From 9 to 11 April, the Atlantic Forum of NATO held its spring online conference. The Atlantic Forum is an initiative created by groups of young leaders from the Transatlantic Community & Pantheon Consultancy, in line with the policy of support to the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goals 16 and 17: Peace, Justice, Strong Institutions and Partnership. The network of young professionals aims at debating at the Atlantic level on issues such as security, peace, the values of democracy, the rule of law, freedom and strengthening the transatlantic bond.
The Debate Forum is the place where young professionals discuss how to achieve common and democratic goals in a security scenario, in order to educate and promote cooperation between allied countries, NATO partners, EU members and partners. The attempt is to create responsible future leaders who have an understanding of and are committed to the values of the North Atlantic Treaty and the Euro-Atlantic Community in general.
Several topics were addressed during the three-day Atlantic Forum spring online conference: the already mentioned NATO 2030 initiative, external relations and how to expand strategic interests. With regard to the latter, emphasis was placed on the involvement of the United States of America in the Alliance, the long-standing relationship with Turkey and the possibility of implementing the controversial NATO enlargement. These are relevant circumstances on which a discussion should be started, in order to address with clarity and foresight a satisfactory solution at Euro-Atlantic level.
The focal point of the conference was the space given to the well-being of law, namely lawfare: how law can be used as an instrument of hybrid warfare in order to counter terrorism. Climate change, reducing the environmental impact of military operations, and space exploration were also discussed in order to ensure security and lasting peace for all mankind.
It is important to underline the strong transatlantic bond that emerged at the conference, the will to build more resilient societies and to maintain the technological edge of the Atlantic Alliance. Always looking to the future, maintaining the security of billions of people living in NATO and non-NATO countries.
Article translated by: Elena Briasco