In an exclusive video statement for atlantic-community.org, Adrian Kendry describes austerity as a major source of not just economic but also social instability in different parts of Europe. Moreover, the aging of populations, falling birth rates and the shrinking of the working-age populations will increase pressure on public deficits and decrease economic activity and tax revenue. Thus, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has highlighted the need to prevent an economic crisis from becoming a security crisis. NATO's Senior Defense Economist, Adrian Kendry, also describes the need to strengthen international economic and financial cooperation to prevent currency wars, protectionism, and competitive devaluation that played a crucial role in creating the conditions for global conflict in the 1930s.
What would you like to know about the complex interaction of economic and security challenges? This is your chance to hear directly from NATO's Senior Defense Economist. To submit your question, just send an email to the editorial team (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday, November 27th. Please include your full name, country of residence and your professional or academic affiliation (optional). When crafting your questions, make sure to keep them short and to the point so that we can get many questions across. The editorial team will select ten questions to present to Mr. Kendry and will then post his responses on atlantic-community.org. You will also have the opportunity to comment and debate on them.
This is the fourth Q&A with senior NATO representatives in 2012. Read and watch the opening statements, questions and answers from the past sessions:
Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, on Women, Peace and Security:
Answers and opening
- Ambassador Alexander
Deputy Secretary General, on NATO's agenda after the Chicago Summit: Answers and opening
- James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, on the partnerships and regional initiatives: Call for questions, video answers on global partnerships and the Arab Spring, on partnerships with Asia, on Central Asia and the Caucasus, and on the NATO mission.