The Wales Summit and the Future of NATO

2014 represents a strategic crossroads for NATO. Russia's annexation of Crimea in February, the planned withdrawal of most allied combat forces from Afghanistan by the end of the year, and Washington's ongoing commitment to 'rebalance' to the Asia-Pacific illustrate as much. Addressing these and other topics, NATO members will meet at the “Wales Summit” on 4-5 September 2014 to discuss the way forward for the Alliance.

To encourage debate in the policy and academic communities, the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Royal United Services Institute and NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division organised a workshop on 30 June in Brussels. In discussing present challenges and paving a way forward for NATO, the workshop saw high-level participants come together for a stimulating and in-depth strategic debate. The event showcased a special feature that was published with the RUSI Journal in advance of the Alliance's Summit in Wales with contributions from IES Researchers Alexander Mattelaer and Luis Simón.