UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who participated! Jamie Shea has responded to 5 of the questions and his answers can be found here.
Dr. Jamie Shea, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General, has chosen atlantic-community.org to host a unique discussion about NATO’s new Emerging Security Challenges Division (ESCD), which was formed in August 2010 to tackle the non-traditional security threats NATO members increasingly face.
In the exclusive video below Jamie Shea gives an introduction to NATO's work on cyber defense, counter-terrorism, WMD proliferation (especially by non-state actors), energy security, and environmental security threats and shares his thoughts on NATO's future direction.
Among accomplishments in its first year, the ESCD has developed a cyber-defense umbrella which will encompass key systems of all NATO countries by 2012, run counter terrorism training and drills with both members and non-NATO member countries (including Russia), and compiled plans to protect key energy infrastructure, especially at sea. The new division will also provide NATO with a Strategic Analysis Capability to monitor and anticipate international developments that could affect Allied security.
Dr. Shea will now be taking questions from you about NATO's strategy and implementation of these efforts and defense against emerging threats. This is an exciting opportunity to engage with a senior policy maker, particularly for students and young professionals in an area where there is much study and research still to be done.
Dr. Shea has been with NATO for over 30 years and has a unique perspective on the operational and strategic efforts of the organization. He came to prominence during the 1999 Kosovo War as NATO spokesperson and a critical part of NATO's successful information strategy during that conflict.
Questions for Dr. Shea should be submitted to the editorial team via email to email@example.com by October 19, 6:00 PM CEST. Please include your full name, country of residence, and your professional or academic affiliation (optional). A set of wide-ranging questions will be selected and published by atlantic-community.org to be addressed by Dr. Shea. His responses will then be published on atlantic-community.org shortly afterwards with a further opportunity for comments.
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