"NATO Engages: The Alliance at 70" in Washington, DC on April 3
On April 3, nearly seventy years to the day after the establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Munich Security Conference, the Atlantic Council, and the German Marshall Fund will host "NATO Engages: The Alliance at 70" in Washington, DC. The summit will gather a wide array of leaders and experts for discussions on the current state of the Alliance: its key accomplishments and its future as it grapples with next-generation threats and geopolitical uncertainty.
As this spring marks the 70th anniversary of the Washington Treaty, the founding document of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the NATO Ministerial will convene Alliance foreign ministers in Washington, DC. Alongside the Ministerial, the Munich Security Conference, together with the Atlantic Council and the German Marshall Fund, and in partnership with NATO's Public Diplomacy Division, is organizing the official outreach event "NATO Engages: The Alliance at 70". Taking place on Wednesday, April 3, the event builds on the success of "NATO Engages: The Brussels Summit Dialogue", which accompanied last year's NATO Summit in Brussels. The town hall-style scene-setting event aims to strengthen a public conversation about the achievements and importance of NATO and, at a crucial juncture for the transatlantic community, NATO's future in the face of next-generation threats and geopolitical uncertainty.
The participants of "NATO Engages: The Alliance at 70" include a diverse array of representatives from governments, militaries, academia and civil society with a particular focus on including the next generation of young experts and decision-makers in foreign and security policy. Among others, the "NATO Engages" audience will hear from Michael R. Pence (Vice President of the United States), Jens Stoltenberg (Secretary General of NATO), Jacek Czaputowicz (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland), Ine Eriksen Søreide (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway), Edgars Rinkēvičs (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia) and Chris Murphy (US Senator and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee).
The discussions will examine the most pressing challenges facing the Alliance today as well as look ahead to emerging threats. Key themes for the discussions will include geopolitical competition, NATO-EU cooperation, and the future of NATO enlargement, as well as broader transatlantic and global security issues like nuclear security and deterrence, emerging technologies, counter-terrorism and challenges for human security.
More details and background information is available on the NATO Engages website, which will also feature a live stream of the full event. Further updates will be made available on Twitter (#NATOEngages), Facebook, and on our own Munich Security Conference website.
About the Munich Security Conference
Over the course of the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has developed into the world's leading forum for the debate of international security policy. Each February, it brings together more than 450 senior decision-makers and thought-leaders from around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future challenges. Repeatedly rated as "Best Think Tank Conference" in the world, the MSC provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discuss policy at the highest level in a protected and informal space. In addition to its annual flagship conference, the MSC regularly convenes high-profile events on particular topics and regions. This includes Core Group Meetings, which have a regional focus, as well as thematic tracks, such as the Cyber Security and Technology Series, the Human Security Series, the Economic and Resource Security Series, and the Defence and Security Policy Series, with Summits and Roundtables in different cities around the world.
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, Economic and Resource Security, Cyber Security and Technology, or Human 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.