International crisis management

07.07.2023 - Article

NATO is making a valuable contribution to stabilising crisis regions and to fighting international terrorism.

The NATO Allies have a shared interest in contributing to stability and conflict management through NATO. The Alliance works closely with other international actors and partners here. By strengthening Alliance capabilities, providing training support and advisory services for partners as well as for NATO missions, operations and activities, NATO wants to be able to react better to terrorist threats. This is also the aim of NATO’s contribution to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS.

Currently, NATO is conducting the following operations:

Kosovo Force (KFOR):

Since 1999, KFOR has contributed to ensuring a secure and stable environment in Kosovo. The operation is supporting the establishment of a stable, democratic and multi-ethnic state of Kosovo, as well as the building of security structures. KFOR works in close cooperation with the United Nations and the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX). At the current time, 27 nations, including Germany, are participating.

Operation Sea Guardian (OSG):

At the Warsaw Summit in 2016, NATO Heads of State and Government decided to establish a new maritime security operation in the Mediterranean building on Operation Active Endeavour. OSG collects information, supports situational awareness and inspects ships and boats on the high seas that are suspected of smuggling weapons, supporting or engaging in terrorism. Once the relevant agreement has been reached with the EU, the North Atlantic Council can also make a decision by consensus to charge the OSG with assisting the EU and its EUNAVFOR MED Operation IRINI in implementing the arms embargo on Libya. Germany is providing up to 550 soldiers.

NATO Mission Iraq (NMI):

Based on previous activities in Iraq, the Heads of State and Government agreed at the Summit in Brussels in 2018 to launch a support mission to develop a professional military training system, as well as to advise and train Iraq’s regular armed forces and security forces in central Iraq. The NATO Defence Ministers agreed to extend the NMI in February 2021. Since then, it has continued to support efforts to stabilise Iraq by capacity-building with a particular focus on advising the institutional level and Iraqi security institutions. Steps are coordinated closely and continually with Iraqi partners, the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS and the EU Advisory Mission Iraq.

Up-to-date information on NMI troop strength is available at www.nato.int

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