Held alongside the official 2008 NATO Summit, and continuing the success of the Istanbul Conference in 2004 and the Riga Conference in 2006, the Bucharest Conference provides a forum for leading policymakers, opinion leaders, scholars, and business people from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss the most pressing issues facing NATO and the international community.


As the NATO alliance confronts both familiar and new missions, its leaders must possess a clear sense of purpose in their approach to each particular mission. Maintaining the alliance's preeminent role as the greatest collective security organization in world history requires clarity of vision as well as commitment of resources and effective planning. As NATO steps up to tackle these issues at the NATO Summit in Bucharest, the Bucharest Conference provides an open platform for frank dialogue on those issues currently on the alliance agenda.

The Bucharest Conference agenda reflects the current and emerging challenges for NATO and the alliance. It includes discussion sessions on themes, such as NATO's operation in Afghanistan, Russia's relationship with the West, and NATO's future role in global affairs. Night Owl and Breakfast Sessions held under the Chatham House Rule explore challenges like the Balkans after Kosovo, the role of NATO in Europe's East, the extension of MAP to Ukraine, and missile defense. Keynote addresses by senior officials punctuate a gathering heavily tilted toward intimate exchange of dialogue amongpanelists and participants.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is delighted to be joined in this important initiative by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chatham House.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States is a grantmaking and public policy institute dedicated to strengthening transatlantic cooperation.

Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs carrys out the foreign policy of Romania in compliance with the legal framework of the government.

Chatham House is a world-leading source of independent foreign policy analysis.

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