Lisbon, Portugal – This is the presentation I made to young leaders on the sidelines of the NATO Summit. The event connected young leaders with one another and with Alliance leaders to discuss NATO’s strategic concept and other pressing issues facing the Alliance. I explored how NATO and can support peace and how we can help.I presented the: “Who, what, why, where, when and how of NATO and the Middle East” on Thursday, November 18, 2010 as part of an expert panel discussion titled: “NATO Operations in Afghanistan and the Wider Middle East: What is the Future?” I served as a panelist along with: General Walter Gaskin, Karl-Heinz Kamp and Ryan Gawn. I made the case that with new media we are the media. We are the leaders we have been waiting for. On Friday, NATO’s Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, presented his new Strategic Concept for NATO. The new concept reconfirms the bond between nations to defend one another, commits the Alliance to prevent crises and offers partners around the globe more political engagement. It commits NATO to the goals of continuous reform, a Europe at peace, and a world without nuclear weapons. I jumped to ask the first question at the Q&A. I introduced myself and said: “I represent MEPEACE - networking Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals for Middle East peace. We need your help. What are your thoughts? Specifically, can we expect you to help - support peace in the Middle East?! Rasmussen’s response made news as he explained that Middle East leaders will to reach agreement first, see (in Portugese): http://jornal.publico.pt/noticia/20-11-2010/perguntas-dificeis-dos-jovens-que-nao-vieram-fazer-turismo-20659599.htm.