Jenny Y.

Jenny Y.

This photo was taken in a Calais refugee camp, signifying the complex nature of the refugee crisis. A complex solution needs a complex multilateral response. In response to the refugee and migrant crisis, NATO was able to send a naval patrol to the Aegean sea in less than 24 hours. The Standing Maritime Group is led by the German navy’s flagship, the Bonn, supported by Turkey’s frigate Barbados, and the Canadian frigate, Fredericton. Rather than pushing back the migrants, the focus will be on intelligence gathering, monitoring waterways, and countering people-smuggling syndicates. Not only does this mission exhibit exemplary cooperation between Greece and Turkey, it also shows how NATO is able to formulate a quick and decisive response to multi-faceted, urgent issues.