If you cannot join us in Kyiv watch the event online here from 10:00AM to 12:00PM EEST.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Center for International Studies and the U.S. Mission to NATO are delighted to host a public panel discussion in Kyiv on May 27th titled “Ukraine & NATO : A Partnership to keep Europe Whole and Free”. This event is part of an international series that GMF organizes across key capital cities to address the specific steps that leaders need to take on the road to the NATO Warsaw Summit 2016, to ensure that the Alliance can respond to tomorrow’s challenges.
The Ukraine-Russia conflict has been a turning point in Euro-Atlantic security and has changed the European security landscape. It not only poses a threat to the sovereignty of Ukraine, but also crystallizes an intensifying sense of strategic dissonance between Russia and the West. The conflict created new security realities for the 21st century and demanded a significant response from NATO. In this light, the 2014 Summit in Wales has been an important step to rebalance the Alliance priorities in Europe. The Readiness Action Plan, which underpins Art. 5 with a continuous military preserve, has been a centerpiece outcome. But Wales has also encouraged NATO to start thinking more creatively about how it can help partners respond to aggression and to be more resilient, for instance against hybrid warfare. NATO has therefore intensified its political and military cooperation with Ukraine to help the country overcome the challenges posed by the Kremlin and Kremlin-backed separatists. The 21 year old NATO-Ukraine relationship finds itself today at the heart of a rapidly changing security environment. Building an ever-closer partnership will be key to preserve Europe whole and free.
Speakers will include Ivanna Klympush, Deputy Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee & Head of the Parliamentary Delegation to NATO at the Parliament of Ukraine; Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, at NATO HQ and Mykola Kapitonenko, Executive Director of the Kyiv-based Center for International Studies. The conversation will be moderated by Bruno Lété, GMF’s Senior Program Officer for Foreign & Security Policy.