NATO and the Impact of Upcoming Elections

NATO and the Impact of Upcoming Elections

Virtual Briefing Series

Wednesday, July 31st, 2024 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Upcoming domestic election results in member states have the potential to drastically affect the stability and operational capabilities of NATO. Though the Alliance experienced a surge in popularity following Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, political shifts across the North Atlantic including a surge of populism and isolationist movements have generated backlash to NATO and its efforts. Potential changes in government could have unpredictable effects on NATO’s unity and future. How would a Trump victory in November imperil the war in Ukraine? How will the political upheaval in the UK affect the country’s stance on continental involvement? How can NATO insulate itself and its security priorities from such potential dangers?
Join us for a conversation with Jamie Shea, former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO and current Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, Rachel Rizzo, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center, and Mathieu Droin, Visiting Fellow in the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

 

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SPEAKERS:

Jamie Shea

Jamie Shea is the Visiting Professor of the Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter, United Kingdom and member of the Group of Strategic Advisors of the NATO Special Operations Forces Command at SHAPE in Belgium. He is also the President of the Center for War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark and serves on the Board of the Danish Defence College, Copenhagen.  Prior to joining the University of Exeter, he was an international public servant and a member of the International Staff of NATO for 38 years.
Dr. Shea is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics, where he teaches a course on crisis management and political communication. Amongst his many associations and memberships, Dr. Shea is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and he is currently a Senior Advisor at the European Policy Centre and a Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe. These are two of the most active and influential policy think tanks in Brussels.
 

Rachel Rizzo

Rachel Rizzo is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center. Her research focuses on European security, NATO, and the transatlantic relationship.
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Rizzo served as the director of programs at the Truman Center for National Policy and the Truman National Security Project, where she managed a team of senior fellows and oversaw all Truman-branded publications, programming, and policy initiatives. From 2019-2020, she spent a year as a Robert Bosch fellow in Berlin, Germany, where she worked at the Berlin office of Human Rights Watch leading a research project on the EU’s dual-use surveillance-technology export policy and serving as an advisor to a member of the German Bundestag. Rizzo also spent over five years at the Center for a New American Security and has co-authored several of the center’s reports including More Than Burden Sharing: Five Objectives for the 2018 NATO Summit, Defining Moment: The Future of the Transatlantic Security Relationship, and Transatlantic Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific: Recommendations for the Next U.S. Administration. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Politico, Foreign Policy, Defense One, the National Interest, World Politics Review, and War on the Rocks. She is a frequent commentator on European security, and has provided analysis for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, National Public Radio, LA Times, Atlantic, Politico, and Foreign Policy, among others. Rizzo received her MA in security policy studies from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where she focused on defense analysis and homeland-security policy. She graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in finance and began her career as a financial analyst with Goldman Sachs.

 

Mathieu Droin

Mathieu Droin is a visiting fellow in the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he focuses on transatlantic European security and defense. Prior to joining CSIS, Mr. Droin served as deputy head of the strategic affairs unit at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MFA), where his work focused on NATO, EU Common Security and Defence Policy, and maritime security issues. Prior to working at the MFA, Mr. Droin worked for the Ministry of Economy and Finance in the economic departments of the French embassies in Kuwait, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Droin holds a master’s degree in international affairs analysis from Sciences Po Bordeaux and Sciences Po Lyon.
 
 
 
 

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