A NATO report concluded that its programs in the Middle East have achieved little since 1994. The report cited the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative and the Mediterranean Dialogue, which include Gulf, Levant and North African states.
The report urged NATO to demonstrate “strategic patience” with the Middle East and focus on the threat from Iran. The authors said the alliance should seek to reach an agreement based on “new and broader concepts of security, taking into account conventional and unconventional dangers, as well as political, economic, social and cultural issues.”
“The allies should be open to transparent consultations with its MD and ICI partners on the implications of a possible nuclear breakout by Iran,” the report said.