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The Wales Summit and the Future of NATO

Monday, 30 June, 2014 - 14:00 to Monday, 30 June, 2014 - 18:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Karel van Miert Building (IES)
Conference Rooms Rome & Lisbon (floor -1)
Institute for European Studies
Pleinlaan 5

2014 represents a strategic crossroads for NATO. Russia's annexation of Crimea in February, the planned withdrawal of most allied combat forces from Afghanistan by the end of the year, and Washington's ongoing commitment to 'rebalance' to the Asia-Pacific illustrate as much. Addressing these and other topics, NATO members will meet at the “Wales Summit” on 4-5 September 2014 to discuss the way forward for the Alliance. To encourage debate in the policy and academic communities, the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Royal United Services Institute and NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division will organise a workshop on 30 June in Brussels. In discussing present challenges and paving a way forward for NATO, the workshop will see high-level participants come together for a stimulating and in-depth strategic debate. The event will also showcase a special feature that will be published with the RUSI Journal in advance of the Alliance's Summit in Wales.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Christopher Coker - Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science. 
  • Mike Codner - Senior Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute.
  • Emma de Angelis - Editor of the RUSI Journal, Royal United Services Institute.
  • Antulio J. Echevarria II - Editor of the US Army War College Quarterly, Parameters.
  • François Heisbourg - Chairman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. 
  • Julian Lindley-French - Professor and Senior Fellow, Institute of Statecraft.
  • Alexander Mattelaer - Assistant Director and Research Professor, Institute for European Studies - VUB.
  • Sten Rynning - Professor and Head of the Centre for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark. 
  • Luis Simón - Research Professor, Institute for European Studies - VUB. 

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