On February 9th, within the framework of the Brief the Briefers program, GLOBSEC Policy Institute Research Fellow Tomáš A. Nagy participated at a series of high-level working meetings with NATO senior international staff, including NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Amb. Tacan Ildem, the heads of sections of the Defence Policy and Planning Division, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, OperationsDivision and Cyber Defence Section, in the Alliance´s HQ in Brussels.

The event was organized by the Atlantic Treaty Association upon the invitation from the NATO Public Diplomacy Division (NATO PDD) to discuss the implications of the changing security environment in the transatlantic area – focusing on emerging security challenges and the need to make NATO public outreach more efficient and transparent. The discussions between NATO officials and security policy experts from a dozen of allied countries focused on:

  • NATO´s public diplomacy strategy in 2017,
  • the relevance of defence and deterrence in the current era,
  • NATO´s operations and the policy of stabilisation,
  • NATO-Russia relations,
  • the security situation in the MENA region
  • the emerging challenges within the realm of cyber security.

With the arrival of the new US administration, with European politics facing tumultuous times, with the continuous presence of security challenges emanating from both NATO´s Eastern and Southern border and with the noticeable increase in prominence of unconventional (mainly hybrid and cyber) security challenges, the Alliance faces a need to communicate with the broader attentive public more efficiently than ever before in recent memory. Even in such turbulent days as these, GLOBSEC remains fully committed to its historical ambition to communicate the need for efficient security cooperation across the Atlantic and will remain to be a devoted non-governmental platform for policy-related discussions, democratic advocacy and objective professional counsel in the matters of defence and security. As NATO remains to be the cornerstone of European security and stability, our commitment to enhance the public trust in the Alliance via transparent, objective and fact-based communication remains to be as solid as ever. With an aim to support the process of NATO adaptation, GLOBSEC launched its own NATO Adaptation Initiative – led by General (Retd) John Allen. The initiative seeks to explain what NATO Adaptation should be about, and what changes must take place in the Alliance’s roles, missions, capabilities, capacities, and structures so that NATO can eventually become a fully-fledged 21st century defender, power-projector, enabler, and stabiliser. In case of your kind interest, you can join us in our endeavour for making Alliance stronger and follow its evolution here