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What next for NATO? The Warsaw Summit and Beyond

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22 July 2016, 10:00
RUSI Whitehall
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Sir Adam Thomson KCMG, the Permanent Representative to NATO of the United Kingdom, briefed a RUSI audience on the recent NATO Summit in Warsaw and the year ahead for the Alliance.

The NATO Summit in Warsaw earlier this month was an important step towards renewing NATO’s core purpose: Europe’s collective security and territorial defence. Following significant NATO military exercises in the region, the summit underlined the Alliance’s determination to support and strengthen the Eastern and Southern flanks, with an increased maritime presence in the Mediterranean Sea and new rotating battalions in the Eastern countries.

Looking to the year ahead and to the Brussels 2017 Summit, NATO will also need to continue its focus on promoting stability and deterrence, increasing its cooperation with the EU and adapting institutionally in the face of an evolving security context.

Sir Adam Thomson KCMG, the Permanent Representative to NATO of the United Kingdom and a long-serving diplomat in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will give his thoughts on these issues and more, having recently returned from the NATO Summit in Warsaw.

SPEAKER’S BIOGRAPHY

Sir Adam Thomson KCMG is the Permanent Representative to NATO of the United Kingdom. He has served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 1978 and was previously the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Director of the South Asia and Afghanistan Directorate, and Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to UKMis New York.

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