Transatlantic Relations and the Future of NATO
10-25-2016 06:30pm

Transatlantic Relations and the Future of NATO

The Atlantic order is at a crossroads. After decades marked by security cooperation, dynamic trade relations, and a shared sense of Western identity, questions have emerged about the bonds linking the United States, Great Britain, and continental Europe. What does the future hold for transatlantic relations, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in particular? Should the successful security architecture be deepened or even extended farther eastward? Or should the alliance, with its Article V security guarantees, be reconsidered in light of conflicting national interests and a changing geopolitical environment?

The Charles Koch Institute is delighted to host an important conversation about transatlantic relations and the future of NATO. The expert panel will feature Ambassador Ivo Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former ambassador to NATO, and Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the sitting Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress.William Ruger, vice president for research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute, will moderate what promises to be an interesting and timely discussion.

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Ivo Daalder has been president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs since July 2013. Prior to joining the Council, Daalder served as the ambassador to NATO for more than four years. Daalder also served on the National Security Council staff as director for European affairs from 1995-97. He was previously a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security, transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Educated at the University of Oxford and Georgetown University, he received his doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Barry Posen has served on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1987. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Posen has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Ford Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He received his doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.


William Ruger is the vice president for research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute. He was previously an associate professor in the political science department at Texas State University. He earned a doctorate in politics from Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary. He has written numerous books and articles, and his scholarship has appeared in publications such as International Studies QuarterlyCivil Wars, and Armed Forces and Society. He has been interviewed frequently for television and radio, appearing on MSNBC, Fox News, and Fox Business, and he has written op-eds for a number of newspapers. He is a veteran of the Afghanistan War and an officer in the U.S. Navy (Reserve Component).