Brussels conference on NATO and Euro-Atlantic security, Dec. 13, 2016

November 30, 2016

Conference and registration info:

In December 1956, the foreign ministers of Canada, Italy, and Norway produced a report that made a number of bold recommendations about how NATO could—and should—become a genuine forum for political consultation and open discussion. In 2016, as Euro-Atlantic security is tested by a unique mix of challenges, from a fraught relationship with Russia to terrorism to cyberattacks, these proposals are as pertinent as they were sixty years ago.

Marking the 60th anniversary of the landmark Three Wise Men report, this event will gather 100 international diplomats, EU officials, think tank representatives, and media in Brussels to look at how transatlantic unity can be strengthened through greater nonmilitary cooperation within NATO. It will kick off with a keynote address by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Carnegie Europe’s Judy Dempsey.

A lively panel discussion will follow to launch Dempsey’s upcoming paper, entitled “From Suez to Syria: Why NATO Must Strengthen Its Political Role.” NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller will provide closing remarks.

9:15 – 9:45 a.m
Registration and Coffee

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introductory Remarks

With remarks by
Knut Hauge, Permanent Representative of Norway to NATO
Kerry Buck, Permanent Representative of Canada to NATO
Claudio Bisogniero, Permanent Representative of Italy to NATO

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Keynote Address

Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO
Q&A moderated by
Judy Dempsey, Nonresident Senior Associate at Carnegie Europe and Editor in Chief of the Strategic Europe blog

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion: “From Suez to Syria: Why NATO Must Strengthen Its Political Role​”
Panelists will debate the latest paper by Carnegie Europe’s Judy Dempsey, looking at why NATO must rise to the challenge of putting in place long-term mechanisms to protect the Euro-Atlantic community’s way of life, shared values, and security.

With remarks by
Judy Dempsey, Nonresident Senior Associate at Carnegie Europe and Editor in Chief of the Strategic Europe blog
Espen Barth Eide, UN Special Adviser on Cyprus and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway
Roland Paris, University Research chair in International Security and Governance at the University of Ottawa
Stefano Stefanini, former Ambassador to NATO and Diplomatic Adviser to the President of Italy and Senior Nonresident Fellow with the Atlantic Council

12:15 – 12:30 p.m
Closing Remarks

Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General of NATO

Carnegie Europe would like to thank the Permanent Representatives of Canada, Italy, and Norway to NATO as well as NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division for their role in the organization and delivery of this event.


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