The USA will set forth a concept to reform NATO during the upcoming summit of the alliance. In accordance with the concept, the alliance will be expanded with the help of the countries of not only the Euro-Atlantic region, but of Asia too, for instance, Australia, Japan and South Korea. The renewed alliance may even replace the United Nations, The Kommersant newspaper wrote.
Ivo Daalder, one of the most renowned US experts on the alliance, was appointed the new US Ambassador to NATO Thursday. Daalder is an old-time champion of the revolutionary idea to create a league of democracies. The concept was originally suggested by Senator John McCain. The theory stipulates the creation of a new international organization that will virtually replace the United Nations.
McCain and Daalder, as well as their associates said on many occasions that the United Nations was a defective organization, because the political regimes of many of its members were based on dictatorship. Therefore, they believe, the organization is incapable of handing its mission to prevent wars and conflicts in the world. A club of democratic states must be created instead the UN to deal with the solution of international issues. It was Ivo Daalder, who said that NATO must become such an organization.
Daalder offered to discuss the issue in 2006 at the NATO summit in Riga, Latvia. He acknowledged, though, that it would take time for a new set of world leaders to implement the initiative. The previous leaders, such as George Bush, Tony Blair and Jacques Chirac, were not ready for such a reform, Daalder believed.
The official added that the United States was forced to use military force abroad. The USA used military force in foreign countries eight times from 1989 to 2001. The Republican Party initiated the interventions four times; the Democratic Party did the same, Daalder said.
The US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan showed that military operations abroad must not be conducted without the international approval. The UN Security Council could not be a regulator for the foreign intervention: the council neither prevented nor solved any crisis of the recent decade – Rwanda, Kosovo, Darfur, Iraq and North Korea. Ivo Daalder believes that it became possible due to the opposition between non-democratic countries represented at the Security Council, particularly Russia and China.
Daalder believes that NATO and its global democratic partners must be involved in the decision-making process regarding the use of force in foreign countries.
The NATO summit will take place on April 2 in France and Germany. Ivo Daalder and the new US administration will have a chance to unveil the new NATO expansion concept at the summit. It will be a ‘family event’ in which only NATO members will participate.