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Feb 18

Transatlantic Security and Defense Cooperation: NATO, Missile Defense and the European Union

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On the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland, President Obama announced that he was formally abandoning the “third site” missile defense deployment of 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic. Welcoming the British Prime Minister to the White House in March, Barack Obama humiliatingly presented America’s closest ally with a box set of DVDs, while one of his officials stated: “There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world.” And in November, President Obama astounded Europe by skipping the global commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Since the end of the Second World War, the United States has been the architect of stable transatlantic security arrangements, and cultivated valuable relationships and bilateral alliances in the process. However, commentators are now speculating that President Obama simply doesn’t care about the transatlantic alliance, or the Anglo-American Special Relationship.

Please join the Heritage Foundation’s panel of Polish, Czech and British legislators to discuss transatlantic security and defense issues, including the future of missile defense, the state of the Special Relationship and the prospects for NATO.

More About the Speakers


Geoffrey Van Orden MEP (United Kingdom)
Conservative Party Spokesman for Security and Defense

Jan Zahradil MEP (Czech Republic)
European Conservatives and Reformists Group

Adam Bielan MEP (Poland)
European Conservatives and Reformists Group

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