Ahrim Kim
Korea, Republic of

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COMMITTEE: NATO COUNTRY: FRANCE TOPIC: Future of NATO: Strategic Objectives and Internal Structure

On March 7th, 1996, France determined to withdraw itself from the NATO Integrated Military Command Structure. President Charles de Gaulle opposed to allow the French armed forces to submit to US command, to protect its sovereignty from any other practices. Nonetheless, this does not mean that France neglected any conflicts and following common military strategies of NATO. In fact, France tried to support every action that promotes the peace of Europe as well as the world, France joined NATO military operation in Kosovo and sent its troops later participated in military campaigns in Afghanistan, in order to end human sufferings. In 2009, France made a decision to rejoin NATO, as the conditions of security have changed radically and significantly. In other words, France fully recognizes significant change of the nature of threats and therefore, fully affirms the necessity to discuss the future of NATO.

Not surprisingly, there have always been controversies over the purpose of NATO in post- Cold War era. While the only goal was to protect the West from the encroachment of Soviet Union in its beginning, since 1990s NATO has to fulfill more broaden task, as the range of threats to human security expanded. Crisis management capacity is its essential core task, but it aids African Union and migrant refu...