At the NATO meeting in London last December, allies identified Russia as the biggest threat to transatlantic security. However, leaders such as Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump have argued that Europeans should do more in the Middle East. The European Union has also stated an ambition of becoming a stronger security provider in its own neighborhood and is developing several new initiatives in recent years aimed at strengthening its role in defense.
How can NATO and the EU work together to address Russia while also promoting security and stability in regions like the Middle East, North Africa, and the Sahel? What are the lessons learned from previous military missions? What capabilities must Europeans have to be more “autonomous”? Should the United States support a more militarily capable Europe as part of a new transatlantic bargain?
A recent Carnegie report makes recommendation for the further strengthening of European defense cooperation and transatlantic security. Join a distinguished panel to discuss its conclusions and recommendations. A light breakfast will be served.
Lt Gen. Esa Pulkkinen is the director general of the EU military staff.
Kori N. Schake is a resident scholar and director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.
Douglas Lute is a non-resident senior fellow for the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at the Harvard Kennedy School and former U.S. ambassador to NATO.
Erik Brattberg is the director of the Europe Program and fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
This event is made possible by a grant from the governments of Finland and Sweden to the Carnegie project “European Defense in a New Transatlantic Context”.