The objective of this international seminar is to present the current state of the transatlantic security link, and NATO’s positioning with respect to the permanent and emerging security challenges. These include the role of major powers such as Russia and China, the Ukraine crisis and the risks posed by nuclear proliferation, terrorism, hybrid threats, cybersecurity and new military technologies. All these issues will be on the agenda of the Summit of Heads of State and Government and the eighth Strategic Concept of the Alliance, which will be discussed and approved in Madrid.
The seminar will also address Spain’s contribution to the Atlantic Alliance (this year marks the 40th anniversary of our country’s accession); examine the prospects for further enlargement of the Organization; and discuss the role of the United States in NATO and the synergies between NATO and the security dimension of the European Union.
- Date and time: Friday May 27, 2022, from 10:00 to 18:00
- Location: Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), Barcelona
11.00-11.30 – Opening Remarks
- Narcís Serra, President of IBEI
11.30- 13.00 – First Roundtable. European security and the international order’s crisis.
- Moderator: Carme Colomina (CIDOB, Barcelona)
- Sven Biscop (Egmont Institute, Brussels)
- Hugo Meijer (Sciences Po, Paris)
- Pol Morillas (Director, CIDOB, Barcelona)
- Federico Torres Muro (General Director of Foreign Policy and Security, [Spanish] Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union, and Cooperation)
14.00-15.30 – Second Roundtable. Between war and peace: increasingly blurred lines?
- Moderator: Jeffrey Michaels (Senior Researcher IEN, IBEI, Barcelona)
- Isabelle Duyvesteyn (Leiden University)
- Natividad Fernández Sola (Professor of Public International Law, Zaragoza University)
- Tim Sweijs (The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies)
16.00-17.30 – Third Roundtable. NATO Today: a perspective from Southern Europe.
- Moderator: Pere Vilanova (Emeritus Professor of Political Science, UB, Barcelona; Associate Professor, IBEI)
- Chloe Berger (NATO Defence College, Rome)
- Rubén-Erik Díaz-Plaja (Policy Planning Unit, Office of the Secretary-General, NATO)
- Luis Simon (VU, Brussels –Elcano Institute, Madrid)
- Nina Wilen (Egmont Institute – Brussels)
17.30-18.00 – Closing Remarks
- Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares
Organized with the support and co-sponsorship of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (MAEC).
Watch the second roundtable on YouTube: