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International Seminar. The Madrid Summit and the Future of NATO

Friday May 27, 2022, from 10:00 to 18:00
UPF Ciutadella Campus

Previous registration is required

The objective of this international seminar is 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 will also address 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.


10.00-11.00 – Reception (coffee)

11.00-11.30 – Opening ceremony

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

13.00-14.00 – Lunch

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

15.30-16.00 – Coffee break

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

  • Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares

Organizing committee

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