A Pivot To Asia? NATO at 71 (GMF)

Last year, for the first time in its history, the NATO Alliance conducted its first China Review. While the December 2019 NATO Summit only made a passing reference to China, the China Reviews signals a wider interest among member states to begin looking at some of the challenges associated with China’s rise and the implications for transatlantic security. As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated at the summit, “This is not about moving NATO into the South China Sea, but it’s about taking into account that China is coming closer to us – in the Arctic, in Africa, investing heavily in our infrastructure in Europe, in cyberspace.” With NATO now much more focused on China as a geostrategic challenge, how can NATO further construct a coherent and informed China policy moving forward? What internal and external pressures may prevent NATO from pursuing such efforts? What are the kinds of tools the NATO alliance might use or create to counter China’s global ambitions?



  • Fabrice Pothier, Senior Fellow, Defense Policy and Strategy, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Former Head of Policy Planning, NATO
  • Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy, Department of Defense
  • Yoko Iwama, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)


  • Julianne Smith, Director, Asia and Geopolitics Programs, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

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