The Future of NATO and the Transatlantic Alliance

The Future of NATO and the Transatlantic Alliance

03 Jun 21
On Thursday, June 3, 2021, the Turkish Heritage Organization hosted a virtual webinar featuring a discussion on, “The Future of NATO and the Transatlantic Alliance” with experts Ambassador Tacan Ildem and Ambassador Douglas Lute. H.E. Tacan Ildem is a retired Turkish Ambassador, Member of NATO 2030 Experts Group, the Former NATO Assistant Secretary General and Former Turkish Permanent Representative to NATO. H.E. Douglas Lute is a retired U.S. Ambassador, Former U.S. Representative to NATO, Senior Fellow at the Project on Europe and Transatlantic Relationship, Belfer Center for Science and International Relations, and Harvard University. The conversation was moderated by Rachel Rizzo, Director of Programs at the Truman Center. 

To begin the conversation Ambassador Ildem spoke on the role of the NATO 2030 Experts Group, and the importance of ensuring NATO remains strong militarily, politically, and globally. Ambassador Lute contributed to this point by adding, “The 2030 report is not a report that will simply end up in a binder on the Secretary General's desk...the report will be used specifically as a primer for the rewrite of NATO's strategic concept.” 

Ildem went on to highlight the important awareness NATO must preserve in regards to current events in the world, and across allied countries. Along with his suggestion of curating this global approach, he called on NATO to act as “the essential forum of allied consultation where the full spectrum of national security issues facing allies can be debated.” In this same breath, Ambassador Lute called attention to the necessity of NATO’s investing in research and development of military equipment, to remain apprised of military expansion. 

Both experts ended this discussion on a hopeful note ahead of the NATO summit on June 14th. "I am looking to the upcoming summit meetings with a positive perspective and with the hope that this could provide the necessary means to resolve some of the differences – or a roadmap on how to tackle them,” Ambassador Ildem said.