Navigating the Changing Security Landscape in Europe

23.02.2023 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | online via Zoom

Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine has dramatically changed the security policy landscape in Europe. In reaction, the EU formally approved the Strategic Compass (March 2022) and NATO updated its core tasks with a new Strategic Concept (June 2022).

However, many EU countries are still struggling with an appropriate security response at the national level. What goals, priorities, and actions should be taken to address the current challenges, and what policies should be implemented? Is the focus on collective defense, hard power, or a different form of the wider security concept? How do we address Russian and Chinese policies that challenge our values and rules-based international order? Can we continue to rely on our traditional Western alliance, NATO, if the US redirects its attention to Asia, and how much European sovereignty do we need?

This discussion must be held before the war has ended. Some countries have already taken the first steps in this direction. In September 2022, then-NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Andrij Yarmak, the head of Zelensky's presidential administration, published a draft set of security guarantees for Ukraine (Kyiv Security Compact). Two months later, French President Macron presented a new French national strategy. Aligned with and complements the 2022 Nato Strategic Concept and the 2022 EU Strategic compass, the French National Strategic Review documents and outlines a vision for the country's security until 2030.

The French strategy was published ahead of the German one, expected to be unveiled prior to the Munich Security Conference (February 2023). In the Netherlands, there is currently an investigation into the workings and effectiveness of its “Nationale Veiligheidsstrategie”.

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Ambassador (ret.) Dirk Brengelmann
Senior Fellow at CASSIS

Sébastien Lumet
Co-Founder of the Brussels Institute for Geopolitics

PD Dr. Antje Nötzold
Adjunct Professor, University of Chemnitz Associate Fellow at CASSIS

luliia Osmolovska
Director, GLOBSEC Kyiv
Senior Fellow, Ukraine Programme

Dr. Trineke Palm
Director of the Research Institute of the ChristenUnie
Lecturer at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Elie Tenenbaum
Director of Ifri's Security Studies Center

Jeroen Dobber
Head of the Global Security Hub at Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Further Information

In Cooperation with Leiden University, the French Institute SIRICE (Sorbonne) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

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