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Amid administration debate over the way forward in Afghanistan, His Excellency Anders Fogh Rasmussen delivered his first major speech in the U.S. as NATO Secretary General at the Atlantic Council.

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Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), the ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke for the Atlantic Council to provide a Congressional perspective on how a new Strategic Concept for NATO can best ensure the continued relevance of the Alliance.

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The Atlantic Council hosted a day of rich off-the-record conversations with leading policy thinkers on today's global challenges for its embers. Below are the highlights of the agenda, with links to pages summarizing the topics covered in the session.

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The Honorable Alexander Vershbow, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, and Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly, Director of the Missile Defense Agency, joined the Atlantic Council for an exclusive teleconference briefing on the Obama administration’s decision to pursue alternative technologies and architectures for missile defense in Europe.

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Full transcript of the September 22, 2009 conference call featuring The Honorable Alexander Vershbow, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, and Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly, Director of the Missile Defense Agency.

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Former National Security Adviser Backs Administration Position on Europe Missile Defense Shield

Washington, D.C. — Brent Scowcroft, Chairman of the Atlantic Council International Advisory Board and National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, today supported the Administration's decision to pursue alternative technologies and architecture for the planned missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. Gen Scowcroft released the following statement through the Atlantic Council.

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