Defence and Deterrence for a New Era

About this session:


Since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO has made enormous strides in enhancing  defence  and deterrence along its eastern flank.

At three major summits in Wales (2014), Warsaw (2016), and Brussels (2018), NATO and its members have taken steps to rebuild and strengthen its posture, including by establishing an enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in the Baltic states and Poland, improving the ability to rapidly bring reinforcements to the eastern flank, increasing defence spending, and adapting NATO’s command structure to conduct high-intensity warfare in multiple domains. This session assessed the Alliance’s progress toward implementing these key efforts, outline remaining gaps, and highlight priorities for the way forward. 

Session Participants

H.E. Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister, Republic of North Macedonia
H.E. Andrzej Duda, President, Poland
Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General, Royal United Services Institute
Stephen Sackur, Presenter, BBC HardTalk