Please mark your calendars to attend the final conference and report roll-out for the joint Atlantic Council and Norwegian Institute of Defence Studies project: NATO in an Era of Global Competition.

This eighteen-month effort, a joint project of the Atlantic Council and the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, aims to define the role of NATO and the broader transatlantic community in an era of emerging security challenges, global power shifts, and new disruptive technologies. The conference will convene leaders and experts from across Europe and North America to discuss the key report findings, including defining a new strategy for NATO, the impacts of the Ukraine crisis on NATO's strategic calculus, and NATO's future role in international security after the seminal 2014 Summit in Wales this September.

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8:00 – 8:30 a.m.            Registration and Breakfast

8:00 – 8:35 a.m.            Welcome
Frederick Kempe (@FredKempe), President and CEO, Atlantic Council
8:35 – 9:15 a.m.             Opening Remarks: NATO in an Era of Global
Competition – Strategic Context
Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.), Chairman, International Advisory Board, Atlantic Council; Former National Security Advisor
Moderator: Barry Pavel (@BarryPavel), Vice President and Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.             Keynote Remarks
H.E. Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Defense, Ministry of Defense of the Kingdom of Norway 
Moderator: Damon Wilson (@DamonMacWilson)Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council
10:05 – 11:20 a.m.         The Alliance and the Global Power Shift
Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman, Munich Security Conference
Fabrice Pothier, Director, Policy Planning, NATO Headquarters
Julianne Smith, Senior Fellow and Director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program, Center for a New American Security
Rolf Tamnes, Professor, Centre for Norwegian and European Security, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
Moderator: Barry Pavel (@BarryPavel)
11:20 – 11:30 a.m.         Coffee Break 

11:30 – 12:15 p.m.               Luncheon Conversation: The United States’
Future Role in European Security
Derek Chollet, Assistant Security of Defense for International Security Affairs, US Deparment of Defense
Moderator: Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.              Lunch Break

12:45 – 2:00 p.m.          Defending the Borders: Reassurance, Dissuasion,

and Collective Defense
Etienne de Durand, Director, Security Studies Center, Institut français des relations internationals
Jo Gade, Fellow/Rear Admiral (ret.), Centre for Norwegian and European Security, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies 
Kori Schake, Research Fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University 
Moderator: James Goldgeier (@JimGoldgeier), Dean, American University School of International Service
2:00 – 2:10 p.m.              Coffee Break
2:10 – 3:25 p.m.               Predicting the Next Crisis
Robert D. Kaplan (@RobertDKaplan), Chief Geopolitical Analyst, Stratfor
Juri Luik, Ambassador of Estonia to the Russian Federation 
Moderator: Jill Dougherty (@jillrussia), Joan Shorenstein Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
3:25 – 3:30 p.m.               Closing Remarks
John Andreas Olsen, Director, Department of Security Policy, Ministry of Defense of the Kingdom of Norway
Barry Pavel (@BarryPavel)

This event is open to the public and on-the-record.

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