Strategic conversation with Dan Mircea Geoană, Deputy Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

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The challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis have far-reaching implications not only for health policies and the economy, but also for security and areas of conflict. In an extraordinary meeting of defence ministers on 15 April, also joined by the EU High Representative and NATO’s close partners Finland and Sweden, Secretary-General Stoltenberg stressed the impact of long-term consequences of the crisis and the importance of joint multilateral cooperation. International security challenges such as terrorism, the importance of countering disinformation and the impact on security situations like in Afghanistan and Iraq, have not diminished because of COVID-19.
This will inevitably raise questions on defence budget debates, the changing nature of geopolitical forces including different diplomatic policies of certain countries regarding masks and medical equipment as well as the impact on conflict zones. Some security challenges might have been overshadowed by the COVID-19 crisis, but they definitely remain on NATO’s radar screen. The question of how NATO is handling the crisis and how it will shape the future role and strategy of the alliance remains crucial, especially in light of the announced forward-looking reflection process.

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  • Will pandemics be a new security challenge for the alliance? How are NATO’s military forces coping with the impact of the virus in terms of training and readiness?
  • Will resilience at home become more important than dealing with threats abroad? Will the role of the armed forces change and will they be used more at home?
  • What consequences will the crisis have for NATO missions and defence spending debates?
  • Will China and Russia try to exploit the pandemic and the weakened EU economies to acquire more control over strategic infrastructure?

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Dan Mircea Geoană

Deputy Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

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Jamie Shea

Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for emerging security challenges at NATO

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Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for emerging security challenges at 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.

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