16 September 2010. ESPI was invited to Brussels to speak at a roundtable entitled “Protecting the Global Commons”. The roundtable was co-organised by the Security & Defence Agenda (SDA), the Atlantic Council of the United States, with NATO Allied Command Transformation (NATO ACT).


The roundtable on “Protecting the Global Commons” (programme can be downloaded here) sought to address issues connected with the future role of NATO in the framework of the Strategic Issues Engagement Plan, which focuses on developing an intellectual framework that can be used to support high-level Civ/Pol.Mil strategic dialogue. Four panels involved introductory remarks and subsequent open discussion. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, ESPI’s Director, introduced a panel entitled “NATO in the Space Domain”. Other three panels included “NATO’s Role in the Global Commons”, introduced by Lt. Gen. (Ret.) David Leakey, former Director General of the European Military Staff and Diego A. Ruiz Palmer, Head of the Strategic Analysis Capability, NATO. “NATO and the Maritime Domain” was introduced by Lee Willett, Director of the Maritime Studies Programme, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, UK. Issues concerning “NATO and Cyberspace” were addressed by Leendert van Bochoven NATO Account Executive, IBM Corporation. Maj. Gen. Mark Barrett, Deputy Chief of Staff and Dick Bedford, Strategic Concepts, Policy & Interoperability branch, both of NATO ACT, together with Gilles Merritt, Director of Security & Defence Agenda and Ian Brzezinski of the Atlantic Council of the United States delivered opening and closing remarks.

Panel during the discussion (from left): Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Diego A. Ruiz Palmer, Lt. Gen. David Leakey, Giles Merritt, Maj. Gen, Mark Barrett, Dick Bedford, Leendert van Bochoven, Lee Willett 


The panel on “NATO and the Space Domain” posed the following questions: As space becomes increasing vital to daily economic life and political freedom as well as a central supporting element of military operations, how are NATO’s interests affected by the current and anticipated dynamics of the space domain? With increasing number of actors in space, how effective are current international legal instruments? What defence and security factors dominate military thinking in this area, and what role might NATO play in securing worldwide consensus on behaviour? During his presentation, ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl had an opportunity to introduce recent study results prepared by the Institute’s Wolfgang Rathgeber, Nina-Louisa Remuss and Jana Robinson. Research areas covered included the international management of the conduct in outer space, responsive space, and transparency and confidence-building measures (TCBM) in space. A study on the last issue was recently finalised by Jana Robinson, ESPI’s Resident Fellow, in a report entitled “The Role of Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures in Advancing Space Security”. Jana Robinson also participated in the event and, together with Kai-Uwe Schrogl, had an opportunity to explore potential future cooperation with the event co-organisers as well as NATO ACT.

From left: ESPI Resident Fellow Jana Robinson, Deputy Chief of Staff NATO ACT Maj. Gen. Mark Barrett, and ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl



- Programme “Protecting the Global Commons” , Brussels, 16 September 2010



photo credit: ESPI

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