A Roundtable Discussion with NATO Parliamentarians


Security Challenges

Christopher Chivvis, Adjunct Professor of European Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS and Associate Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation
Vali Nasr, Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Senator Menno Knip, Chair, Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations

May 9, 2016

A group of 35 NATO member parliamentarians representing 15 countries met at the Washington campus May 9 for a special roundtable discussion about emerging security challenges that face the alliance.

Adjunct Professor of European Studies Christopher Chivvis provided an overview of the shifting threats to NATO security that are redefining the role of the world's most powerful military alliance, including new threats gathering around NATO's "southern flank" of the Middle East and North Africa. Chivvis described the challenges in the region that make it more difficult for NATO engagement and answered questions from parliamentarians on how the alliance can play a constructive role in the Middle East and North Africa.

Dean Vali Nasr outlined U.S.-Iran relations and the importance of diplomacy at a time when Iran remains the single most important country currently out-in-the-cold in terms of the global order. Nasr noted that the recent nuclear deal between the U.S., Iran and other signatories has the potential to become a major diplomatic achievement as the first time in history a country subject to U.N. section 7 sanctions may come out of that status without going to war. Nasr explained how the Iran deal is being received in the U.S. as well as within Iran, and pointed to the deal as a pivotal development which is changing geopolitical strategy and is driving the United States' perspective in the region.

Video available at https://youtu.be/ZB5Hr7NS9xg.