The alliance we (hardly) know? NATO’s role in German foreign and security policy


31 Oktober, 2017

Berlin 13. November 2017, 19.00 Uhr

Germany’s role in international security has gained increased attention in the public debate since the annexation of Crimea and the emergence of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” in 2014. After being labelled North Atlantic Treaty Association’s (NATO) „lost nation“ or even a „strategic blackhole“ by critics some years ago, Berlin has assumed a crucial role in NATO’s new strategic posture, including as lead nation of one of NATO’s multinational battalions on the Eastern flank.

Yet, when asked in a Europe-wide survey about their knowledge about NATO in March 2017, more than 70 percent of Germans answered to feel rather unfamiliar with the alliance and its work. It seems as if a stronger German engagement in NATO also requires a more proactive debate about the role and purpose of the alliance, especially – but certainly not only – among a younger generation. What does #WeAreNATO really mean?

The event will be followed by a light reception.

Panel discussion:
  • Magdalena Kirchner (Chairwoman of the German chapter, Youth Atlantic Treaty Association – YATA)
  • Amb. Hans-Dieter Lucas (Permanent Representative of Germany to NATO)
  • Gerlinde Niehus (Head of Engagements Section, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO)
  • Tomáš Valášek (Director, Carnegie Europe)

Introduction and moderation:

  • Tobias Bunde (Research Associate, Centre for International Security Policy, Hertie School; Head of Policy and Analysis, Munich Security Conference)

The event is co-hosted by YATA Germany and the Hertie School’s Centre for International Security Policy (CISP). It is part of the conference series „NATO Talk around the Brandenburger Tor“ and co-sponsored by NATO.

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