In 2022, Europe finds itself at a crossroads where great power rivalry is increasingly shaping the international system of tomorrow, with lasting changes to the geopolitical world order. The Russian invasion of Ukraine, China’s actions in the South China Sea and U.S challenged leadership is among some of the driving forces for this development. NATO is in the process of developing a new “Strategic Concept”, while the European Union, under French leadership, simultaneously is working on its “Strategic Compass”, set to lay the framework of the organizations continuous efforts for the maintenance of peace and security. A dynamic world order has shifted the traditional agenda, and multilateral organizations and allies must revisit their strategic outlooks.
To address the trends of Global Strategy, we were pleased to welcome three experts on international politics Monika Sie, Director of Clingendael Institute (The Netherlands), Stefan Meister, Head of Program, International Order and Democracy at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) (Germany) and Ine Eriksen Søreide, Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense (Norway)) to reflect upon the major strategic trends and themes to look out for this year.