Unfinished Business of 1989

Empowering the Transatlantic Relationship

The first panel of the conference was moderated by CEPA Senior Vice President Edward Lucas. Panelists considered the unfinished business of the transatlantic Alliance, especially the challenge of cohesion at the regional and transatlantic levels. Tomáš Petříček, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, opened the panel by stressing the importance of partnership, and keeping the perspective of allies in mind when making strategic decisions at home. These common interests among members of the Alliance provide avenues to bolster the transatlantic relationship. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, discussed the challenges facing the relationship, especially those that have proved long-term issues that remain unresolved.

František Ružička, State Secretary of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia, noted the rising significance of cybersecurity for prosperity in Slovakia and across the Alliance. He argued for a more unified effort among allies to strengthen defenses against manipulation by revisionist actors. Marcin Przydacz, Undersecretary of State for Eastern Policy, Economic Diplomacy, and Development Cooperation for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, concluded that NATO needs to support countries still interested in becoming a part of the Alliance (i.e. Ukraine and Georgia) as these connections are vital for transatlantic security and stability.