Wed, Dec 4, 2019

Atlantic Council press call: Unpacking the NATO Leaders’ Meeting

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NATO Security & Defense

Wed, Dec 4, 2019

NATO leaders disperse the storm clouds in London

Despite a litany of high-profile disagreements between allies over the last few weeks, the NATO Leaders’ Meeting in London on December 4 “ended on a very positive note,” with a “pretty substantial declaration and agenda for the future,” according to Alexander Vershbow. The meeting, Vershbow observed, “went in like a lion and out like a lamb.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer


Tue, Oct 22, 2019

More in the Med: Come La NATO Può Rifocalizzare Il Suo Impegno Sul Fronte Meridionale E L’italia Guidare Il Processo

Though NATO has made considerable progress in deterring an aggressive Russia to the east, it falls short in its "southern strategy." Ambassador Alexander Vershbow and Lauren Speranza suggest three major courses of action to develop NATO's strategy towards its southern flank.

Report by Ambassador Alexander Vershbow and Lauren Speranza

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

Lauren M. Speranza is the associate director for the Transatlantic Security Initiative in the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing a robust portfolio of NATO and European security and defense programming, policy research, and business development. Lauren’s research focuses on defense and deterrence in Europe, hybrid warfare, and NATO-European Union relations. She is co-author of the report Meeting the Russian Hybrid Challenge: A Comprehensive Strategic Framework, and her work has been featured in several publications and media outlets, including Newsweek, US News and World Report, and Real Clear Defense. Prior to joining the Council, Lauren worked with the start-up Horizon Intelligence as a political and security risk analyst. Previously, Lauren worked in the Executive and Protocol Offices of the US Consulate General in Milan, Italy. Other past work experiences include the International Affairs Council, the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum, and several local North Carolina State political campaigns. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Elon University in North Carolina with a BA in political science and international studies and a concentration in European studies. Lauren also received an MA in international conflict and security from the Brussels School of International Studies in Belgium, where she focused on European foreign and security policy, NATO-EU cooperation, and crisis management. She speaks Italian.