Senate Hears Testimony on Upcoming NATO Meeting in Chicago
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee heard testimony from administration officials and academics on the role of NATO ahead of the upcoming meeting in Chicago.
NATO partners have identified three topics as priorities for the meeting: transition in afghanistan, alliance capabilities and the so-called “Smart Defense” initiative and NATO partnerships moving past Afghanistan.
The 2012 summit is scheduled for May 20 and 21 and will involve alliance heads of state and government along with President Obama. In addition to their three main priorities, allies plan to consider the results of an ongoing Deterrence & Defense Posture Review which was called for at their last summit in Lisbon, Portugal in 2010.
Charles A. Kupchan, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who served on the National Security Council during the first Clinton administration; Ian Brzezinski, senior fellow at the The Atlantic Council who was the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe and NATO policy under George W. Bush; and Hans Binnendijk, vice president for research and applied learning at the National Defense University, who served on the National Security Council under President George W. Bush spoke on the second panel.
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) chaired the hearing.
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