The following report by Martin Shipton provides an overview of discussions at the conference: Nato Summit 2014: Europe in a new and unpredictable world after war in Ukraine, says Ambassador (3rd September 2014)
The ongoing events in Ukraine have come as a significant wake-up call for the international community, prompting demands for a thorough reflection of NATO’s capacity to ensure peace and security within its territory and within that of its neighbours and strategic partners. Once again, the capability of European countries to contribute to NATO led responses and collective defence has been called into question.
The pre-summit debate addressed the following core themes:
- What existing and emerging threats do NATO and its members face and what is at stake?
- How can the Alliance ensure its capabilities do not continue to be damaged by declining defence budgets?
- What is the likelihood of European countries developing greater strategic autonomy from both NATO and the US, while increasing their ability to contribute to the Alliance through dollars and resources?
- What should the key implementation actions be as a result of the NATO Summit?