Senior NATO officials, diplomats and commanders will meet in Brussels on 14 April to discuss NATO’s political and military transformation at a high-level conference hosted by the NATO Secretary General.
Coming just ahead of the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 20-21 April, the event will allow for an exchange of ideas on how the Alliance is adapting to today’s security environment politically and militarily.
Taking stock, looking forward
The Secretary General of NATO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, will present his initial views on transforming the political dialogue within the Alliance, as well as his assessment of NATO’s ongoing military modernisation.
The aim of the enhanced political dialogue is to foster a more open, more profound, political discussions between NATO Allies on a broader range of issues early on in the Transatlantic decision making process.
NATO’s top military commanders will talk about their vision of how military operations are changing, how NATO needs to respond and what capabilities it should create.
Ministers of defence from newer and older NATO members will share their national experiences of transformation.
Speeches from the conference will be made available in audio on the NATO Web site as they are delivered, together with transcripts and photos of the event.
The conference is the latest in a series of annual, high-level conferences on key NATO themes held under the auspices of the NATO Secretary General.
It is organized by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) and NATO’s Transformation Command.