As an alliance most often focused on conventional defense and deterrence, its role in crisis management—such as the outbreak of COVID-19—is often overlooked. But NATO has played an important role in helping Allies cope with the coronavirus. From coordinating deliveries of much-needed medical supplies across Europe to taking the Alliance virtual, NATO has shown its ability to adapt to address a wide range of challenges while making sure that a health crisis did not become a security crisis.

What lessons has NATO learned from this process? As our security environment becomes increasingly diverse, how will NATO’s role continue to evolve? How can the Alliance prepare to take on new kinds of threats while balancing its traditional defense responsibilities? How does it envisage NATO in 2030?

To unpack NATO’s response to the pandemic and what this means for the future, CEPA held a high-level discussion with two NATO officials essential to the Alliance’s crisis response.

ModeratorLauren Speranza, Director, Transatlantic Defense and Security, CEPA

SpeakerGiedrimas Jeglinskas, Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management, NATO

LTG Hans-Werner Wiermann, Director General, International Military Staff, NATO

Media Contact: Carsten Schmiedl at carsten.schmiedl@cepa.org.Photo: "Pre-ministerial press conference by the NATO Secretary General by NATO under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Lauren Speranza