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International Seminar. The Madrid Summit and the Future of NATO

Friday May 27, 2022, from 10:30 to 18:00
UPF Ciutadella Campus

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.

🎙️  Language: Catalan, Spanish and English with simultaneous translation

✏️ Attendance is free, previous registration is required.


10.30-11.00 – Reception (coffee)

11.00-11.30 – Opening ceremony

  • José Manuel Albares, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation
  • Oriol Amat i Salas, Rector of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Narcís SerraIBEI President

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?

  • 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)

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

  • 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: