Last year, we celebrated NATO’s 70th anniversary. This year, the coronavirus thwarted our original plans. But don’t worry: Jonge Atlantici is back to reflect on NATO’s position in the world once again, all in compliance with the RIVM guidelines! Join us on Thursday, October 8, for the third edition of:
NATO Night 2020
Brain Dead, or Alive & Kicking?
The official celebration of NATO’s 70th anniversary past December was not marked by business as usual. Ahead of the London summit, French President Emmanuel Macron heavily criticized the functioning of the alliance by declaring NATO “brain dead” in an inflammatory interview in The Economist. While NATO has faced internal challenges before, Macron’s controversial comments have sparked a discussion about the purpose of the alliance and its future role in the world. Is NATO in dire need of life support?
At the same time, the alliance is still showing many signs of life: Defense budgets of member states are on the rise, the United States has increased its presence in Europe, and NATO is expanding, with the possible accession of North Macedonia.
Whether you think NATO is in good or bad shape, the challenges the alliance is facing are numerous and complex: Russia’s conventional and hybrid warfare tactics are still viewed as NATO’s biggest threat, unrest continues in the Middle-East, and there is a discussion on what the alliance’s stance should be towards China. Furthermore, emerging technologies are changing the threat landscape, with the impact of cyber, space and climate issues increasing by the day. Moreover, we have still to grasp the true impacts of COVID-19 on the international balance of power.
How should NATO address these threats and challenges? And is NATO still the right actor to face them in the future? In short: is NATO brain dead or alive and kicking? Join us at NATO Night 2020 for a full evening of keynotes, panel discussions, and interactive break-outs!
Due to restrictions and guidelines we can only host up to 100 persons at the venue, so be quick to get your tickets! For those too late or unwilling to attend physically, do not distress: you can follow the event online, and even interact with the speakers! Also, we will host two break-out sessions exclusively online.
This event is sponsored by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division and U.S. Embassy The Hague.
|Date||Thursday, October 8, 19:00 – 23:00 CEST|
Cursus- en vergadercentrum Domstad, Koningsbergerstraat 9, 3531 AJ Utrecht
Gen. Jean-Paul Paloméros (Former Supreme Allied Commander Transformation at NATO, French Air Force), Amb. Pete Hoekstra (U.S. Embassy The Hague), Amb. Marisa Gerards (NL Permanent Representative to NATO), Pieter Cobelens (fmr. MIVD), Frank Pieke (Leiden University), Mirjam Grandia (Netherlands Defence Academy), Han ten Broeke (HCSS), Amb. Naor Gilon of Israel, Amb. Hissa Abdulla Ahmed Alotaiba of United Arab Emirates, Gen. (ret.) Rob Bertholee (Royal Netherlands Army, AIVD), Tony van der Togt (Clingendael), Hans Oversloot (Leiden University), Ewan van den Broek (Royal Netherlands Army), Peter Knoope (Clingendael), Max Smeets (CISAC), Vincent Slieker (Ministry of Justice and Security).
|Moderator||Dieuwertje Kuijpers (journalist)|
The regular ticket price for this event is €5. (Student)patrons and friends of Netherlands Atlantic Youth visit the event free of charge.
|Register||Live program (SOLD OUT) Online program|
|Agenda||Live program PDF Online program PDF|
NB: Netherlands Atlantic Youth is closely monitoring the advice of the RIVM regarding the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Should the guidelines change we will adjust our program accordingly. You can list your preferred break-out session, but due to a restricted amount of participants we cannot guarantee you will be placed in your session of choice.