NATO’s strength lies in unity, in our shared commitment to peace, democracy, and the principles that bind America and our European allies together. In the face of a more aggressive and likely more tumultuous Russia to come, it’s time to reaffirm these principles and act decisively to secure our future. Here’s my suggestion for a three-pronged approach.

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Firstly, Cohesion and Commitment: We need to redouble our efforts to foster unity and deepen our commitment to collective defense. This means not just meeting the agreed defense spending targets but investing smartly in capabilities that bolster our collective strength and deterrence. The 2% GDP defense spending benchmark must not be just a goal but a reality for all member states. This also means conducting more joint exercises, sharing intelligence, and aligning our strategies and doctrines. Easier said than done, but necessary nonetheless.

Secondly, Strengthening our Eastern Flank: Our Eastern member states are the most exposed to Russian aggression. We must augment their defense and deterrence capabilities. This could include the pre-positioning of NATO forces and equipment, boosting our rapid response capabilities, and assisting in modernizing their military forces.