After the Munich Security Conference 2016

Security Challenges for the Transatlantic Partnership

17/02/2016 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP Berlin | Invitation only

Permanent Discussion Group

Category: Transatlantic Relations

The DGAP's Transatlantic Roundtable invited Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council, to discuss the many crises the transatlantic community is currently facing, strategic blind spots, and the forthcoming NATO summit.

This year’s Munich Security Conference had to deal with a multitude of security challenges to the transatlantic community especially in Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. It seems as if the current level of transatlantic engagement in fighting ISIS/Daesh is insufficient. At the same time, European attention is focused on the deteriorating security situation to its south and a massive migration crisis, while US security strategy is also focused on the Pacific.

Are transatlantic partners prepared to act in unison while faced with failing states, terrorist quasi-states, a revanchist Russia, and territorial disputes in Asia? In which of these areas do we witness the need for increased transatlantic leadership? Are there any strategic blind spots which the transatlantic Alliance is not prepared for and will the NATO summit in June help to address them?


Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council           

Dr. Henning Riecke, Head of the DGAP's Transatlantic Relations Program, chaired the discussion.

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