Dr. Hans Binnendijk
The Future of NATO and the 2014 NATO Summit
When originally conceived, the NATO Summit held in Wales this September, was to be about saying farewell to Secretary General Rasmussen and defining the Alliance’s somewhat nebulous future after Afghanistan. As it turned out, heads of state had to deal with much more than that. The world had changed dramatically since summit planning began. Russia had annexed Crimea and destabilized Ukraine. The Islamic State was terrorizing Iraq and threatening attacks on the West. European defense spending continued to collapse despite new threats. European confidence in the United States suffered from the NSA revelations and from confusion over the pivot to Asia. Alliance revitalization was necessary. It is much harder to turn an alliance of 28 nations than it is to turn that proverbial aircraft carrier, but the turn has begun. Hans Binnendijk will examine the Wales Summit in the context of fundamental changes underway in the world today.
Dr. Hans Binnendijk is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and at RAND. He has just produced books on the Pivot to Asia and on Strategic Blunders. Until July 4, 2012 he was the Vice President for Research and Applied Learning at the National Defense University and Theodore Roosevelt Chair in National Security Policy. He previously served on the National Security Council staff as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control. He also served as Principal Deputy Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and Legislative Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has received three Distinguished Public Service Awards. In academia, he was Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and Deputy Director at London’s International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has written widely on U.S. national security issues, on NATO and on Asia. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Fletcher School and as Chairman of the Board of Humanity in Action.