A new Division within the NATO International Staff has been created in order to deal with a growing range of non-traditional risks and challenges. The new Emerging Security Challenges Division (ESCD) started its work beginning of August and will be focusing notably on terrorism, the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, cyber defence, and energy security.
The new division will also provide NATO with a Strategic Analysis Capability to monitor and anticipate international developments that could affect Allied security.
The Emerging Security Challenges Division brings together various strands of expertise already existant in different parts of NATO Headquarters. Merging this work into one Division will give it greater focus and visibility.
The creation of the ESCD underlines the determination to move new, non-traditional security challenges to the centre of Allied attention.