has found a new role – several new roles, in fact – from military interventions in the former Yugoslavia to dealing with piracy off the coast of the Horn of Africa. But it has also faced more challenges – from outside, in the form of a resurgent Russia; and recently from inside, thanks to an American president who doesn’t seem to understand what the organisation does and is quite happy to criticise its members. 

In this week’s show, Steve Bloomfield and Stephanie Boland are joined by:

  • Fabrice Pothier, former advisor to Nato secretary generals Anders Fogh Rasumssen and Jen Stoltenberg
  • Deborah Haynes, defence editor at The Times
  • Elisabeth Braw, non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council


Get in touch

Steve on Twitter / Steph on Twitter 

Further reading

Donald Trump’s speech at Nato in May 2017.

Trump shoving the Montenegro president out of the way.

A review of French president Emmanuel Macron’s speech about Europe (including defence) in the New York Times.


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