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This conference was organised ahead of the Alliance’s Riga Summit. It was addressed by NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the former Spanish President José María Aznar.

This event was supported by Allied Command Transformation and NATO HQ and will also include an address by current ISAF Commander, Lieutenant General David Richards, CBE, DSO.

Against the background of NATO’s expanding operational activities the Conference examined the Alliance’s transformation efforts seeked to identify priorities for NATO at the Riga Summit, and for the years ahead.  

Confirmed speakers: 

  • General Lance L. Smith, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO
  • José María Aznar, former Spanish Prime Minister and Distinguished Scholar in the Practice of Global Leadership, Georgetown University
  • Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope KCB, OBE, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO
  • Admiral Giampaolo di Paola, Chief of Defence Staff, Italy
  • Bill Emmott, Former Editor, The Economist
  • Lieutenant General David Richards CBE, DSO, Commander, ISAF IX
  • John Colston, Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy & Planning, NATO
  • Major General Gary Harrell, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, JFC Brunssum
  • Jean Fournet, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO
  • Ambassador Janis Eichmanis, Latvian Permanent Representative to NATO
  • Harlan Ullman, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Ambassador John Anderson, former Canadian Permanent Representative to NATO

Topics covered:

  • NATO Response Force
  • Effects-Based Approach to Operations
  • Operations
  • Prague Capabilities Commitments & capability development
  • Global Partnership & future priorities
  • NATO’s political development & public image

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