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General Eisenhower inspects the SHAPE flag. Courtesy of The US National Archives

Vigilance is the Price of Liberty: The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Marks Its 70th Anniversary

Linda Risso
RUSI Journal, 6 May 2021
NATO, Europe
As the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe enters its eighth decade, it must reaffirm its priorities in a new security environment.

The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) is the only integrated command to exist in peacetime. Established in the aftermath of the Second World War, its existence is embedded in the multilateral approach to international relations and defence that characterised the post-war years. Today, as NATO adapts to the new security environment, so does SHAPE. In this article, Linda Risso offers a historical analysis of SHAPE’s development over the past seven decades and examines how the operational headquarters is preparing for the new challenges that the Alliance is facing.

BANNER IMAGE: General Eisenhower inspects the SHAPE flag. Courtesy of The US National Archives

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