On November 17, 2015, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) together with the U.S. Mission to NATO and the Permanent Representation of Italy to NATO, hosted a private half-day retreat in Brussels for the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the ambassadors of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) on the theme “NATO Looks South – Mediterranean Security and Alliance Strategy.”
The aim was to encourage discussions about the evolving security environment in and around the Mediterranean and the implications for the Alliance’s strategy in the “South.” The debate was of significance as NATO seeks to balance pressing challenges on multiple fronts and heads toward the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July 2016. The most recent terrorist attacks in Paris underscored the relevance of these issues.
The secretary general’s introductory remarks, were followed by three panels focusing on the trends and threats in the Mediterranean as well as potential NATO responses. Participants included permanent representatives of the NAC, NATO HQ officials, and a group of experts from both sides of the Mediterranean and Atlantic.