NATO Goes East – Possibilities for East Asian Security Cooperation

ISDP FORUM with Ambassador Alexander Vershbow

Deputy Secretary General of NATO

Friday, June 12, 15.15-16.30


In today’s globalized world, cooperation and alliances are formed without geographical restraints. The security environment in East Asia is not the same as in Europe, but the need for stability and playing by internationally agreed rules is. How can NATO be of use for the East Asian countries and what are the best format for cooperation with the NATO when East Asian nations look for a vibrant and useful partnership? Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, Deputy Secretary-General of the NATO will address the question at this ISDP Forum. With a background also as the US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Ambassador Vershbow is well suited to address these and other related questions.

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow is currently the Deputy Secretary General of NATO. He has previously served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He has been U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to the Russian Federation, and to the Republic of Korea. In addition, Ambassador Vershbow has held numerous senior positions in Washington, including Special Assistant to the President and State Department Director for Soviet Union Affairs. He holds a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University and a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Certificate of the Russian Institute from Columbia University.

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Location: Stora Salen, Jernkontoret, Kungsträdgårdsgatan 10. Follow this link for a map

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