NATO Policy Planners Conference takes place in Washington, D.C.

  • 11 Apr. 2024 - 12 Apr. 2024
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  • Last updated: 17 Apr. 2024 09:57

NATO, in cooperation with the United States Department of State organised the seventh Transatlantic Policy Planners’ Conference in Washington, DC on Thursday and Friday (11 and 12 April 2024). This flagship event focused on policy planning and strategic foresight, bringing together teams of experts from all NATO Allies.

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The Directors of policy planning from Allied foreign affairs ministries met, joined with guest participants from the European Union External Action Service, and policy planners from NATO’s partners in the Indo-Pacific region (Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea). In their discussions participants assessed the wide range of emerging, potential, and long-term strategic and policy issues that could shape Euro-Atlantic stability and security, and which NATO and its partners will need to continue addressing in 2024 and beyond.

During the two day conference, participants engaged with senior US government officials, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Jake Sullivan, experts from the think tank community in Washington, DC, as well as senior researchers and practitioners. This was the second time the community of transatlantic policy planners met in Washington, DC, since the launch of this conference in 2019. The conference was co-hosted by the Policy Planning Unit in the Office of the NATO Secretary General, the Policy Planning Staff of the United States Department of State and the US Institute of Peace (USIP), which hosted a part of the proceedings.