How we define NATO is a crucial discussion when our liberal democracies are challenged within and from outside. It’s a discussion that should be made often and by everyone. How we respond to current threats, like terrorism and other unconventional threats, will define our success in overcoming more pressing, near-future global threats such as scarcity of resources and climate change. At a time when member states are individually threatened, we definitely need our collective security apparatus NATO to emerge as predetermined to safeguard our liberties and security and to promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area. Only then we can sustain the balance between security and freedom, the peace and stability we provide, and the rule of law and principles of democracy we built our societies upon. And only then we can overcome more pressing global issues through innovation and advances in our civilizations. I recently graduated from Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. Our university’s motto is “Together we create, together we develop.” Can you see the resemblance of that spirit in the family NATO put together? NATO is a community where together we can bring positive change, progress and development to the world.