NATO: Reviewing the Agenda and Assessing the Potential Outcomes of the Warsaw Summit, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, June 23, 2016   [open pdf - 413KB]

This testimony compilation is from the June 23, 2016 hearing, "NATO: Reviewing the Agenda and Assessing the Potential Outcomes of the Warsaw Summit," before the Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Ian J. Brzezinski: "...I am honored to participate in this hearing addressing the challenges now confronting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the decisions the Alliance will make during its summit meeting in Warsaw on July 8 and 9th. NATO is the institutional cornerstone of transatlantic security. This Alliance serves our national interests by leveraging the political legitimacy and military capacity of its European and North American members. It is history's most successful military Alliance, and it remains as relevant today as it has ever been. NATO's meeting Warsaw next month portends to be its most significant summit since the end of the Cold War. No previous summit in this era has had to address a set of challenges as complex, proximate, and forbidding and as those now present on the Alliance's eastern and southern frontiers. The most urgent of these challenges is the destabilizing combination of Russia's geopolitical assertiveness and growing military power. The decisions NATO promulgates in Warsaw must present a credible deterrent to Russian aggression, revitalize the vision of a Europe whole, free, and secure, and ensure that all allies share equitably the burdens that flow from these objectives. These are three criteria by which to measure success or failure at the Warsaw summit." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Derek Chollet and Ian J. Brzezinski.

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