“The spirit of our endeavour is, To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield”

Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo, President

Advisory Panel meeting – NATO Summit 2016
Rome – 25 September 2015

In the run-up to the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is partnering with the NATO Public Diplomacy Division by bringing together a senior-level panel of officials and experts. The aim of the Advisory Panel is to formulate recommendations around themes that will be high on the agenda of the NATO Summit in 2016.
The Panel will analyze and identify policy solutions for pressing issues, including collective defense, defense investment and innovation, enlargement and partnerships, the future of the transatlantic relationship, and the new security environment.
Over the course of the fall, the Panel will convene four times in different key allied cities – Berlin, Rome, Washington DC and Warsaw – in order to engage in off-the-record roundtable conversations with local policy makers and opinion shapers.
These events will typically last half a day or less and welcome approximately 25 to 35 participants for maximum intellectual exchange. Following these discussions the Advisory Panel will contribute to a major publication, which will summarize their findings and formulate recommendations in advance of the NATO Summit in 2016. The report will be released in March 2016.
Members of the Advisory Panel
Hans Binnendijk, Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University (USA)
Derek Chollet, Counselor and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy, GMF (USA)
Olaf Osica, Executive Director, Centre for Eastern Studies (Poland)
Karl-Heinz Kamp, President, German Federal Academy for Security Policy (Germany)
Ian Lesser, Senior Director for Foreign and Security Policy & Executive Director, Brussels, GMF (USA)
Merle Maigre, National Security Advisor to the President of Estonia (Estonia)
Alesandro Minuto-Rizzo, President, NATO Defense College Foundation (Italy)
Julianne Smith, Senior Fellow and Director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program, CNAS (USA)
Pierre Vimont, Senior Associate, Carnegie Europe (France)
Kurt Volker, Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership (USA)
Ted Whiteside, acting Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO HQ (Canada)
Przemysław Żurawski vel Grajewski, Professor, University of Łódź (Poland)
Rapporteurs of the Advisory Panel
Michal Baranowski, Director, Warsaw Office, GMF (Poland)
Bruno Lété, Senior Officer for Foreign and Security Policy, GMF (Belgium)

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