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The New NATO Strategic Concept and New Challenges for International Security

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The inaugural event of the 1st Athens Security Forum organized by the Institute of International Relations (IDIS). The Forum will focus on the new geopolitical realities and security threats that NATO’s new strategic concept must address.

Given the dramatic changes to the geopolitical environment that follow Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, reflection on the scope and objectives of NATO is both timely and necessary.

Two influential keynote speakers, Dr. Benedetta Berti, Head of NATO’s Policy Planning Unit and Dr. Thanos Dokos, National Security Advisor to the Greek PM, will elaborate on the need for NATO to redefine and fine-tune its instruments and objectives. Three discussants, from the academia, the military and the diplomatic corps respectively will react to their presentations.

12:00 EDT (New York) / 19:00 EET (Greece)



Benedetta Berti, Head, Policy Planning Unit, Office of the Secretary General, NATO
Thanos Dokos, National Security Advisor, Greece

Evangelos Apostolakis, Admiral ret., fmr Minister of National Defense, Greece
Kostas Ifantis, Professor of International Relations & Director of IDIS, Panteion University, Greece
Ioannis-Alexios Zepos, Ambassador ah, fmr Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greece

Moderator: Vassilis Nedos, Diplomatic and Defense editor of the newspaper Kathimerini


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