Into the Fold or Out in the Cold? NATO Expansion and European Security after the Cold War | Wilson Center
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Into the Fold or Out in the Cold? NATO Expansion and European Security after the Cold War

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Twenty years ago, the 1994 Brussels Summit marked the beginning of NATO’s post-Cold War expansion. It was a process that resonated differently on opposite sides of the former “iron curtain” in the midst of complex and evolving relations between Russia and the West. This year will be no less pivotal for European security as the crisis in Ukraine brings renewed attention to Eastern Europe and the drawdown of NATO forces in Afghanistan continues. Amid these new and ongoing challenges, NATO will hold a summit in September to chart its future course. This panel of distinguished senior officials and experts will reflect on the steps that created Europe’s current security architecture, as well as the advantages and constraints NATO will face in addressing the security challenges of the 21st century.

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  • Jane Harman

    Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Chuck Hagel

    U.S. Secretary of Defense
  • Jamie Shea

    Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
  • Wolfgang Ischinger

    Distinguished Scholar
    Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Germany; Former German Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2006 to May 2008 and to the United States from 2001 to 2006.
  • Sharyl Cross

    Global Fellow
    Distinguished Professor and Director of the Kozmetsky Center, St. Edward's University
  • Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz

    Former Prime Minister of Poland
  • Andrei Kozyrev

    Distinguished Fellow
    Former Foreign Minister of Russia, 1991-1996