NATO’s Warsaw Summit and Beyond


18 May 2016


Egmont Palace

The NATO Summit in Warsaw in July will be one of the key events of the strategic year 2016. And yet, we already know now that not all key issues will be resolved, or even addressed, at the Summit. The Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS) and the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations therefore invite you to an international expert seminar that will look beyond Warsaw, at some of the large issues that the Alliance cannot leave unanswered for long.


15:00-15:15 Welcome and Introduction

–          Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop, Egmont

–          Amb. François de Kerchove, Permanent Representative of Belgium to NATO

15.15-16.00 A State of Play of the Summit Preparations

–         Andrew Budd, Head of the Defence Capabilities Section, Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO

16.00-16.45 The Long Term Relationship with Russia

–          Prof. Dr. Lien Verpoest, Catholic University of Leuven

–          James Nixey, Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

16.45-17.15 Coffee

17.15-18.00 NATO’s “Non-Eastern” Problems

–          Robert G. Bell, Senior Civilian Representative of the Secretary of Defense in Europe &. Defense Advisor, US Mission to NATO

–          Prof. Dr. Luis Simón, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel  

18.00-18.45 The Disliked Necessity: Forging a New Nuclear Consensus

–          Dr. Karl-Heinz Kamp, President, Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik

–          Dr. Bruno Tertrais, Senior Research Fellow, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique

18.45-19.00 Conclusions

–          Dr. Karl-Heinz Kamp, President, Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik


The organizers are grateful for the support of NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division