On 27-28th June 2018 the European Leadership Network (ELN) hosted a roundtable discussion in the British House of Lords under the co-chairmanship of ELN Chairman Lord Browne and ELN member and former Albanian Defence Minister, Fatmir Mediu.
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At the ongoing NATO Brussels summit and the Trump-Putin meeting following right after, there will be one issue that can make all the difference between a success and failure: the ability to resolve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) crisis.
How to make a success of next week’s Helsinki summit? Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov and Sam Nunn put forward five recommendations to reduce nuclear risks.
With the NATO Brussels summit starting today and a Trump-Putin meeting due next week, there is an urgent need to inject new thinking into the debate on Russia-NATO relations. A new approach has been proposed by the ELN-supported Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe, endorsed by former foreign and defence ministers, military leaders, diplomats and experts from the United Kingdom, Turkey, Russia, France, Ukraine, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
Martin Michelot, Deputy Director of the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy in Prague, analyses the Visegrád group's agenda for European defence.
Dr Heather Williams, Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King's College London (KCL) and Amelia Morgan, Research Assistant at KCL's Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) examine how the United States and Russia could become more responsible nuclear actors and strengthen the global nuclear order at a time when it is most fragile.
Stefano Stefanini, Italy's former Ambassador to NATO, argues that the new Five Star-League Italian government will soon be faced with stark foreign policy choices. Although the government will likely remain anchored to NATO and will quickly learn it cannot 'have it all', the coalition could cause significant disruption to EU policy through populist stances on migration or Russia sanctions.
Sahil Shah argues that to improve upon current strategies, the EU should employ a proactive, integrated diplomatic strategy alongside Russia to ensure the issue has the profile it deserves in the coming months.
In a report released ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, Sir Adam Thomson, ELN Director and former UK Ambassador to NATO assesses three core challenges to NATO solidarity - (1) Russia, (2) NATO’s engagement southwards, and (3) transatlantic burdensharing - and offers specific recommendations in each area for the summit declaration, communique and EU-NATO Joint Declaration.