On November 27, 2017 a Round Table Discussion with the GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Steering Committee took place in Brussels. The GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative, led by General (Retd.) John R. Allen, is GLOBSEC’s foremost contribution to debates about the future of the Alliance. Given the substantial changes within the global security environment, GLOBSEC has undertaken a year-long project, following its annual Spring conference and the July NATO Summit in Warsaw, to explore challenges faced by the Alliance in adapting to a very different strategic environment than that of any time since the end of the Cold War. The Initiative integrates policy expertise, institutional knowledge, intellectual rigour and industrial perspectives. It ultimately seeks to provide innovative and thoughtful solutions for the leaders of the Alliance to make NATO more a resilient, responsive and efficient anchor of transatlantic stability. The policy papers published within the GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative are authored by the Initiative’s Steering Committee members: General (Retd.) John R. Allen, Admiral (Retd.) Giampaolo di Paola, General (Retd.) Wolf Langheld, Professor Julian Lindley-French, Ambassador (Retd.) Tomáš Valášek, Ambassador (Retd.) Alexander Vershbow and other acclaimed authorities from the field of global security and strategy.
In this event the Final Report of the GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative (GNAI) was officially released.
The report is devoted to the identification of future tasks and objectives of the Alliance, namely:
- increasing the level of NATO military ambition – concentrating on all NATO’s non-nuclear conventional forces, including cyber means and emerging technologies.
- achieving a strengthened NATO role in counter-terrorism, striking a new balanced engagement with Russia, reassure Eastern European nations seeking freedom and democracy about NATO´s interest in their stability and security.
- building a mutually beneficial partnership with the European Union to foster an ever-closer practical cooperation on matters of shared concern and establish more efficient financial burden-sharing between the two costs of the Atlantic.