Discussion with NATO Advisory Panel
GMF was pleased to host a discussion with the NATO Advisory Panel in Berlin on September 24th, 2015. The purpose of the event was to review key topics and identify priorities for the upcoming NATO Summit 2016 in Warsaw and to discuss Germany’s role in European security. Members of the Advisory Panel presented their analysis of pressing issues on the agenda of the NATO Summit 2016 and proposed potential policy solutions. In addition to the Advisory Panel members, the roundtable included a senior group of government officials, parliamentarians, and think tank representatives, who actively participated in the conversation with their own perspectives and recommendations, allowing intellectual exchange.
Recurrent themes were the need to be more proactive in the resolution of the Ukraine crisis and how to engage with Russia in that matter, the decreased involvement of the United States in European security policy issues, the symbolic importance of enlargement and the potential invitation of new member states such as Montenegro, hybrid warfare, potential new partnerships in North-East Asia and Northern Europe, nuclear issues, and the challenge of developing separate strategies for the East and South. Regarding Germany, short-comings of the 2% goal were discussed and re-evaluated, still emphasizing the need for Germany to increase its military spending and to do so more effectively, despite of massive investments required for infrastructure and relatively low public support. The maintaining of sanctions and potential deterrence strategies towards Russia were also addressed.
In addition to this event in Berlin held at the Marriott Hotel at Potsdamer Platz, the Advisory Panel is traveling to Rome, Washington, DC, and Warsaw in order to further engage with local policymakers. The panel members will then contribute to a major publication which will summarize their findings and formulate recommendations for the NATO Warsaw Summit.