NATO Expert Talk Series: Outcomes of the NATO Brussels Summit



29 June 2021




Brussels/Rome time:
Tuesday, 29 June
9.00am-10.00am CEST


Free but registration is essential

Cybersecurity, defence innovation and climate change in the military are all on the agenda for NATO’s Brussels Summit on 14 June. But with NATO placing unprecedented attention on the Indo-Pacific, what are the summit’s implications for Australia? What will NATO's defence innovations mean for the Indo-Pacific? How can Australia work with NATO to strengthen cyber defences?

To discuss these issues, please join us for a webinar event with NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy James Appathurai in discussion with USSC Lecturer and NATO Defense College Partners Across the Globe Fellow Dr Gorana Grgic.

Jointly presented by the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and NATO Public Diplomacy Division; this event is the latest in a series of talks with USSC and NATO experts in which they explore the challenges ahead of NATO and Australia and propose areas where furthering and deepening cooperation can offer solutions.


  • James Appathurai
    James Appathurai

    James Appathurai is the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy. He is also the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia. He was previously NATO Spokesperson and Deputy Head and Senior Planning Officer. Before joining NATO he worked with the Canadian Department of National Defence and began his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

  • Dr Gorana Grgic
    Dr Gorana Grgic
    Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy, United States Studies Centre (jointly appointed with the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney)

    Dr Gorana Grgic is a jointly appointed Lecturer at the Department of Government and International Relations and the United States Studies Centre. Her research interests include transatlantic relations, US alliances, conflict resolution and democratisation. She is the author of Ethnic Conflict in Asymmetric Federations (Routledge 2017).

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