Burden Sharing – Defence spending in times of austerity

6 Jan 2016 19:00
6 Jan 2016 20:30





At the Wales Summit, NATO proclaimed a host of new initiatives, including the much touted enhanced NATO Response Force. At the same meeting, leaders committed to halting the decline in defence spending. However, no firm Alliance commitments were made to increase defence spending in light of threats as far afield as Ukraine or Syria.

YPFP, hosted by the Institute for European Studies, will tackle such questions as: Why does commitment to burden sharing differ on either side of the Atlantic? Does it matter more how you spend your funds rather than how much you spend? Why are some European allies reluctant to increase defence spending?


  • Evans Graham, Defence Planning Directorate, Defence Policy and Planning, NATO
  • Alexander Mattelaer, Acting Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies, VUB

Registration and venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, please fill in the online registration form.

Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels


Fabio Bauer
Programme Officer - Defence and Security Programme
YPFP Brussels

Anamaria Bacsin
Communications and Logistics
Institute for European Studies