Transatlantic Forum

Transatlantic Forum serves as the Euro-Atlantic community's premier venue for discussion, debate and analysis on issues related to NATO and its future. The series features major public speeches and roundtable strategy sessions with ministers of defense and foreign affairs and top military commanders.
  • Unwrapping the NATO Warsaw Summit

    On July 11, 2016 the Atlantic Council hosted a private roundtable with General Denis Mercier, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation on “Unwrapping the NATO Warsaw Summit.” Gen. Mercier briefed out the key deliberations and conclusions of the Alliance’s July 8-9 Warsaw Summit. A select group of experts, including Julie Smith of the Center for a New American Security, as well as Brig. Gen. Matthew Brand (Ret.) and Franklin D. Kramer of the Atlantic Council, provided insights on the strengths and weaknesses of the Summit’s outcomes and how they will impact NATO’s long-term transformation moving forward. The event convened a range of senior experts from Washington’s foreign policy community to discuss these important issues as the Alliance transitions to implement its decisions.

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  • NAC-D Debrief with James J. Townsend, Jr.

    On June 21, 2016 the Atlantic Council hosted a private session with James J. Townsend, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy at the US Department of Defense. DASD Townsend debriefed the latest NATO Defense Ministerial meeting held on June 14-15, just weeks ahead of the NATO Summit in Warsaw. The event gathered senior experts, former officials, and policymakers to discuss the key deliberations and decisions of the meeting, including those concerning the Alliance's emergent "enhanced forward presence" in Central Europe, the NATO-Ukraine relationship, and NATO's role in addressing the challenges along its southern frontier.

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  • Private Strategy Session with H.E. Harjit Singh Sajjan

    On May 12, 2016 the Atlantic Council hosted a private strategy session with Canada’s Minister of National Defense, Harjit Singh Sajjan. The event convened a small group of distinguished experts to offer insights and analysis into key security challenges, including Russia, the new security landscape in Europe, and security threats to North America. The Minister also outlined his perspective on a range of emerging national security challenges, touching on homegrown extremists, cyber threats, and interagency collaboration.

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  • NATO’s Regional Security Posture

    On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Atlantic Council hosted a private strategy session on NATO’s Regional Security Posture featuring Danish Chief of Defense General Peter Bartram. With its ability to sustain high operational tempo, Denmark is one of the United States’ staunchest allies, and in many ways, the model NATO ally. Yet Denmark, as with nearly all of its European allies, faces defense spending constraints that will impact its future military forces. Developing ways to overcome this challenge in the midst of the new threat landscape in Europe will be critical to sustain transatlantic security. General Bartram addressed these and other issues with a group of leading experts while at the Council.

    General Bartram was appointed Chief of Defense in March 2012, culminating a decorated career in the Danish military that included command postings in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Defense Command Denmark, and NATO Allied Command Transformation in Virginia.

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  • NATO: Projecting Stability in an Age of Instability

    On April 6, 2016 the Atlantic Council hosted a special event with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss NATO’s strategy for south and preview the agenda for the upcoming NATO Warsaw Summit in July. Secretary General Stoltenberg discussed the broad range of urgent and complex challenges facing the Alliance, outlining several bold and innovative steps NATO must take to respond to the rapidly evolving transatlantic security environment.

    Stoltenberg was appointed Secretary General of NATO in 2014. Throughout his career, he served twice as Prime Minister of Norway, and has held a number of international assignments, including Chair of the UN High-Level Panel on System-Wide Coherence, Chair of the High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change.

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  • SDSR: Warfare in the Information Age

    On December 8, the Atlantic Council hosted a private roundtable on "SDSR: Warfare in the Information Age" featuring General Sir Richard Barrons, Commander, Joint Forces Command, UK Armed Forces. General Barrons, who assisted with the 2010 Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) as Assistant Chief of General Staff, discussed some of the outcomes of the 2015 SDSR. Recently released on November 23, the new SDSR has reversed many of the previous cuts in 2010, demonstrating Britain's renewed commitment to security, defense, and an active role on the global stage. Participants also discussed how emerging disruptive technologies will impact UK defense posture in the future and alter the landscape of warfare in the years to come.
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  • European Security and the Transatlantic Link

    On October 30, the Brent Scowcroft Center welcomed a Swedish Parliamentary Delegation for a private briefing on security policy during their recent visit to Washington. The Council’s Jorge Benitez, Robert Nurick, and Marik String each gave presentations about the role of the transatlantic partnership in promoting stability and the future of US security engagement in Europe. Participants from various Swedish parties and committees also discussed priorities and challenges for the upcoming NATO Warsaw Summit and the implications for European security.
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  • Security Challenges in the Nordic-Baltic Region

    On October 28, the Transatlantic Security Initiative hosted a roundtable with a senior team from Finland’s Ministry of Defense. The conversation focused on a number of Nordic-Baltic security issues, including US engagement in the region, regional responsibility, and the future of NATO partnerships. The event was part of the Council’s larger project on Nordic-Baltic Security and the Transatlantic Link, which aims to formulate new ideas for enhancing regional defense cooperation.
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  • Sweden’s Role in the Nordic-Baltic Region and the Transatlantic Relationship

    On May 20, the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a discussion on "Sweden's Role in the Nordic-Baltic Region and the Transatlantic Relationship" with Sweden's Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist and experts from the Atlantic Council.

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  • The Future of NATO's Open-Door Policy

    In March, the Atlantic Council hosted a discussion with H.E. Milica Pejanović-Đurišić, Minister of Defense of Montenegro on the Future of NATO Open Door Policy with

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