Episode 8: NATO Becomes Operational

An Enduring Alliance - Celebrating 70 Years of NATO show

Summary: Episode 8. NATO Becomes Operational In the 1990s, NATO became operational for the first time in its 40-year history. The operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and later in Kosovo were a transformative experience for the Alliance. These were out-of-area engagements with new political and operational challenges. In this episode a former NATO spokesperson recalls the key events that marked NATO’s involvement in the Balkans.   SHAPE Website: https://bit.ly/2XDMcSo HOSTS: Dr. Stella Adorf, Master Sergeant Alex Burnett, Dr. Linda Risso GUESTS: Jamie Shea, Michael Ruehle, Carmen Romero   Sources: Statement on the Situation in Former Yugoslavia, 30 May 1995 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_24754.htm?selectedLocale=en Statement on Bosnia-Herzegovina, 5 December 1995 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_24719.htm?selectedLocale=en Press Conference on Transfer of Authority to IFOR Opening Statement, 20 December 1995 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/opinions_24762.htm?selectedLocale=en  Declaration by the North Atlantic Council on IFOR's role in the transition to peace, 29 April 1996 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_25070.htm?selectedLocale=en Statement by the North Atlantic Council on the situation in Albania, 13 March 1997 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_25476.htm?selectedLocale=en Special Declaration on Bosnia and Herzegovina, 8 July 1997 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_25459.htm?selectedLocale=en Political and Military Objectives of NATO Action with regard to the crisis in Kosovo, 23 March 1999 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_27451.htm?selectedLocale=en