Guest Lecture: "If NATO did not exist, would we have to invent it?"

11-12-2019 from 16:00 to 18:00
Auditorium A, Universiteitstraat 4
Svitlana Berezhna
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On Wednesday 11 December 2019, the LLM-Programmes are pleased to welcome Ambassador Pascal Heyman, Permanent Representative of Belgium to NATO, to give the second guest lecture of the current academic year.

Lecture by Ambassador Pascal Heyman

Title: If NATO did not exist, would we have to invent it?

Since its inception in 1949 the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is widely regarded as the world's most successful military alliance. Yet, as a product of the Cold War period, some might argue that its role is achieved, and that it is no longer well suited to address current realities and today's changing security challenges. Moreover, with a general trend towards re-nationalization of security and defense interests, ongoing efforts to strengthen European external security and defense, and an increasingly complex multipolar world encompassing a variety of international actors, NATO will have to continue its adaptation process, including by promoting a renewed sense of common political purpose. What have been the recipes for success? Are there impediments on the way? Is the Transatlantic relationship as relevant and essential today as it was during the Cold War? Can or should Europe take over responsibility for the security and defense of its own continent? These are some of the issues that will be addressed during the guest lecture, followed by debate with the audience.

The lecture will be followed by a Q & A session and a drink in the Faculty Boardroom.

Participation is free, but registration (via e-mail) is required.

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Ambassador Pascal Heyman serves as Permanent Representative of Belgium to NATO since December 2018. Prior to this, he was Diplomatic Director of the Minister of Defense of Belgium since October 2014 and appointed Defense Policy Director in 2015. A career diplomat since 1991, he has acquired vast experience in the area of international security and defense including through postings at EU, NATO and OSCE, in addition to positions held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels. He also served as Deputy Director of the OSCE’s Conflict Prevention Center in Vienna from 2008 to 2013, providing policy advice and overseeing in particular ongoing protracted conflicts in the OSCE region as well as the activities of OSCE field operations.

As a special assignment in 2013, he was tasked with facilitating the elections in the four northern Kosovo municipalities, in the context of the EU-led Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. Prior to joining the diplomatic service he was assistant at the Chair of Public International Law at the Catholic University of Leuven. He received his academic education in Public International Law at the University of Leuven and a masters in International Politics at the University of Antwerp. He can be followed on Twitter under @pascalheyman.