The Aspen Institute Germany in cooperation with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the Romanian and Slovakian Ambassadors hosted a conference on “NATO’s Role for Europe’s Security“ on April 10, 2014 on the premises of the SWP. On the occasion of the 10th and 15th anniversaries of the first two NATO Eastern Enlargements, the Permanent Representatives to NATO and, in some cases, the Political Directors of the anniversary countries shared their countries’ experiences with and expectations for NATO membership. In light of the Ukraine crisis, NATO membership for these countries was seen as more important than ever since they considered NATO an anchor of stability and security. The second part of the conference addressed the consequences of the Ukraine crisis for the NATO Summit that will take place in September. Discussions centered on the importance of NATO’s ability to respond to threats for member states and the capabilities gap within the Alliance as well as a need for adequate defense spending and smart defense. Moreover, it was stressed that NATO’s door remained open, and the Alliance alone decided on enlargement issues. The Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, addressed participants in a keynote speech and presented NATO’s view. The conference took place under the Chatham House Rule.
Please download here the agenda, the list of participants and the report.