The Nato after the Wales Summit conference took place in the historic Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.
The conference was attended by around 150 people drawn from academic, policy, NATO and diplomatic communities.
The one-day conference was opened by Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan, Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO and First Minister of Wales, the Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM.
Professor Stephen Krasner, the distinguished professor of International Relations from Stanford University opened the conference, setting the stage for the day’s discussions.
The Maritime Security Panel, made up of Cardiff University’s Dr Christian Bueger, Dr Brooke Smith-Windsor from NATO Defense College and NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Operations, Richard Froh discussed the future of the world’s oceans and the role in security and defence planning.
Enhancing cyber security in an uncertain world was the topic of debate for the second panel with NATO’s Deputy Assistant General for Emerging Security Challenges, Dr Jamie Shea, and Cardiff University’s Professor Mike Levi and Professor Omer Rana.
Jonathan Parish, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning discussed smart defence planning in the third panel session, with Professor Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen, Head of Security and Defence Policy at the Danish Minister of Defence and Dr Sergio Catignani from Exeter University.
NATO and the Transatlantic Partnership was the topic of debate for the final panel session, with Dr Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House, Dr Nina Graeger from the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and Etienne de Durand from the Institut Francais des Relations Internationales
The final keynote was given by Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, Deputy Secretary Geneal of NATO. Speaking on “NATO and Russia: a new strategic reality”.