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How NATO can combat Chinese and Russian political warfare

The case for a Comprehensive Approach 2.0: How NATO can combat Chinese and Russian political warfare In-Depth Research & Reports   by   Kathleen J. McInnis ,  Clementine G. Starling Raising of the flags at the handover ceremony for the new NATO Headquarters DOWNLOAD PDF Introduction This paper argues that NATO has both a designated strategic role to play due to its mandate in the 1949 Washington Treaty, and an operational-level toolkit to utilize, when it comes to developing and implementing an urgently needed Comprehensive Approach to countering authoritarian political warfare. NATO has the platform to further dialogue and coordinate action among multiple stakeholders in a way that is necessary to spur cross-national and multinational counter-political warfare efforts in the transatlantic community. A whole-of-system approach is required to combat whole-of-system attacks. NATO is well positioned to help build that holistic approach and it should do so with greater urgency. Implica
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