Meet Daniel Fata, Primer’s New Advisor

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dan Fata as our newest advisor. With a career spanning 25 years, Dan has held key leadership and advisory positions in both the public and private sectors. He has served as senior staff in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, offering his strategic guidance and […]

In a sudden reversal, Turkey agrees to back Sweden’s bid to join NATO

  NPR’s Michel Martin talks to public policy expert Daniel Fata, about Turkey backing Sweden’s NATO bid, and a potential deal to raise the alliance’s target for military spending.   TRANSCRIPT MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: In a sudden reversal at the NATO summit, Turkey has agreed to back Sweden’s bid to join the alliance. The decision […]

Strengthening Baltic Security: Next Steps for NATO

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Commentary by Mark F. Cancian , Sean Monaghan , and Daniel Fata NATO will hold a leaders’ summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, next month. In preparation for that summit, the CSIS International Security Program conducted a study on Baltic security. This commentary summarizes the results of that study. CSIS will publish the full report on July 6. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has […]

Demining Ukraine: An Urgent but Under-Resourced Priority

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Commentary by Daniel Fata For more than 16 months, the world has witnessed the suffering of the Ukrainian people as the Russian military has intensified their devastating invasion. The international community has seen the mass graves, the suffering from blackouts and power outages, and the flight of thousands who never thought they would be refugees. Yet […]

From Burden Sharing to Responsibility Sharing

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The Issue In recent years, initiatives to improve NATO burden sharing—that is, the extent to which allies are sufficiently contributing to the common defense—have resulted in marginal defense spending increases. Yet publics and parliaments remain concerned that most allies are not spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defense. The political focus on […]

Envisioning a Multilayered Security Blanket for Ukraine

Envisioning a Multilayered Security Blanket for Ukraine

On February 24, news outlets reported on alleged conversations between White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan and experts about what possible security guarantees could entail for Ukraine. If reporting is accurate, the takeaway is that there is no definitive plan for what postwar security guarantees look like for Ukraine. In the absence of any […]

Five Ways to Help Ukraine Win

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Last week, in advance of the anniversary of Russia’s horrific invasion of Ukraine, as Russian forces appear fitfully to be launching a new offensive, President Biden for the first time visited Ukraine, walking with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky through Kyiv. Following on his pledge in his State of the Union address to support Ukraine for “as long as […]

The Value in NATO Being NATO

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On November 15, 2022, Poland reported that Russian missiles struck its territory, killing two civilians. Initial information about the attacks suggested that this incident may make the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)’s strategic calculations regarding the war in Ukraine significantly more complicated. Poland is, after all, a NATO member with a fierce anti-Russian streak in its […]

NATO’s Evolving Role in Developing AI Policy

NATO’s Evolving Role in Developing AI Policy

This week, NATO leaders convened their first-ever Data & AI Leader’s Conference on big data and artificial intelligence (AI) with a focus on building sound foundations for both governance and responsible use of these technologies. Given the increased attention and focus big data and AI are having in allied capitals, NATO’s goal is to help define a […]