NATO’s Four Big Challenges: A Subscriber+Exclusive Interview

VILNIUS, LITHUANIA – JULY 12: U.S. President Joe Biden (C) speaks to announce the G7 nations’ joint declaration for the support of Ukraine as (from L to R) British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni look on on July 12, 2023 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The event took place at the 2023 NATO Summit. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Exclusive Subscriber+Interview  — This week’s NATO Summit in Vilnius may have fallen short of the clear path to membership that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been requesting for the past several months, but the 31 member nations did get some important business done.

The Cipher Brief expert and former Ambassador Douglas Lute, who served as U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO, said there were four main challenges that the alliance had to deal with this week. And by Wednesday afternoon, at the conclusion of the final day of this year’s summit, it seemed very close to achieving all four. 

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