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11 Europolity: Continuity & Change Eur. Governance 5 (2017)
The Security of Critical Energy Infrastructure in the Age of Multiple Attack Vectors: NATO's Multi-Faceted Approach

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EUROPOLITY, vol 11, no. 1, 2017



                   MULTI-FACETED APPROACH

                      Amb. Dr. Sorin Dumitru Ducaru1
                  NATO Assistant Secretary General, NATO
                             Brussels, Belgium

The current NATO threat landscape is characterized by a combination or
hybrid blend of unconventional emerging challenges (like cyber and terrorist
attacks) and re-emerging conventional ones (like Russia's recent military
resurgence and assertiveness, that led to the illegal annexation of Crimea and
destabilization in Eastern Ukraine). While the resurgence of the Russian military
activity pushed the Alliance in the direction of re-discovering its deterrence and
collective defence role, the new, not-traditional, trans-national and essentially
non-military treats that generate effects below the threshold of an armed attack
require a new paradigm shift with a focus on resilience although the protection
of critical energy infrastructure is first and foremost a national responsibility,
NATO can contribute to meeting the infrastructure protection challenge on many
levels. Given the fact that its core deterrence and defence mandate relies in a
great measure on the security of Allies' energy infrastructure NATO's role and

I Amb. Sorin Dumitru Ducaru is NATO Assistant Secretary General. As head of the Emerging
Security Challenges Division which includes the Cyber Defence section he also chairs of NATO's
Cyber Defence Comnttee (CDC) and the Cyber Defence Management Board (CDMB). The opinions
are provided in this paper on personal, expert basis and should not be interpreted as engaging

Continuity and Change in Europeai Governance

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