This December, the world watches as heads of state and government and military leaders gather at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Leaders’ Meeting in London.

With the commemoration of the Alliance’s 70th anniversary, this past year has served to honor NATO’s achievements. To round off this historic year, the NATO Leaders’ Meeting in December presents an important opportunity to jointly assess challenges and opportunities and highlight NATO’s enduring value as it adapts to a changing world.

Building on the success of NATO Engages Brussels 2018 and NATO Engages Washington, DC 2019, the Atlantic Council, GLOBSEC, King’s College London, the Munich Security Conference, and the Royal United Services Institute organised the official NATO outreach event the day before the Leaders’ Meeting in cooperation with NATO and the UK government.

The town hall-style scene-setting event in central London encourages a broader public conversation about the importance of NATO, adds new voices into the conversation about today’s changing world, and casts a look into NATO’s future.

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Tue, Dec 3, 2019

NATO Engages transcript: Perspectives from Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace, secretary of state for defence of the United Kingdom speaks at NATO Engages 2019.

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NATO United Kingdom

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

NATO Engages transcript: Defense and deterrence for a new era

After an introduction by Dr. Karin Von Hippel, director-general of the Royal United Services Institute, H.E. Andrzej Duda, president of Poland and H.E. Zoran Zaev and prime minister of the Republic of North Macedonia speak on a panel moderated by Stephen Sackur, presenter on BBC Hardtalk

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NATO Poland

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

NATO Engages transcript: Setting the stage for the 2019 Leaders’ Meeting

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg speaks with BBC correspondent Lyse Doucet about what to expect at the 2019 Leaders’ Meeting.

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Tue, Dec 3, 2019

NATO Engages transcript: Heating up: The impact of climate security on the Alliance

H.E. Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway speaks to Ambassador Boris Ruge, vice chairman of the Munich Security Conference at NATO Engages 2019.

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Climate Change & Climate Action NATO

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

NATO Engages transcript: In conversation with the prime ministers of the Netherlands and Canada

H.E Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada and H.E. Mark Rutte, prime minister of the Netherlands speak to Amb. Rasitslav Káčer, Globesec chairman at NATO Engages 2019.

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NATO United States and Canada

Previewing the London NATO Summit

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

NATO leaders set ambitious agenda for London summit

Edward Ferguson, minister counsellor for defense at the Embassy of the United Kingdom in the United States, said that the Alliance is setting an ambitious agenda for the summit “to show that NATO as a septuagenarian is as fit and virile as ever and to highlight the progress we have made in adapting NATO’s deterrence and defense since the 2014 Wales Summit.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer


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