On April 16th and 17th, the Paris office organized the first working session of the Transatlantic Security and the Future of NATO 2015 program at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The roundtable was entitled “Assessing Leadership in the Transatlantic Security Cooperation”, and brought together more than 40 European and American senior policymakers, scholars and experts, representatives of NATO and EU institutions, and of the defense industry.
The working session was introduced with an off-the-record transatlantic dinner around keynote speaker Alexander Vershbow, Deputy Secretary-General of NATO. The discussion was moderated by Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer and Derek Chollet.
The working session was structured around three panels:
Session I – The Terms of a Transatlantic Division of Labor
Session II – The Aims and Limits of Transatlantic Deterrence
Session III – Facing the Multiplicity of Threats: The Need for New NATO’s Structure and Instruments?
The first session focused on different levels and forms of division of labor between transatlantic partners and institutions. The challenges to intra-European division of security responsibilities, as well as the need to improve EU-NATO cooperation were also addressed during by the first panel. The second session focused on the evolution of deterrence issues and the way to transform transatlantic deterrence especially with regards to Russia’s revisionist foreign policy. Finally, the third panel highlighted the way perception gaps impact transatlantic security priorities in the East and the South, and discussed the re-assessment of NATO’s three pillars and strategic review in the larger context of the transition from the 2014 Wales Summit to the 2016 Warsaw Summit.
The speakers’ remarks were followed by an open discussion with all the participants. The concluding session, structured around a policy-planner’s dialogue, provided concrete policy recommendations and prospective analyses.