Asan Plenum

Session: Session 1
Date/Time: April 23, 2019 / 13:00-14:30


Choi Jinwoo, Hanyang University

Ian Anthony, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Pascal Boniface, French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs
Kestutis Paulauskas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Brooke A. Smith-Windsor, RAND Europe
Alexander Vershbow, Atlantic Council


Panel Description
The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the oldest and, by far, the most successful alliance in the world. Since the start of 2017, however, there has been a growing division between the U.S. under President Trump and its NATO allies. Some progress was achieved on the issue of burden sharing as Secretary General Stoltenberg promised that non-U.S. member states will raise their defense spending by $100 billion by the end of 2020. However, important challenges remain beyond burden sharing. How can NATO work to better deter Russian aggression in the east? What is NATO’s role in counterterrorism? How can NATO address security threats in new military domains such as the cyberspace, some being linked to 5G risks? What should NATO countries do to tackle these traditional and emerging security challenges in the face of weakening American leadership? On what areas could South Korea as a global partner promote cooperation with NATO?