Beyond the Headlines on NATO Defense Spending and 2%: A Transatlantic Dialogue

March 18, 2019 - 5:30 pm

Embassy of Canada, Leipziger Platz 17
Berlin, Germany 10117

Please note: this event takes place in Berlin, Germany.


Please join the Atlantic Council, in cooperation with the Embassy of Canada to Germany, for a public town hall discussion on “Beyond the Headlines on NATO Defense Spending and 2%: A Transatlantic Dialogue.” The event will take place on Monday, March 18, 2019 from 18:30 to 20:15 at the Embassy of Canada to Germany (Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin). A wine and cheese reception will begin at 17:30.

 

On April 4, NATO allies will celebrate the Alliance’s 70th anniversary and the signing of the Washington Treaty. The extraordinary success of NATO over the past 70 years has been defined by the commitment to the transatlantic bond and the deep relationships forged between allies, such as the United States and Germany. With increased instability to NATO’s east and south, collective defense remains of great importance to ensure the future security and stability of Europe. An integral piece of this commitment has involved significant investment in our shared security.


Against this backdrop, conversations around burden-sharing and defense spending have re-emerged as European countries, the US, and Canada think through how to reinvest in our shared security. As defense spending remains in the news,

What are the responsibilities of allies to contribute to European security?

and

How does the debate around defense spending and capabilities fit into that?  

 

To contribute to the conversation surrounding these critical issues, the Atlantic Council will host a public town hall event in Berlin, convening experts from both sides of the Atlantic. This interactive ‘in the round’ discussion will focus on the value of the NATO Alliance today, emerging security challenges in Europe, how NATO allies are prioritizing resources and investments, and whether the debate around burden-sharing needs revisiting.


Register now by clicking the RSVP button above. We hope you can join us for what promises to be an important and fascinating discussion.


PLEASE NOTE: All guests MUST BE REGISTERED by 9am (CET) on Monday, March 18 to guarantee participation. Guests are requested to access the embassy via the main entrance on Leipziger Platz. Government-issued ID is required upon entry. Please allow sufficient time for a security check and note that large bags and suitcases cannot be brought into the Embassy.


Videos and photographs will be taken throughout the event. By entering the event premises, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used on the Atlantic Council’s webpage, social media platforms, for web casts, promotional purposes, advertising, or any other purpose by the Atlantic Council and its affiliates and representatives.



Beyond the Headlines on NATO Defense Spending and 2%

A Transatlantic Dialogue


Welcome Remarks

Habib Massoud

Counselor Economic and Environment

Embassy of Canada to Germany

 

Introductory Spotlight

Julianne Smith

Weizsäcker Fellow

The Bosch Academy, Berlin


Town Hall Debate

Christian Mölling

Deputy Director, Research Institute

German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)


Claudia Major

Senior Associate, International Security

German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)


Julianne Smith

Weizsäcker Fellow

The Bosch Academy, Berlin


Jan Techau

Senior Fellow and Director, Europe Program

The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Berlin 



Moderated by:

Judy Dempsey

Nonresident Senior Fellow

Carnegie Europe

Editor in Chief

Strategic Europe



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