• Defending the Baltic Sea Region

    On May 9, the Atlantic Council hosted a scenario-based decision game centered on collective deterrence and defense in the Baltic Sea Region. The tabletop exercise gathered thought leaders, regional experts, policymakers, and current and former officials to explore defense challenges in the region. Conducted in close partnership with the Swedish Ministry of Defense, this game aimed at assessing the range of issues confronting senior decision-makers in the context of an array of plausible regional crisis scenarios.

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  • Sustaining NATO’s Strength and Deterrence

    On June 6, 2016 the Atlantic Council hosted a public conference on Sustaining NATO’s Strength and Deterrence.The event took place in Vilnius, Lithuania and served as the Council’s major public event in the Baltic region one month ahead of NATO’s seminal 2016 Warsaw Summit. The discussions featured a keynote address by Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, Commanding General of US Army Europe, as well as remarks by Lithuania’s Minister of National Defense, H.E. Juozas Olekas, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Linas Linkevičius. The event convened key regional and US leaders, military officials, and senior experts for a high-level discussion on the strategic issues facing NATO's eastern flank.
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  • Atlantic Council Honors Champions of Freedom

    Recipients of the Atlantic Council’s Freedom Awards on June 3 delivered impassioned pleas to safeguard the freedoms they have dedicated their lives to protect.

    “By criminalizing forms of expression, unintentionally or otherwise, we risk pushing people into the welcoming arms of extremists,” said Nighat Dad, a Pakistani Internet activist and founder of Digital Rights Foundation.

    “Covering our eyes, ears and mouths will not protect us from evil, but it will make it harder for people to be involved in the valuable discourse that is at the heart of social and financial progress,” she added.

    Dad was one of four recipients of the Freedom Award, which was presented at the Wrocław Global Forum in Wrocław, Poland. The forum was co-hosted by the Atlantic Council, the Polish Institute of International Affairs, and the City of Wrocław.

    Other awardees were: Horst Teltschik, who served as national...

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  • 2016 Wrocław Global Forum Freedom Awards

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  • NATO’s Warsaw Summit: ‘Failure is Not an Option’

    NATO’s Warsaw summit in July is shaping up to be one of the most consequential in the alliance’s history, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said on June 3 while noting the growing challenges on Europe’s southern and eastern flanks.

    “We face one of the most challenging security environments in decades,” Vershbow said. “We have to step up and meet challenges from a revanchist Russia...and at the same time we have to deal with the arc of crisis that spans the entire Middle East and North Africa region.”

    “Failure is not an option as we go into the Warsaw summit,” he added.

    Vershbow spoke at the Wrocław Global Forum, a conference jointly hosted by the Atlantic Council, the Polish Institute of International Affairs, and the City of Wrocław in Wrocław, Poland.

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  • Wroclaw Global Forum Concludes with Calls for Productive NATO Summit

    WROCLAW – The second and final day of the seventh annual Wroclaw Global Forum opened with a discussion featuring US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), US Representative Jan Schakowsky, and Atlantic Council Chairman Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. on US foreign policy after the 2016 election. The wide-ranging discussion recapped the 2016 primary season and looked ahead to the types of discussions that will be had between the democratic and republican candidates in the general election.

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  • Seventh Annual Wroclaw Global Forum Opens with Focus on NATO Summit, Security Concerns

    WROCLAW – The seventh annual Wroclaw Global Forum opened in Wroclaw, Poland this morning, convening a global group of leaders from government, business, media, and civil society. Hosted by the Atlantic Council, the City of Wroclaw, and the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the Forum began with opening remarks from the three co-hosts: Atlantic Council Chairman Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Mayor of Wroclaw Rafal Dutkiewicz, and Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs Slawomir Debski.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland H.E. Witold Waszczykowski delivered a keynote address focused on Poland and the NATO Summit to a packed auditorium, highlighting the threats that NATO faces on both its eastern and southern flanks. He stressed that NATO needs to strengthen its military presence in Poland and the Baltics to combat an increasingly aggressive Russian....

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  • Polish Foreign Minister Seeks ‘Substantial’ NATO Buildup on Europe’s Eastern Flank

    NATO should undertake a “substantial” military buildup in Poland and the Baltic States to address the challenge posed by an “aggressive” and “revisionist” Russia, Poland’s Foreign Minister, Witold Waszczykowski, said on June 2.

    “NATO’s keyword should be deterrence…not as an offensive measure, but rather as the most effective and, in fact, only instrument of peacebuilding,” he said.

    “We do not want to wage a war against anyone, but to avoid a war scenario we must show that we are very well prepared and determined to defend our territory and values we share,” he added.

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  • Arslan Quoted by Wall Street Journal on Turkey's Internal Economic Reforms

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  • The Visegrad Group: Anchoring the NATO Alliance?

    On May 10, 2016 the Atlantic Council partnered with the Corvinus Society for Foreign Affairs and Culture to host a roundtable discussion on The Visegrad Group: Anchoring the NATO Alliance?

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