The threats of hybrid nature posed by various combinations of state and non-state actors have mounted transnational challenges such as increasing numbers of refugees, and terrorist attacks on NATO-allies in the European Union and Turkey. Meanwhile, the last decade has witnessed terrorist attacks of unprecedented magnitude in the Allied heartlands of Paris, Ankara, Brussels, Istanbul and, most recently, London. The ongoing rise in the terrorist attacks on the Allies put forward the need to timely discuss key questions on the relationship of rising terrorism with the strategies of hybrid warfare, and the venues for effective Transatlantic counter-terrorism cooperation as a method to counter hybrid threats. Above all, such cooperation is essential for the security of NATO member states and their citizens. An alliance that fails to act united to contribute to the security of its members is bound to head the way of strategic irrelevance for its members, and thus seizes to be considered as a serious global actor!
To what extent are NATO-allies united against these hybrid threats? What are the major bones of contention that the Allies have yet to overcome? In this regard, can we observe some groupings among the Allies such the USA, EU, and Turkey as the fault-lines of Transatlantic rift? In light of the findings from his recent book on Europe’s Hybrid Threats (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, the United Kingdom, 2017), and his ongoing research at Carleton University, Dr. Sadik will address these questions in his talk on the role of NATO against contemporary hybrid challenges by discussing their policy implications for the future of Transatlantic strategic relevance and burden sharing.
About the speaker
Dr. Giray Sadik is Associate Professor, SBF, AYBU, and Visiting Fellow, MTS, NPSIA at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He was previously a Swedish Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Global Political Studies at Malmö University, Sweden, and is the Vice-President of the Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society of International Political Science Association (IPSA). He received his PhD in Political Science (IR & CP) from the University of Georgia, USA; and his current research focuses on international security, Turkish foreign policy, and Transatlanic relations.
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