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Kent State NATO Center Explores Vital Organization at 60-Year Mark, April 30

To mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Kent State’s Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Union Studies will host a conference on April 30 and May 1 to examine the current and future challenges confronting the vital group.

Conference sessions for “NATO after 60 Years” will be held 1:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, in Room 306 of the Kent Student Center, and again from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in the Governance Chambers of the Kent Student Center.  The conference is open to the public and free of charge.

Organized in 1949 as a response to the threats emanating from the Soviet Union during the early Cold War, NATO succeeded in its mission without being involved in a direct military confrontation with the Warsaw Pact.  The Cold War ended, and NATO has had to alter its priorities and missions in ways that no one could have anticipated.  A distinguished group of scholars will focus on the altered security environment of the 21st century during the two-day conference.  

Speakers will discuss NATO’s strategic doctrine and operations in and outside Europe (e.g., Afghanistan), its global regions of concern (e.g., Russia, Mediterranean, Black Sea, Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean), and its institutional interactions (United Nations, European Union, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe).

Since its founding in 1979 at Kent State, the Lyman L. Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Union Studies has provided an institutional setting for the academic examination of NATO’s historical, political, economic and military experiences.  The center takes pride in its many accomplishments, which, in particular, include periodic conferences that have resulted in 15 published books, including its most recent NATO and the Warsaw Pact: Intrabloc Conflicts.


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