part of our Q&A series, James
the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and
Security Policy and the Secretary General's Special Representative
for the Caucasus and Central Asia, will be taking questions from
Atlantic Community members. In a first for this series, he will be
responding to questions via video.
Political Affairs and Security Policy Division
(PASP) is the "foreign affairs" arm of NATO, and deals with the
Alliance's partnership initiatives and relations with other
international organizations. It also provides political analysis and
advice to the Secretary General on regional issues and manages NATO's
relationships with international financial organizations, think
tanks, and other institutes.
As Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Appathurai represents NATO at conferences with partners from around the world, and in his role as Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, he regularly meets with the heads of NATO Partner governments to discuss cooperative efforts and shared concerns. He has been involved with Georgia's continuing relationship with the Alliance and relations with key partners in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. He has also commented on backchannel discussions with China and NATO's evolving partnership with Australia and New Zealand.
Before moving into these roles, he was NATO Spokesman from 2004-2010. A native of Toronto, Canada, he has worked in Political Affairs at NATO since 1998 and previously held positions at the Canadian Department of National Defence and the national broadcaster CBC.
Questions for Mr. Appathurai should be submitted to the editorial team via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 4, 2012. Please include your full name, country of residence, and your professional or academic affiliation (optional). A set of 10 questions on a variety of topics will be selected by the editorial team, to which Mr. Appathurai will record a video response. The response will then be posted on atlantic-community.org with the opportunity for further comments.
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