EPS co-sponsored event

Transatlantic Defense Partnership at Stake?
Geostrategic Changes, Economic Trends and Mutual Defense

Wednesday June 21, 2017 Royal Military Academy, Hobbemastraat 8, Brussels

While NATO has regularly reaffirmed the need to increase military spending to contribute to the Alliance’s security, most countries face several budgetary constraints. Moreover political choices to come will be influenced by deep transformations in the political landscape on both shores of the Atlantic (Trump administration, general elections in France, the Netherlands, Germany…).

The end of the International Security Assistance Force posed a challenge for the future of NATO, since the alliance has to look for renewed goals and a reinforced pact of collective security. Despite several threats, notably from terrorist organizations, and a rising Russian power, it appears difficult to overcome tensions inside NATO that are amplified by a new political environment.

On which ground can we expect to reignite the transatlantic defense partnership? What can be the missions for NATO and other transatlantic initiatives after Afghanistan? How to increase the effectiveness of military spending while keeping fiscal pressure under control?

Paticipant Biographies

Keynote - Peter Chase - German Marshall Fund


Panel One - Why do we invest in military expenditures?

Tomáš Valášek, Carnegie Europe
Edward Hunter Charlie, NATO
CBinyam Salomon, Defence Research and Development Canada and Carleton University

Panel Two - What future for the defense industrial base?

Ethan Corbin, NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Eugen Gholz, University of Texas
Renaud Bellais, Airbus and ENSTA Bretagne