The NATO Forum serves as the Euro-Atlantic community's premier venue for discussion, debate and analysis on issues relating to NATO and its future. The Forum features major public speeches from senior statesmen, roundtable strategy sessions with decision-makers and leading analysis from experts and practitioners from across the Atlantic on matters relating to the Alliance.
Senator Richard Lugar and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen inaugurated the Forum in September 2009 with major policy speeches on the future of the Alliance and NATO's development of a new Strategic Concept. National Security Advisor Jim Jones, Atlantic Council Chairman Chuck Hagel and International Advisory Board Chairman Brent Scowcroft also participated in the Forum. The Forum will continue to highlight major leaders from across the Alliance as part of fostering a public debate about the future of NATO, as well as feature leading thought pieces, policy briefs and publications from prominent experts throughout 2010 and beyond, including members of the Atlantic Council's Strategic Advisors Group.
The NATO Forum is generously sponsored by BAE Systems.
From Benjamin Bidder, der Spiegel: The 65-year-old [President of Belarus Alexander] Lukashenko has been in office for 16 years, but never before have Moscow and the Belarusian autocrat had such irreconcilable differences. Bilateral relations have never been as bad as they are now, says the Belarusian political scientist Alexander Klaskovski.
From AP via Winnipeg Free Press: Thirty-one soldiers from tiny Montenegro are on their way to replace the country's NATO-led contingent now serving in Afghanistan.
Montenegro Defence Minister Boro Vucinic said Friday the soldiers will serve together with the Hungarian units based in northern Afghanistan under German command.
From Mark Larson, the New York Times: What do the Greek, Mongolian, Latvian and British Armies have in common?
From Olga Dzyubenko and Alexei Anishchuk, Reuters: Kyrgyzstan will try on Friday to persuade members of a Kremlin-led security bloc to supply military hardware needed to maintain order in the volatile south of the Central Asian state.
From AFP, via DefenseNews: Russia is throwing open its planned purchase of a helicopter carrier to a tender involving foreign and Russian firms, ending France's status as the exclusive bidder, a shipbuilding official said Aug. 19.
From Tony Perry, LA Times: As Romanian military and civilian officials mingled at a VIP reception aboard a yacht that belonged to executed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, a U.S. Navy band played an American selection: the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Broadway show tunes.
From Richard Boudreaux, Wall Street Journal: Russia is negotiating the sale of about 20 helicopters for Afghanistan, stepping up efforts to help the country's U.S.-backed government battle the Taliban insurgency and drug traffickers.
NATO FORUM EVENTS
On January 24, the Atlantic Council hosted the Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic, H.E. Alexandr Vondra. He offered a central European perspective on the future of the transatlantic partnership and the key issues facing the alliance in the run-up to the NATO Chicago Summit.
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On January 12, the Atlantic Council hosted H.E. Hans Hillen, the Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, for remarks on NATO defense spending in the context of the Eurozone crisis and the transatlantic economic downturn.
On January 5, the Atlantic Council hosted the United Kingdom’s Secretary of Defense Philip Hammond for his first public remarks in the United States.
On Wednesday, February 2, the Strategic Advisors Group and members of the Atlantic Council expert network met for the third and final workshop of the International Security Program’s project on the future of the United States European Command (EUCOM).
The Program on International Security hosted the second of three workshops to assess how the new NATO Strategic Concept and other initiatives launched at the Lisbon summit will impact the future of the United States European Command (USEUCOM).