On March 15, the Council’s Transatlantic Security Initiative hosted an off-the-record workshop on Restoring NATO’s Power and Purpose, a joint study chaired by General James L. Jones and Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns aimed at developing an ambitious new strategy for NATO. The workshop, moderated by Atlantic Council Executive Vice President Damon Wilson, convened a select group of senior experts and US and European government officials with deep experience on NATO issues.

Restoring NATO’s Power and Purpose

A conversation with:
Ambassador Burns
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations
Harvard Kennedy School of Government;
Former US Ambassador to NATO

Damon Wilson
Executive Vice President, Programs and Strategy
Atlantic Council

Annette Heuser
Executive Director
Prof. Otto Beisheim Stiftung

The study is premised on the idea that the transatlantic community stands at a historic moment requiring a stronger NATO with expanded military capacity and more visible, assertive leadership on both sides of the Atlantic. The recommendations that emerged from this workshop helped inform the approach and the arguments of the study’s final report, which will be launched in June at the Atlantic Council in Washington. Follow-up roll-outs will also take place in key European capitals ahead of the seminal NATO Warsaw Summit this summer.

The event will present the final conclusions of this flagship Atlantic Council report, which is the culmination of a four month-long Atlantic Council-chartered study co-chaired by Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns and General James L. Jones. The study is premised on the belief that the Alliance is facing its greatest set of internal and external challenges since the Cold War. The report calls for renewed leadership by the United States, Germany, and key allies to restore NATO’s power and purpose in the face of an entirely new security environment. 

Featuring a moderated panel discussion with Ambassador Burns, Damon Wilson, and Annette Heuser, the event will convene a broad audience of key German and regional officials and transatlantic leaders to discuss NATO’s future strategic priorities ahead of the seminal Warsaw Summit. 

We hope that you will be able to join us for this important event. Thank you very much, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Berliner Freiheit
Berliner Freiheit 2
10785 Berlin, Germany

This invitation is transferrable and open to the public.
The event is open to the press, on the record, and will be conducted in English-language only.