MSC co-hosting "NATO Engages: The Brussels Summit Dialogue" on July 11 and 12
From July 11 to 12, a wide array of experts and leaders will gather on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Brussels for the official outreach event, "NATO Engages: the Brussels Summit Dialogue". They will discuss the most pressing issues facing the alliance – such as the shifting global order, cyber threats, and the resurgence of nuclear risks. MSC is one of four partner organizations jointly hosting the event.
On July 11 and 12, the world will watch as heads of state and government, military leaders, and senior officials gather at the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels. In partnership with NATO, a consortium formed by the Munich Security Conference together with the Atlantic Council, the German Marshall Fund, and Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels will organize the official high-profile outreach event of the NATO Summit, "NATO Engages: The Brussels Summit Dialogue".
NATO Engages will seek to reinforce the connections between the citizens of NATO member and partner nations, their leaders, and the alliance by enabling these constituencies to explore the intersections between security, diplomacy, business, and society. Using a range of unique and engaging formats, this public-facing event will engage stakeholders beyond the traditional security and defense community in a discussion about the future of the world’s most powerful political-military alliance.
The audience of NATO Engages includes a uniquely diverse array of experts and leaders from around the world and across a range of sectors. At the same time, the event will be one of the most significant gatherings of international security leaders in 2018. Among others, NATO Engages will welcome Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine; Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN; Katrín Jakobsdottír, Prime Minister of Iceland; and Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General of NATO.
The event will take on the most pressing challenges facing the NATO alliance in an effort to share insights and perspectives, solve problems, generate new ideas, and help translate these into policy-relevant recommendations. Key themes for the discussions will include items on the official NATO Summit agenda, as well as broader transatlantic and global security issues, including: conventional defence and deterrence; counterterrorism; burden sharing; NATO-Russia relations; NATO-EU cooperation; hybrid and cyber security threats; and more.
More details and background information is available on the consortium's dedicated NATO Engages website which will also feature a live stream from the event's public program. Further updates will be made available on Twitter (#NATOengages), Facebook, and our website.
About the Munich Security Conference
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is the world's leading platform for debates on international security policy. With over 500 official participants and 300 observers assembled at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, the annual conference provides a unique atmosphere for frank, private and mostly off-the-record exchanges on present and future security challenges and solutions.
European Defence and the MSC
Besides its annual flagship conference in Munich, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) Foundation regularly organizes high-profile events around the world. These events include summits and roundtables dedicated to a particular thematic focus like European Defence, Energy Security, Cyber Security, and Health Security.
The future of European defence has traditionally been one of the major topics of the Munich Security Conference. In 2013, the MSC, together with its knowledge partner McKinsey & Company, launched the European Defence Series. Since then, numerous events have addressed European defence challenges and have contributed to debating the goal of a deeper, much more impactful European cooperation in security and defence.