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ATA Strategic Briefing WPS: Ms. Claire Hutchkinson
PUBLISHED: March 18, 2019
On Wednesday the 27th of February, ATA had the pleasure of hosting Ms. Clare Hutchinson, NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security for a Q&A session with various ATA Members. During her intervention Ms. Hutchinson spoke about the importance of increasing the participation and role of women in all sectors both within and outside of NATO. She mentioned how essential it is to integrate different voices into the work that is being done at NATO and supporting its allies & partners with this mission through encouraging their national forces to increase the number of women within and to listen to their voices. What NATO is doing to encourage this behavior is integrating women’s voices into their Civil Society Advisory Panel through launching a new project called “Women’s Defense Dialogues.” The goal of “Women’s Defense Dialogues” is about giving a platform to women and their voices across intersectional spectrums into talking about defense and security- NATO will be hosting these dialogues in every one of their allied and partner countries, especially in conflict countries. Did you miss the Briefing? Rewatch it below! https://youtu.be/VL-GQDZtu58 Do you want to receive more info about the ATA task Force on Women, Peace and Security role and activities? visit the dedicated page on our website.
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NATO@70, the key priorities for the Alliance - Greece
PUBLISHED: March 12, 2019
On February 28th, 2019 the Greek Association for Atlantic & European Cooperation organized a discussion with H.E Amb. Tacan Ildem, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy in Athens, Greece. A select diverse public of influencers had the opportunity to discuss with NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy the contemporary security challenges. You can find a selection of photos from the event here.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
Analysis: The INF Treaty
PUBLISHED: February 11, 2019
By: Simon Herteleer On October 20, 2018, US President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty; the international community received the announcement with worry – this short paper aims to shed light on the reasons and evolutions behind this development. Background The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) resulted from a series of negotiations aimed to curtail the manufacturing of strategic nuclear weapons between the then Soviet Union and the United States of America. These negotiations were part of broader efforts to defuse tensions in the midst of the cold war and which had previously resulted in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks Agreement (SALT I & II).  Whilst SALT I & II resulted in the restriction of the number of Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) and their launchers - as well as submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), the INF treaty eliminated all land-based ballistic and cruise missiles and launchers with a range of anywhere between 500-5500km, increasing arms control. In total over 2600 missiles were eliminated under the INF treaty. Discussions were held between the US and Russia concerning the universalization of the treaty under the US administration under President Bush in 2004. These discussions mainly related to changing security environments and an increasing number of nuclear capable nations worldwide, especially along the Russian borders. In 2007 – due to the changing security environment – the idea was relaunched for the universalization of the INF Treaty so as to ensure non-signatories of the INF Treaty would not pursue the development of the weapons foreseen in the INF treaty. This would have been disadvantageous for both the United States and the Russian Federation. Russia especially feared the risk it faced of not being able to counter new missiles being developed by neighbouring countries. This proposal was  dismissed by other concerned states. Recent Evolutions Both sides have accused each other of violating the INF treaty, see section - compliance. This evolution has led to the adoption of an integrated strategy by the US government based on two principles: Diplomacy and Sanctions. Prior to the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, efforts were made to find a bilateral solution including during the meeting held between President Trump and President Putin held in October 2018. Prior to the October meeting, National Security Advisor John Bolton, met with his Russian counterpart in Geneva and put forth three possibilities with regards to the INF treaty: The return to compliance of Russia as foreseen in the treaty The Universalization of the treaty as had already been suggested in 2007; the main issue with this proposal remained objections by other nations, such as China. Leaving or terminating the treaty In October 2018, a follow-up meeting was held between Security Advisor Bolton and President Putin. During this meeting, the Russian Federation did express a desire to continue collaborating on: START Iran Syria The US administration made it clear that Russia’s threat to transatlantic security remains a key priority. Continuing the collaboration, as the Russian Federation wanted was not possible given the illegal Russian occupation of Crimea. However, this stance does not mean that a closed-door policy is being applied to the Russians (see above – diplomacy & sanctions), cooperation continues for example in the field of counter-terrorism. Compliance For the US Government and its allies, it is a key issue that compliance with the treaty is verifiable and enforceable. The US administration made its decision to withdraw based on what itself calls sufficient evidence of non-compliance. The monitoring & evaluation mechanism applied within the INF is a deliberative process, which means that a large number of actors and parties are involved, ranging from disarmament & arms control experts to Intelligence gathering & administrative officials. It is important to note that the treaty foresees military research but that this must be treaty compliant. Following the October withdrawal announcement by the United States, the Russian Federation has claimed that the United States is in fact in violation of the INF Treaty – including with the deployment of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defence Systems – which the US administration has refuted as evidence of violating the treaty. The US accusation of non-compliance dating back to 2014 was based on conclusions made by an inter-agency group of US Administration officials with many senior level engagements, 2 interagency meetings as well as bilateral meetings with their Russian counterparts. All of these encounters were convened at the request of the US government. The alleged Russian breach culminated in the deployment of a renewed version of the 9k720 Iskander missiles in 2017. The missile system can be mobilized easily with launcher vehicles and are reported to have been deployed in Kaliningrad and Crimea; it has been reported to even have been deployed in Syria The Russian Federation has equally claimed that the US government was not compliant with the treaty and they themselves denied any breach. This included the development of the NATO missile defence system and  the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, which according to the US administration is only capable of launching SM-3 interceptor missiles and does therefore not violate the INF treaty in accordance to paragraph 3 of Article VII. Russia furthermore claims that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, such as the MQ-9 Reaper and the MQ-4 violate the INF treaty, something the United States vehemently denies. US, NATO and Russia As was mentioned previously, the consultation process with Russian authorities has become more extensive. Foreign Ministers of NATO member states highlighted in a statement in December 2018 their preference for full compliance that is in line with US policy. Furthermore, Secretary General Stoltenberg has floated the idea to expand the INF treaty deal in an effort to save the treaty. Due to Russian non-compliance of the INF was ultimately forced to withdraw from the INF treaty, the aim is ultimately not to insight an arms race. The military response would remain proportionate to the threats, according to US government sources.  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
ATA series of Meetings on Communication, Brussels, 5 December 2018
PUBLISHED: December 11, 2018
On December 5th-6th, the ATA Secretariat hosted in Brussels a series of Meetings focused on strategic communication. PHOTO GALLERY The two days meeting took place as follows: ATA -YATA Integrated Communication Task Force Wednesday, December 5th, 13.00h-17.00h On December 5th the ATA hosted the kick off meeting of the ATA-YATA Integrated Communications Task Force. ATA & YATA members from across the network have gathered together in Brussels to work out ATA and YATA communication strategy and to agree how to execute it. They are exchanging experience and sharing best practices in order to strengthen ATA Communication efforts on how to promote the Transatlantic Alliance on the threshold of NATO's 70th anniversary.     Social Media Training Wednesday, December 5th, 17.00h-18.00h On December 5th the ATA organized a Social Media Training for ATA & YATA representatives on the sidelines of the Communication Task Force Meeting and the Screening of the NATO HQ: Behind the lines Documentary. Ms. Karolina Wozniak, Web Comm at the European Parliament and Mr. Mariani from the Italian Atlantic Committee provided practical tips & tricks for the use of Social Media for the ATA in General as well as for the National Chapters - focusing on the diversity of topics and social media tools.   Screening: "NATO HQ: Behind the lines" Wednesday, December 5th, 19.00h On the evening of the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers on December 5th 2018, NATO PDD Engagements Section invited ATA and YATA Members to the public screening of the documentary 'NATO HQ: Behind the lines'. It presents NATO's history through the four decades of service of the well known public figure of NATO, Mr. Jamie Shea. He received worldwide attention  while serving as the spokesperson for NATO during the 1999 Kosovo War and his last position in NATO HQ was Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges.   Brief the Briefers Thursday, December 6th, 10.00h-13.00h The following day, on 6th December, ATA - with the support of NATO PDD - organized a "Brief the Briefers" session with NATO speakers addressing ATA and YATA Members at ATA HQ. Mr. Paul King, Programme Officer at the Engagements Section of NATO Public Diplomacy Division spoke about the NATO’s Current Political Agenda after the Brussels Summit; Mr. Robert Rszczel, Senior Officer for Russia and Western Balkans at the Engagements Section of NATO Public Diplomacy Division spoke about NATO-Russia Relations and Mr. Michael Ruehle, Head of the Energy Security Section at NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division (in the photo), addressed the audience about the Emerging Security Risks.  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
A Workshop on The Role of Youth against Terrorism and Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans
PUBLISHED: November 30, 2018
        Recently, a Workshop on the Role of Youth against Terrorism and Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans was organized by the Atlantic Council of Montenegro, with the support of the Embassy of Canada, in Podgorica, Montenegro from 19-21 November 2018. During the 2 day event, over 30 young people from across the Western Balkans interacted with reputable speakers and experts about extremist radicalization and the foreign fighter phenomenon among the youth in the Western Balkans. This is a specific topic that concerns not only regional, but international security as well. Some of the esteemed speakers that we were privileged to host, such as Former Islamic extremist Adam Deen, Professor Vlado Azinović, Director of the Police Administration of Montenegro Veselin Veljović, Archpriest-Stavrophor Boris Brajović, Jessie Hronesova from Aktis Strategy and Džemo Redžematović from the Islamic Community of Montenegro, helped the young participants grasp a more thorough understanding of the field. Some of the most prevalent discussions were oriented around what drives young people to join terrorist organizations, what makes young people get involved in foreign battlefields, what is the influence of social media in recruiting people, and what are the other mechanisms through which the youth is recruited. Prevention and solutions to these pressing issues drove the interaction, and delegates received critical knowledge relating to how they can help solve this issue as the upcoming generation, as well as learning about which institutions can directly affect the radicalization process, both in positive and negative manners. The Atlantic Council of Montenegro and YATA Montenegro recognize that future generation is the group most vulnerable to violent radicalization but simultaneously the group that has the greatest potential to prevent and counter it. Knowing that, one of the main objectives was for young people to gain skills and necessary knowledge in recognizing and combating radicalization. We strongly believe that we have succeeded in our efforts to encourage significant discussion with a wide range of opinions regarding one of the most important issues in the field of international security. All of the participants agreed upon that regardless of education, age andclass everyone can undergo radicalization, as well as that terrorism and violent extremism are global problems and should not be linked only to one religion or group. The Workshop has managed to justify high standards set by our events and became the platform for critical discussion among the youth.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 - Public discussion with Commander of JFC Naples, Iceland, 16 October 2018
PUBLISHED: October 24, 2018
On October 16 Admiral James G. Foggo III, commander of NATO Allied Joint Force Command Naples, gave a lecture sponsored by Vardberg (ATA Iceland) under the heading: Changing Strategic Environment and Military Developments in the North Atlantic and NATO´s and Allies responses to that. Admiral Foggo is responsible for conducting the exercise Trident Juncture 2018 and was in Iceland in connection with an exercise of several hundred US Marines as a forerunner of Trident Juncture in and around Norway. The admiral also commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic in Faxa Bay, Iceland, aboard the Icelandic Coast Guard Vessel Thor, Oct. 16, 2018. Here is a recording of the meeting of Vardberg which took place in the Nordic House in Reykjavik. The moderator is Björn Bjarnason, president of Vardberg. https://vimeo.com/295752190
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
Providing Security in Unsecure times. Priorities and prospects for NATO and the EU, Greece By GAAEC
PUBLISHED: October 17, 2018
Providing Security in Unsecure Times:  Priorities and Prospects for NATO and the EU,   hosted by the GREEK ASSOCIATION FOR ATLANTIC & EUROPEAN COOPERATION In cooperation with The Athens Flying Week of 2018 and In Collaboration with Women In International Security (WIIS) - Greece   The Greek Association for Atlantic and European Cooperation held the Conference on “Providing Security in Unsecure Times: Priorities and Prospects for NATO and the EU” in cooperation with the Athens Flying Week 2018 and in collaboration with Women In International Security-Greece, with the kind support of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, on 20 September 2018 at the Hellenic Armed Forces Officers Club (Sarogleion Megaron). The Conference topics combined the Air flying industry with the broader Security and International Relations contemporary issues, following the 2018 NATO Summit. Included here is the Photo Gallery. Following the opening remarks by Mr. Theodosis Georgiou, President of Greek Association for Atlantic & European Cooperation (GAAEC), former President Atlantic Treaty Association, Mr. Panagiotis Podimatas, President of the Organizing Committee for the Athens Flying Week 2018 and Ms. Ino Afentouli of the ΝΑΤΟ Public Diplomacy Division, the Conference included six panels of distinguished speakers discussing topics that related to the AFW18 project and the issues projected following the 2018 NATO Summit. Deputy Minister for Citizen Protection Katerina Papakosta expressed her concerns on human security stating that the international terminology now encompasses issues of poverty, social exclusion, religious fanaticism, and the questioning of governments by groups of citizens - in particular following the economic crisis. The audience appreciated the work done behind the scenes to ensure the safety of air travel as presented on the « Tourism, Security and Development» panel, by Mr. Charalambos Karimalis, President of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Tourism Organization, Mr. Radu Valentin Metescu, Director of the Blue-Air airlines Training and Mr. Harris Markopoulos, Manager of the Security and Crisis management section of Aegean Air. A long interesting discussion followed at the “Greek Foreign and Defence policy in a changing international & regional environment. Challenges & opportunities after the 2018 NATO Summit” panel, chaired by Mr. Athanasios Ellis, the Director of Kathimerini - English Edition newspaper between the Members of Parliament Mr. Konstantinos Douzinas, President of the Parliamentary Committee of Foreign Affairs and Defense, Mr. George Koumoutsakos, New Democracy Coordinator for Foreign Policy,  Mr. Andreas Loverdos, Parliamentary Representative of “Movement for Change”  and Ambassador ΑdH George Kaklikis, Advisor to the President of “Potami” on Foreign Policy Issues. The Prespes agreement was inadvertently one of the key issues discussed. During the “New War Battlefields, Hybrid Threats” panel Captain Spyridon Papageorgiou, Director of the Hellenic Armed Forces General Staff Cyber Defense Division, presented the dangers of Cyberspace and included practical advice for more secure use of the Internet. Mr.  Triantafyllos Karatrantos, Senior Researcher of the Center for Security Studies ( KE.ME.A.) and Advisor of G.A.A.E.C. expanded on the Hybrid threats. The Chair was Mr. Andreas Lykoyrentzos, Founding Member of G.A.A.E.C. and former Minister. The “Perspectives & Challenges for European Security in the post 2018 NATO Summit era”, chaired by Ms. Ino Afentouli of the ΝΑΤΟ P.D.D., were knowingly discussed by former Minister & Member of the Hellenic & European Parliament Ms. Marrieta Giannakou, Professor at the University of the Aegean and President of the KEMEA Board Mr. Panayotis Tsakonas, and the ELIAMEP Director General, Mr. Thanos Dokos. Former Professor at the Athens University of Economics & Business and Member of the GAAEC Education Committee Mr. Anestis Konstantinidis chaired the “Could the EU develop an independent defense identity with a special emphasis in the aviation industry?” panel. Mr. Zacharias Gikas, President of the Hellenic Aerospace Industry, Mr. Tasos Rozolis, SEKPY President, and Mr. Alexandros Taliadouris, Manager, Strategy & Business Development, CAE Defence & Security – Europe & Africa CAE Defence and Security presented their expert contributions to the discussion on this pertinent question. The last session on “Inclusive Security - Aspects and effects for the citizens, PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST”, chaired by the Chairperson of Women In International Security (WIIS)-Greece Dr. Aliki Mitsakos, Founding Member of GAAEC and Dean of The International Center for Leading Studies (TICLS) epitomized the core concept of all the discussions referring to the broad connotations of Security for everybody in every day life. Two influencers contributed their experiences. Member of Parliament Mr. Vasilis Kikilias, Former Minister of Public Order & Citizen Protection & National Defence Coordinator for New Democracy, presented the State concerns for safety, and the Journalist Mr. Nikos Evaggelatos, who referred to the effect of the media. Despite the long hours of discussion the audience remained attentive to the observations delivered by Ms. Vassiliki Souladaki, International relations, Mr. Sakis Ioannides, Member of the Central Administration of the Economic Chamber of Greece, Mr. Petros Violakis, Vice President of KEDISA and Mr. Ilias Tasopoulos, Senior editor of the Center for Mediterranean, Middle East & Islamic Studies. The contribution of the Honorary Chief of the Hellenic Air Force General George Avlonitis to the organization of the Conference and the AFW18 must by acknowledged. On the weekend of 22-23 September all the participants had the opportunity to attend the Athens Flying Week International Airshow 2018,  the major Air Show that hosted elite display teams, pilots with special skills, aircraft with amazing capabilities, and amazing flying programmes. GAAEC’s next activities include the Inclusive Security Road Show to major cities in Greece during November and December 2018.    
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
64th ATA General Assembly 2018, Romania
PUBLISHED: September 28, 2018
On Thursday 27th September, the 64th ATA General Assembly was hosted at the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest by the Euro-Atlantic Council of Romania. Security in the Black Sea Region has been the major focus of the Public session titled "The Future of The Transatlantic Security After the NATO Summit: A Black Sea Region Perspective". On September 28th,  ATA Delegates participated at the International Event organized in partnership with the Bucharest Security Conference. PROGRAM: G E N E R A L   A S S E M B L Y Bucharest, Palace of Parliament September 26, h.9.30-19.00 in partnership with the Committee for Defense, Public Order, and National Security, Chamber of Deputies, Romanian Parliament Public Session (with Media Representatives) Welcome Address Prof. Fabrizio W. LUCIOLLI President ATA Prof. Remus PRICOPIE Rector, SNSPA Mr. Alex ȘERBAN Founding President EACR, former ATA Vice President Speakers Hon. Dorel CĂPRAR President, Parliamentary Committee for Defence and National Security H.E. Dan NECULĂESCU State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Gen. Maj. Teodor INCICAȘ Deputy Chief, General Staff of Romania Hon. Ioan Mircea PAȘCU Vice President of the European Parliament, Former Minister of Defence Discussion/Q&A session Panel II Mr. Cristian DIACONESCU Former Foreign Minister, Former Justice Minister (Member EACR) Prof. Dan DUNGACIU President, Black Sea University Foundation (Member EACR) Gen. Sergiu MEDAR Former National Security Adviser, former Chief of Defence Intelligence Mr. Rino BRUGGE Director General, SN Damen Galati Discussion/Q&A session PHOTO GALLERY: VIDEO GALLERY: Livestreaming: Part I [embed]https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticTreatyAssociation/videos/286240825547653/[/embed] Part II [embed]https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticTreatyAssociation/videos/303937093534376/[/embed]   Interview with Mr. Fabrizio W. Luciolli, President of the Atlantic Treaty Association Interview with Mr. Alex Serban, President of the Euro-Atlantic Council of Romania Interview with Hon. Ioan Mircea Pascu, Vice President of the European Parliament, former Minister of Defence Interview with Gen. Maj. Incicas, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of Romania Interviews with Amb. Sorin Ducaru, Former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Interview with Mr. Rino Brugge, Director General of Damen, Sponsor of the ATA General Assembly in Bucharest
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
Election of the new YATA President
PUBLISHED: September 28, 2018
On Wednesday 26th September 2018, the 22nd YATA General Assembly took place in Bucharest in parallel with the 64th ATA GA. YATA delegates elected a new Executive Board composed by: Mr Mr. Amish LAXIMIDAS from Portugal, YATA President; Mr. Simone ZUCCARELLI from Italy, Executive Vice President; Mr. Emir GURBUZ from Turkey, Secretary General; Ms. Juxhina SOTIRI GJONI from Albania, VP Communication; Mr. Rati BAKHTADZE from Georgia, VP Public Diplomacy and Ms. Ema KALUDJEROVIC from Montenegro, VP Finance.     From the left: ATA President Fabrizio W. Luciolli, new elected YATA President Amish Laxmidas and new elected Secretary General Zsolt Rabai. 
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
Elections of the new ATA Secretary General
PUBLISHED: September 28, 2018
On Thursday 27th September 2018, ATA delegates gathered together at the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest for the 64th General Assembly, unanimously elected Mr. Zsolt Rabai as the new Secretary General and discussed about the future  activities and programs.  
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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.