On December 4, 2015, GMF’s Paris office, in partnership with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Airbus Group and the Canadian Embassy in Paris, organized the concluding session of the Transatlantic Security and the Future of NATO 2015 program. The event, entitled “Solidarity under Stress in the Transatlantic Realm”, took place at the Residence of the Canadian Ambassador to France, and brought together 35 transatlantic senior officials, scholars, experts, and representatives of embassies, international institutions as well as of the defense sector.
The working session was structured around two panels in the morning and a scenario-planning exercise in the afternoon.
The morning discussions focused on:
- Accompanying the Alliance from Assurance to Deterrence
- Increasing institutional flexibility to limit the tensions around solidarity
In the first session, the participants discussed the political and capability construction of transatlantic deterrence, the need to re-engage with Russia in order to create more predictability, and the complex balance between flexibility and efficiency. The second session addressed the various forms of solidarity at the transatlantic level, notably highlighting the political and security responses to the November 13th attacks in Paris and the need for closer coordination in the fight against terrorism.
The scenario-planning exercise was divided into three topical case-studies:
- Anticipating the hybridization of war, societal vulnerabilities and the risks of military escalation
- Looking South: military tools for societal issues?
- Addressing changed expectations of the U.S. leadership
Each case-study was developed in two scenarios which framed the discussions and enabled small groups of participants to discuss the potential transformations of the transatlantic security partnership by 2020. The scenario-planning exercise provided concrete policy recommendations during the concluding panel discussion and will be used by the rapporteurs to write prospective policy briefs, which will be published along with the final report and other commissioned papers.
Read the report:
Solidarity Under Stress in the Transatlantic Realm