YPFP Panel: The EU Global Strategy and NATO's Warsaw Summit. What Next Regarding Defence Capabilities?

On 8-9 July, NATO will host its Warsaw Summit, just weeks after the EU unrolled its Global Strategy on the Union's foreign and security policy. As Europe faces increased security challenges, what may we see in terms of EU - NATO cooperation? Will the Summit decisions ensure that NATO adapts to threats coming from the south and east? What can we expect in the years to come?

Previous YPFP events have focused on the complex mixture of security and defence challenges we face today, ranging from the terrorist threat (both homegrown, and abroad); online radicalisation; the way the West deals with the threats posed by Russia and ISIL; and how NATO and the EU themselves attempt to deal with these issues. The new Global Strategy and the Warsaw Summit represent a culmination for these two organisations in how they plan to deal with these, and other, issues in the coming years. These are the foundations upon which foreign policy in this most volatile of arenas is built. The European Defence Agency (EDA) has a key role to play in developing and coordinating the Union's defence capability development. What better way to learn and analyse this than to pick the brains of two senior decision makers from within these two organisations?

Join our discussion with:

Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA)

  • Mr Domecq is a senior Spanish diplomat who was Ambassador Permanent Representative of Spain to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) before becoming the Chief Executive of the EDA. Previously he served as Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of the Philippines. Since the start of his diplomatic career in 1985, Jorge Domecq has held several positions with the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he acted as Director General for United Nations, Global Affairs and Human Rights, as well as Director General for Multilateral Affairs. Prior to that, he also acted as Director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General and as Diplomatic Adviser to the Spanish Minister of Defence.

Patrick Turner, Assistant Secretary General, Operations Division (NATO)

  • Mr Turner joined the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) in 1984. Amongst various roles at the MOD, he was Director Policy Planning; Director, Deterrent Options Policy; and Director, National Security Strategy Team, Cabinet Office (where his team produced the first UK National Security Strategy). At NATO he has held various positions, such as Deputy Director, Private Office of NATO Secretary General; and the UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council (NAC). During his tenure he has worked for 4 NATO Secretary Generals.

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July 19, 2016 at 7pm - 9:30pm
Fondation Universitaire
Rue d'Egmont 11
Brussels 1000
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