NATO Shadow Summit II

The British American Security Information Council (BASIC), Bertelsmann Stiftung, International Security Information Service (ISIS), Europe and NATO Watch are organizing the NATO Shadow Summitt II in Brussels on 15-16 November 2010.   


The Shadow NATO Summit II

Civil Society Perspectives on the Lisbon Summit and NATO’s New Strategic Concept

A Two-Day Civil Society Shadow Conference to Coincide with NATO’s Lisbon Summit

15 – 16 November 2010

The Centre for European Policy Studies
1 Place du Congres, 1000 Brussels


The Alliance is approaching ten years of challenging military operations in Afghanistan and has recently been weathering internal, divisive debates over its central strategic mission. The 2009 NATO Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl tasked the Secretary General with preparing a new Strategic Concept for the Alliance, deliverable at the November 2010 Lisbon Summit. To support the development of this document, an international Group of Experts chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was established (and set out its recommendations in May) and an eight month process of conferences and consultations was also set in motion.

How will the much-anticipated new Strategic Concept respond to an increasingly globalised world with emerging new challenges, manage internal divisions in an enlarged organization of 28 member states and cope with external threats? Will it set out a convincing and coherent vision, representative of its members? The conflict in Afghanistan, missile defences and NATO-Russian relations are likely to feature strongly at the Lisbon Summit. This civil society-led Shadow Summit will examine present trends and the attitudes and assumptions underlying the conceptual, organizational and operational debates on the future of NATO. It will explore ways in which civil society groups and parliamentarians can work together more effectively to advance the positive objectives within NATO’s new strategy and ensure that it is implemented in line with shared democratic and humanitarian values.

The detailed programme is available here or on the following websites: and

There will be an evening reception at the conference venue at 19H on 15 November
with keynote speaker:

Ann Jones
journalist, women’s activist and author of ‘Kabul in Winter’

By 8 November 2010. Late registration may not be possible.

Places are limited – To register, please complete the form below and send it to
ISIS Europe: register (at) or fax: +32 2 230 6113

For information please contact:

Paul Sturm paul.sturm (at) +32 2 230 7446
Ian Davis idavis (at) +44 7887 782389


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