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Report Launch: Is NATO Ready for War?

June 11, 2024 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Please join the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program and CSIS’s Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at 1pm for a conversation on the launch of a joint report: Is NATO Ready for War? An Assessment of NATO’s Efforts to Strengthen Defense and Deterrence since the Madrid Summit. The conversation will be between Max Bergmann, Director of the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program and Stuart Center, Dr. Cynthia Cook, Senior Fellow with the CSIS International Security Program and Director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group, Dr. John R. Deni, Research Professor of Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute, and Sean Monaghan, a Visiting Fellow with the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program. 

In 2022, NATO adopted a new strategy following Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. To implement it, allies committed to strengthen their deterrence and defense. Two years on, the alliance has made substantial progress on defense spending, forward defense, high-readiness forces, command and control, collective defense exercises, and integrating Finland and Sweden. All this means NATO is likely ready to “fight tonight.” However, to fight – and thereby deter – a protracted war, allies still need to spend more, boost industrial capacity, address critical capability gaps and bolster national resilience.  

Allied leaders will gather in Washington in four weeks for NATO’s 75th anniversary summit. Ahead of that historic meeting, this paper takes stock of the progress allies have made to strengthen their deterrence and defense since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. 

This event is the second in a series in the lead up of the NATO Summit in Washington, happening in July of 2024. This event is online-only.  

This event is made possible through generous support to CSIS. 

Max Bergmann
Director, Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program and Stuart Center
Cynthia Cook
Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and Senior Fellow, International Security Program
Sean Monaghan
Visiting Fellow, Europe, Russia and Eurasia Program
Research Professor of Security Studies, U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute