In the coming months, as NATO officials continue to draft the Alliance’s latest Strategic Concept, what substantive changes, if any, are we likely to see in the new document? Although in recent years NATO has balanced dealing with the threat from Russia on an equal level with terrorism and instability on Europe’s southern periphery, will China now be elevated to the same level? Or will Russia’s recent belligerence toward Ukraine force the Alliance to remain focused on its Eastern Flank for years to come? Will the Alliance continue to expand its membership and tasks, or is it set to decline in importance relative to the EU? With a possible change in the U.S. administration in 2025, how confident are non-US allies that America is likely to remain committed to European defense?
Dr. Jeffrey Michaels
IEN Senior Fellow in American Foreign Policy and International Security, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)
Mr. Tom Vandenkendelaere
Chair, Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, European Parliament
Dr. Lukas Milevski
Lecturer in International Studies, Leiden University
After years of dithering about the EU’s role on the world stage, particularly the extent to which it exercises ‘strategic autonomy’, there is a growing determination among European leaders to finally establish a clear direction for the future. In particular, lack of clarity about the EU’s military ‘level of ambition’ has undermined efforts by the EU to become more assertive in the defense field. But will the forthcoming summit be able to achieve a positive consensus, or will longstanding impediments continue to hamper the prospect of new initiatives? Will the de facto division of labor between the EU and NATO continue when it comes to territorial defense versus conducting smaller-scale expeditionary operations? To what extent will the EU cooperate with the United States on defense matters outside the NATO framework?
Dr. Francisco Ruiz González
Professor at the General Gutiérrez Mellado University Institute of the UNED
Ms. Joanneke Balfoort
Director, Security and Defence Policy, European External Action Service
Ms. Theresa Fallon
Director, Centre for Russia, Europe, Asia Studies (CREAS) / Nonresident Senior Fellow Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Dr. Carme Colomina
Research Fellow on European Union, disinformation and global politics at Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)
Sr. Javier Solana, President of EsadeGeo Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics. Former European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Former Secretary General of NATO
Academic advisor: Dr Jeffrey Michaels, IEN Senior Fellow in American Foreign Policy and International Security, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)
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