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NATO's Wales Summit: Expected Outcomes and Key Challenges [August 26, 2014]   [open pdf - 316KB]

"On September 4-5, the leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) 28 member states will meet in Wales for the alliance's 2014 summit. This will be their first meeting since Russia began providing large-scale military support to separatist forces fighting in Ukraine, and their last before the planned completion by the end of 2014 of NATO's mission in Afghanistan, the longest and most ambitious operation in NATO history. As such, some analysts portray the summit as an opportunity to consider a possible strategic shift for NATO, away from the broad, 'out of area' focus embodied by the Afghanistan mission, toward a more narrow focus on territorial defense and deterrence, largely in response to a resurgent Russia. Although the allies are considered unlikely to make such decisive declarations, summit deliberations are expected to center on responding to Russian aggression in Ukraine and elsewhere in the region."

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CRS Report for Congress, R43698
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2014-08-26
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