Sylvie Kauffmann is editorial director and columnist at the French newspaper Le Monde. She is also a contributing writer for the New York Times.
She was the editor-in-chief of Le Monde in 2010-2011. She joined the newspaper in 1987 as Moscow correspondent. Since then, she has been Eastern and Central Europe correspondent, US correspondent based in Washington DC, New York Bureau Chief and reporter-at-large in Asia, based in Singapore.
In the Paris newsroom, she has headed the in-depth reporting section of Le Monde, before moving on to the deputy editor position.
Prior to joining Le Monde, Sylvie Kauffmann worked for Agence France-Presse as a foreign correspondent, in London, New Caledonia (South Pacific), Warsaw and Moscow.
She graduated from Faculté de droit d'Aix-en-Provence, Institut d'Etudes Politiques d'Aix-en-Provence, Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao, Spain) and Centre de Formation des Journalistes in Paris.
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of NATO’s forward-looking security strategy and also highlighted the significance of geopolitics in Alliance cooperation. For over 70 years, NATO has maintained political solidarity and proven its ability to adapt to new security challenges. Against the backdrop of this pandemic, NATO principles will be tested like never before. As adversaries attempt to undermine the Alliance, through kinetic and non-kinetic means, NATO decision-makers will have to reconsider how they assess emerging security challenges and plan for an array of contingency scenarios using all the resources at NATO’s disposal. How is NATO repurposing its defence planning and logistical capabilities to address the second wave of COVID-19? What is the best strategy to maximize the effectiveness of the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre? What is the appetite within the North Atlantic Council for NATO to engage in climate security? Will the Four-30s initiative be delivered in time or an in a modified form amidst shortened manpower and dwindling budgets? What options are available to strengthen the centrality of the transatlantic bond?
9th June 2020 marked the 20th anniversary of the International Visegrad Fund, set up to promote regional cooperation in Central Europe and between the V4 and other countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of positive neighbourhood and cross-border relations, with Slovakia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Austria working together by choice as much as by necessity. Can this close cooperation maintain its momentum and strengthen Visegrad cooperation in long-term? In what ways can the V4 countries cooperate to ensure that the post-pandemic recovery period benefits the region in monetary as well as structural areas? And what needs to be done to firmly embed the V4 perspective into policymaking on the EU level, on European and global matters?