The Wales Summit and the Future of NATO

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RUSImotif2014 represents a strategic crossroads for NATO. Russia's annexation of Crimea in February, the planned withdrawal of most allied combat forces from Afghanistan by the end of the year, and Washington's ongoing commitment to 'rebalance' to the Asia-Pacific illustrate as much. Addressing these and other topics, NATO members will meet at the “Wales Summit” on 4-5 September 2014 to discuss the way forward for the Alliance. To encourage debate in the policy and academic communities, the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Royal United Services Institute and NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division will organise a workshop on 30 June in Brussels. In discussing present challenges and paving a way forward for NATO, the workshop will see high-level participants come together for a stimulating and in-depth strategic debate. The event will also showcase a special feature that will be published with the RUSI Journal in advance of the Alliance's Summit in Wales.

Confirmed speakers include: Christopher Coker, Mike Codner, Antulio Echevarria, François Heisbourg, Julian Lindley-French, Alexander Mattelaer, Sten Rynning and Luis Simón.

Registration & Venue 

The workshop will take place from 14:00-18:00 at the premises of the Institute for European Studies. Registration will start as from 13:30. Coffee will be provided and the workshop will be followed by a reception. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please register here.

Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Rooms Rome and Lisbon (Floor -1)
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels

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