Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts NATO’s Role in Great Power Rivalries

NATO’s Role in Great Power Rivalries

About the Event

NATO's original purpose was to protect Western Europe against Soviet expansionism. Its challenge today is to manage relations between a "Europe whole and free" and a resurgent Russia, encouraging stability without provoking tension. Join FPRI's Robert D. Kaplan and General Philip Breedlove to discuss how NATO affects great power rivalry, and how the United States and its allies can better manage Russia.

More information on the history and evolution of NATO is available in our FPRI Primer.

This event is part of the Robert Strausz-Hupé Project: The Atlantic System in a World of Great Power Rivalry. Audio from this event will also be used in our upcoming Global Demons Podcast, where host Robert D. Kaplan will speak to the best experts you’ve never heard of on the most important issues facing the United States today.

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Gen. Philip Breedlove

Gen. Philip Breedlove - General Philip Breedlove retired from his position at SACEUR in July 2016. During his 40-year career in the military, he completed nine overseas tours and held numerous key commands and staff positions.

Robert D. Kaplan

Robert D. Kaplan - Robert D. Kaplan is the Robert Strausz-Hupé Chair in Geopolitics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute