On June 11-12, 2015, GMF’s Paris office organized in Berlin the second session of the Transatlantic Security and the Future of NATO 2015 program. The event, entitled “Improving Transatlantic Strategic Burden-Sharing,” took place at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and brought together more than 40 scholars, experts, and representatives of ministries, embassies, international institutions as well as of private foundations and of the defense sector.
The working session was introduced with an off-the-record transatlantic dinner around keynote speaker Jürgen Hardt, member of parliament and coordinator of transatlantic cooperation at the German Federal Foreign Office, and was structured around three panels:
- Session I – Fostering a Rapprochement in Transatlantic Defense Economy: Challenges and Levers
- Session II – The Prospects and Limits of a Transatlantic Division of Security Responsibilities
- Session III – From Afghanistan to Ukraine: Assessing the Necessary Transatlantic Capabilities in the Contemporary Strategic Environment
In the first session, participants argued that a fundamental change in the transatlantic mindset on defense issues is necessary to engage in a serious process of rationalization and coordination of security efforts at the transatlantic level. The panel highlighted the reality of defense economy and discussed the possibility of deeper specialization at the transatlantic level. The second session addresses the need to reaffirm Europe’s strategic relevance to the United States and to build the case for enhanced transatlantic cooperation in the European neighborhoods. The final session focused on the increasing use of unconventional tactics by revisionist powers in order to destabilize the transatlantic partnership, and on the necessary reforms of NATO’s force structure in the contemporary security environment.
The speakers’ remarks were followed by an open discussion with all the participants. The concluding session provided concrete policy recommendations and prospective analyses.
- Local Capacity is the First Line of Defense Against the Hybrid Threat
- Europe to Planet America: Stay With Us, But Don’t Stampede Us
- Weather Reports, Defense Budgets, and Military Power
- What are the Prospects for a Transatlantic Division of Security Responsibilities?