An Enduring Alliance - Celebrating 70 Years of NATO
Summary: A podcast focused on the 70-year history of the NATO and its oldest military headquarters, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.
Episode 7. Tearing Down Walls In the Western world, the Fall of the Berlin Wall symbolised ofthe end of the Cold War. It was soon followed by the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the establishment of new democratic governments in Central and Eastern Europe. These events raised the questions: Was there still a need for NATO? What was the Alliance’s future? In this episode we discuss the way NATO answered these questions. Our guests recall the hectic events following the end of the Cold War. SHAPE Website: https://bit.ly/31WRBCx HOSTS: Dr. Stella Adorf, Master Sergeant Alex Burnett, Dr. Linda Risso GUESTS: Jamie Shea, Michael Ruehle, Carmen Romero Sources: NATO Declassified: The Fall of the Wall https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/declassified_135845.htm Opportunities outweigh risks, Speech by Secretary General Manfred Wörner: 6 August 1989 http://archives.nato.int/nato-secretary-general-worner-opportunities-outweigh-risks-for-first-time;isad The Alliance: A Key Player in the future. Speech by Secretary General Manfred Wörner. 26 October 1989 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/opinions_23563.htm?selectedLocale=en NATO and a new European Order. Speech by Secretary General, Manfred Wörner, 19 April 1990 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/opinions_23726.htm?selectedLocale=en Message from Turnberry. 8 June 1990 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_23697.htm?selectedLocale=en Declaration on a Transformed North Atlantic Alliance ("The London Declaration"), 6 July 1990 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_23693.htm?selectedLocale=en A common Europe-Partners in Stability, Speech by Secretary General, Manfred Wörner to Members of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, 16 July 1990 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/opinions_23719.htm NATO's Core Security Functions in the New Europe, 7 June 1991 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_23861.htm?selectedLocale=en
Episode 6. Military Exercises in the Cold War and Beyond NATO’s mission has changed over time, from a strong deterrent role during the Cold War to a more diverse mission-set in the post-Cold War era. This included peace keeping, human rights protection and disaster relief. In this episode we discuss how military exercises changed over time by bringing together NATO planners and members of the various armed forces to discuss these changes. SHAPE Website: https://bit.ly/2KkhwyG HOSTS: Dr. Stella Adorf, Master Sergeant Alex Burnett, Dr. Linda Risso GUESTS: Colonel Adam Edmunds, Ilay Ferrier, Brigadier General Franz Pfrengle, Diego Ruiz Palmer. Sources: NATO Declassified: The Cold War https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/135945.htm VIDEO: Exercise Indian Summer (22-26 September 1954) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDA-82ECqOI Beatrice Heuser, Tormod Heier and Guillame Lasconjarias (eds), Military Exercises: Political Messaging and Strategic Impact, NDC Forum Paper 26, NATO Defence College, 2018.
Episode 5. Conventional Forces in the Cold War and Beyond During the Cold War, conventional forces were the cornerstone of NATO’s defence posture. NATO kept extensive military forces at a high level of readiness to ensure they were able to respond promptly to a surprise attack. In today’s episode we will discuss what this meant in practice and what it meant to be stationed in a ‘high readiness function.’ Our guests explain, with vivid memories and unique personal experiences. SHAPE Website: https://bit.ly/2WBAaHX HOSTS: Dr. Stella Adorf, Master Sergeant Alex Burnett, Dr. Linda Risso GUESTS: Colonel Adam Edmunds, Ilay Ferrier, Brigadier General Franz Pfrengle, Diego Ruiz Palmer Sources: NATO Declassified: The Cold War https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/135945.htm Financial and Economic Data Relating to NATO Defence. Defence Expenditures of NATO Countries (1949-1971), 8 December 1971 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_65857.htm?selectedLocale=en Financial and Economic Data Relating to NATO Defence. Defence Expenditures of NATO Countries (1970-1990), 6 December 1990. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_23686.htm?selectedLocale=en Alliance Defence for the Seventies, 4 December 1970 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_26792.htm?selectedLocale=en Special Meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers (The "Double-Track" Decision on Theatre Nuclear Forces), 12 December 1979 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_27040.htm?selectedLocale=en
Episode 4. Time to Move Few know that NATO was originally based in London, then moved to a lovely series of buildings which faced the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. SHAPE, its military headquarters was based nearby in Rocquencourt. However, NATO relocated abruptly to Belgium in the 1960s. In this episode we discuss this hectic time in NATO and SHAPE’s history including the reasons for leaving France, the French withdrawal from the integrated command structure and the rapid move of both Headquarters to Belgium. Not many people know that, when the Alliance was founded, it was originally based in London. It later moved to Paris, into some very impressive headquarters which faced the Eiffel Tower. SHAPE, its military headquarters, was based in Rocquencourt, just outside Paris. In the late 1960s, NATO abruptly relocated to Belgium during a hectic time, marked by crises and changes in strategy. In this episode we discuss France’s withdrawal from the integrated command structure and the reactions that this decision triggered. This included the move of NATO Headquarters to Brussels and SHAPE to Mons, the role of SACEUR General Lyman L. Lemnitzer in ensuring that NATO’s strategy and defence plans continued to keep Europe safe, and the Harmel Report, a key document that still guides NATO’s strategy today. SHAPE Website: https://shape.nato.int/history/information/podcasts/episodes/time-to-move HOSTS: Dr. Stella Adorf, Master Sergeant Alex Burnett, Dr. Linda Risso GUESTS: Professor Pierre Buillon, Professor Maurice Vaïsse Sources: NATO Declassified: France and NATO https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/declassified_160672.htm?selectedLocale=en VIDEO: 50th anniversary of NATO in Belgium (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSHpxvEWkgI Final Communiqué, 7-8 June 1966 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_26659.htm?selectedLocale=en The Future Tasks of the Alliance. 'The Harmel Report'. 14 December 1967 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_26700.htm?selectedLocale=en
Episode 3. Raising a Wall in Berlin During the Cold War, tensions over the status of West Berlin never stopped to worry western leaders. Between 1958 and 1961, tensions increased and it seemed that Europe would soon be dragged into another war. The United States, the United Kingdom and France began work on secret contingency plans for the defence of West Berlin, codenamed LIVE OAK. In this episode, we discuss how General Norstad prepared for the defence of West Berlin, how the crisis in Berlin put into question NATO’s nuclear posture and a new, ‘flexible’ nuclear response. SHAPE Website: https://shape.nato.int/history/raising-a-wall-in-berlin HOSTS: Dr. Stella Adorf, Master Sergeant Alex Burnett, Dr. Linda Risso GUESTS: Colonel Adam Edmunds, Diego Ruiz Palmer, Dr. Gregory Pedlow Sources: NATO Declassified: The Cold War https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/declassified_139429.htm NATO Archives Online: Military Planning for Berlin Emergency (1961-1968) https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/70925.htm VIDEO: Background to Berlin (1962) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3DWwQkv8HM Three-Power Declaration on Germany, 11 May 1965 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_26646.htm?selectedLocale=en Declaration on Germany, 15 December 1966 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_26667.htm?selectedLocale=en Gregory W. Pedlow, NATO Strategic concepts, 1949-1969 https://www.nato.int/archives/strategy.htm
Episode 2. To Lead a Military, You Need a Headquarters The Washington Treaty had created the first military and political alliance that bridged across the Atlantic and brought together Western Europe and North America. To be able to protect its members, NATO needed a military headquarters, and fast. Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, SHAPE, was established in the early 1950s. SHAPE was the first and only allied military headquarters to be established in peacetime. In this episode, we will discuss the first command and control structure, key strategic ideas like massive nuclear retaliation and the role of General Dwight D. Eisenhower – the first Supreme Allied Commander Europe – in laying the foundation of SHAPE. HOSTS: Dr. Stella Adorf, Master Sergeant Alex Burnett, Dr. Linda Risso GUESTS: Dr. Gregory Pedlow, Jamie Shea Sources: NATO Declassified: Origins https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/declassified_135843.htm VIDEO: NATO: The Origins of SHAPE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCycBhpb_fE&index=14&list=PLk7aKtX-LpW6l8Q4Oqa6XHofFUw2o0xvy&t=0s VIDEO: An integrated force https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PUXPEv8sVA Agreement between the Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty regarding the Status of their Forces, 19 June 1951. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_17265.htm?selectedLocale=en Final Communiqué of the Ninth Session of the North Atlantic Council ("The Lisbon Decisions"), 25 February 1952. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_17303.htm?selectedLocale=en Protocol on the Status of International Military Headquarters set up pursuant to the North Atlantic Treaty, 28 August 1952. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_17300.htm?selectedLocale=en Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Accession of the Federal Republic of Germany, 23 October 1954. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_17411.htm?selectedLocale=en Eisenhower, Dwight D. The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower.Volume XII and XIII. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
After the Second World War, Europe laid in ruins after years of war and bombing. The European Continent was devastated economically and politically. Tensions between the Western Allies and Soviet Russia had emerged in the last years of the war and soon led to the fear that the Soviet Army may attack Western Europe. In April 1949, twelve nations came together to sign the Washington Treaty and to pledge their commitment to work together to keep their nations safe. This episode looks at the origins of NATO, from the end of World War II, to the signing of the Treaty. It explains the key articles and how they lay the foundation for NATO’s missions and values over the past seven decades. HOSTS: Dr. Stella Adorf, Master Sergeant Alex Burnett, Dr. Linda Risso GUESTS: General Curtis Michael Scaparrotti Sources: NATO Declassified: Origins. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/declassified_135843.htm The North Atlantic Treaty. Washington D.C. - 4 April 1949 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/official_texts_17120.htm Ismay, Hastings Lionel. NATO, The First Five Years: 1949-1954. Paris: NATO, 1954. https://www.nato.int/archives/1st5years/index.htm
Welcome to an Enduring Alliance, a podcast reflecting on the 70-year history of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and its oldest military headquarters, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, SHAPE. April 4th marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Washington Treaty, the document which brought the 12 founding nations together to form NATO in 1949. NATO is a political and military alliance of like-minded nations that share common values and security concerns. In this episode we hear NATO and SHAPE experts explain why this organisation’s history is so important and some of the events we will cover throughout this series. For more information on this podcast check out our website at: https://shape.nato.int/history/podcasts HOSTS: Dr. Stella Adorf, Master Sergeant Alex Burnett, Dr. Linda Risso GUESTS: Mark Laity, Carmen Romero Sources: NATO Declassified https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/declassified_135843.htm
Welcome to "An Enduring Alliance" a podcast focused on the 70-year history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, and its oldest military headquarters, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, SHAPE. Today we meet the podcast hosts and get a glimpse at what this podcast will highlight. Come back on March 22, 2019 to download our inaugural episode.