IES Lecture Series: "NATO: present challenges; future possibilities"


NATO LogoA series of six lecture by Dr Jamie Shea, Director, Policy Planning, Private Office of the Secretary General, NATO

The lectures will take place at the IES Conference room, Pleinlaan 15, 5th floor. Entrance is free of charge, but registration is compulsory. Please register at . The programme below is subject to change, please check regularly for updates.

We look forward to your attendance and active participation in the lectures.


Thursday, 10 April 2008, 13:00 - 14:00
"Twenty Years On"
Two decades have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. How has NATO changed over those years and has the transformation process been deep enough to adapt the Alliance to today’s very different world? What has NATO contributed to international security during this period? Where has it succeeded; where has it been less successful?
Thursday, 08 May 2008, 13:00 - 14:00
"NATO as a peacekeeper and peace enforcer"
The public today knows NATO best from its missions in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Are peacekeeping and peace enforcing the future of the Alliance? What is NATO’s record in stabilizing the Balkans and Afghanistan and which lessons have the Allies had to learn along the way?
Thursday, 15 May 2008, 13:00 - 14:00
"NATO as the Euro-Atlantic integrator"
NATO has already welcomed ten new members since the end of the Cold War. The Bucharest Summit has continued the enlargement process. What has been the impact of such a major addition of new members on the Alliance? What have the new members contributed and have they changed NATO’s focus? How is the enlargement process likely to proceed in the future?
Thursday, 22 May 2008, 13:00 - 14:00
"The Alliance as the world’s security partner"
Another novel aspect of NATO’s evolution over the last 20 years has been the rapid development of partnerships with non-member states – first in Central and Eastern Europe, then in the Caucasus and Central Asia, followed by the Mediterranean and Middle East and, more recently, countries in the Asia-Pacific region. What does this increasingly global network of security relationships mean for NATO’s future roles and missions? Do they invariable imply a “global NATO” or the blurring of the distinction between Allies and Partners?
Thursday, 19 June 2008, 13:00 - 14:00
"NATO and the EU"
The two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall have seen the rise of a number of new security challenges: international terrorism, proliferation threats, cyber attacks and fears regarding energy security. These new challenges are tackled both at NATO and at the European Union. Are both institutions growing apart or growing together ? Are both institutions still "in the same city but on different planets", as one NATO Ambassador once put it ? Or is there a growing understanding on the various tasks and capabilities of both organisations?
Thursday, 26 June 2008, 13:00 - 14:00
"60 more years?"
2009 will witness the Alliance’s 60th anniversary, two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall. NATO has a past, but does it have a future? What can we expect from NATO’s 60th anniversary summit in 2009? With a new Administration in the US, a new EU Treaty of Lisbon, and new leaderships in France and other European countries, what are the possibilities and options for how NATO can evolve over the next 60 years?