The upcoming NATO Summit is expected to see the adoption of the new Strategic Concept, a key policy document defining the security challenges facing the Alliance and outlining how the organization attempts to address them over the coming decade.
This much-anticipated moment is taking on a particular political and strategic significance in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Responding to the threat from Moscow, the preparedness, strength and unity of the Alliance have taken on greater importance over the past months.
The current war has also strengthened the rationale for close transatlantic relations and a more capable Europe and is forcing a rethink of the continent’s security architecture – with the likely inclusion of Sweden and Finland as new NATO members over the coming year.
Facing a multitude of challenges, how the organization reacts today will determine its role and resilience over the next decade and beyond.
As leaders gather in Madrid for the Summit, they will restate the Alliance’s priorities, resolve and means. This will require them to strike a careful balance between adequately managing the growing instability on the Eastern Flank while still addressing other concerns, from rethinking the post-Afghanistan crisis management mandate to dealing with challenges linked to new technologies or the rise of China.
In this event, officials and experts from Britain and Spain discuss the Alliance’s main challenges and options going forward and give voice to the priorities and visions of both countries within NATO.
Key questions covered include:
What to expect from the Summit? How united is the Alliance today?
To what extent has the Russian invasion of Ukraine shifted NATO’s priorities? How will this be reflected in the upcoming Strategic Concept?
What will the post-Ukraine deterrence and defence posture look like?
How should NATO balance the threat from Russia and other security challenges going forward? Can the Alliance maintain its 360° approach and ambitious NATO 2030 agenda?
What division of labour and cooperation between NATO and the EU going forward?
What are the British and Spanish priorities for the future of NATO?
This event is part of Chatham House’s ongoing work focused on the UK’s role in the world.
As with all Chatham House member events, questions from members drive the conversation.