50th Anniversary of the Harmel Report


5 December 2017


Egmont Palace, 8 bis Place du Petit Sablon, 1000 Brussels.

The “Harmel Report” was adopted by the NATO Allies in December 1967. It took into account developments in the international environment and considered how the Alliance could become a contributor to international peace and stability.  This report, presented after the Suez Crisis, the Cuban missile crisis and the French withdrawal from NATO’s military structure, was a truly forward looking document. It has marked European security policies (such as the Ostpolitik) and is still influencing NATO’s strategy today. Since 1967, the security environment has drastically changed but, besides its impact on the European security architecture, the philosophy of the dual track approach recommended by the Harmel Report has retained all its relevance.


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10:30 – 11:30 : Registration – coffee


11:30 – 11:45 : Welcome address by Deputy Prime Minister- Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders


11:45 – 12:00 : Introductory Speech by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg


12:00 – 12:15 : Testimonial by Minister of State Count Etienne Davignon, former Chief of Staff of P. Harmel


12:15 – 13:30 : Panel discussion with Ministerial representatives from Germany, The Netherlands, United                                                     Kingdom and United States

Moderator: Luxemburg


13:30 – 14:30 : Standing lunch


14:30 – 15:30 : Academic Panel 1: The Impact of the Harmel Report

Chair: Amb. Johan Verbeke, Egmont institute

  • Prof. Dr. Vincent Dujardin, Université Catholique de Louvain-la-neuve
  • Prof. Dr. Sten Rynning, University of Southern Denmark

15:30 – 17:00: Academic Panel 2: The Future of European Security

Chair: Prof. Dr. Rik Coolsaet , Egmont Institute

  • Prof. Dr. Tom Casier, Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent
  • Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop, Egmont & Ghent University
  • Ambassador Paul Huynen, Permanent Representative to the OSCE
  • William Alberque, Director, Arms Control, Disarmament, and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre (ACDC), NATO