NATO at 70: Refocusing for Change?

June 27, 2019 - 2:30 pm

1030 15th St NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

Please join the Atlantic Council and NATO Defense College Foundation, in cooperation with the NATO Defense College and National Defense University, for a public panel discussion on "NATO at 70: Refocusing for Change?" on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters (1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators, Washington, DC 20005.) Registration will begin at 2:00 p.m.


The 70th anniversary of the Washington Treaty, the founding document of NATO, represents more than just a historical moment to commemorate NATO’s past, but also an opportunity to address the challenges facing the Alliance today and its mission going forward.


At this critical juncture, the Alliance faces an era of renewed great power competition, with the European security environment increasingly contested by both traditional and nontraditional actors. Challenges such as Russia’s aggression towards neighboring states and China’s increasing investment in Europe are forcing the United States and its NATO Allies to reimagine the Alliance’s approach to collective defense. While NATO is making progress on issues such as defense spending and military readiness, the Alliance must work with greater urgency to respond to 21st century challenges.


To inform and contribute to the discussion surrounding these issues, this high-level seminar will convene experts from both sides of the Atlantic. The seminar will feature two panel discussions. The first will focus on today’s evolving security environment in Europe and new ways to think about collective security, burden sharing, and partnerships. The second will focus on the need for a new strategic approach within NATO for today’s rapidly changing world. The seminar will also feature concluding remarks by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.


Further details on panelists will follow. Register now by clicking on the RSVP button above. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion.



SESSION I:

FROM ORDER TO DISORDER

A Conversation with:


Richard D. Hooker Jr.

Professor, National Security Strategy

National War College

 

Kathleen McInnis

Specialist, International Security

Congressional Research Service; 

Nonresident Senior Fellow,

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Atlantic Council

 

Anthony H. Cordesman

 Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy

Center for Strategic and International Studies


Barry Pavel

Senior Vice President and Director,

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Atlantic Council


Moderated by:


Stephen Mariano

Dean

NATO Defense College


 

SPECIAL INTERVENTION:

THE IMPORTANCE OF ALLIES IN AN

ERA OF GREAT POWER COMPETITION


Damon Wilson 

Executive Vice President

Atlantic Council


 

SESSION II:

 TOWARDS A FUTURE NATO STRATEGY


A Conversation with: 


GEN John W. Nicholson Jr., USA (Ret.)

Former Commander, Resolute Support and US Forces-Afghanistan

NATO

 

Charles Kupchan 

 Senior Fellow 

Council on Foreign Relations


Hans Binnendijk 

Distinguished FellowTransatlantic Security Initiative,

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Atlantic Council


Moderated by:


Ian Brzezinski

Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Atlantic Council

 

CONCLUDING REMARKS


Secretary Madeleine K. Albright 

Chair

Albright Stonebridge Group; 

Former US Secretary of State



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