This event is part of the Transatlantic Security Initiative’s Stronger with Allies series, which charts the course forward for the Alliance in conjunction with the 2022 NATO Summit.

Event Recap

New Atlanticist

Jun 16, 2022

How NATO can stick together and keep the pressure on Russia, according to four former Alliance chiefs

By Katherine Walla

Four former NATO chiefs gathered at the Atlantic Council to weigh in on the Alliance’s response to the war in Ukraine, enlargement, and the next plays in its playbook.

Europe & Eurasia NATO

The Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Security Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security hosted a conversation on “Allied resolve: NATO perspectives on the Russian invasion of Ukraine” with four former NATO Secretaries General on June 15, 2022. This edition of the Atlantic Council’s Front Page event series featured Secretaries General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Lord George Robertson, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, and Javier Solana in a discussion on how to better address the crisis.

As Putin’s war in Ukraine escalates, it is apparent that his objective is not only to maintain Russia’s sphere of influence in Ukraine, but to bend the present European security architecture to his will. With the toll of Russia’s destruction growing, NATO has enhanced its deterrent posture along the Alliance’s eastern flank while providing political and materiel support to Ukraine. Still, pressure is mounting for NATO to do more to help those fighting for their freedom and self-determination. During this event, the former Secretaries General of NATO discussed the political and military options available to NATO and what more the transatlantic alliance can do to protect Ukraine and its people, strengthen Western resolve, and bolster collective defense.

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Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Former Secretary General of NATO (2009-2014)

Lord George Robertson

Former Secretary General of NATO (1999-2003)

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Former Secretary General of NATO (2004-2009) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Javier Solana

Former Secretary General of NATO (1995-1999)

Moderated by

Jennifer Griffin

National Security Correspondent
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