NATO in a Multipolar World

Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with Nexus: Research Forum on
Security and Defence will host a meeting with Dr. Constanze Stelzenmueller next Tuesday, May
3rd, from 12-13 in room 101, Lögberg. The meeting will take place in

Alyson J.K.
Bailes, visiting
Professor in Political Science at the University of Iceland, will chair the

NATO in a Multipolar World

The North Atlantic Alliance has had to reinvent itself more than once since the
end of the Cold War. In the 1990s it focused on Europe’s new needs and
opportunities, with its enlargement program and its role in resolving the wars
of the Western Balkans. After 9/11, a new threat agenda defined by Washington
drove it to take the lead in the faraway conflict of Afghanistan. At last
year’s Lisbon Summit, NATO seemed to be paying more attention again to
stabilizing our own neighbourhood, with talk of a new breakthrough in relations
with Russia. But less than six months later, we find warplanes under NATO
command bombing targets in Libya. Does NATO really know what its role is – and
is that role sustainable – in a world where US power is declining, China is the
rising challenge, and most large threats to humanity are now of a non-military

Dr Constanze Stelzenmueller is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow with the German
Marshall Fund office at Berlin, where she also worked as Director until 2009. A
former journalist on „Die Zeit“, she is well known for her frank and
challenging commentaries on all kinds of security and defence issues, including
Germany’s own policies. She has also championed women’s engagement and
networking in security affairs. This will be her first visit to Iceland.

The meeting is open to all.