Alliance at Risk: Strengthening European Defense

February 26, 2016 - 9:30 am

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

Alliance at Risk: Strengthening European Defense in an Age of Turbulence and Competition

A discussion with:
Julianne Smith
Director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program
Center for a New American Security

Amb. András Simonyi (Ret.)
Managing Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies 
Johns Hopkins University

Jorge Benitez
Director of NATOSource and Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security 
Atlantic Council

Moderated by: 
Barry Pavel
Vice President, Arnold Kanter Chair, and Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Please join us for the launch of our Transatlantic Security Initiative’s report, Alliance at Risk: Strengthening European Defense in an Age of Turbulence and Competition. The event will take place at the Atlantic Council's headquarters on Friday, February 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. It will feature a discussion of the report with a panel of leading experts, moderated by Barry Pavel, Vice President and Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. 

Despite Russian aggression in Ukraine and growing threats along NATO’s southern flank, many European allies find it difficult to increase their defense capabilities and meet the commitments they made at the Wales Summit. To address this important challenge, the Atlantic Council produced its Alliance at Risk report, which draws together noted experts and former senior officials to examine the vulnerabilities in European defense and provides recommendations on the way forward. The project highlights six leading nations from NATO’s north, south, east, and west, illuminating the many perspectives and diverse defense priorities that exist within the Alliance today. 

The authors of the report provide insightful analysis and make specific recommendations that challenge current defense policies. As former NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer wrote about this project, “I welcome this report because we will all benefit from its goal of strengthening European defense. In these perilous times, there is no better investment for our democracies than to defend the safety of their citizens and peace in Europe.”

We hope you will be able to join us for what is sure to be an informative and lively discussion.

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