Meeting the New Challenges: NATO’s Role in stabilizing peace in the Euro-Atlantic Theater


The maritime space has dramatically shifted since the Cold War. Along with Russia’s increased naval activity and broad-based deployment of new long-range precision weaponry, there has been a broad spectrum of other challenges to the NATO Alliance at sea. From general maritime security to hybrid threats, terrorism, instability leading to forced mass migration, environment challenges, and political unrest in the Middle East and Syria, NATO has had to restructure its internal organization as well as its operations at sea.


Vice Admiral Sir Clive Johnstone joins us after serving 34 years in the Royal Navy, where his last role was NATO’s Allied Maritime Commander (MARCOM)—the principal naval adviser to NATO and the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, where he had operational command of NATO’s standing naval forces. In this candid conversation, Sir Clive will discuss the challenges of energizing the Alliance while facing this unparalleled & growing array of threats in the Euro-Atlantic region, and the further implications driving these changes.


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From 2014, Sir Clive oversaw the renewed focus on NATO’s maritime domain in a shift not been for decades. As a Royal Navy officer, he has been engaged in operations in the North Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Gulf, the Indian Ocean, the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. He has commanded the frigate HMS Iron Duke and the amphibious assault ship HMS Bulwark. He has previously served as the Principal Staff Officer to the UK Chief of the Defence Staff, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Training) and Flag Officer Sea Training and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff. A defining theme in his time in the Royal Naval Service has been the projection of a considered maritime voice into the national and NATO defense and security debate, linking across boundaries with partners of all forms, friends and allies.

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Event Details:

Date: December 9 | TBD

Location: Washington DC

By invitation only