Today, there is a growing risk of—and a potentially catastrophic inattention to—a security crisis involving an escalation or miscalculation leading to nuclear use. Beginning at the June 2021 G7 summit and proceeding through the June NATO, US-EU, and US-Russia summit meetings, leaders will have a rare opportunity to advance multilateral dialogue, principles and practical steps to improve mutual security at a precarious moment. In advance of these crucial meetings, the Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group (EASLG) released a new statement, “Advancing Strategic Stability in the Euro-Atlantic Region, 2021 and Beyond.” The statement shows how security would be strengthened through restored dialogue, a set of principles to advance strategic stability and reduce the risk of miscalculation, and steps for managing instability and building mutual security. The statement is backed by an impressive group of former and current senior officials, military leaders, and experts from across the Euro-Atlantic region.
Panelists: Wolfgang Ischinger, former German Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States and to the UK; Chairman, Munich Security Conference. Nathalie Tocci, Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali; Special Advisor, HR/VP. Igor S. Ivanov, former Russian Foreign Minister (1998-2004); Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation (2004-2007); President, Russian International Affairs Council. Ernest J. Moniz, former US Secretary of Energy; Co-Chairman and CEO, Nuclear Threat Initiative. Des Browne, Vice Chair, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Chair of the Board of Trustees and Directors of the European Leadership Network; and former Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom. Sam Nunn, Co-Chair, Nuclear Threat Initiative; former US Senator.
Welcome Remarks: Daniel Benjamin, President, American Academy in Berlin