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The Data on NATO Responsibility Sharing

February 21, 2024 • 9:00 – 9:30 am EST

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg recently released the Alliance’s latest defense spending figures which highlighted that eighteen NATO allies are reported to be on track to meet the 2% defense spending target in 2024, meaning that the defense portion of responsibility sharing is increasing. But the 2% target only captures military and defense spending rather than what allies are investing in broader national security requirements. CSIS decided to analyze what, exactly, NATO countries are spending on these broader requirements, discovering a reasonably optimistic picture of transatlantic “responsibility sharing.”

Please join the CSIS International Security Program for a virtual discussion focused on the NATO burden sharing debate and the misconceptions behind the hidden measurements of what allies are doing and how they are doing it. This event will feature Dr. Kathleen McInnis, Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative, Daniel Fata, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy from 2005 to 2008 and is a Non-Resident Senior Adviser at CSIS, and will be moderated by Vago Muradian, Founder and Editor, Defense & Aerospace Report.

This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.

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  • Alexis Day
  • Program Manager and Research Associate, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative and Outreach Manager, International Security Program.
Kathleen Mcinnis
Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative
Daniel Fata
Senior Advisor (Non-resident), International Security Program