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Home > Events > Conferences > Public Debate: The Future of NATO: Finishing the “Unfinished Business” of Making Europe Whole, Free and at Peace.

Public Debate: The Future of NATO: Finishing the “Unfinished Business” of Making Europe Whole, Free and at Peace. NATO’s Next 70 Years

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The future of NATO debated in Warsaw

As Poland is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its accession to NATO which itself is turning 70 this year, many questions arise about the future of the Alliance and its ability to address both external threats and internal challenges. The Polish Institute of International Affairs and the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Warsaw contributed to these discussions with a public debate entitled The Future of NATO: Finishing the “Unfinished Business” of Making Europe Whole, Free and at Peace. Held at the historic premises of Warsaw University on the 25th April, the debate was possible thanks to the support provided by NATO Public Diplomacy Division and the Policy Planning Unit within the “New Perspectives on Shared Security – NATO’s Next 70 years” initiative.

The debate involved practitioners, experts and scholars dealing with international security, NATO, transatlantic relations and arms control: Jan Havranek – Policy Advisor at the Policy Planning Unit, NATO HQ; Agnieszka Bryc – Professor at the Nicolaus Copernicus University; Paul Schulte – Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham, and Marcin Terlikowski – Head of International Security Programme at the Polish Institute of International Affairs. It was moderated by Marek Madej – Deputy Director of the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw.

The panelists shared their views on the key issues which determine the state of the Alliance, and the bond between Europe and the U.S. They discussed the relevance of NATO’s 360-degree approach to security, the challenges currently faced by NATO in the Eastern Flank, the Southern Strategic Direction and the Arctic. They also exchanged views on burden sharing and the growing pressure on the members to step up their defence expenditure to 2% GDP, the future of NATO open-door policy, and the cooperation with its partners. Questions from the audience tackled the issues of the relation between NATO adaptation and the development of the European strategic autonomy concept, and lessons learned from the operations in Afghanistan, Libya and the military interventions of the last 20 years as such.

The public debate followed a closed-door expert workshop focused on the future of NATO’s deterrence policy, which was held at PISM on the 24-25th April as part of the same “NATO’s Next 70 years” initiative.

You can watch the debate here.