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Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Three Wise Men Report

On December 13th, NATO and Carnegie Europe marked the anniversary of the landmark report on non-military cooperation in NATO.

In December 1956, the foreign ministers of Canada (Lester Pearson), Italy (Gaetano Martino), and Norway (Halvard Lange) produced a report ("Report of the Committee of Three on Non-Military Cooperation in NATO") which made recommendations about how NATO could and should add a dimension of political consultation.

The report of the three ministers -- also known as the "Three Wise Men" -- is seen as a landmark report in the history of NATO. Three meeting rooms in NATO's Brussels headquarters are named after the three men.

60 years after the approval of the report, diplomats, EU officials, think tank representatives, and media gathered at Norway House in Brussels to discuss non-military cooperation in NATO. The keynote address (see video) by NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg was followed by a Q&A session, as well as a panel discussion.

At the event, Carnegie Europe presented a paper, «From Suez to Syria: Why NATO Must Strengthen Its Political Role», which is available here.


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