This document summarizes the key elements highlighted during a closed-door seminar organized by the Istituto Affari Internazionali on 22 September 2016 within the framework of the project “Defence Matters 2016.” The project aims to stimulate the Italian debate on defence issues in light of the current international security environment and Italy’s national interests. The seminar was devoted to NATO’s defence planning needs, in light of the outcomes of the Warsaw Summit held on 8-9 July 2016. The discussion focussed on the main challenges surrounding three specific issues: the Allied deterrence and defence posture towards resurgent Russia; EU contributions to transatlantic security in light of the Brexit vote; and how to fill the gap between the Alliance’s level of ambition and national realities in terms of defence planning.
Report of the seminar “NATO Defence Planning after the Warsaw Summit” organized in Rome on 22 September 2016 by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) within the framework of the project “Defence Matters 2016” with the support of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division.
1. Collective defence and the Eastern Flank at the forefront
2. Towards more European commitment within NATO?
3. Level of ambitions and reality in defence planning: A widening gap