OTTAWA, March 21, 2014 The Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has appointed University of Ottawa Professor Roland Paris to an expert panel tasked with developing recommendations to strengthen the trans-Atlantic partnership as well as its collective security.

An expert in international relations and international security, Professor Paris is the Director of uOttawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) and an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Secretary General Rasmussen has asked the international group of policy experts “to consider how we can strengthen our transatlantic bond and to propose strong ideas that will make a difference to our current and future collective security.” The group will present their findings and proposals at a conference to be held in Brussels in early June.

In addition to Professor Paris, the other nine members of the group are:

  • Martin Butora, Honorary President of the Institute of Public Affairs, Bratislava
  • lvo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago, and former US ambassador to NATO
  • Camille Grand, Director of the Fondation pour Ia Recherche Strategique, Paris
  • Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House, London
  • Ana Palacio, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain and member of the Consejo de Estado of Spain
  • Volker Perthes, Director Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin
  • Nathalie Tocci, Deputy Director, lstituto Affari lnternazionali, Rome
  • Sinan Ulgen, Director of Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, Istanbul
  • Marcin Zaborowski, Director of Polish Institute for International Affairs, Warsaw

“I’m honoured to serve on this distinguished panel,” said Professor Paris, “particularly at a time when we are all being reminded of NATO’s importance to our collective security.”

Secretary General Rasmussen has also invited two other groups, —the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and a group of 15 young emerging leaders, —to contribute recommendations on strengthening the trans-Atlantic bond.

Read NATO’s announcement.

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