European Defence and NATO: towards Mutual Reinforcement

The current Covid19 crisis has reanimated the debate on defence, bringing to light new concerns, insights, and considerations about our future shared security. The objective of this initiative is to have an informative and innovative discussion on the future of European Defence and of NATO to drive toward mutual reinforcement.

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The objective of this initiative is to have an informative and innovative discussion on the future of European Defence and of NATO to drive toward mutual reinforcement. The initiative will involve a high-level convening of selected pan-European and American policy makers, strategic thinkers, and ECFR experts from Rome, Berlin and London.

The initiative will be organized by the Rome office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), an award-winning international think-tank that aims to conduct cutting-edge independent research on European foreign and security policy and to provide a safe meeting space for decision-makers, activists and influencers to share ideas. We build coalitions for change at the European level and promote informed debate about Europe’s role in the world.

For the realization of the initiative, ECFR collaborates with the US-based Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) whose transatlantic mission is to promote an economically vibrant, strategically secure, and politically free Europe with close and enduring ties to the United States.

Agenda

4:15-4:30: KICK OFF REMARKS

Enrico Savio, Chief Strategy & Market Intelligence Officer, Leonardo

Geysha Gonzalez, Senior Director for Programs and Strategy, Center for European Policy Analysis

Jeremy Shapiro, Research Director, ECFR

4:30-5:00 PANEL 1. “THE WESTERN WORLD IN THE FACE OF US-CHINA RIVALRY”

Stefano Stefanini, Non Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Former Permanent Representative of Italy at NATO and Diplomatic Advisor to the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano

ADM (Ret.) Jamie Foggo, Distinguished Fellow, CEPA; former Commander of Allied JFC Naples

Chaired by Janka Oertel, Director, ECFR Asia Program

5.00-5:30: PANEL 2. “BUILDING DEFENCE: NATO AND EU IN THE POST COVID19 ERA”

Nick Witney, Senior Policy Fellow ECFR; former Chief Executive, European Defence Agency

LTG (Ret.) Ben Hodges, Pershing Chair, CEPA; former Commander, US Army Europe

Chaired by Jana Puglierin, Head of ECFR Berlin office

5:30-6:00 PANEL 3. “EAST AND SOUTH: PRIORITIES FOR EU-NATO COOPERATION”

Lauren M. Speranza, Director of Transatlantic Defense and Security, CEPA

Giampaolo Di Paola, former Italian Minister of Defense and Chief of Staff

Chaired by Benedetta Berti, Head, Policy Planning, Office of the Secretary General, NATO

6:00 CLOSING REMARKS: Claudio Graziano, Chair of Military Committee, European Union