The Russia-NATO relationship is an important aspect of the Euro-Atlantic security framework. Historically, various cooperative activities forming part of this bilateral engagement have contributed to common security objectives on both sides, including counterterrorism, counter-narcotics and training of law enforcement personnel in countries such as Afghanistan.
Under heightened geopolitical tensions, however, formats for interaction between the two sides has been suspended. Political dialogue within the Russia-NATO Council at the ambassadorial level still remains in principle, but there is insufficient real engagement to ensure crisis management cooperation at a time when new thinking towards security is required. The goal of this event is to provide a platform to facilitate discussion on this issue. The aim of the dialogue will be to analyse the current challenges facing Russia-NATO relations and possibilities of engagement at a time of increased friction.
His Excellency Mr Alexander Grushko graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1977 and has subsequently served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. He has held a number of senior diplomatic posts at home and abroad, including: Head of Division, Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament of the MFA of Russia from 1995 to 1996; Head of the Russian Delegation on Military Security and Arms Control in the negotiating forums in Vienna, Representative of the Russian Federation to the Joint Consultative Group on the CFE Treaty and the Open Skies Consultative Commission at the OSCE Forum for Security and Cooperation from 1996 to 2000; Deputy Director, Department of European Cooperation from 2001 to 2002 and Director of the Department of European Cooperation from November 2002 to September 2005. He served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for European and Euro-Atlantic organisations from 2005 to 2012. Ambassador Grushko assumed his current appointment as Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO in October 2012.
Sir Paul Lever KCMG is Vice President of RUSI, having been its Chairman from 2003 to 2009. From 1966 to 2003 he was a member of the British Diplomatic Service, specialising in European and politico-military affairs. He served at the UK Delegation to NATO, at the European Commission, as Leader of the British Delegation to the Negotiations on the CFE Treaty, as Head of the Defence and Overseas Secretariat in the Cabinet Office and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. He was EU and Economic Director in the Foreign Office and, from 1997 to 2003, Ambassador in Germany. From 2003 to 2006, he was a Senior Advisor to RWE Thames Water and from 2007 a Director of Sellafield Ltd.
There are refreshments from 1600 and the Lecture is followed by a drinks reception from 1745.