Europe and NATO face an array of strategic and complex security challenges to the South. Ongoing instability emanating from the Middle East and North Africa – including state failure, civil conflict, and a new wave of deadly terrorism – continue to pose threats to European security. Massive migration and refugee flows, coupled with political upheavals on both sides of the Atlantic, have stoked tensions and exacerbated divisions across the transatlantic community. At the same time, the evolving security environment in Europe’s east has diverted attention, highlighted competing priorities, and hampered international responses to the multifaceted challenges in the south.
In this context, the transatlantic community must develop coordinated strategies to address these issues. Could Europe’s southern neighbourhood be the much-needed catalyst to strengthen the transatlantic relationship on the one hand, and EU-NATO cooperation on the other? How should the EU and NATO share the burden in practice to address key issues such as terrorism or maritime security? Would this mean an expanded role for NATO, and if so, how likely are its member nations to support it? How can the EU and NATO work with nations in the region and other regional and international organizations to build resilience, respond to crises, and promote stability?
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17.30 Welcome and registration of participants
18.00 ‒ 19.30 Policy insight “Transatlantic cooperation and Europe’s southern neighbourhood”
Opening remarks by:
Magnus Nordenman / Director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative and Deputy Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council of the United States
Giles Merritt / Founder and Chairman of Friends of Europe
Gábor Iklódy / Director of Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD) of the European External Action Service (EEAS)
Teri Schultz / Freelance Reporter for National Public Radio, CBS and Deutsche Welle
Jamie Shea / Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Division at NATO and Trustee of Friends of Europe
Stefano Stefanini / Ambassador of Italy to NATO (2007-2010) and non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States
Pauline Massart / Deputy Director, Security and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, and Vice-President of Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels
19.30 End of debate and networking cocktail