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NATO Defense Ministerial Meeting: A Conversation with Slavjanka Petrovska, Minister of Defense of North Macedonia

Watch the discussion between Global Europe Program Chair Ambassador Philip Reeker and Slavjanka Petrovska, Defense Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia on the latest NATO meeting in Brussels (15-16 June) and the upcoming NATO Summit in Vilnius (11-12 July).

Date & Time

Jun. 16, 2023
9:00am – 9:30am ET


A meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the level of Defense Ministers took place on 15–16 June 2023 at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Ambassador (ret.) Philip Reeker, Chair of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program, talks with the Defense Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia, Slavjanka Petrovska, about discussions at the ministerial meeting, and the upcoming NATO Summit in Vilnius on 11–12 July 2023.

They also examine how North Macedonia is contributing to security in the region, including chairing this year the "A-5" under the US-Adriatic Charter, and look ahead to future challenges. Minister Petrovska traveled to Brussels directly from Washington where she met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and other senior officials. Her visit followed bilateral visits to Washington also by North Macedonia's Prime Minister Dimiter Kovacevski and Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani (the current Chair-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, "OSCE"), underscoring strong relations between the United States and North Macedonia.


Slavjanka Petrovska, Defense Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia

Slavjanka Petrovska

Minister of Defense, Republic of North Macedonia
Philip Reeker, Chair of the Global Europe Program

Philip Reeker

Chair, Global Europe Program;
Albright Stonebridge Group, Department of State (ret.)

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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more

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