PRIF is compiling a study for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in which the discourses of primarily societal actors on the future of NATO are surveyed and analyzed in a number of relevant countries. The study comes at a critical time: after President Macron's diagnosis that NATO is "brain dead" and Joe Biden's election, the Alliance is once again facing a fork in the road. The list of challenges is long, ranging from the future shape of the NATO/US-EU relationship to Turkey's internal coherence and special role, to the shape of relations with Russia and NATO's role in the emerging great power conflict between the US and China. In this situation, the study aims to survey relevant political actors and discourses and also to identify those voices that provide new and interesting answers to these questions in terms of peace policy.
Led by Dr. Caroline Fehl and Dr. Matthias Dembinski, the study involves a team of PRIF staff contributing both regional and country-specific expertise as well as expertise in the fields of arms control and international law. The results are to be published in spring 2021.