Assessing the value of Security Strategy Reviews

In cooperation with Security & Defence Agenda




After the recent ESDP review, what should we expect of the NATO summit?

Session I - 12:00-13:30

The “review” by Javier Solana of his 2003 European Security Strategy (ESS) endorsed by EU leaders last

December was, most analysts seemed to agree, far from radical. It underlined Europe’s growing role as a force

for global stability and drew attention to new security-related challenges like climate change, access to energy,

cyber attacks and piracy on the high seas. But it skated lightly over such sensitive issues as EU-NATO

relations other than to say their strategic partnership must be deepened. Can we now expect NATO to use its

60th anniversary summit in April to draw a more detailed map of the West’s security interests and

commitments? With its ISAF mission in Afghanistan failing to deliver either security or reconstruction, is a

restatement of NATO’s security doctrine overdue?

Co-Moderators: Giles Merritt, Director of the Security & Defence Agenda

Peter R. Weilemann, Director of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s Brussels office

Jamie Shea, Director for Policy Planning in the Private Office of the Secretary General, NATO

Robert Cooper, Director General for External and Politico-Military Affairs at the General Secretariat of the

Council of the European Union

Alvaro de Vasconcelos, Director of the EU Institute for Strategic Studies (EU-ISS)

Thomas Silberhorn MP, Spokesman of the CSU Parliamentary Group for European and Foreign Affairs in the

German Bundestag

Geoffrey Van Orden, Member of the European Parliament

SDA Members’ Lunch - 13:30-14:30

Are security strategies a growing embarassment to policymakers?

Session II - 14:30-16:00

When the European Security Strategy was set forth five years ago it marked an important step in the EU’s

development. In the absence of clear-cut treaty commitments by member states to the Union’s defence and

security activities, the ESS provided a much-needed political basis for the drive to improve its defence

industries and extend its military outreach. And although NATO has a very firm treaty base, of course, it was

fashioned for Cold War challenges rather than 21st Century ones. With transatlantic and NATO-EU relations

increasingly complex and volatile, are such security doctrines more a potential source of trouble than a foreign

policy bedrock? How strong a case is there for radical and complementary reviews of both the ESS and NATO


Horst Teltschik, Former Security Adviser to Helmut Kohl, former Chairman of the Munich Security Conference

Christine Roger, Ambassador, Permanent Representation of France to the EU

Ana Gomes, Member of the European Parliament

Karel Kovanda, Deputy Director General, CFSP, Multilateral Relations and North America, East Asia,

Australia, New Zealand, EEA, EFTA at the European Commission

Rob de Wijk, Director, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies


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Dr. Peter R. Weilemann †



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