Launching NATO’s New Strategic Concept

Palais d’Egmont, Brussels Belgium

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NATO launches public debate on the Strategic Concept

NATO launches public debate on the Strategic Concept

08 Jul. 2009

NATO formally launched the process leading to the new Strategic Concept of the Alliance at a major security conference in Brussels. The Conference – taking place under the authority of the NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer - also marked the beginning of a dialogue with the wider public.

Tuesday 7 July 2009 document audio photo video
08:30 Registration and coffee      
08:55 Welcome and Introduction to the day’s proceedings Jamie Shea, Head Policy Planning, Private Office of the Secretary General, NATO   MP3
09:00 Launching NATO’s new Strategic Concept: Introductory remarks Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Secretary General of NATO  EN/FR  MP3
09:30 Discussion 1: Why a new NATO Strategic Concept now: do strategic reviews serve a purpose and how valid is the 1999 Concept? 

Moderator: Nik Gowing, International TV News Presenter
  •   Professor François Heisbourg – Special Advisor to the President of the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Chairman of the Foundation Council of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.  Former member of the French Livre Blanc Commission  
  •   Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman - Professor of War Studies and Vice Principal, King’s College London  
  •   Sven Mikser - Vice President, NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Special Rapporteur for the NPA’s contribution to the new Strategic Concept, former Defence Minister of Estonia  
10:40 Coffee break      photo  
11:00 Discussion 2: NATO as seen by others:

Moderator: Dr Constanze Stelzenmueller, German Marshall Fund Senior Transatlantic Fellow
  •   Dr Paolo Scaroni, Chief Executive Officer, ENI – A corporate sector view on NATO  
  •   Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - A view from the wider world  
  •   Lord Levene of Portsoken, Chairman, Lloyd’s of London – How business assesses the risks  
  •   Professor  António Vitorino, former EU Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs and former Minister of Defence of Portugal. Chairman of the European Strategy Forum - A European perspective  
  •   Dr Dmitri Trenin, Director, Carnegie Moscow Center - NATO and Russia  
12:30 Buffet Lunch    
13:30 Keynote speech:  NATO 2009: Past Lessons, Future Prospects:  The Hon. Madeleine K. Albright, Principal of The Albright Group LLC and former Secretary of State of the United States, followed by Qs and As. EN  MP3
  Afternoon debates: The Alliance of the Future. Changing World: Same Mission?
14:15 Debate 1 : Will the future of security be different from the past? Where are we going with the human security agenda?

Moderator: Lyse Doucet, International TV and radio presenter and correspondent
  •   Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme  
  •   Professor Mary Kaldor, Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics  
  •   Alexandr Vondra, Deputy Prime Minister of the  Czech Republic with responsibility for European Affairs  
15:15 Short break    
15:35 Debate 2: Where are the risks? What are our strengths, vulnerabilities and weaknesses?

Moderator: Dr Tomas Ries, Director, Swedish Institute of International Affairs
  •   Professor Louise Richardson, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of St Andrews  
  •   Jan Kopernicki, Vice President Shipping, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited  
  •   General Henri Bentégeat, Chairman of the Military Committee, European Union PDF/18Kb
16:35 Short break    
16:55 Conclusions from the afternoon debates: A Transformation perspective. General James Mattis, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation   EN MP3
17:10 A rapporteur’s perspective: What does all this mean for the work ahead? Christoph Bertram, Former Director of SWP Berlin and IISS London   MP3
17:30 Closing remarks: Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Secretary General   MP3