15 February 2019 - 09:00 - 10:00
Jamie Shea , Patrick Turner

The increasing pace of change in international security makes the ability to schedule debriefings quickly to react to current affairs an important tool for central players on peace, security and defence issues. The aim of Friends of Europe’s quarterly security briefings is to react and clarify topical issues at a given moment. Our briefings reinforce a security community in Brussels that meets regularly to discuss key challenges to security. 

Our first quarterly security briefing will address the results and outcomes of the NATO Defence Ministerial Meeting and uncover the 2019 Munich Security Conference. This briefing will offer an opportunity to clarify, discuss and evaluate key topical issues regarding the future cooperation on European and transatlantic defence and security. 

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The global security landscape is in flux. From increased tensions between NATO and Russia and ongoing difficult Brexit negotiations to China’s more assertive global stand under the consolidated leadership of President Xi Jinping, new challenges are continuously putting into question global security frameworks and approaches.


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Our first quarterly security briefing will take place right after the NATO Defence Ministerial Meeting. We will bring together small group of experts and decision-makers from across the public-private divide for a candid discussion on the outcomes of the meeting. The aim will be to clarify, discuss and evaluate key topical issues regarding the future cooperation on European and transatlantic defence and security. This briefing will offer an opportunity to immediately scrutinize agreements, results and decisions including their implications. Taking place on the morning before the annual Munich Security Conference, this briefing will also declassify relevant topics on the MSC-agenda and identify positions and directions of key NATO and EU representatives. 

  • What are the main security challenges and threats to the transatlantic alliance in 2019 and beyond? 
  • What are the strategic priorities of both NATO and EU?

Moderated by
Jamie Shea, Senior fellow at Friends of Europe and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General at NATO 


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Jamie Shea
Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO (2010-2018)
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.
Patrick Turner
NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning
Patrick Turner was appointed Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning in 2018. In this position, he acts as Chair of the Defence Policy and Planning Committee (DPPC), the senior advisory body to the North Atlantic Council on defence matters concerning all member countries and leading on defence aspects of Partnerships. Prior to this position, Turner worked as UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council, Command Secretary to Headquarters Land Command, Minister of Defence at the British Embassy in Washington and has held several positions at the British Ministry of Defence. 

This event is for members only.

Patrick Vandewalle, Programme Executive
Tel.: +32 893 98 20
Email: patrick.vandewalle@friendsofeurope.org

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