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Securing the Euro-Atlantic Community

Securing the Euro-Atlantic Community

Continuing their work to promote the development of a new security architecture for the Euro-Atlantic region, Des Browne, Igor Ivanov and Sam Nunn released a new op-ed on the eve of the 2015 Munich Security Conference. The op-ed calls for bold leadership to prevent Europe from being split for another generation and for the establishment of a new Euro-Atlantic Security group, mandated at the highest level by presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers, to develop recommendations on Ukraine and Euro-Atlantic security incorporating political, economic and security issues.

"The institutions established to support constructive interaction between Russia and the West are badly broken and appear incapable of addressing today's core political, economic and security issues," they wrote in the op-ed released through Project Syndicate and published by more than a dozen newspapers and websites to date. "Resolving the current crisis and building a new architecture for Euro-Atlantic regional security requires strong political leadership and new thinking."

In Munich, the trio hosted discussions on the proposal—an outgrowth of the 2013 Building Mutual Security Report—with heads of state and foreign ministers. In addition, they hosted young leaders in a separate meeting to address similar concerns about building Euro-Atlantic trust. This meeting was a follow-on to a successful meeting in Sofia last October during which young professional from Ukraine, Russia, Europe and the United States described long-term visions for their countries and grappled with the hurdles toward achieving peace, prosperity and security.

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