The Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) is a NATO initiative that was launched during the organisation's 2004 Istanbul summit.

During the summit, NATO leaders decided to elevate[clarification needed] the Alliance's Mediterranean Dialogue to a genuine partnership and to launch the ICI with selected countries in the broader region of the Middle East.[1] The initiative is an offer to engage in practical security cooperation activities with states throughout the Greater Middle East.[2] This new initiative stands alongside NATO's Partnership for Peace Program and the Mediterranean Dialogue. NATO itself regards these security cooperation partnerships as a response to the new challenges of the 21st century and as a complement to the G8 and U.S.-EU decisions to support calls for reform from within the Broader Middle East region. The ICI offers practical cooperation with interested nations in the Greater Middle East in such areas as:

Members

References

  1. ^ ""NATO elevates Mediterranean Dialogue to a genuine partnership, launches Istanbul Cooperation Initiative"". NATO. 29 June 2004. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  2. ^ WHITE HOUSE, Fact Sheet: The Istanbul Cooperation Initiative , June 2004