NATO's new Strategic Concept to be discussed in Moscow
From 9 to 12 February 2010, the Group of Experts on the NATO's new Strategic Concept will visit Moscow at the invitation of the Russian Federation. As part of the reflection period, the group, under the leadership of Dr. Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State, will participate in discussions with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Secretary of the National Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev and will meet with the members of the Duma, the Lower House of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
The Group of Experts will use these meetings as an opportunity to listen, gather ideas and hear various points of view.
In informal exchanges, members of the group will also engage with leading Russian security experts.
On Thursday, 11 February, Dr. Albright will deliver remarks at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations followed by a discussion with students and guests. The event will be open to the media.
In 2009, the NATO Secretary General appointed a group of 12 experts to facilitate the reflection and consultation phase in the preparation of NATO's new strategic concept. The group represents a broad spectrum of large and small NATO members and offers a balanced combination of insiders and outsiders, including from the private sector, think tanks and the academic community. Dr. Albright chairs the group with Mr. Jeroen van der Veer, former CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, as vice-chair.