Projecting Stability

Projecting Stability

Securing NATO’s Flanks by Helping its Neighbors Achieve Stability

September 17, 2018

General Gordon R. Sullivan Conference & Event Center

Arlington, VA
United States

At the conclusion of the North Atlantic Council in Warsaw, 8-9 July 2016, the participating Heads of State and Government released a joint communique. One of the major declarations of the communique makes it clear that “NATO’s essential mission is unchanged: to ensure that the Alliance remains an unparalleled community of freedom, peace, security, and shared values, including individual liberty, human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.” The communique goes on further to identify that “the Alliance faces a range of security challenges and threats that originate from the east and the south; from state and non-state actors; from military forces and from terrorists, cyber, or hybrid attacks.”

Coming off the heels of the 2018 Brussels Summit, the full day seminar will provide a platform to discuss some of the major aspects and ongoing efforts of NATO to define and integrate its “Projecting Stability” concept. Using a panel format, consisting of relevant subject matter experts from US Government agencies (DoD, DoS, USAID, etc.), the International Community (NATO, the UN, the EU, etc.), Non-Governmental Organizations, and Academia we will seek to answer the question “How can the Alliance penetrate this arc of insecurity and instability along NATO’s periphery and beyond?”


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Times and speakers are subject to change.

0800–0845 - Check-in & Reception
0845–0900 - Welcome & Opening Remarks

Speaker: MG John Kem, USA, Commandant, USAWC
Speaker: GEN(R) Carter Ham, USA, President & CEO, AUSA

0900–0920 - Keynote

Speaker: DSG Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General, NATO

0920–0940 - Break
0940–1130 - Panel Discussion - Stage Setter

Moderator: Dr. Rich Love, Professor of Peace & Stability Operations, PKSOI
Panelist: Mr. James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, NATO, Political Affairs and Policy
Panelist: Mr. Mark E. Mitchell, Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, SOLIC
Panelist: LTG Michael Nagata, USA, Director, Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning, National Counterterrorism Center
Panelist: MG William Hickman, USA, Deputy Chief of Staff, NATO Strategic Plans and Policy, NATO SACT

1145–1245 - Lunch
1245–1315 - PKSOI 25th Anniversary & Cake Cutting

COL(R) John Agoglia, USA, former Director, PKSOI
Mr. William Flavin, Assistant Director, PKSOI
COL Michael W. Rauhut, USA, Director, PKSOI

1315–1330 - Break
1330–1445 - Panel Discussion - Middle East/North Africa Region

Moderator: Ambassador Donald Koran, USAWC Diplomatic Advisor to the Commandant
Panelist: LTG Charles Hooper, USA, Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency
Panelist: VADM(R) Michael Franken, USN, former Deputy Commander, U.S. Africa Command
Panelist: Lt. Gen. Luciano Portolano, Chief of Staff, Allied Joint Forces Command, Naples

1445–1500 - Break
1500–1615 - Panel Discussion - Eastern Europe

Moderator: COL Darrell Driver, USA, Director of European Studies, NSS, SSL, USAWC
Panelist: Ambassador William Taylor, Executive Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace
Panelist: GEN Riccardo Marchiò, Commander, Allied Joint Forces Command Brunssum
Panelist: LTG(R) Ben Hodges, USA, former Commander, U.S. Army Europe

1615–1630 - Closing Remarks

Speaker: COL Michael W. Rauhut, USA, Director, PKSOI

Additional Information

Registration Cutoff Date:

12 September 2018

Registrations received after COB 12 September 2018 will not be pre-registered.  Late registrants will need to register on-site.

Registration Questions:

Alana Jewett
Email: [email protected]


Association of the United States Army
General Gordon R. Sullivan Conference & Event Center
2425 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201


Street and public garage parking is available. Click here for more information. There is no parking available in the AUSA building for this event.