Building Mutual Security in the Euro-Atlantic Region

Moving past Cold War-era thinking

Challenge

A corrosive lack of trust that undermines political and military cooperation, increases bilateral and multilateral tensions and threatens security in the Euro-Atlantic Region.

Action

A Track II dialogue among distinguished former senior political, military and defense leaders from the U.S., Russia and Europe, to develop a fresh approach to Euro-Atlantic security.

Results

A major report recommending practical steps on nuclear weapons security, missile defenses, prompt-strike forces, conventional forces, cybersecurity and space, as well as the creation of a new Euro-Atlantic security Leadership Group, mandated at the highest levels of government.

A Track II dialogue among distinguished former senior political leaders, senior military officers, defense officials, and security experts from Europe, Russia, and the United States

This Track II dialogue is co-chaired by Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, and Sam Nunn. Participants in the project include generals who commanded the most deadly nuclear arsenals ever deployed and many other senior military and civilian leaders who have served on both sides of the Cold War in France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and NATO.

The group released a report in Spring 2013, Building Mutual Security in the Euro-Atlantic Region:  Report Prepared for Presidents, Prime Ministers, Parliamentarians, and Publics, which proposes a new approach to security in the Euro-Atlantic region and addresses the most significant obstacle:  a corrosive lack of trust, fuelled by historical animosities and present uncertainties in the European and global security landscape.

The report recommends that leaders establish a new, continuing process of comprehensive security dialogue for building mutual security in the Euro-Atlantic region.  Practical steps that can be taken now could be agreed on a broad range of security issues, including nuclear weapons, missile defences, prompt-strike forces, conventional forces, cybersecurity, and space.

The report’s key findings and supporting analysis were developed through a series of meetings that began during the Munich Security Conference in February 2012. Members of the group subsequently gathered in Washington, Moscow, and Paris to finalise recommendations to be presented to political, military, and civil leaders in 2013.

Additional information, including the Russian report and summary materials, are available at www.BuildingMutualSecurity.org.

Young Leaders Task Force Formed in 2014

In 2014, NTI--with Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the European Leadership Network, the Munich Security Conference and the Russian International Affairs Council--formed a younger generation Track II task force to focus on Euro-Atlantic security. Over a series of meetings throughout the region, the task force will explore a set of immediate and longer-term steps toward greater Euro-Atlantic security.

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European Leadership Network

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Munich Security Conference

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Russian International Affairs Council

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