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Building Mutual Security: Lack of Trust Inhibits Cooperation

Building Mutual Security: Lack of Trust Inhibits Cooperation

Former Senator Sam Nunn, former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and UK parliamentarian Des Browne discussed their report, Building Mutual Security in the Euro-Atlantic Region,  at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund in Brussels on September 12. Read the summary or listen to the podcast.

Offering a fresh approach to building cooperation and preventing conflict, Nunn said, "The Cold War has ended, but the habit of encouraging distrust remains." He noted that a pending agreement on disposing of Syria's chemical weapons was "a potential game-changer" but asked why leaders had to wait until the situation was at a crisis point before proposing a solution.

Nunn, Ivanov, Browne and report co-chair Wolfgang Ischinger were in Brussels for meetings with officials from Europe, Russia and NATO about a new direction for Euro-Atlantic relations, as detailed in Building Mutual Security. The report calls for a new politically-mandated dialogue among the United States, Europe and Russia.

The following week, the European Leadership Network hosted a seminar on the report, which included Sen. Nunn and Lord Browne, as well as Building Mutual Security participants.

Read coverage from The Wall Street Journal and Jane's Defence Weekly on the German Marshall Fund event. Get a play-by-play from the event by exploring the hashtag #GMFMutualSecurity on Twitter.