NATO, CSDP and the future of transatlantic security

17 Jun 2011 12:00
17 Jun 2011 14:00

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel kindly invites you to a Policy Forum entitled "NATO, CSDP and the future of transatlantic security", to be held on June 17, 2011.

Sarwar Kashmeri (Senior fellow of the Atlantic Council in Washington DC) will be offering a summary of his book "NATO 2.0 Reboot or Delete" (abstract below), to be followed by a discussion on CSDP-NATO relations.


12:00 Welcome Lunch and introduction by Dr. Luis Simon, Institute for European Studies, VUB (Chair)

12:30 Book presentation "NATO 2.0 Reboot or Delete" by Sarwar Kashmeri, followed by discussion and Q&A

14:00 End of Policy Forum

Book Abstract:

Sarwar Kashmeri argues that NATO currently works against transatlantic unity and geopolitical stability. In the light of NATO's waning powers, the rise of CSDP and a Europe that is increasingly meshing the foreign policies of its member states after the Lisbon Treaty, Kashmeri considers it meaningless to draft a future for NATO independent of CSDP. He addresses questions on where NATO and CSDP are going, and recommends several dramatic steps on how future global military forces should respond to common threats: bridge NATO and CSDP; make the EU responsible for its own security; and invoke NATO only in extreme cases, establishing a common global vision regarding the use of force.

The IES Policy Forums bring together representatives from academia, lawyers, business experts and policy makers to share views and stimulate a highly interactive debate on topical issues with a focus on the future.

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required.  Those wanting to participate can register by sending an e-mail to

The programme will start at 12:00 with a lunch reception, followed by the presentation at 12:30

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