#FutureNATO Twitter Town Hall

March 3, 2016 - 9:00 am

Twitter Town Hall
#FutureNATO Twitter Town Hall
Alliance at Risk: Strengthening European Defense

A conversation with:
Jorge Benitez

Director, NATOSource
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Erwan Lagadec

Adjunct Professor, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Despite Russian aggression in Ukraine and growing threats along NATO’s southern flank, many European allies find it difficult to increase their defense capabilities and meet the commitments they made at the Wales Summit. To address this important challenge, the Atlantic Council produced its “Alliance at Risk” report, which draws together noted experts and former senior officials to examine the vulnerabilities in European defense and provide recommendations on the way forward. The project highlights six leading nations from NATO’s north, south, east, and west, which also serves to illuminate the many perspectives and diverse defense priorities that exists within the Alliance today. Join us for an interactive Twitter discussion with senior experts for the launch of this report.

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This Twitter Town Hall is open to press and on the record. 



Jorge Benitez is the Director of NATOSource and a Senior Fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

He specializes in NATO and transatlantic relations, European politics, and US national security. He has been interviewed or cited by a broad range of media sources such as CNN, the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg News, Defense News, POLITICO, the National Interest, Xinhua, the Global Times, Russia Today, Kommersant, Hurriyet, Handelsblatt, Al Arabiya, Al Hurra, Al Jazeera, Sky News, and the Congressional Research Service.

Dr. Benitez previously served as Assistant for Alliance Issues to the Director of NATO Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has also served as a specialist in international security for the Department of State and the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis.

Dr. Benitez received his BA from the University of Florida, his MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Erwan Lagadec is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, where he focuses on transatlantic security (including NATO and EU foreign policy), France, the United Kingdom, and Russia.

He is an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Tulane University's Disaster Resilience and Leadership Academy. From 2008 to 2013, he taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) and was affiliated with Harvard University's Center for European Studies. Since 2006, he has been a Foreign Policy Institute Fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies' Center for Transatlantic Relations. From 2004 to 2005 he was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. In 2005 he joined the French Navy Reserve, where he specialized on policy planning. He has been a consultant for the French Foreign Ministry's Policy Planning Staff, the French Military Mission in the US, the French Military representation to the European Union, and the US Mission to the European Union.

His latest book, Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century: Europe, America, and the Rise of the Rest (Routledge, 2012) offers an overview of the strategic interface between European integration, transatlantic relations, and the rise of "emerging powers." He holds a DPhil (PhD) in history from the University of Oxford (Trinity College) and an MA from the University of Paris-I (Sorbonne). In addition to French and English, he speaks or reads Russian, German, Spanish, and Italian.