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20 May 2016 Washington D.C. / Chicago/ Brussels - NATO confronts an array of serious challenges on both its Southern and Eastern flanks, and Europe and North America should use the Warsaw Summit to demonstrate their unity of purpose and solidarity. This was the central message that John Heffern, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Jim Townsend, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO, as well as several independent analysts delivered to a delegation of NATO parliamentarians visiting Washington and Chicago from May 9-13.
Tallinn, 13 May 2016 – Members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Defence and Security Committee (DSC) visited Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia in a pre-Summit demonstration of solidarity with their colleagues in the region. As Xavier Pintat, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities (DSCFC), stressed: “This is a mission to show not only solidarity with our peers in the region, but also to understand the unique security challenges they face along the eastern flank of the Alliance.” Pintat led the delegation of parliamentarians representing eight different Allied countries through the Alliance’s entire Baltic region from 9-13 May.
Brussels/Tirana, 18 April 2016 - The Parliament of Albania will host the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's Spring Session from Friday 27 to Monday 30 May 2016. The Session will bring together in Tirana some 260 parliamentarians from the 28 NATO member countries from North America and Europe as well as delegates from partner countries and observers to discuss current international security issues and the reports prepared by the Assembly’s Committees.
Strasbourg, 29 April 2016 - PACE Secretary General Wojciech Sawicki today welcomed the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA) Roberto Montella and his counterpart from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), David Hobbs, for the latest in regular consultations between the three Secretaries General.
Washington DC/Brussels, 22 April 2016 – Recent research has shown that NATO and its partners are slowly losing their edge in military technology. In February 2016, John Chipman, Director General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, put it succinctly: “We previously felt that Western states were the champions of new technology and had a large technological lead either over their state peer competitors or over non-state actors. Now that technological lead is narrowing.”