The Road to NATO's Brussels Summit

May 23, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Washington, DC
The Road to NATO's Brussels Summit

Welcoming Remarks:
Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

Lynne Platt
North American Competitiveness Fellow, Canada Institute
Wilson Center

A Conversation with:
The Hon. Kay Bailey Hutchison
Permanent Representative of the United States to NATO

 Sarah MacIntosh
 Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to NATO

H.E. Kerry Buck
Permanent Representative of Canada to NATO

Moderated by:

Amb. Alexander Vershbow 
Distinguished Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council;
Former Deputy Secretary General

Please join the Atlantic Council in cooperation with the Wilson Center for a conversation with The Hon. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Permanent Representative of the United States to NATO, H.E. Sarah MacIntosh, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to NATO and H.E. Kerry Buck, Permanent Representative of Canada to NATO on "The Road to NATO’s Brussels Summit". The event will take place on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 2:30- 4:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters. 
As the 2018 NATO Brussels Summit approaches, the ambassadors will join us to discuss some of the most pressing issues on the upcoming summit agenda. With the transatlantic community facing a turbulent security environment, the summit will place particular focus on the issues related to collective defense and deterrence, the range of security challenges around NATO’s flanks, and burden sharing. During this event the ambassadors will outline the US, UK and Canadian priorities ahead of the summit while also addressing the significance of inclusive security and the role of women in this space. Amb. Alexander Vershbow, Former NATO Deputy Secretary General will moderate the discussion.
Register now by clicking on the RSVP button above. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion!

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This invitation is transferable and open to the public.

The event is open to the press and on the record.

DATE: May 23, 2018

TIME: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Atlantic Council1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators

Washington, DC 


Frederick Kempe has held the position of president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council since December 1, 2006. Under his leadership, the Council has achieved impressive growth, expanding its staff, work, and influence in areas that include international security, business and economics, energy, environment, and global issues of transatlantic interest, including Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Mr. Kempe is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author, columnist, and a regular commentator on television and radio both in Europe and the United States. He acted as editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal for over twenty-five years and prior to that, he was the longest-serving editor and associate publisher ever of the Wall Street Journal Europe. His latest book, Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth, was a New York Times bestseller.

Lynne Platt is the Canada Institute’s North American Competitiveness Fellow for 2017-2018, focusing on themes of cross-border innovation, entrepreneurship and inclusion. A member of the Senior Career Foreign Service (with the rank of Minister Counselor), she is on detail from the U.S. Department of State. From 2014-2017, Lynne was consul general of the United States in Vancouver, the senior U.S. representative to British Columbia and Yukon. Lynne’s career specialty was Public Affairs and media relations, and she served as spokesperson at U.S. Embassies in London (2011-2014) and Paris (2004-2008). She served in Brussels as press officer/spokesperson at the U.S. Mission to NATO from 2001-2004. Lynne also has administered major U.S. foreign assistance programs. Lynne graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington, with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science. Based on her graduate work in media and politics, and she co-authored (in her maiden name Gressett) with W. Lance Bennett and William Haltom “Repairing the News: a Case Study of the News Paradigm” which appeared in the Journal of Communications in Spring 1985. She is married to Judson Hamblett, a retired foreign service officer. 

The Hon. Kay Bailey Hutchison was sworn in as the Permanent Representative of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on August 15, 2017.  From 1993-2013, she served as a U.S. Senator from Texas and was also elected to a Senate leadership position.  Ambassador Hutchison gained extensive international experience and developed a deep understanding of NATO as a Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  She also served as Chairman of the Military Construction Subcommittee and as a Member of the Defense Subcommittee on the Senate Appropriations Committee.  She served two terms as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Prior to assuming her duties, Ambassador Hutchison was a prominent attorney at Bracewell, LLP, an established international law firm in Dallas, Texas. Ambassador Hutchison also served in the Texas House of Representatives, as the Texas State Treasurer, and as Vice Chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.
Ambassador Hutchison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas and a degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law.  She calls Dallas home and has two children.

H.E. Sarah MacIntosh CMG was appointed Permanent Representative to the United Kingdom’s Delegation to NATO in November 2016, taking up her appointment in early 2017.
Previously she served as Director General, Defence and Intelligence at the Foreign Office from May 2014 to November 2016.
Sarah joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1991. Previous appointments include Director for Defence and International Security (2011-2014); Director for Strategic Finance (2009-2010); Her Majesty’s High Commissioner to Sierra Leone and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Liberia (2006-2008); and the Strategy Co-ordinator for the UN Mission in Kosovo (2004-2005). Sarah has also been posted to the UK Mission to the United Nations at New York; the UK Mission to the International Atomic Energy Agency at Vienna; and the British Embassy Madrid.

H.E. Kerry Buck was appointed as Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council (NATO) in August 2015.
Ms. Buck (BA Hons, Political Science, University of Western Ontario; Common Law and Civil Law, LLB, BCL, McGill University) joined Canada's then-Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1991.
She most recently served as Political Director and Assistant Deputy Minister for International Security and Political Affairs from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that, she held Assistant Deputy Minister portfolios for Africa and for Latin America and the Caribbean, and was the head of the Afghanistan Task Force. She has also served in a number of other senior positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, including Director General for the Middle East and Maghreb (2008-2009), for Afghanistan (2006-2008), and for Public Diplomacy and Federal-Provincial Affairs (2006-2007), and Director for Human Rights (2000-2001). She was posted to the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (1994-1996). Outside of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Ms. Buck served in the Privy Council Office as Director of Operations for Machinery of Government Secretariat responsible for Cabinet and Ministerial mandates (2003-2005), as Director of Policy and International Programs at the Canadian Human Rights Commission (2001-2003), with the International Development Research Centre and with the Constitutional Law Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General of Ontario. Ms. Buck speaks English and French. She is married to Michael Pearson and has a son and three step-daughters.

Amb. Alexander Vershbow is a distinguished fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Ambassador Vershbow was the deputy secretary general of NATO from February 2012 to October 2016. Prior to his post at NATO, Ambassador Vershbow served for three years as the US assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. In that position, he was responsible for coordinating US security and defense policies relating to the nations and international organizations of Europe (including NATO), the Middle East, and Africa. From 1977 to 2008, Vershbow was a career member of the United States Foreign Service. He served as US ambassador to NATO (1998-2001); to the Russian Federation (2001-05); and to the Republic of Korea (2005-08). He held numerous senior positions in Washington, including special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council (1994-97) and State Department director for Soviet Union affairs (1988-91). During his career, he was centrally involved in strengthening US defense relations with allies in Europe and Asia and in transforming NATO and other European security organizations to meet post-Cold War challenges. He also was involved in efforts to support democracy and human rights in the former Soviet Union.