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The Bucharest Summit: NATO and the Future of the Transatlantic Alliance

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Publication Date: May 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Kurt Volker

Series: Heritage Lecture

Topic: International relations (International and regional organizations)

Keywords: Europe; Bucharest Summit; north atlantic treaty organization; NATO

Type: Speech


The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) faces diverse threats, such as terrorism, proliferation, and the consequences of failed states. NATO must sharpen its focus on what those threats are and how to respond to them. Europe must understand that prosperity and democracy are intimately linked to an investment in defense.