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LMC 2023

A Time to Build: Principles for a New Security Architecture

The security upheaval born of the brutal destruction of Russia’s war takes multiple forms and impacts societies worldwide. The war has rejuvenated NATO, including its essential transatlantic bond, and highlighted the vital role of the US as the chief guarantor of Europe’s security. It has forced the west to reconsider its place and ambitions in the global political structure. Russia will continue to be Europe’s most serious security threat, while the ambitions of China will remain a primary concern for the US. A confrontation between the west and the non-democratic world is clearly plausible in the mid- to long-term. This prospect demands both intellectual and moral reflection. Our values matter.


Thomas Bagger

Ambassador of Germany in Poland

Christopher G Cavoli

Commander of the US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe

Nathalie Tocci

Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali

Pierre Vimont

Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe

Daniel Fried

Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council


Kersti Kaljulaid

President of Estonia 2016-2021, global advocate of the UN Secretary-General for Every Woman Every Child

How can we ensure that the renewed understanding of the relevance of a strong transatlantic bond endures? How strong is Europe? Who can lead it to be stronger? What more can be done to help Ukraine win? What price is the west ready to pay to preserve its global standing?

“A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up.”

The Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:3