NATO’s Neighborhood: Stability Generation
On February 22, 2016, the GMF Warsaw office organized a conference in Tbilisi, Georgia with support from the government of Canada, The Institute of World Policy, Ukraine, and Foreign Policy Association, Moldova.
The senior-level workshop, titled “NATO’s Neighborhood: Stability Generation” was comprised of three panels. The first panel was opened with welcoming remarks by H.E. Stephen de Boer, ambassador of Canada to Poland. The discussion then focused on current NATO strategies and future recommendations that should be undertaken by the Alliance. Panelists from various countries provided perspectives on each of their respective government’s role in NATO, particularly in regards to the key challenges coming from beyond its southern and eastern borders.
The second panel was a conversation about the challenges posed by hybrid warfare, examples, and possible ways for not only NATO, but also non-allied countries who have been targets of hybrid in the past, to counter them. Russian-language media was a primary topic discussed during this panel as a source of disinformation both domestically in Russia as well as abroad in Russian-speaking diasporas, where it plays as a soft power tool.
The third and final panel was focused on the Black Sea region and the most important policy and security issues its countries currently face. The panelists and audience led a discussion of diverse opinions that provided perspectives on topics such as Turkish-Russian relations, the roles of various players in the Syrian civil war, as well as the implications that this region’s challenges have for the European Union and United States.
The event was concluded with a policy dinner that featured Mr. Shota Gvineria, foreign policy advisor to the minister of defense of Georgia, as the keynote speaker on the topic of Georgia’s future outlook with NATO.