On 17 February 2022, a panel of independent experts of the NATO Task Force, including former senior U.S. and European officials and security analysts, issued a report to advance the Alliance’s strategy for the next decade, including through a new Strategic Concept, which Allied leaders intend to unveil at the June 2022 NATO Summit in Madrid.
The report argues that the NATO Alliance must urgently adjust to a more volatile “Age of Disruption” that threatens allies’ security in serious and often unpredictable ways. The report warns that this age of disruption will take a dramatic turn for the worse if NATO fails to deter Russia from further invasion of Ukraine. Little more than a week later, Russia invaded Ukraine, dramatically exacerbating the security situation.
In the online seminar, key members of the Task Force discuss the war and its consequences and reflect on how NATO should adjust based on the approach of “One Plus Four”: The One is allied cohesion and more effective decision-making, in support of adaptation of NATO’s three core tasks — collective defense, crisis management, and cooperative security — and complemented by a fourth core task: building comprehensive resilience to disruptive threats to allied societies.
Watch the online panel discussion:
- Daniel Hamilton, Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. President of Transatlantic Leadership Network (TLN).
- Alexander Vershbow, former U.S. Ambassador, former Deputy Secretary General of NATO, and Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
- Valbona Zeneli, Professor of National Security Studies at The Marshall Center (George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies).
- Tim Sweijs, Director of Research, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) and Senior Research Fellow at the War Studies Research Centre, Netherlands Defence Academy.
- Frans Osinga, Professor War Studies, Netherlands Defence Academy and University of Leiden.