TRANSATLANTIC COOPERATION AND EUROPE'S SOUTHERN NEIGHBOURHOOD

28 June 2017 - 17:30 - 19:30
Gábor Iklódy, Pauline Massart, Giles Merritt, Magnus Nordenman, Teri Schultz, Jamie Shea, Stefano Stefanini
Introduction

Europe and NATO face an array of strategic and complex security challenges to the South. Ongoing instability emanating from the Middle East and North Africa – including state failure, civil conflict, and a new wave of deadly terrorism – continue to pose threats to European security. Massive migration and refugee flows, coupled with political upheavals on both sides of the Atlantic, have stoked tensions and exacerbated divisions across the transatlantic community. At the same time, the evolving security environment in Europe’s east has diverted attention, highlighted competing priorities, and hampered international responses to the multifaceted challenges in the south.

In this context, the transatlantic community must develop coordinated strategies to address these issues. Could Europe’s southern neighbourhood be the much-needed catalyst to strengthen the transatlantic relationship on the one hand, and EU-NATO cooperation on the other? How should the EU and NATO share the burden in practice to address key issues such as terrorism or maritime security? Would this mean an expanded role for NATO, and if so, how likely are its member nations to support it? How can the EU and NATO work with nations in the region and other regional and international organizations to build resilience, respond to crises, and promote stability?

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The 9/11 terrorist attacks signalled a seismic shift in global security and the emergence of a fluctuating multipolar system. Military endeavours must be combined with economic, judicial and democratic capacity-building to build sustainable peace.

The digital revolution has yielded both opportunities and challenges. The global financial crisis shook the economic system and harmed citizens’ trust in institutions. Now there are major questions about the European project, transatlantic relations and the future of NATO.

Programme
17.30 - 18.00

Welcome and registration of participants

18.00 - 19.30

Policy insight "Transatlantic cooperation and Europe's southern neighbourhood"

Opening remarks by:
Magnus Nordenman / Director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative and Deputy Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council of the United States
Giles Merritt / Founder and Chairman of Friends of Europe

Speakers include:
Michael C. Ryan / Director at the Interagency Partnering Directorate (ECJ9) of the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM)
Teri Schultz / Freelance Reporter for National Public Radio, CBS and Deutsche Welle
Jamie Shea / Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Division at NATO and Trustee of Friends of Europe
Stefano Stefanini / Ambassador of Italy to NATO (2007-2010) and non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States

Moderated by:
Pauline Massart / Deputy Director, Security and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, and Vice-President of Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels
 

19.30

End of debate and networking cocktail

Moderator
Pauline Massart
Deputy Director Security & Geopolitics
Pauline Massart leads Friends of Europe’s Peace, Security and Defence work, developing the work programme, projects and partnerships on global peace,  security and defence issues. She has spearheaded specific projects like the think-tank’s 2011 global cyber-scorecard and the Security Jam, the biennial online brainstorm which gathers thousands of security experts from across the globe. She supports Friends of Europe’s work on geopolitics and contributes to Friends of Europe’s participation in H2020 projects and similar consortia. Pauline previously headed the Security & Defence Agenda from 2009 until its integration into Friends of Europe in 2014. She began her career working on energy sector transition in Germany before moving to Italy to work on multinational procurement projects for Thales. She studied at King’s College London, the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, and Leiden University in the Netherlands. She speaks English, French, German and Italian. Pauline is also Vice-President for Operations and Outreach of WIIS – Women in International Security Brussels.
Speakers
Gábor Iklódy
Director of Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD) of the European External Action Service (EEAS)
Since beginning his career with the Hungarian Foreign Service, Gábor Iklódy has built up a distinguished record in security policy and multilateral diplomacy, a large part of which he devoted to Euro-Atlantic integration. In his current capacity, he oversees integrated civilian-military strategic planning in the areas of maritime security, EU peacekeeping and humanitarian missions and operations. Previously, Iklódy served as NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, responsible for the development and delivery of the Alliance’s approach to cyber defence, counter-terrorism, WMD non-proliferation and energy security.
Pauline Massart
Deputy Director Security & Geopolitics
Pauline Massart leads Friends of Europe’s Peace, Security and Defence work, developing the work programme, projects and partnerships on global peace,  security and defence issues. She has spearheaded specific projects like the think-tank’s 2011 global cyber-scorecard and the Security Jam, the biennial online brainstorm which gathers thousands of security experts from across the globe. She supports Friends of Europe’s work on geopolitics and contributes to Friends of Europe’s participation in H2020 projects and similar consortia. Pauline previously headed the Security & Defence Agenda from 2009 until its integration into Friends of Europe in 2014. She began her career working on energy sector transition in Germany before moving to Italy to work on multinational procurement projects for Thales. She studied at King’s College London, the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, and Leiden University in the Netherlands. She speaks English, French, German and Italian. Pauline is also Vice-President for Operations and Outreach of WIIS – Women in International Security Brussels.
Giles Merritt
Founder & Chairman
Giles founded Friends of Europe in 1999, and its policy journal Europe’s World in 2005. His career as a journalist spanned 15 years as a Financial Times foreign correspondent, the last five as Brussels Correspondent, and 25 years as a contributor of Op-Ed columns to the International Herald Tribune on European political and economic issues. In 2010 he was named by the Financial Times as one of 30 ‘Eurostars’ who most influence thinking on Europe’s future. His latest book is “Slippery Slope: Europe’s Troubled Future” (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Magnus Nordenman
Director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative and Deputy Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council of the United States
Magnus Nordenman leads and manages the Scowcroft Center's projects and programming related to transatlantic security, the future of NATO, Nordic-Baltic defence, and maritime issues. An expert in his field, he has provided advice and insights to both the US government and NATO. Before joining the Atlantic Council, Nordenman worked as a defence analyst, focusing on the US defence budget, US foreign basing, the unmanned vehicles market and current US military operations. He is also the author of two recent reports: “NATO in an era of global competition” and “The naval alliance: preparing NATO for a maritime century”.
Teri Schultz
Freelance Reporter for National Public Radio, CBS and Deutsche Welle
Teri Schultz is a Brussels-based freelance reporter covering the European Union and NATO for National Public Radio, CBS Radio News and Germany's public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Throughout her long career in journalism, she has worked as the State Department reporter for Fox News Channel, a Knight International Press Fellow at the International Center for Journalists, and a freelance television reporter for Reuters, CNN and the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Schultz has a particular interest in Afghanistan, to which she has made six reporting trips.
Jamie Shea
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Division at NATO and Trustee of Friends of Europe
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 Spokesman, he was the face of NATO 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.
Stefano Stefanini
Ambassador of Italy to NATO (2007-2010) and non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States
Stefano Stefanini’s long diplomatic career has earned him a reputation as a distinguished expert in transatlantic affairs, international security and defence capabilities. As Ambassador of Italy to NATO, he contributed to the drafting of NATO's New Strategic Concept, the shaping of NATO's “comprehensive approach” in Afghanistan, the enlargement and partnership policy, the military structure review and the advancement of missile defence. Earlier in his career, Stefanini was posted at the Italian Embassy to the United States, where he specialised in the Balkans, European Security and NATO, and US-Russia relations.
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