The Wales Summit and the Future of NATO

30 Jun 2014 14:00
30 Jun 2014 18:00

 

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.

 

To read the special issue click here.

To read the Event Report click here.

Programme

13:30-14:00 Registration
14:00-14:15 Introduction - Luis Simón, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
14:15-14:45 Keynote Address - Ambassador Sir Adam Thomson, UK Permanent Representative to NATO
14:45-16:15 Panel 1: Presentation of the RUSI Journal Special Feature: The Wales Summit and the Future of the Alliance
 

Chair: Emma de Angelis, RUSI

Panelists:

  • Antulio Echevarria II, U.S. Army War College
  • Julian Lindley-French, Institute for Statecraft
  • Alexander Mattelaer, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Luis Simón, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
16:15-16:45 Coffee Break
16:45-18:00 Panel 2: Policy Roundtable: From Afghanistan to Ukraine: Where to for NATO?
 

Chair: Daniel Keohane, FRIDE

Participants:

  • Sven Biscop, Egmont Institute
  • Christopher Coker, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Sten Rynning, Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark
  • Daniel Fiott, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
18:00 Reception

To tweet about this event please use the #WalesSummit14 hashtag.

Contact

Daniel Fiott (Academic)
PhD Researcher
Institute for European Studies
daniel.fiott@vub.ac.be