Steve Clemons is Editor at Large of The Hill, America's most read political media platform. Previously, Clemons served as Editor at Large of The Atlantic and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE, the premium division of The Atlantic's 3D journalism. Clemons is also a foreign policy and politics contributor to MSNBC and is proprietor of a popular political blog, The Washington Note. He also founded and serves as Senior Fellow of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation where he previously served as Executive Vice President. Prior to this, Clemons served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, was Senior Economic & International Affairs Advisor to Senator Jeff Bingaman, and was the founding Executive Director of the Nixon Center, now re-named the Center for National Interest.
Clemons serves on the advisory boards of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College and of the Eastern European national security think tank, GLOBSEC. Clemons writes and speaks frequently on consequential national security, politics, and economic policy issues.
The international security landscape is changing faster than ever. As great power competition shapes the 21st century, as disruptive technologies develop at breath-taking speeds, and as climate change threatens the whole world, the transatlantic community needs NATO more than ever. In the face of unpredictable challenges, NATO’s 2030 agenda will strengthen the Alliance to face future threats.
In recent memory, it is hard to identify a time that was filled with as many global challenges as of today. Climate crisis, mass migration, the return of great power competition, the resurgence of the geopolitical contest, Covid-19 pandemic defy all actors as well as the rules-based international order. In this complex world of multiple crises, Turkey, a NATO and G20 member as well as an EU candidate, identified its foreign policy as enterprising and humanitarian and emerged as a pivotal anchor in a volatile neighbourhood. Where does Turkey see NATO’s role evolving against the backdrop of the NATO 2030 agenda? How can Turkey and EU member states pursue an honest dialogue to overcome differences and return to a robust membership course? How can the full potential of Turkish-EU cooperation be unleashed?
Emerging technological innovations within today’s most cutting-edge research and development programs are changing the landscape of warfare. New avenues to wage war, in-theatre and online, through quantum computing and an arsenal of super-weapons are altering the distribution of military power and the subsequent ordering of international relations. Consequently, the impact of this convergence on soldiers, strategies, policies, procurement, industry, as well as operations cannot be understated. As operational domains and their accompanying challenges continue to evolve, building standardized rules of engagement and credible de-escalation mechanisms will be imperative for avoiding mutually assured destruction and ensuring a stable security architecture. How should international governance structures approach the regulation and oversight of new technologies per the existing international Laws of Armed Conflict? What role will supercomputers like IBM’s Summit play in developing vaccines during a pandemic or AI-targeted algorithms during a conflict? What risks to stability are posed by the monopolization of certain super-technologies like nanotechnology? What will update de-escalation mechanisms to ensure strategic stability in the event of a tit for tat escalation?