"Anchoring the Alliance" from the Atlantic Council is an outstanding analysis on the state of NATO and world affairs. With contributions from Aspen Romania President, Mr. Mircea Geoana, Secretary of State, Ms. Madeleine Albright, David Miliband, Former UK Foreign Secretary, Mr. Javier Solana, Chairman of Aspen Espana or Mr. Kurt Volker, former US Ambassador to NATO, the report offers a concise prescription for how the NATO allies can strengthen the Alliance for the many challenges ahead. This is not a comprehensive assessment of NATO or its future missions, but a look at its most important component-its leadership.
The report outlines a prescription for how NATO's major allies can lead the Alliance to a better future in the decade ahead. It entails ambitious steps that will require the same vision and political will from which the Alliance has bene"ted in previous times of challenge. But the payoff will be a vital contribution to the security and prosperity of all members of the transatlantic community.
The Report was chaired by Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns. He is a board director at the Atlantic Council and professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at the Harvard Kennedy School.!Burns served in the United States Foreign Service for twenty-seven years until his retirement in April 2008. He was under secretary of state for political affairs (2005-08); US ambassador to NATO (2001-05) and to Greece (1997-01) and State Department spokesman (1995-97). He worked for "ve years (1990-95) on the National Security Council at the White House where he was senior director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia affairs; special assistant to President Clinton; and director for Soviet Affairs for President George H.W. Bush. He is also Director of the Aspen Strategy Group.