NATO at 75 – implications for Europe and Ukraine

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Friends of Europe Implications of the NATO Summit in Washington for Europe and Ukraine 2024


The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is celebrating its 75th Anniversary at the Washington Summit from 9 to11 July. With the introduction of the strategic concept in Madrid in 2022, and its implementation in Vilnius in 2023, this summer, 32 Allies are expected to reaffirm their unwavering support for Ukraine and decide on the country’s future membership in the Alliance. They are also expected to step up their commitment to strengthen deterrence and defence, encourage long-term investment in defence production and expand global partnerships.

Hear directly from Jamie Shea, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and former Deputy Assistant NATO Secretary General on his take on the results of the Washington Summit and what it means for Euro-Atlantic security and Ukraine. The key themes covered will be the decision on Ukraine’s future membership in the Alliance, the question of whether the next NATO Secretary General Mark Rutte will be able to meet the needs of the Alliance and respond to the existing challenges and what will be done to increase readiness and resilience of NATO.

Key questions to be addressed:

  • Ukraine NATO membership decision: is it an opportunity or a mistake?
  • Will NATO Allies go beyond the 2016 support package for Ukraine?
  • An estimated 23 NATO member states are to reach the 2% spending target, is there a readiness to shift the conversation towards more effective security spending to reflect responsibility sharing?
  • Private-public partnership: does the answer to increasing resilience of security and defence matter?

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NATO at 75 – implications for Europe and Ukraine


Leila Alieva
Leila Alieva

Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence at Friends of Europe, and Affiliate of Russian and East European Studies at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA)

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Leila is an Affiliate of Russian and East European Studies at OSGA, prior to which she was a senior common room member and academic visitor at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Originally from Azerbaijan, she founded and directed two think tanks in Baku and previously held fellowships at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Kennan Institute, the NATO Defence College and IFK (Institut Für Kulturwissenschaften) Vienna. Her research and publications cover Azerbaijan, the Caucasus, Russia and the broader former Soviet Union, ranging thematically from energy security and conflicts, to democracy in oil-rich states, as well as issues around EU and NATO integration.

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Hanna Hopko

Chairwoman of the Board of the National Interests Advocacy Network (ANTS), Co-Founder of the International Centre for Ukrainian Victory and former Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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Named a “leading global thinker” by Foreign Policy magazine, Hanna served as Chair of the FA Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament from 2014-2019, first as a representative of the Self-Reliance party, then as an independent MP. In 2014, she received the “Certificate of Merit” from Georgetown University’s Leadership Seminar and was honoured with the National Democratic Institute Democracy Award for promoting democracy in Ukraine. In 2019, she spoke at the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association forum and the Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto. Hanna is part of the Leader Youth Network at the World Economic Forum and Munich Security Conference. She’s also a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Warsaw Security Forum.

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Jamie Shea

Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence at Friends of Europe, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

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Retiring from NATO in September 2018 after 38 years at the organisation, Jamie Shea has occupied a number of senior positions at NATO across a wide range of areas, including external relations, press and media, and policy planning. As NATO’s spokesperson, he was the face of the alliance during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts. He later worked as the director of policy planning in the private office of former secretary general Rasmussen during the preparation of NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept. Shea is also a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs.

Valbona Zeneli

Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence at Friends of Europe, senior fellow at Europe Center and Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council of the United States

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Dr Valbona Zeneli currently holds the role of Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence at Friends of Europe, and is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States, with a dual affiliation at the Europe Center and the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Transatlantic Security Initiative. From 2011 to 2023, she served as a Professor of National Security Studies and Chair of Strategic Engagements at the U.S. Department of Defense’s George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. She is also a visiting scholar for 2023-2024 at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University and a visiting fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre (RSC) at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Dr Zeneli specialises in transatlantic relations, strategic competition, NATO, globalisation, European Union enlargement and the Western Balkans. In 2023, she won the Inspiration for Women Award.


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