From Wales to Warsaw: Polish and British Priorities for 2016
On November 27, 2014, GMF’s Warsaw office hosted a roundtable discussion on the Polish and British perceptions of NATO’s priorities on the road from Wales to Warsaw, where the next NATO Summit will take place in 2016. Representatives from the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Ministry of Defense, as well as the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a host of security policy experts from various think tanks and academia took part in the conversation.
Participants discussed the outcomes of the Wales Summit, which they described as a productive, substantive and successful, and agreed that the next 18 months will be crucial to the implementation of the measures adopted in September. As one participant put it, the legacy of Wales will be Warsaw’s inheritance, as it prepares the next Summit. Discussants agreed that implementation will be challenging but imperative. They also stressed the importance of increased defense spending in addressing the emerging threats, from Russia’s revanchist posture to the rise of the Islamic State Group. The conversation spanned a wide range of topics, including the Framework Nation Concept, NATO’s Defense Planning Process, the Alliance’s deterrence posture and the role of the Northern Group.