From Wales to Warsaw: Implementation and Adaptation
On October 9th, the Paris office organized the first ambassadorial roundtable of the Transatlantic Security and the Future of NATO program in Washington DC. The roundtable was entitled “From Wales to Warsaw: Implementation and Adaptation”, and was structured around three panels:
- The New Terms of Transatlantic Security Cooperation: here to last?
- Threats at Europe’s Doorsteps: Challenges of Overburdening
- Solidarity Under Stress in the Transatlantic Realm
The event brought together 23 Washington-based ambassadors of NATO member states, and 27 NATO countries were represented in total during the discussions. American senior policymakers as well as transatlantic scholars and experts also participated in the roundtable. A private working lunch with a high-level U.S. administration representative was also organized for the ambassadors as a unique platform for exchanges on the future of the U.S. engagement in European security policy.
The first session focused on the different strategic priorities for NATO and NATO-member states, in the context of a multiplicity of threats in the East and South of Europe. The “return of geopolitics” was also debated, as well as the attempts of revisionist powers to weaken the transatlantic solidarity. The second panel discussed the resilience of the European project in times of crises, as well as the shifts of the U.S. engagement in today’s European security. Finally, the third session highlighted the difficulty to build of credible and sustainable 21st century deterrence and to preserve transatlantic unity in front of common challenges. A few key recommendations were made to improve intra-European and transatlantic strategic unity in preparation of the Warsaw summit.
Related publication: The Five Most Contentious Issues on the Road to Warsaw