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NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Brussels, 3 December 2017

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Julian King
European Commissioner for Security Union, European Parliament, 28 June 2017

We appreciate the contribution made by the Atlantic Treaty Association in promoting a better understanding of the Alliance among our nations

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Harmel and the NATO Summit 2018
PUBLISHED: December 20, 2017
by Fabrizio W. Luciolli, President ATA Fifty years ago, the Harmel Report “has shown that the Alliance is a dynamic and vigorous organization which is constantly adapting itself to changing conditions.” The Warsaw Summit (2016) and the Brussels Meeting (2017) of Heads of State and Government updated to the new security scenario the Harmel strategy of “deterrence and defense”. As a result, the adaptation of NATO is effectively ongoing and will be further implemented by the July 2018 Summit in Brussels. At present, this adaptation process implies the upgrade of the NATO military command structure, its forces and related capabilities, which require a more equal burden and risk sharing. The Alliance is striving to define a new security equation based on fair quantitative as well as qualitative parameters. This is a fundamental objective in order to strengthen the Transatlantic Bond and continue to assure the indivisibility of security between the United States and Europe. Moreover, looking to Russia, the Harmel Report is telling us that “Military security and a policy of détente are not contradictory but complementary”. While the “pursuit of détente must not be allowed to split the Alliance”, today a more effective strategy towards the Russian Federation, able to combine deterrence and defense together with dialogue, remains difficult to be achieved. Finally, taking into consideration the defense problems of the South-Eastern Flank and the Mediterranean, the Harmel Report states that “The North Atlantic Treaty area cannot be treated in isolation from the rest of the world. Crises and conflicts arising outside the area may impair its security either directly or by affecting the global balance.” In this perspective, the NATO "projection of stability" towards the Mediterranean is essential and the establishment of a Regional Hub for the South at the Allied Joint Force Command Naples goes in the right direction. While the Harmel Report was paving the way to the today NATO 360° approach - ranging from the North to the South - the present threats and challenges to the Alliance are also of different nature. Furthermore, they are arising globally with unprecedented speed. President Trump address in Riyadh on terrorism, religion and security, as well as the new cyber operational domain, the new form of hybrid warfare, the migration crisis, the climate change and the scarcity of water in critical regions, are outlining how security can no longer be identified with the static military territorial defense of the state borders. Rather, security has become today a dynamic concept, which requires projection of forces, military mobility, adequate capabilities, as well as projection of stability through capacity building measures. In this new security environment, the cooperative security approach is mandatory and the recent progress in the NATO-EU cooperation should be further enhanced. However, it will also be important to avoid any risk of duplication or competition. The NATO 360° approach is a relevant step forward but is not enough, as it concerns only the external dimension of the Alliance. Looking to the Future Tasks, NATO should considers also an internal dimension, which requires an additional degree of action, and the development of a proper strategic communication, able to strengthen the Transatlantic Bond and to recommit NATO member countries and their civil societies to the fundamental values and goals of the Alliance through the development of an effective communication strategy. This has been a major role of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) since 1954. Nonetheless, today ATA is much more than an Association. With an yearly average of five hundred events and programs in over thirty eight countries, ATA is translating security needs in concrete actions by connecting the international and national institutions, together with the key decision makers, the business community, the wider public opinion, and, in particular, the successor generations. This wide activity confers ATA a crucial role in supporting the Unity and Resolve of the Alliance, which is necessary to effectively cope with the Future Tasks that NATO will address in the July 2018 Summit.
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26th GAAEC Symposium and Transatlantic Youth for the 21st Century, Athens 13-14 December 2017
PUBLISHED: December 19, 2017
PHOTO GALLERY The role of the civil society and the new generations in countering terrorism, cyber and the new hybrid threats, have been addressed by the 26th annual Symposium organized by the Greek Association for Atlantic and European Cooperation in Athens during December 13-14, 2017. Key Government and military representatives, together with experts and students participating in the Transatlantic Youth program, took part in the discussion. The Symposium has been opened by the welcome address of Dr. Theodossis Georgiou, President of GAAEC, the introductory remarks of Prof. Fabrizio W. Luciolli, President of ATA, the opening address of Mr. Nikolaos Pappas, Minister of Digital Policy, Media and Telecommunication, and Adm. H.N. Evangelos Apostolakis, Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff.
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Strenghtening the Youth Dialogue for Democracy, ATA Macedonia, Skopje 13 December 2017
PUBLISHED: December 19, 2017
The final conference of the research project conducted by the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia entitled "Strengthening of the Youth Dialogue for the promotion of democratic processes in the light of the Euro-Atlantic integrations" took place on 13.12.2017 in Skopje, in the premises of the Members of Parliament Club. The project goal was to encourage young people to actively participate in building of the democratic processes and thus to contribute to the Euro-Atlantic integrations by developing dialogue, building capacities and networking of youth and youth organizations. The Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia also marked the 20th anniversary of its establishment. At the opening of the closing conference, the key speakers were the Prime Minister Mr. Zoran Zaev and the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia Talat Xhaferi, as well as the Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA), Vladan Zivulovic. Moderator of the opening session was Mr. Ilija Djugumanov, Member of Presidency of ATA Macedonia. After the opening of the conference, the President of ATA Macedonia, Mr. Ismet Ramadani, pointed out that the chance that is now opening to Macedonia 10 years after the NATO Summit in Bucharest should be utilized. He emphasized the role of young people in these processes as an important contributing segment. The President of the Assembly, Mr. Talat Xhaferi, emphasized the importance of the dialogue for the youth and the Euro-Atlantic processes as a way of solving the open issues in order to increase the stability of the region and the Euro-Atlantic perspective, noting that: "Behind these positive trends stand only one tool and that is the dialogue. Dialogue on the internal plan, among the political entities, dialogue with the expert public, with the NGO sector, dialogue and openness with the media. " In his address, the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev pointed out that the citizens of Macedonia are convinced that the Republic of Macedonia deserves the Euro-Atlantic perspectives. Among other things, he stated: "Over 75 percent of all our citizens want membership in the EU and NATO. The government, with the support of the citizens and our international partners, paves the way for our country towards NATO."He also added that the Republic of Macedonia will always make a positive contribution to every kind of initiative that will bring wider and better cooperation in the region. He also referred to other indicators of the research that indicate that young people are not sufficiently involved in the Euro-Atlantic integration processes and pointed out that it is now time to change that. Mr. Vladan Zivulovic, Vice President of  ATA, stressed the need for joint cooperation, as well as the prospects that would be opened for FYR Macedonia and the youth after joining NATO and the EU. He also added that: “the reforms implemented by FYR Macedonia over the past ten years constitute the bedrock for its forthcoming Euro-Atlantic integration.” After the opening speeches, two panel discussions were held. The first panel discussed the domestic and institutional perspective when it comes to the inclusion of youth in democratic processes. Speakers on the first panel were: Mr. Bekim Maksuti, Deputy Minister of Defense of theFYR Macedonia; H.E. Sibyl Suter Tejada, Ambassador, Swiss Embassy Macedonia; Lieutenant Colonel Ivailo Toshirov, NATO Liaison Office in Skopje; and Marija Jankuloska, Research Coordinator, YATA Macedonia. The moderator of the panel was Mr. Viktor Andonov, Secretary General of ATA Macedonia. The second panel was focused on the regional dimension and the perspectives for regional co-operation. Speakers at the second panel were: Colonel Ljube Dukoski, Vice President of ATA Macedonia; H.E. Bisserka Benisheva, board member of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria; Mr. Vlade Radulovic, Project Director at the Atlantic Council of Serbia and Dr. Beitush Gashi, Executive Director of the Euro-Atlantic Association of Kosovo. After the end of the conference, the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia held a reception which was and awarded Certificates of Appreciation for support and contribution in spreading of the Euro-Atlantic values. More info here
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63rd ATA General Assembly and European Defense Industry Summit, Brussels, Palais d'Egmont, 3-4 December, 2017
PUBLISHED: December 7, 2017
Europe and its strategic partners face growing security challenges, ranging in scale and intensity. These challenges require innovative responses, leading to a growing need for cutting edge capabilities, as well as a tighter connection between the defence industry sectors of both sides of the Atlantic. The ATA General Assembly and the European Defense Industry Summit, together have significant implications for the security of the Euro-Atlantic Community. For 70 years, the Transatlantic Bond has allowed us to maintain a qualitative and technological edge over those that seek to undermine our unity and democracy. As Europe and its transatlantic Allies face the same global threats, the opportunity for fostering a tighter relation between defence technology and our industrial bases is essential. To this end, this Summit allow us to exchange knowledge, promote technological innovations, and deepen the manufacturing of our joint systems. In fact, a strong Euro-Atlantic strategic partnership relies on the capabilities of its members. With economic growth on the rise - for the first time since the financial-crisis - the new complex set of security threats can be finally addressed with the horizon of the 2% rule. To this end, ATA is strongly supporting the strategic partnership and cooperation between NATO and EU by developing concrete initiatives, in Brussels and all over the Euro-Atlantic area. In particular, ATA has focused its activities on counter-terrorism, hybrid warfare and the cyber domain. Our action is also devoted on the engagement of SMEs in the defense sector, particularly in areas of knowledge sharing, technical assistance, early warning systems, and cyber security. Currently, there are more than 1300 European SMEs that contribute to the defence supply chain with highly efficient niche goods and services. This has been a key area of work for ATA, that has initiated the foundation of the first “Small-Medium Enterprise Advisory Group”, which lead us to focus, on a daily basis, with implementing policies and strategies aimed at developing new and cutting-edge technologies. As we all are aware, technology is always evolving. However, sometimes not to our benefit. The cyber domain and the progress of Artificial Intelligence, represent new challenges as well as an opportunity for development. Creating innovative technologies is essential to effectively cope with the security concerns of tomorrow. Finally, the role of academia constitutes a critical asset for ATA. Scientific research needs to work alongside with industry innovation to beneficing the defense sector of the Euro Atlantic Area. Since more than 60 years, ATA represents a unique platform able to connect selected defense industries with the academic and scientific dimension, the political elites, military departments, decision makers, specialized media and the successor generations, in order to exchange best practices and explore new opportunities to stimulate innovation and maximize the efficiency of Euro-Atlantic defense spending. By promoting, coordinating and organizing an average of 500 initiatives per year, ATA and its 38 national associations, will continue to serve, alongside our NATO, EU and industry partners, to ensure that our technologies and capabilities remain at the cutting edge and will keep our transatlantic community free, whole and at peace.
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GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative, Brussels, ATA Hq, 27 November 2017
PUBLISHED: November 24, 2017
In this event the Final Report of the GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative (GNAI) has been officially released at the ATA headquarters on November 27, 2017. The report is devoted to the identification of future tasks and objectives of the Alliance, namely: increasing the level of NATO military ambition – concentrating on all NATO’s non-nuclear conventional forces, including cyber means and emerging technologies. achieving a strengthened NATO role in counter-terrorism, striking a new balanced engagement with Russia, reassure Eastern European nations seeking freedom and democracy about NATO´s interest in their stability and security. building a mutually beneficial partnership with the European Union to foster an ever-closer practical cooperation on matters of shared concern and establish more efficient financial burden-sharing between the two costs of the Atlantic. Executive summary can be downloaded here
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Countering Terrorism: Advance Training Course, Israel, 5-9 November 2017
PUBLISHED: November 21, 2017
This NATO ATC  hosted in Herzliya from 5-9 November 2017 was supported by the NATO SPS Program and aimed at sharing concrete and practical best practices in countering terrorism in the urban warfare dimension. With both a theoretical and practical structure, this training proved to be innovative and deeply beneficial for all participants from both the military and the civilian sector. This NATO ATC unfolded its activities in 5 days and was comprised of lectures, missions on the field, visit to official institutions and practical simulations.  
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7th NATO Asia-Pacific Dialogue 2017
PUBLISHED: October 23, 2017
The Dialogue is organized annually by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Foundation), and was hosted by the Atlantic Treaty Association. CREATING PREDICTABILITY IN ASIAN AND EUROPEAN SECURITY DYNAMICS Moderator remarks Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests, Dear Friends, It is indeed an honour to moderate such a timely discussion. I would like to start by thanking The Honourable Deputy Secretary General for giving such insightful remarks and by giving a warm thanks to NATO PDD and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung for their efforts, particularly Letizia, Antonia, Zsolt and (KAS PERSON) for their work in putting this event together. I would like to move to the Q + A as quickly as possible so I will be brief before introducing our distinguished panelists. Opening…. Recent calls for a militarization of the Asia Pacific region, the looming threat of a nuclear armed and defiant North Korea and the complicated relationship between China and its neighbours both near and far stand at the crossroad of NATO-Asia Pacific relationships. This relationship is further dominated by a changing political and military landscape across the international scene that moves from crisis to crisis. The US pivot to Asia launched in 2012 was met with a broader call for a simultaneous NATO pivot, recognizing the strategic and political importance of the region, especially in times of growing nationalism and protectionism. As NATO’s relationships with countries outside of the Euro-Atlantic region have developed at an ever-increasing speed so have the security and defense challenges it has been faced with. The increasingly hostile atmosphere, the rise of new threats and NATO’s realization that a global outlook is the new normal are an illustration of the importance of trans-regional dialogues. Moving forward will require an evaluation of the evolving challenges both NATO and the Asia Pacific are confronted with and will ultimately require an approach that can create and foster partnerships and well-rounded security and defense dynamics. Given the variety of challenges and opportunities faced by NATO and the Asia Pacific this brief will highlight areas in which NATO and the Asia Pacific can collaborate, analyze the concerns of both parties and determine what can be done under current conditions and what should be done in the future to build a framework of resilience in light of current threats. Despite being a largely stable and affluent region, complete with its own international security arrangements such as RECAAP, ASEAN, ANZUS, 5 Eyes and others, NATO plays a critical role in engagement with Asia-Pacific partners. More importantly for many of us here, NATO has benefited tremendously from cooperating with countries in the region. A few noteworthy examples include: Japan’s provision of over US$200 Million towards the disarmament and reintegration of militias and illegal armed groups in Afghanistan that have been combined with a engagement in a much wider range of NATO activities, both training in peacetime and combat in emergencies. Australia currently stands as one of the biggest contributors to NATO outside of Europe. It was one of the biggest contributors to ISAF in Afghanistan providing over 1,550 troops and actively contributed with warship deployments to the Middle East, enforcing UN backed sanctions, intercepting enemy ships and combatting piracy in the region. New Zealand remains a key contributor to the maritime operations of NATO through the deployment of the TE MANA frigate for operation Ocean Shield. Following the American call in August 2017 for allies to dispatch more troops New Zealand was among the first to boost its military commitment. In addition, both Australia and New Zealand have equally participated in CMX scenarios and have guaranteed further cooperation on cybersecurity, crisis management, disaster relief and joint education and training. Last but certainly not least within NATO’s partners in the Asia Pacific, is the Republic of Korea which deployed 470 troops to Afghanistan as a part of the reconstruction effort coupled with a $500 million commitment to Afghan development. So what does all this mean for our discussion this evening, Before turning it over to the panel please allow me to asses that as NATO continues to adapt to its 360 degree approach, its continued engagement with various institutions and governments in the Asia-Pacific region will only grow in importance. Both the Asia-Pacific countries and NATO recognize the role that the latter can play in fostering a secure environment. This is clearly demonstrated by all of us here together in this room. While NATO’s role and success for its members will ultimately rely on its capacity to engage with actors outside of the Atlantic, Asia-Pacific countries have a wealth of assets to bring to the table in all areas of our everyday life and security. With that I would like to provide it over to the first panelist. Sir, the floor is yours….
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The Riga Conference 2017
PUBLISHED: September 30, 2017
The conference convenes each year since 2006 and has become the primary venue in the Baltic Nordic region that brings together Heads of State and government, ministers, journalists, diplomats, academia and business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic for a discussion on global and regional trends and challenges. The Rīga Conference was inaugurated by the then President of the United States of America George W. Bush and has since hosted such distinguished speakers as Dr. Vaira Vīķe – Freiberga, Mr Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Mr Carl Bildt, Mr Donald Tusk, Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Mr Anders – Fogh Rasmussen, Mr Alexander Vershbow and many more. ASTOR RIGA HOTEL / NATIONAL LIBRARY OF LATVIA | September 28 – 30 PROGRAMME Thursday, September 28, Astor Riga Hotel 9.30 – 10.00 Registration 10:00 – 10.15 Welcoming remarks by Mr Toms Baumanis, Chairman of the Board, Latvian Transatlantic Organisation EUROPEAN SECURITY – Post BREXIT Error The BREXIT has created one of the most complex challenges for the EU and its future. In addition, the negations on BREXIT are taking place during a time, when the EU is still facing several security challenges. How will BREXIT change both the EU `s and Europe’s security architecture? How will the EU improve border security and become more resilient to hybrid threats and international terrorism? 10.15 – 11.45 Opening discussion Ms Sarah Harper, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the United Kingdom in Latvia Mr Brooks Newmark, Researcher in Oxford University, United Kingdom Mr Benjamin Haddad, Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, USA Moderator: Mr Simon Nixon, Chief European Commentator, The Wall Street Journal, United Kingdom 11.45 – 12.15 Coffee Break NATO IN THE NORTH – Further Possible Cooperation For more than 25 years since the collapse of the USSR, Northern Europe has been a space of peace and prosperity. The countries in this region have achieved a high degree of development and freedom, but in some cases, they have relaxed their attention to security. The events in Ukraine and an aggressive Russian policy in the Arctic, have posed new challenges to these countries as well as to NATO. What direction will Sweden and Finland take for their security policy, and how can both NATO and non-NATO members of northern Europe cooperate return their region to its previous stability? 12.15 – 13.45 Panel discussion Dr Gerlinde Niehus, Head of the Engagements Section at the Public Diplomacy Division, NATO Cdr Kurt Engelen, Staff Officer at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the Military Committee of NATO, Belgium Prof. Aurel Braun, Professor at the University of Toronto/Harvard, Canada Moderator: Dr Žaneta Ozoliņa, Vice Chairman of the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, Professor of the Department of Political Science, University of Latvia 13.45 – 15.00 Lunch EUROPE’S SOUTHERN NEIGHBOURHOOD The effort to deepen the defence co-ordination for Europe’s southern neighbourhood seeks to reinforce the EU’s security activities in the south. Currently, the EU is assisting in providing training opportunities, experience, and information exchange. However, is the current cooperation with southern-countries enough to promote safety and security in the South, should the EU seek further cooperation with Northern African countries? 15.00 – 16.30 Panel discussion H.E. Mr Hayri Hayret Yalav, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Latvia Ms Carmen Romero, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, for Public Diplomacy Division, NATO Moderator: Mr Pawel Fleischer, President & CEO of the Institute for Forecasting and International Studies, Poland 16.30 – 17.00 Coffee Break MODERN TERRORISM – How to Fight It? Terrorism has been an ever-present threat in both European and other countries and it is still a preferred tool for radical individuals and groups. Now European and other countries are starting to face new waves of terrorist attacks that are being carried out not with explosives and guns, but with cars and knifes, as well as other unusual ways. How can European and NATO countries respond to these “low-cost” acts of terrorism and are we ready for new types of terrorism in the future? 17.00 – 18.30 Panel discussion Mr Mark Andrew Pritchard MP, UK delegation to Council of Europe, Former Member of UK National Security Strategy Committee, founding Chairman of UK's Cyber Security Parliamentary Group, United Kingdom Mr Patrik Maldre, Senior Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst, FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence, USA Dr Aigars Reinis, Assistant Professor at the Riga Stradiņš University, Latvia Moderator: Dr Māris Andžāns, Researcher at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Latvia 19.00 – 21.00 Dinner Venue: Restorāns “Niklāvs”, Mārstaļu iela 3 Friday, September 29, Astor Riga Hotel ONE on ONE Debate 10.00 – 11.30 Discussion Amb Alexander Vershbow, Distinguished Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council Moderator: Mr Steven Keil, Fellow and Senior Program Officer of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. 11.30 – 12.00 Coffee Break 12.00 – 13.30 Working sessions 13.30 – 14.30 Lunch 14.30 – 16.30 Working sessions 16.30 – 17.00 Coffee Break 17.00 – 18.30 Presentations 18.45 – 20.30 Dinner Venue: Railway Museum, Uzvaras bulvāris 2/4 20.45 – 22.15 Night Owl Sessions Joining The Riga Conference 2017 DESCRIPTION OF THE WORKING SESSIONS THE IMPORTANCE OF INFORMATION AND CYBERSECURITY – WHAT CAN EACH OF US DO It's not surprising that governments and businesses around the world are searching for better cyber defence strategies. Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace. Information sharing is essential for the protection of society. We must all be well informed and aware of what we can do to increase the overall security awareness in our country. There is clearly still a lot of work left to be done; cyber security along with information security has become a matter of urgency. Moderator: Mr Otto Tabuns, Senior Expert of the National Cybersecurity Policy Coordination Section, Ministry of Defence, Latvia MIGRATION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION The EU and its Member States face several new and complex security threats, highlighting the need for further synergies and closer cooperation at all levels. Many of today's security concerns originate from instability in the EU's immediate neighbourhood. Increasing cross-border migration is one of the most discussed topics in the EU. What are the real challenges we face and what are the answers for the migration problems within the union? Moderator: Mr Vlad Vernygora, NATO SPS Programme’s Project Director, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia POPULISM - THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN A MODERN DAY WORLD? Rising support for populist parties has disrupted the politics of many Western societies. Populist leaders like Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Norbert Hoffer, Nigel Farage, and Geert Wilders are prominent today in many countries. The impact of populist parties has been exaggerated, but these parties have gained votes and seats in many countries. Is populism the new key to success for gaining trust and love in the eyes of the public? Moderator: Mr Benjamin Haddad, Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, USA Saturday, September 30, National Library of Latvia Joining the second day of the Riga Conference 2017
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Nato days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force days
PUBLISHED: September 20, 2017
On September 16 & 17 the Czech Republic Association for Euro-Atlantic cooperation organized the 16th edition of the NATO days in Ostrava NATO Days in Ostrava began their tradition in 2001. Originally, it was a regional public presentation of armed forces, police and rescuers and has since evolved into the biggest security show in Europe. This reference is justified not only by the increasing interest among foreign participants but above all by the sheer numbers of event visitors including official national representatives. They are a  unique international exhibition of military, law enforcement and rescue units, including armed forces, police, fire-fighters, customs and prison service, with free admission for the general public. The event’s motto is 'Our Security Cannot Be Taken For Granted and There, Is No Prosperity without Security“. This is why the event aims at presenting to the general public the widest possible range of means which the Czech Republic, its allies and partners possess for providing safety and security. Participants present their equipment and training at the static park and during dynamic displays on the ground and in the air. The event stresses international cooperation, which in turn translates into increasing number of joint presentations by Czech and their foreign counterpart agencies. Various demonstrations of special law enforcement, rescue and security units are received with great applause of visitors. Thanks to all of this, NATO Days in Ostrava enjoy record high visitor numbers and are now the most visited two-day event in the Czech Republic. Yet, it is a lot more than just a show with attractive programme. NATO Days in Ostrava have also become a venue of top official bilateral and multilateral government, military and police meetings and expert activities. Such a combination of general public show and high officials’ presence at one venue makes NATO Days in Ostrava an unparalleled event in the European context.
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Round Table Series: Investing in Security-Stimulating Innovation: SME's, NATO and the EU
PUBLISHED: July 14, 2017
At the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Allies agreed on the need to contribute more to the efforts of the international community in projecting stability and strengthening security by increasing Allied defense spending with an emphasis on improving innovation, research and development and procurement processes. Following the NATO-EU Joint Declaration, the EU has begun to offer grants for collaborative research in innovative defence technologies and products, fully and directly funded from the EU budget. The role of the EDA has initiated a two-strand approach for financing consisting of research and development and acquisition amounting to hundreds of millions of Euros. With an emphasis on electronics, metamaterials, encrypted software and robotics, these funds will create incentives for Member States to cooperate on joint development and acquisition of defence equipment. Essential to the success of these new policies, is a strong engagement with Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs), particularly in areas of knowledge sharing, technical assistance, early warning systems and cybersecurity. To be effective in strengthening engagement with SMEs, the potential added value of a formal SME Advisory Group will be discussed. In light of the emerging security challenges in several domains such as cyber space, energy, and the constant threat of terrorism, organizations like NATO and the EU must expand their cooperation with industry while encouraging engagement with SMEs to stimulate greater innovation and maximize the efficiency of Euro-Atlantic defence spending. The purpose of this Round Table is to gather representatives from NATO, EDA along with defence industries and SMEs to explore opportunities for an SME Advisory Group with the aim to bringing innovative solutions to Allied capabilities. The agenda of this round table was as follows: 12.45 WELCOME ADDRESS Mr. Jason WISEMAN Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association 12.50 KEY NOTE ADDRESS Mr. Rudy PRIEM Director, Government Relations for Europe & NATO, Security – Defense – Space, United Technologies Corporation 13.00 TOPIC OF DISCUSSION At the NATO Meeting in May Allies reaffirmed the importance of increasing their defense spending while improving their defence capabilities. As Estonia now holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a stronger emphasis on engagement with Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs), particularly in areas of knowledge sharing, technical assistance, early warning systems and cybersecurity, are expected to be high on the EU agenda. As research and procurement budgets continue to increase, organizations like NATO and the EU must expand their cooperation with industry beyond the traditional defense sector while encouraging engagement with SMEs into the industrial supply chain to stimulate greater innovation and maximize the efficiency of Euro-Atlantic defence spending. To ensure effective engagement in this area, panelists will discuss the value of establishing an SME Advisory Group and explore opportunities for a structured engagement with SMEs with the aim to bringing innovative solutions to Allied capabilities. These discussions will yield policy recommendations for a more collaborative smart defence strategy. MODERATOR Mr. Brooks TIGNER Chief Policy Analyst, SECURITY EUROPE REMARKS Mr. Ernest J HEROLD Deputy Assistant Secretary General, NATO Defence Investment Division Mrs. Tarja JAAKKOLA Deputy Director/Head of Unit, Industry Strategy and EU Policies, European Defence Agency PERSPECTIVES ON ATTRACTING CAPITAL TOWARDS INNOVATIVE SMEs Mr. Francesco TRONCI Private Equity Investment Professional (VP, Investindustrial) 13.25 Q/A SESSION 14.30 CONCLUSION
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Leangkollen Security Conference, Oslo 5-6 February 2018
The Leangkollen Conference is the Norwegian Atlantic Committee‘s flagship two-day conference where a setting of experts and stakeholders from government, academia and the private sector provide insight into current defence, foreign, and security policy issues.

Program of the Leangkollen Security Conference 2018 can be downloaded at the following link Leangkollen Security Conference Program - 20.12.17
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GLOBSEC | 17-19 May 2018, Slovakia
GLOBSEC is a prominent annual conference on the most pressing European political, economic and financial issues with an ambitious goal – to contribute to the shaping of the future of Europe. Since its foundation, it has become an indispensable meeting place of hundreds of governmental and EU representatives, experts and private sector. Over the years, it has made a significant contribution to defining challenges, solutions and actions of the regional and wider European agenda.

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The Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) is an organization of 38 national chapters that, since 1954 has been conducting analyses, training, education, and information activities on foreign affairs and security issues relevant to the Atlantic Alliance. ATA draws together political leaders, diplomats, civilian and military officers, academics, economic actors as well as young professionals and students in an effort to further the values set forth in the North Atlantic Treaty.