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Rethinking and strengthening NATO –  How to prepare the Alliance for the future?

The online debate will take place on Tuesday, 27th April 2021, from 17:30 to 18:30. The discussion will be held in English and live-streamed on our Facebook.
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NATO is currently at a very different place compared to the one envisioned seventy years ago when the Washington Treaty was signed. The security environment is quickly changing, the reliability of the US as a strategic partner for Europe was weakened under the previous Trump administration and new security threats are emerging. The previous NATO Summit started a process called NATO2030 which aims to adapt the Alliance to the current security environment, strengthen its political role and unity among Allies. In addition to this, the Biden administration has shown over the first 100 days of its operation that it holds on tightly to its role in NATO. On the other hand, we have seen that unexpected turn of events from the global pandemic emergeexposing the vulnerabilities of our security community, the impact of disinformation not just on the health sector but also on the political and security spectrum. The continued rise of China and Russia as geopolitical threats also continue to amplify, especially with the recent worrying developments on the Eastern Ukrainian borders and human rights tensions in China’s neighborhood. The NATO leaders will need to address a variety of crucial issues to safeguard the security of the Alliance and its member states during the planned NATO summit of 2021.

This discussion will address the impact of the pandemic on NATO, the pressing and emerging security challenges for the Alliance, especially under the new Biden administration. What can be expected from the 2021 NATO summit and what will be the most crucial points on the agenda? Lastly, our panelists will discuss the issue of Europe’s strategic autonomy and how Central and Eastern European countries help in developing a renewed NATO approach.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Benedetta Berti, Head of Policy Planning in the Office of the Secretary-General, NATO
  • Petr Boháček, Research Fellow, Association for International Affairs
  • Carisa Nietsche, Associate Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Moderator: Danielle Piatkiewicz, Research Fellow, EUROPEUM

POLICY PAPER: 100 days of Biden’s new transatlantic strategy – where does Central and Eastern Europe stand?

In her policy paper, our research fellow Danielle Piatkiewicz provides an in-depth review of President Biden’s first 100 days in office. Piatkiewicz particularly examines Biden’s new transatlantic strategy and how it affects the Central and Eastern Europe region.

So far, the US administration’s focus on tackling immediate shared threats has called upon their EU allies to take a stronger role and to continue to invest in its own defense capabilities. This includes not just investing in stronger NATO cooperation, but also the strengthening of economic and security support in CEE region through various avenues.

For the CEE region, it will be a true test to see how they adapt towards a Biden administration – the deterioration of democratic processes and rule of law will certainly come to haunt the region, but the question remains to what extent? For Poland and Hungary, whose relations flourished under Trump’s administration, may have to reevaluate their posture to adhere to the pro-democratic policies that the Biden administration will certainly call for, and this can lead to a splintering within the V4 particularly between Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland and Hungary.

EU MONITOR: The EU’s military engagement in Central Mediterranean – Migrant crisis and arms embargo intertwined

In the new EU Monitor Vojtěch Freitag writes about the ongoing EU’s military mission in the Central Mediterranean Sea called EUNAVFOR MED Irini. The article attempts to overview, critically reflect, and present recommendations for the issues connected to it.

Notwithstanding EU’s efforts, Sophia had not achieved the prevention  ofillicit  arms flows. In  fact,  it  could  not  possibly  be successful  as  the  sea  is  not the only  entry point  into  the vast country.  Failure  of  the embargo has  been  recently  confirmed  also by  the  UN  expert  panel  on  Libya, which claimed “total ineffectiveness”. However, the termination of the operation was caused by concerns  deemed  of greater  importance to the member-states than the arms embargo –the question of rescuing and disembarking migrants, an aspect fitting into general EU’s immigration policy debate.