The Broken Umbrella

The War in Ukraine

NATO’s Role and Future Tasks

Lecture and panel debate on 14 December 2022

The war in Ukraine fundamentally challenges NATO’s East-West policy. NATO has moved the needle from partnership to defence and deterrence. But much work needs to be done. Russia’s aggression and seeming immunity to Western incentives seems to indicate that NATO must rely on defence more than deterrence. How can this be done, and beyond NATO’s force posture, what will it imply for NATO partnerships, including its future relationship to Ukraine, and its dialogue with Russia?

The lecture will consider these questions in light of lessons offered by NATO’s Harmel doctrine.

This is the public opening lecture of an international expert workshop on the topic of Alliances and Alignments in Europe and the Asia-Pacific in Times of Declining US Power, a Rising China and Russian Aggression in Europe.

Date & Time

Wednesday 14 December 2022
6.00 – 8.00 p.m.


Universiteit Antwerpen – Hof van Liere
F. de Tassiszaal
Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen


Free entrance.
Please register online before 12 December.


06.00 p.m.

Welcome by Elena Atanassova-Cornelis (Research Group International Politics, University of Antwerp)

06.05 p.m.

Keynote lecture by Sten Rynning (Department of Political Science of the University of Southern Denmark) 

Sten Rynning is professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Southern Denmark. He works in the War Studies tradition with a focus on war, alliance cooperation, and efforts to control and rein in the use of armed force. He notably researches NATO and its role in stabilizing the continent. His current research projects focus on NATO’s history and current trajectory and the tendency of security scholarship to draw back from policy engagement. He is currently writing a monograph for Yale University Press. His book NATO in Afghanistan (Stanford University Press, 2012) was placed on the Choice’s 2015 list of Outstanding Academic Titles. He has also published books with Cambridge University Press, Brookings Press, Palgrave, I.B. Tauris, and Routledge.

06.45 p.m.

Panel debate with speaker and panellists Ulrich Kühn (Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg) and Yoichiro Sato (College and Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu), moderated by Elena Atanassova-Cornelis

Ulrich Kühn is Head of the research area “Arms Control and Emerging Technologies” at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH). He is also a Non-Resident Scholar of the Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Founder and Permanent Member of the Trilateral Deep Cuts Commission.

Yoichiro Sato is Professor in the College of Asia Pacific Studies at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan. Previously, he taught at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Auckland University in New Zealand, the Colorado School of Mines, Kansai Gaidai Hawaii College, and the University of Hawaii.

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Free entrance. Please register before 12 December 2022.


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