After Chicago: Re-evaluating NATO's priorities


This year’s annual SDA conference “After Chicago: Re-evaluating NATO’s priorities” gathered some 250 experts from NATO, the EU, national governments, industry, academia and the media to discuss the top policy priorities for the Alliance following the recently concluded Chicago Summit. Topics included the perceived U.S.  ‘pivot’ to the Asia-Pacific region, the reform challenges posed by Smart Defence and themes of financial austerity.

Speakers included Admiral Giampalo Di Paola, Italian Defence Minister, Huseyin Diriöz, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning, Alejandro Alvargonzalez San Martin, Secretary General for Defence Policy at the Spanish Ministry of Defence, Murad Bayar, Turkish Under-Secretary for Defence Issues, Jim Townsend, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy at the U.S. Department of Defence and Claus Grube Danish Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.


On the eve of the conference, the SDA held a gala dinner to mark its 10th anniversary as Brussels’ leading security and defence think-tank. SDA co-presidents Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, former NATO Secretary General, and Javier Solana, former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy welcomed General James L. Jones, Chair of the Brent Scowcroft Center, Atlantic Council of the United States and formerly US National Security Advisor to President Obama, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and Commandant of the US Marine Corps, together with other key personalities and a wide range of high-profile people in an informal and entertaining atmosphere. 

The conference also provided a platform for the formal release of the 2012 Security Jam report (download here), the results and the top ten recommendations of the world’s largest online security and defence policy discussion with over 3,000 participants from 116 countries.

Find the report here