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Brussel – Debat “Global NATO or Global Peace?”

juli 7, 2023 @ 20:00 - 22:00

No to war – no to NATO  & Vrede

organiseren een debat

(in het Engels)

Global NATO or Global Peace?


Plaats: Brussel, Pianofabriek,   Fortstraat 35,   1060 Brussel (Sint-Gillis)

Vrijdag 7 juli, 20-22u


Just a few years ago even powerful leaders declared NATO ‘obsolete’ or ‘brain-dead’. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine the credibility and legitimacy of the western military alliance seems greater than ever before. Finland, formerly a neutral country, became a new member. Sweden will soon follow. Political opposition to the massive arming of Ukraine – which keeps the war going, rising military budgets and the militarisation of Europe is virtually non-existent within NATO states. Led by the US, NATO is increasingly casting itself as a global player both to defend democracy and the interests of its members. The global reach of NATO and its powerful members nourishes new tensions with rival powers like Russia and China. Its nuclear-armed status raises the terrifying prospect of nuclear war.

The NATO summit in Vilnius is meant to confirm and strengthen the global power of NATO and the influence of its military industrial complex. This comes at the expense of an alternative security architecture based on good neighbourliness and human security. NATO’s unilateralism is undermining the multilateral political system as enshrined in the United Nations Charter.

We’ll discuss the main problems of NATO and explore how the peace movement can be strengthened to achieve a non-militarised international security system based on justice, solidarity and sustainability with respect for people and the environment.


Introduction: NATO: a driving force of militarisation – Ludo De Brabander, Vrede vzw (Belgium)

Discussion: how to counter Global NATO and strengthen the peace movement?

Ann Wright (Veterans for Peace – US)

Reiner Braun (IPB – Germany)

Sophie Bolt (CND – UK)

NN (somebody from the global South)

Moderator: Lode Vanoost (De Wereld Morgen)

The panel discussion will be followed by Q & A and discussion with public (40 minutes)


juli 7, 2023
20:00 - 22:00