Policy Forum

The Future of NATO and the Transatlantic Security Framework

March 4, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Hayek Auditorium

Featuring Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; James Goldgeier, Dean, American University School of International Service; and François Rivasseau, Deputy Head, Delegation of the European Union to the United States; moderated by Emma Ashford, Visiting Fellow, Defense and Foreign Policy, Cato Institute.

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Recent Russian aggression in Ukraine has raised the profile of NATO, giving the organization a sense of purpose not seen since the end of the Cold War. Yet NATO has changed substantially since 1991, growing to include member states in Eastern Europe. NATO’s mission has also evolved, from collective defense to broader military cooperation, and from European security to a more global approach, including recent involvement in Afghanistan and the Libyan civil war. NATO itself has become a political entity, with NATO enlargement an ongoing point of contention between Russia and the West.

Is NATO best positioned to address transatlantic security concerns? Should the organization be reformed? Or is it time to create a new framework for European security concerns? What should be the U.S. role in this process? Join our panel for an open discussion of these and other questions, as they debate the future of the transatlantic security framework from various points of view.