ASIS Europe 2024 Keynote

US Permanent Representative to NATO to address outlook for the next 75 years


Ambassador Julianne Smith is the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO since November 2021. Prior to her current position, she served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary Blinken at the Department of State, as the Director of the Asia and Geopolitics Programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and as the Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Ambassador Smith also served as the Acting National Security Advisor and Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States. Before her post at the White House, she served for three years as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. In January 2012, she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

As we approach NATO’s 75th anniversary, Ambassador Smith’s keynote at ASIS Europe will focus on NATO’s outlook for the next 75 years and how it will adapt to meet the challenges of the future. NATO is facing the most complex security environment since the end of the Cold War. Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is jeopardizing European security, terrorism continues to represent a threat to stability, and China’s rise is challenging global economic and security structures. To confront these emerging challenges, NATO is strengthening resilience, investing in defense and maintaining a strong technological edge, and enhancing cooperation with Partners on shared global challenges. Productive, mutually- beneficial relationships between the public and private sectors are essential to protecting our global future. Private industry plays a crucial role in supporting NATO’s objectives and innovating to tackle future challenges.

Despite these challenges, NATO is stronger and more united than ever. The Alliance has ensured Transatlantic security for 75 years, and when leaders gather for the Washington Summit this summer, it will chart the path for the years to come.

Ambassador Smith’s keynote will be exclusively available to Leadership Pass holders at ASIS Europe 2024.

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