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What to Expect from the Washington Summit: A Conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Date & Time

Jun. 17, 2024
11:00am – 12:00pm ET


Online Only


NATO celebrated its 75th anniversary in April and is preparing for its summit in July in Washington. Join us for an exclusive conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as he outlines the goals and priorities of the Alliance heading into the summit, how the Alliance can best support Ukraine, and looking ahead to the future of the Alliance beyond this landmark anniversary.

This year, more than 20 allies will spend at least 2% of GDP on defense. This is good for Europe and good for America.

We need security guarantees, and the ultimate security guarantee is NATO’s Article 5. In that sense, NATO membership will also help to ensure that the war really ends, that Ukraine can prevail.

NATO is good for European security, but NATO is also very good for US security.

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NATO @ 75

April 2024 marks the 75th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Ahead of the NATO Summit in Washington in July, the Wilson Center is exploring the challenges, opportunities, and legacy of the most successful alliance in history.


Keynote Speaker

Jens Stoltenberg

Jens Stoltenberg

Secretary General, NATO

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