Discussion with NATO Advisory Panel in Warsaw
On December 9, 2015, GMF Warsaw hosted a discussion with the NATO Advisory Panel. The purpose of the meeting was to review key topics and identify priorities for the upcoming NATO Summit 2016 in Warsaw and to discuss Polish priorities in the run-up to the Summit. Members of the Advisory Panel presented their analysis of pressing issues on the agenda of the NATO Summit 2016 and proposed potential policy solutions. The roundtable discussion also included a senior group of government officials and think tank representatives, who actively participated in the conversation with their own perspectives and recommendations, allowing intellectual exchange.
The first discussion revolved around the defensibility of the Baltic States, the commitment of spending 2% of the NATO member countries’ GDP on defense, the reassurance of the Eastern flank and the capabilities NATO would need to empower deterrence. The panel was followed by comments from the audience and a Q/A session. The audience asked questions about the scenario of “little green men” appearing in the Baltic States which could provoke dissension inside the Alliance and whether to invoke article 5 or not, on what does modern deterrence mean or on how to defend the Baltic States.
The second discussion focused on what could be a ‘good deal’ at the upcoming Warsaw Summit for transatlantic partners. Poland would be satisfied if the Alliance would achieve an agreement that would be sustainable in the upcoming years. It was also concluded that NATO faces threats from two distinct security environments—in the East and in the South. One of the ideas expressed in this context was the need to create capacities for addressing the threats coming from the East and use them also in the South.
The event was preceded by the public event at the GMF Warsaw office (http://www.gmfus.org/events/assurance-deterrence-nato-after-paris)
Photos courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland (Karolina Siemion – Bielska)