The Riga Conference Future Leaders Forum - Panel on "Contemporary and Anticipated Security Challenges"

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One of the most recent and urgent challenges for NATO is the question of American commitment and significant shifts in US foreign policy. Policy shifts tie in regional security, both for Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan as well as a global migration crisis. Will the United States retreat as a global actor and will the recent situation in Afghanistan serve as a catalyst for an EU army? Previously dismissed, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in her state of the Union Speech to the European Parliament, called for the EU to strengthen military cooperation and personnel in the face of global threats. What will the EU Defence Summit in 2022 likely entail and what will this mean for NATO? This discussion focuses on American and European security strategies and foreign policy shifts in the Middle East and Afghanistan in light of recent developments and the multifaceted security challenges which these present, as well as burden sharing heading toward 2030.

Roberta Haar, Professor of Foreign Policy Analysis and Transatlantic Relations, Maastricht University: Shifts in US policy in the Middle East and Afghanistan and how this impacts the alliance

Tyyne Karjalainen, Researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs: European security challenges

Eoin McNamara, PhD Candidate, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu: NATO burden sharing

Moderator: Louis Wierenga, Junior Research Fellow, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu
Period14 Oct 2021
Event titleThe Riga Conference 2021
Event typeConference
LocationRiga, LatviaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational