Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI)
Toward a More Inclusive Euro-Atlantic Security Community
A high-level international commission whose unique goal is to lay the intellectual foundation for an inclusive Euro-Atlantic security system for the twenty-first century.
Two decades after the end of the Cold War, the relationship among the Euro-Atlantic security community is still mired in suspicion, distrust, and misperceptions. The Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI), a project of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, seeks to lay the intellectual foundation for an inclusive Euro-Atlantic security system for the twenty-first century.
Co-chaired by NTI co-chairman Sam Nunn, former German deputy foreign minister and ambassador to the United States Wolfgang Ischinger and NTI board member and former Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov, EASI is a high-level commission of business leaders, former military and government officials and experts from Russia, Europe, and North America. EASI seeks to devise an institutional approach to strengthen cooperation amongst former Cold War rivals in order to tackle today’s toughest security and economic challenges.
As Ischinger, Ivanov, and Nunn wrote in The International Herald Tribune, “The world badly needs the leadership that this could provide in meeting the day’s new threats — from nuclear and bioterrorism to cyber insecurity and health pandemics.”
In convening EASI, the co-chairs took the region’s most difficult questions head on. For example, how can tension-filled relationships, such as that between Russia and Georgia be eased and set on a more constructive course? What strategic concept should guide organizations like NATO in the twenty-first century? Since 2009, the co-chairs have published op-eds in The International Herald Tribune and The Moscow Times and chaired a series of high-level meetings.
The EASI commission released its final report Friday, February 3, offering concrete recommendations for a more inclusive Euro-Atlantic security system.
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