Nato engages: The alliance at 70

On April 3, the Atlantic Council, the German Marshall Fund, and the Munich Security Conference, in coordination with NATO, hosted NATO Engages: The Alliance at 70, a public town hall event at the Wharf DC. Over 400 speakers and participants from 39 countries took part in this huge public convening. Among the star-studded list of speakers were NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg; United States Vice President Mike Pence; Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General of NATO; Former Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright, and many others.

In conjunction with NATO ministerial meetings in Washington, the NATO Engages event brought together NATO leaders, European and US offi­cials, foreign policy and defense experts, and next-generation leaders for a day of discussions on the current state of the NATO Alliance around its 70th anniversary. The town hall-style scene-setting encouraged a broader public conversation about the importance of NATO, honored and celebrated its achievements, and discussed NATO’s future at this crucial time for the transatlantic community. There were more than a hundred journalists present, and TV cameras from around the world. The #NATOEngages hashtag reached 33.2 million twitter users, and trended #1 in Washington, DC and nationally.