The Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA) and NATO's Public Diplomacy Division (PDD) are jointly hosting a webinar entitled "NATO in a Post-COVID World" on Thursday, starting at 1 p.m. Estonian time (11 a.m. UTC).
Moderated by Martin Hurt, Research Fellow at the International Center for Defence and Security (ICDS), the discussion looks at the unprecedented challenge the COVID-19 pandemic presents to its member states, and aims to address what this means for the current and future roles of the alliance, what the recently commenced reflection process on strengthening NATO's political dimension means, among other relevant areas.
While its militaries are playing a key role in support of national civilian efforts, using NATO mechanisms, allies have been helping each other to save lives and support partners, the EATA says.
Speakers are Burcu San, Director for Operations, Operations Division, Estonia's NATO Ambassador Kyllike Sillaste-Elling, Estonia's Permanent Representative to NATO and Sven Sakkov, EATA Member and Director of the ICDS.
The webinar lasts for one hour, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. local Estonian time (11 a.m. to 12 p.m. UTC).
At their London summit in December 2019, NATO's leaders stated that: "NATO is facing distinct threats and challenges emanating from all strategic directions. Russia's aggressive actions constitute a threat to Euro-Atlantic security; terrorism in all its forms and manifestations remains a persistent threat to us all. State and non-state actors challenge the rules-based international order. Instability beyond our borders is also contributing to irregular migration. We face cyber and hybrid threats".
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