Staying on Course with Russia Will Make NATO Even Better

Here’s something intriguing from what I read today. In the absence of any legislative powers as an intergovernmental security alliance, NATO should not claim to lead on a topic for which it lacks the requisite policy powers. Although the organization should be aware of China’s problems, only national capitals and on occasion, the EU have the political and economic instruments to deal with Beijing’s non-military threats.

It’s because they’re are lacking something. There is no legislative authority to confront terrorism, nor does it have the capacity to impose sanctions and block the financing of terrorism. Looking at it, many other skills needed to deter terrorism are still lacking, such as policy expertise over law enforcement, and border and immigration controls.