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NATO & Its Challenges: A German and an American View

March 2, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

This is a hybrid event. We welcome you to attend in-person at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center or online via Zoom. Please register for the event using the button below and indicate how you will be attending the panel.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) faces considerable challenges in its seventh decade, including Russian aggressiveness in Ukraine and populist movements in the member states. How will the alliance adapt and meet these new challenges? This panel draws on perspectives from senior American and German leaders about the future of the Atlantic Alliance, including Lt. General (ret.) Ben Hodges, former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Army in Europe, and Kapitän zur See Ivo Schneider, Embassy Washington.

Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, Carolina’s Vice Provost for Global Affairs, will give the opening remarks.

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Lt. General (ret.) Ben Hodges

Lieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges holds the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis. He joined CEPA in February 2018.

A native of Quincy, Florida, General Hodges graduated from the United States Military Academy in May 1980 and was commissioned in the Infantry.

After his first assignment as an Infantry Lieutenant in Garlstedt, Germany, he commanded Infantry units at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade levels in the 101st Airborne Division, including Command of the First Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” of the 101st Airborne Division in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (2003-2004). His other operational assignments include Chief of Operations for Multi-National Corps-Iraq in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (2005-2006) and Director of Operations, Regional Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan (2009-2010).

General Hodges has also served in a variety of Joint and Army Staff positions to include Tactics Instructor; Chief of Plans, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps; Director of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell on the Joint Staff; Chief of Legislative Liaison for the United States Army; and Commander, NATO Allied Land Command (İzmir, Turkey). His last military assignment was as Commanding General, United States Army Europe (Wiesbaden, Germany) from 2014 to 2017. He retired from the U.S. Army in January 2018.

Kapitän zur See Ivo Schneider

Kapitän zur See Ivo Schneider entered the Naval Academy in 1987, and he studied Naval Architecture at the University of Hamburg from 1988 to 1992. From 2009 to 2011, he served in the Multinational Force Planning Division for NATO and the EU. He currently serves as the Naval Attaché to the United States at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington D.C.



Navin A. Bapat

Navin Bapat is the Dowd Professor of Peace and War in Political Science and the Chair of the Curriculum of Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1998 and pursued graduate studies at Rice University, where he received an M.A. (2000) and a PhD (2004) in political science. Professor Bapat’s research focuses on political competition involving non-state actors. He is currently conducting research on American foreign policy and transnational terrorism, internal conflict and the rise of extremism within insurgencies, and the growth of insurgent movements from small cells to large scale rebellions. His book entitled Monsters to Destroy: Understanding the War on Terror is published with Oxford University Press.


March 2, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm


Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fedex Global Center
301 Pittsboro St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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