Established in 1949 as a collective defense alliance preserving peace and security, NATO now operates in a world that has changed significantly. The organization aims to defend the same principles of freedom and democracy as it did in its early days - the difference between then and now being the threats it must counter to ensure the continuing safety of its Member States and strategic allies.
The history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation consists of only a few incidental situations when expanding the alliance turned out to be inevitable due to various political circumstances. Nowadays, with dangers being no longer direct and clear-cut, NATO yet again finds itself in an urgent need for strong allies. In 2008, Ukraine applied to join the organization as a Member State which resulted in the beginning of multilateral negotiations. The recent change in the Ukrainian government, however, as well as the annexation of Crimea and continuing conflict in the Eastern part of the country successfully prevented the parties from reaching an agreement and left the question whether Ukraine should become the 30th NATO Member State unanswered.
Nowadays, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation prioritizes security on its eastern flank due to rising tensions in NATO-Russian relations and therefore aims to resume negotiations with the pro-Western Ukrainian government. The alliance simultaneously works toward an agreement with The Russian Federation, believing that a political solution to the conflict can be achieved. Ukraine joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would not only declare Ukrainian willingness to cut its historical ties with The Russian Federation; it would potentially challenge the whole European stability.
Consequently, the issue requires skillful representation of countries’ policies, a full understanding of stances and being able to react accordingly to the present situation. The North Atlantic Organisation’s chairs invite all prospective delegates to discuss the forthcoming changes in this very demanding committee, enjoy addressing a complex, relevant problem and finally experience a debate in an expert-level council.
See you in November!
Julia Wysowska & Marcin Branowski
Chairs of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation