Road to the NATO Summit 2014
As a core element of its mission to strengthen transatlantic cooperation the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) focuses on key questions affecting the future of the global Atlantic security architecture.
To examine these questions, GMF and the United States Mission to NATO are launching a new initiative that will serve as a forum to stimulate new ideas and encourage a public dialogue on the priorities for the Alliance. The project will host a series of discussions across several European capitals, to reflect on the themes that will be featured at the next NATO Summit.
The first event will be held in Brussels and will focus on NATO and the crisis in Ukraine: changing priorities for leaders at the NATO Summit 2014.
Date: Wednesday, April 23
Time: 17:00-19:00 (Refreshments will be served at 17:00. The conversation will start promptly at 17:30)
Location: Silken Berlaymont Brussels Hotel, Boulevard Charlemagne 11, 1000 Brussels
Ambassador Douglas Lute, Permanent Representative of the United States to NATO
Ambassador Daniel Baer, Permanent Representative of the United States to the OSCE
Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO HQ
Dr. Rob de Wijk, Director, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
Dr. Ian Lesser, Senior Director for Foreign and Security Policy and Executive Director Transatlantic Center, GMF
This event will be on-the-record
To RSVP or if you have any questions, please contact Carlo Peirone at +32 2 238 5270 or [email protected]
NATO remains an essential transatlantic link and force multiplier for the United States, Europe, and partner nations. The future of NATO thereby must remain among the West's highest security priorities. Against the background of the 2008 financial crisis, as well as the 2010 Lisbon Summit and the 2012 Chicago Summit, the Alliance is keeping its commitment to address the security challenges of the 21st century. The next Summit in Wales – to be held on 4 and 5 September 2014 – must reinforce that momentum, keep NATO focused on the future, and ensure that Allies invest in the right capabilities and leverage strong partnerships. However, the question remains as to what specific steps leaders need to take in Wales to ensure NATO can respond to tomorrow’s challenges.
To address this question, GMF and the United States Mission to NATO, are launching a new initiative that will serve as a forum to stimulate new sets of ideas and to encourage a public dialogue on the priorities for the Alliance. The project will host a series of discussions across several European capitals, to reflect on the themes that will be featured at the next NATO Summit. The first event will be held in Brussels on April 23 and address the future of NATO and the changed priorities that leaders face in the light of the Ukraine crisis.
The second event will be held in Berlin in May, and analyze how NATO’s Smart Defence can improve the Alliance’s ability to work together and procure new capabilities.
The final event will be held in Ankara in June, and focus on the future of NATO’s global partnerships. Based on these conversations, GMF plans a unique publication with transatlantic recommendations during the second half of 2014.
All planned events will be open to the general public and @gmfus will be livetweeting the event. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #NATOGMF. For more information, please contact Bruno Lété, senior program officer for Foreign & Security Policy in the GMF Brussels office, at [email protected].