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31 · MAY · 2022

IBEI hosts the International Seminar: The Madrid Summit and the Future of NATO. Videos and materials available

On May 27, the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) organized, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (MAEC), an international seminar on the Madrid Summit and the future of NATO with leading academics and professionals in the field of international security.

The objective of this international seminar was to present the current state of the transatlantic security link, and NATO's positioning with respect to the permanent and emerging security challenges. These include the role of major powers such as Russia and China, the Ukraine crisis and the risks posed by nuclear proliferation, terrorism, hybrid threats, cybersecurity and new military technologies. All these issues will be on the agenda of the Summit of Heads of State and Government and the eighth Strategic Concept of the Alliance, which will be discussed and approved in Madrid.

The seminar also addressed Spain's contribution to the Atlantic Alliance (this year marks the 40th anniversary of our country's accession); examine the prospects for further enlargement of the Organization; and discuss the role of the United States in NATO and the synergies between NATO and the security dimension of the European Union.

✏️ Event Summary in PDF
📸 Pictures of the seminar are available here
▶️ Videos are available here


11.00-11.30 – Opening ceremony

  • José Manuel Albares, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation
  • Pablo Pareja (Vice Chancellor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Affiliated Faculty and Co-coordinator of the Master's in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP), IBEI)
  • Narcís SerraIBEI President
  • Álvaro Iranzo, Ambassador on Special Mission to the NATO Summit

11.30- 13.00 – First roundtable. European security and the crisis of the international order

14.00-15.30 – Second roundtable. Between war and peace: increasingly blurred boundaries?

  • ModeratorJeffrey Michaels (Senior Researcher IEN, IBEI, Barcelona)
  • Isabelle Duyvesteyn (Leiden University)
  • Natividad Fernández Sola (Professor of International Public Law, University of Zaragoza)
  • Tim Sweijs (The Hague Center for Strategic Studies)
  • Nicolás Pascual de la Parte (Ambassador on Special Mission for Hybrid Threats and Cybersecurity)

16.00-17.30 – Third round table. NATO today: a Southern European perspective

  • ModeratorPere Vilanova (Emeritus Professor of Political Science, UB, Barcelona; Affiliated Professor, IBEI)
  • Chloe Berger (NATO Defence College, Roma)
  • Rubén-Erik Díaz-Plaja (Policy Planning Unit, Office of the Secretary-General, OTAN)
  • Luis Simon (VU, Bruselas – Instituto Elcano, Madrid)
  • Nina Wilen (Egmont Institute – Bruselas)

17.30-18.00 – Closing ceremony

  • Jacint Jordana, Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Director of IBEI
  • Álvaro Iranzo, Ambassador on Special Mission to the NATO Summit

Organizing committee

In collaboration with: