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Taking Stock of the Transatlantic Relationship: Female Leaders Reflect on 2017

On January 31st, the Atlantic Council hosted a conversation with female thought leaders about the current state of the transatlantic relationship. In today’s turbulent political and security environment, the transatlantic alliance is at a critical crossroads. Pressing foreign policy and security challenges – from terrorism and Russian aggression to rising nationalism and waning confidence in institutions – have raised new questions about the future of the transatlantic alliance. This discussion features reflects on the past year, and discusses the future of NATO and US engagement in Europe, how the transatlantic partnership must adapt to today’s strategic environment, and the importance of female leadership in foreign policy and international security.

A conversation with:

Amb. Kristen Silverberg
Managing Director
Institute of International Finance;
Former US Ambassador to the European UnionMs. Julianne Smith
Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program
Center for a New American Security

Ms. Christine Wormuth 
Director, Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience
Atlantic Council;
Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
US Department of Defense

Moderated by:Ms. Sally Painter
Chief Operating Officer
Blue Star Strategies;
Senior Advisor, Future Europe Initiative
Atlantic Council

 

2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum

What does the Trump administration’s strategy toward the Asia-Pacific mean for US-ROK relations? The December 12 forum, “Reimagining the US-Republic of Korea Partnership in the Trans-Pacific Century,” explored priorities for the US-ROK security alliance and economic partnership.

This podcast features the keynote address “Meeting the Foreign Policy Challenges of 2017 and Beyond” delivered by Secretary of State Tillerson and introduced by H.E. Yoon-je Cho and The Hon. Stephen Hadley.

The forum also featured Ambassador Sihyung Lee, Dr. Young-kwan Yoon, The Hon. Paula Dobriansky, The Hon. Wilbur Ross, General James L. Jones, Jr., and Mr. Frederick Kempe.

Helsinki and Hybrid Threats

What are the best practices for countering hybrid warfare? Where does responsibility lie in mitigating these threats?

On this episode of Channeling Brussels, Teri Schultz speaks with Hanna Smith about Finland’s use of its history with Russia to help its partners address hybrid warfare concerns.

Hanna Smith is Director of Strategic Planning and Responses for the NATO-EU Center of Excellence in Helsinki.

A Decade After “Web War 1,” Former Estonian President Blasts EU Cyber Inertia

Even as the pervasive and destructive capacity of cyberattacks becomes ever more evident with the alleged Russian meddling in European and American politics, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, a former president of Estonia, marvels at the European Union’s under-performance in dealing with the threat.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to former Estonian President Toomas Ilves about Estonia’s internet adaptability,  “Web War 1,” and Russia’s interference in the European political space.

Sorin Ducaru, NATO’s Man with Many Helmets

Bearing a title that obligates him to manage evolving security threats, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Sorin Ducaru has his hands more than full.  With the threat landscape against the alliance changing constantly in unpredictable ways, many of them breaking new terrain in warfare, Ducaru and his staff have to be prescient, agile, and humble about their abilities to predict what’s next.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Sorin Ducaru about how the alliance is approaching all its new threats and adapting its mindset in some surprising ways.

Channeling Brussels: NATO Fights to Close the Gender Gap

Our guest this week for a special Women’s Day episode of Channeling Brussels is Ambassador Marriet Schuurman, NATO’s special representative for “Women, Peace and Security”, tasked with helping implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. The measure obligates UN member governments to elevate the concerns and well-being of women and children, to work to prevent violations of women’s rights and gender-based violence, to increase the involvement of women in peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction.

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Launch of the Tallinn Manual 2.0

The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands presented the second edition of the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations on Wednesday, February 8 at the Atlantic Council.

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs on the Baltics, Russia, and NATO

While the entire world carefully watches how 2017 unfolds, especially developments between the White House and the Kremlin, the Baltics are among those with the most finely-tuned binoculars.  Worst-case scenarios may be simply hypotheses for debate in other countries, but in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania they are part of daily geopolitical calculations as the Baltics navigate a very fine line of making sure their allies stay on high alert for Russian interference without portraying themselves as unduly alarmist or vulnerable.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs about the speculation that one of the Baltics may become the theater for “World War III.”

Read more at http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/latvia-heads-into-2017-relying-on-its-own-mettle-and-nato-metal.

Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow on the challenge posed by Russia

When someone with the long-range perspective of Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow says relations with Russia are the worst he’s seen in his entire career, everyone should take notice. Vershbow has been a student of the Soviet Union and Russia for many decades, rising to the highest levels of the US State Department, the Pentagon and NATO.  Before his recently-ended tenure as NATO’s deputy secretary general, Vershbow had served as the American ambassador to the Alliance from 1998 to 2001 and to Moscow from 2001 to 2005.  With all that Russia-watching history, Vershbow says he’d have to go back to the Berlin crises of the early 1960s to imagine “as volatile and unpredictable and dangerous a situation as we have now.”

NATO After Brexit: Restoring the Power and Purpose of the Alliance

On June 27, 2016, in light of Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union, the Atlantic Council discussed what the US, UK, and crucial European Allies must do to bolster NATO’s strength and solidarity, especially in a post-Brexit Europe. We also launched a report on “Restoring the Power and Purpose of the NATO Alliance”, authored by Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns and General James L. Jones, who presented their final conclusions. The event was moderated by Evelyn Farkas.

Gen. Philip M. Breedlove on Securing NATO’s New Frontiers

General Philip M. Breedlove, former Commander of US European Command and former Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO, spoke at the Atlantic Council’s public conference: The Future of NATO Enlargement and New Frontiers in European Security. Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of Atlantic Council, moderated the discussion. The conference was held on June 8, 2016.

Alliance at Risk: Strengthening European Defense

This podcast covers our launch event for the report: Alliance at Risk: Strengthening European Defense in an Age of Turbulence and Competition. The event took place at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters on February 26. It featured a discussion of the report with a panel of leading experts, moderated by Barry Pavel, Vice President, Arnold Kanter Chair, and Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

Despite Russian aggression in Ukraine and growing threats along NATO’s southern flank, many European allies find it difficult to increase their defense capabilities and meet the commitments they made at the Wales Summit. To address this important challenge, the Atlantic Council produced its Alliance at Risk report, which draws together noted experts and former senior officials to examine the vulnerabilities in European defense and provides recommendations on the way forward. The project highlights six leading nations from NATO’s north, south, east, and west, illuminating the many perspectives and diverse defense priorities that exist within the Alliance today.

Chuck Hagel and Ine Eriksen Soreide on a Strategy for NATO

The Hon. Chuck Hagel, Distinguished Statesman at the Atlantic Council, and H.E. Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Norway, discuss the major challenges facing NATO and the political and military way forward as the Alliance approaches its crucially important Warsaw Summit in 2016. The event took place on September 24, 2015, and was moderated by Fred Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council.