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June 2019

MAY - JUNE

30 - 1

2BS FORUM 2019 – Legacy of Today’s Transformative Frameworks
2BS FORUM 2019, a flagship event of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro is a leading International Forum in SEE. Once again on May 30 – June 1, 2019 2BS Forum will be platform of impact, helping to promote new and tactical thinking, and provide answers for regional and global burning challenges. It will bring to Budva more than 400 regional and global actors, among others a number of key decision-makers, governments representatives, experts and other key foreign policy and security policy stakeholders from the spheres of diplomacy, business, academia, and media. To find out more, click here.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

May 2019

MAY

14 - 15

International Conference on Military Communications and Information Systems – ICMCIS 2019
The ICMCIS is a unique international conference with 20-year tradition in military communications and information systems. The main goal of the conference is to establish a tenable forum for useful contacts and exchange of ideas on development and implementation of advanced information and communications technologies into military systems. The conference gives an excellent opportunity to discuss different points of view and share experiences. The 20th ICMCIS is organized in Budva, the center of Montenegrin coast, by Atlantic Council of Montenegro, with the full support of the Institute for Security and Montenegrin Ministry of Defense. The conference is supported by the IEEE and the accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

MAY

15 - 16

Armenian NATO Educational Rally - Ghavar & Gyumri
Since 2007, the Armenian Atlantic Association has held a NATO Education Rally throughout the country. Its main aim is to overcome misunderstandings related to NATO as an international organization and to involve youth more in security and defense. Furthermore, it increases knowledge awareness and understanding of the Alliance, its values and its crucial role in safeguarding global security, even outside its own borders. On the occasion of NATO’s 70th anniversary the Armenian Atlantic Association is organizing events throughout the country with activities in Vanadzor, Yeghegadzor, Gavar, Gyumri and with a final conference in Yerevan. These events aim to foster discussion and debate on the role and relevance of NATO as an Alliance for the 21st century, relevant to all generations, but especially young people. During the rally, AAA’s ‘NATO Handbook’ will be presented! This publication, available in Armenian, highlights the main purpose, role and successes of the Alliance! NATO forms the link between Europe and North America, protecting more than 1 Billion people in the North Atlantic region. Make sure to follow them on Facebook to stay up to date: https://www.facebook.com/Armenian-Atlantic-Association-AAA-181730808571810/
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

MAY

27

Euro-Atlantic integration in the eyes of the Serbian Media
The Atlantic Council of Serbia, in the framework of the project “Euro-Atlantic integration in the eyes of the Serbian media”, with the support of the US Embassy in Belgrade, will organize a round table discussion on 27th May at 12.00 at the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad. The round table will feature interventions from:
  • General Cesare Marinelli, the head of the NATO Military Liaison Office will discuss the relations between Serbia and NATO.
  • Boško Jakšić, a foreign political commentator and correspondent of the Politika from Rome and the Middle East, whose topics are: promotion of objective journalism and the development of pro-Russian rhetoric in the Serbian media.
  • Milan Mišić, a foreign political commentator and a long-term correspondent of Politika from the USA, who will talk about the topics: promotion of objective journalism and relations between the Serbian media and NATO and Russia.
  • Aleksandar Radić, military and political analyst and commentator whose theme is: image that is created about Serbia`s cooperation with the Euro-Atlantic community.
This round table will be moderated by Mr. Vladan Živulović, President of the Atlantic Council of Serbia.  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

MAY

29

Armenian NATO Educational Rally - Yerevan
Since 2007, the Armenian Atlantic Association has held a NATO Education Rally throughout the country. Its main aim is to overcome misunderstandings related to NATO as an international organization and to involve youth more in security and defense. Furthermore, it increases knowledge awareness and understanding of the Alliance, its values and its crucial role in safeguarding global security, even outside its own borders. On the occasion of NATO’s 70th anniversary the Armenian Atlantic Association is organizing events throughout the country with activities in Vanadzor, Yeghegadzor, Gavar, Gyumri and with a final conference in Yerevan. These events aim to foster discussion and debate on the role and relevance of NATO as an Alliance for the 21st century, relevant to all generations, but especially young people. During the rally, AAA’s ‘NATO Handbook’ will be presented! This publication, available in Armenian, highlights the main purpose, role and successes of the Alliance! NATO forms the link between Europe and North America, protecting more than 1 Billion people in the North Atlantic region. Make sure to follow them on Facebook to stay up to date: https://www.facebook.com/Armenian-Atlantic-Association-AAA-181730808571810/
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

MAY - JUNE

30 - 1

2BS FORUM 2019 – Legacy of Today’s Transformative Frameworks
2BS FORUM 2019, a flagship event of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro is a leading International Forum in SEE. Once again on May 30 – June 1, 2019 2BS Forum will be platform of impact, helping to promote new and tactical thinking, and provide answers for regional and global burning challenges. It will bring to Budva more than 400 regional and global actors, among others a number of key decision-makers, governments representatives, experts and other key foreign policy and security policy stakeholders from the spheres of diplomacy, business, academia, and media. To find out more, click here.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

April 2019

APRIL

3

"The Road to Brussels" on the occasion of the NATO Week 2019
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Alliance, ATA North Macedonia, in cooperation with its partners, is organizing a series of events taking place during the "NATO week" in order to celebrate the NATO anniversary, as well as informing and familiarizing the wider public with the goals and values of the Alliance. The "NATO week" will start with a diplomatic discussion entitled "The Road to Brussels", organized by ATA North Macedonia, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia (NATO Contact Embassy) and the Ministry of Defense of North Macedonia. The purpose of the event is to send a strong message to NATO member states, to complete legal procedures as soon as possible and to ratify the NATO membership protocol, but also to introduce the wider public and the media with the country's development and progress in the past year in terms of NATO membership.  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

APRIL

3

NATO Engages - The Alliance at 70

This spring marks the 70th anniversary of the Washington Treaty, the founding document of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

On April 3-4, NATO’s founding date, Allied foreign ministers will convene in Washington, DC to commemorate achievements over the last seven decades, address the challenges facing the Alliance today, and highlight its enduring value and mission going forward.

Building on the success of NATO Engages: The Brussels Summit Dialogue, the Munich Security Conference, together with the Atlantic Council, the German Marshall Fund of the United States and other partners will organize the NATO Ministerial’s leading outreach event. The town hall-style scene-setting event will encourage a broader public conversation about the importance of NATO, honor and celebrate its achievements; and discuss NATO’s future at this crucial time for the transatlantic community.

Join the Discussion – Shape the Future

For more information please visit: https://nato-engages.org/

By: Atlantic Treaty Association

APRIL

6 - 7

NATO RUN
As part of the NATO week, the NATO Run is going to take place in Skopje for the first time. It will be opened for participation for all interested citizens. More than 270 competitors will run on the 3 km and 5 km tracks. The fastest three participants will be awarded with the opportunity to run on the international annual NATO marathon in Budapest, Hungary. Along with the citizens, the Minister of Defense, Ms. Radmila Sekerinska, the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Vasko Gjurchinovski, the euro ambassador Samuel Zhbogar, and the Chief of the NATO Liaison Office in Skopje, General Jankovic, and members of the army and the Ministry of Defense, are going to join this race. The NATO Run has been organized by the Euro – Atlantic Council of North Macedonia, the Ministry of Defense, the Army, the Athletic Federation, the Agency for Youth and Sport, and Atlantic Treaty Association. The RUN has been supported by NATO's Public Diplomacy Division, the City of Skopje, Military Police, Smart Race Club Skopje, Athletic Clubs from Veles, Kumanovo and other cities, ambulance – first aid (several vehicles), Red Cross, Volunteers, several private companies and many organizations.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

APRIL

6

NATO Run - Tirana
The Tirana ATA NATO RUN project is part of the ATA initiatives to celebrate NATO's 70th Anniversary. ATA chose to contribute to the NATO@70 communications activities by organizing a series of community events in 4 Countries to raise awareness about NATO & EU values among a broader public. The NATO Run in Tirana was is organized at the Grand Park of Tirana, with a final festival organized in the Amphitheater of the Park with little kids dancing traditional and non-traditional dances with a Musicians Band. The initiative is also supported by the Municipality of Tirana, the institution responsible for the Park - Agency of Park and Recreation (APR) for the location and the AGNA Group. The MoD Operational Directorate will provide support in securing the Run. The Director of Youth of the Municipality, and the Directors of High schools and Kindergarten in Tirana will support the participation of youth to the event. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/674101279687649/
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

March 2019

MARCH

13

Civil Military Oversight of the Armed Forces of Armenia
On 13 March 2018 the Armenian Atlantic Association will  co-organize a high level event on "Civil-Military Oversight of the Armed Forces of Armenia" in the National Assembly of RA. The event is organized in the framework of NATO Week in Armenia and brings together representatives of the RA Government, diplomatic corps, civil society and the Human Rights Defender. AAA's Executive President Mr. Tevan Poghosyan will chair the event and AAA's Board member Dr. Ashot Khurshudyan will deliver a key-note speech during the "Opportunities Provided by the New Armenian Constitution" panel discussion. More detailed information is available here.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

MARCH

15

NATO Week in Armenia
On 15 March 2019 the Armenian Atlantic Association supported by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division is organizing a NATO educational rally in Vanadzor State University. The event isorganized in the framework of "NATO Week in Armenia" and brings together students, University representatives, as well as representatives of active civil society organizations based in Lori region. During the event the participants will learn about NATO, the historical evolution of the Alliance, how NATO works, its decision-making process and structure, current emerging security issues and  NATO-Armenia relations. The key-note speakers of the event will AAA's Executive President Mr. Tevan Poghosyan, Ms. Una Sighvatsdóttir from NATO Liaison Office in Georgia and Mr. Arsen Arakelyan, head of NATO Division of Arms Control and International Security Department of MFA of RA, and a quiz will be conducted by Ms. Astghik Injeyan, head of AAA's Youth department. More information and event photos are available here.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

November 2018

NOVEMBER

3

Round table discussion: pressing issues for the Alliance
On November 3rd the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association of Albania is hosting a round table discussion at the European University of Tirana, focusing on pressing issues for the Alliance. For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/319484541756430/
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

September 2018

SEPTEMBER

27-29

ATA General Assembly
Security in the Black Sea Region will be the major focus of the ATA Council meeting and General Assembly that will be hosted in Bucharest on September 27-29 by the Euro-Atlantic Council of Romania.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

SEPTEMBER

28-29

Riga Conference
The Rīga Conference has become a unique venue for constructive dialogue on international security issues between leading global decision makers. The event is organized jointly by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. The ability to facilitate such debates at various levels and with the participation of high level politicians, diplomats, experts, as well as  local and international media is a proof of our ability to think and work in a global context attracting key players and facing the issues that affect our societies the most.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

July 2018

JULY

11 - 12

Ramadani at the NATO Brussels Summit event
The President of ATA North Macedonia, Mr.Ismet Ramadani during the NATO Summit in Brussels, will participate at to the official outreach event of the 2018 NATO Brussels Summit, “NATO Engages: The Brussels Summit Dialogue” organized by NATO, the Atlantic Council, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Munich Security Conference (MSC), and Women in International Security (WIIS). The event will take place from July 11 to 12, 2018, within the security perimeter of the official NATO Summit in Brussels, bringing together an audience of up to 300 high-profile and diverse representatives from government, the private sector, media, academia and civil society to discuss the challenges and uncertainties of today and tomorrow. The event is traditional and of high importance for our country in this crucial times.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

May 2018

MAY

17-19

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. Read more about last years' editions at https://www.globsec.org/news/globsec-tatra-summit-2017-coming/#yomWh2CFSJZKFyQM.99
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

April 2018

APRIL

4

NATO Day | 4th April, Skopje
On the occasion of NATO Day, 4th April, the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia will organize the event “NATO and You” celebrating the signature of the North Atlantic Treaty. Prof. Fabrizio Luciolli, Atlantic Treaty Association President will participate as a speaker at the event to be held in Skopje organized by the Ministry of Defense, ATA Macedonia, NATO Liaison Office and the Croatian Embassy in Macedonia. Abstract The NATO week encompasses many events that aim to bring FYR Macedonia’s strategic determination of NATO integration closer to the people. During the week, the citizens will have the opportunity to become familiar with the concept of the organization. NATO week includes several events, such as an open discussion, an interactive exhibition and an open public event at Macedonia square. The goal is to have high-ranking policymakers, diplomats, and representatives from the armed forces and civilian staff involved in the process of Euroatlantic integration highlight the benefits of joining the Alliance through direct interaction with citizens. The co-organizers of the event are the Ministry of Defense, the NATO Liaison office, the Embassy of Croatia in Skopje, and ATA Macedonia. I.I.Discussion "NATO and You" 9.15—9.30 Opening remarks Ismet RAMADANI, President of the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia and Advisor on NATO to the Prime Minister of FYR Macedonia Prof. Fabricio LUCIOLLI, President, ATA and Italian Atlantic Comittee Dr. StevoPENDAROVSKI, National NATO Coordinator 09.30 – 10.00 Panelists H.E Radmila SEKERINSKA, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Н.Е. Dragan TEVDOVSKI, Minister of Finance H.E. Daniela BARISHIKJ, Croatian ambassador to FYR Macedonia H.E. Jess L BAILY , US ambassador to FYR Macedonia Gorazd BARTOL, Chief NATO Liaison Office Skopje Moderator: Ilija DJUGUMANOV, ATA Macedonia 10.00 – 11.00 Open discussion– Q&A 11.00 - 11.30 II. Official opening of the exhibit "The Republic of Macedonia on the road to NATO"  The exhibition will show the history of the NATO Alliance, as well as the history of the Euro-Atlantic integrations of the FYR Macedonia. The tours will be interactive and held daily, in rotation, by heads of departments in the MOD, representatives from the NATO Liaison Office and the Association of Military Attaches and mostly dedicated to students from high schools in Skopje. 12.00 - 17.00 III. Open event on April the 4th "ARM with You" It will represents an opportunity to citizens to gain a better insight on ARM’s functioning with an exhibit on technical assets such as armored vehicles. The program will kick off with the Army Orchestra and the National Guard marching from the Army Hall to the square which will be followed by the anthems of the FYR Macedonia, the ARM and NATO played by the orchestra. The guards will perform the “Exercir”. Videos will also be projected on the City Gallery building.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

APRIL

19

NSDS HUB-NAPLES
Meeting of President Luciolli with the JFC Naples Chief of Staff, Italian Army Lieutenant General Luciano Portolano, and the Hub Director, Italian Army Brigadier General Roberto Angius, the President of the Atlantic Club of Naples, Amb. Gabriele Checchia, aimed at improving the practical cooperation between ATA and JFC-Naples and the new NATO Strategic Direction South.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

APRIL

23 -24

ATA Bureau Meeting
ATA Bureau and institutional meetings in Berlin, hosted by the German Atlantic Council.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

February 2018

FEBRUARY

5-6

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
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

December 2017

DECEMBER

4

ATA General Assembly - European Defence Industry Summit - 4 December 2017
Program & link for registration - https://www.digimedia.be/EDISEBS/subscribe 09:30 - 10:00 - Registration 10:00 – 10:30 - Opening Key Note Speech Theme: European Security and Defence Union - A New Look at an Old Topic Keynote Speakers: 1. Federica MOGHERINI - High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission 2. Mateusz MORAWIECKI - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Finance of Poland 10:30 – 12:00 - Session 1 Theme: EU-NATO Strategic Partnership: Mobilising Tools and Resources Key Words: EU-NATO Cooperation, IPR, Industry-Governments, Budget, 42 proposals, 2% Special Remarks: Fabrizio LUCIOLLI - ATA President Panel Speakers: 1. Camille GRAND - Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment NATO 2. Representative from the Ministry of the Armed Forces of the French Republic 3. Representative from Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany 4. Jan PIE - ASD Secretary-General 5. Representative from the private sector 12:15 – 14:00 - Lunch Jorge DOMECQ - European Defence Agency Chief Execuive 14:15 – 15:30 - Session 2 Theme: Development of Equipment and Technologies Key Words: Budgets, Capability, Research, Innovations, AI&R, Cybersecurity Panel Speakers: 1. Martin HILL - Chairman of the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG) 2. Giedrimas JEGLINSKAS - Lithuania Vice-Minister of Defence 3. Christina WILÉN - Director for Acquisition, Research and Development of MoD of Sweden 4. Michael THACKER - Executive VP of Technology and Innovation, Bell Helicopter 5. Representative from the Private Sector 15:30 – 16:00 - Coffee Break 16:00 – 17:15 - Session 3 Theme: Foster Investments and Strengthen the Single Market for Defence Key Words: Procurement, Investment, SMEs, Start-ups, Skills, non-traditional suppliers Panel Speakers: 1. Arturo Alfonso MERINO - Director, OCCAR 2. Gunner MUENT - Director of Innovation and Competitiveness European Investment Bank 3. Representative from the Ministry of Defence of Estonia 4. Rudi PRIEM - Director Security, Defense and Space, United Technologies Corporation 5. Chris LOMBARDI - Regional Director Europe, Raytheon 17:30 – 18:00 - Closing Remarks 1. Elżbieta BIEŃKOWSKA - European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs 2. Didier REYNDERS - Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs 18:00 – 18:30 - Networking cocktail
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

November 2017

NOVEMBER

4-8

NATO SPS Advanced Training Course in Israel - Countering Terrorism: Trainings and Informative Operations

This NATO ATC supported by the NATO SPS Program 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.

By: Atlantic Treaty Association

NOVEMBER

9-10

Developing a Strategy to Deter Russian Nuclear ‘De-Escalation’ Strikes
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Developing a Strategy to Deter Russian Nuclear ‘De-Escalation’ Strikes Strategy Workshop and Working Dinner  Trip Itinerary  Thursday, November 9, 2017  10:35 a.m.                             Arrive at Brussels Airport (BRU)                                            Afternoon & Evening        Free Time Friday, November 10, 2017 Morning                              Breakfast at Hotel 9:00 - 9:15 a.m.                   Welcome and Introduction Magnus Nordenman, Director, Transatlantic Security Initiative; Deputy Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council Matthew Kroenig, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council; Associate Professor, Edmun d A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University 9:15 – 9:30 a.m.                  Opening Briefing Presentation of Report Outline Matthew Kroenig 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.                Discussion One Deterring the Russian Nuclear Threat: Weighing NATO Response Options Moderator: Matthew Kroenig 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.              Coffee Break 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.              Discussion Two Developing a NATO Strategy Moderator: Matthew Kroenig 11:45 – 12:45 p.m.         Working Lunch Implications for NATO Posture and Declaratory Policy Moderator: Matthew Kroenig 12:00 – 1:45 p.m.             Closing Remarks Matthew Kroenig 1:45 p.m.                             Free Time Saturday, November 10, 2017 2:00 p.m.                         Flight from Brussels Airport (BRU)
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

October 2017

OCTOBER

15

7th NATO Asia-Pacific Dialogue 2017
Agenda Sunday, 15 October 17:00 hrs Arrival of Speakers (Hotel Le Plaza Brussels, Boulevard Adolphe Max 118-126, 1000 Bruxelles) 18:30 hrs Meeting in the hotel lobby 19:00 hrs Welcome Dinner Monday, 16 October 09:30 hrs Meeting at hotel lobby and departure to NATO HQ for briefings and discussion (Meeting Room: Lange) 10.30 hrs Welcome Remarks followed by a Briefing and discussion on NATO’s Current Political Agenda Ambassador Tacan Ildem Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO 11.30 hrs Briefing and discussion on NATO Partnerships Dr. Jaroslaw Skonieczka Senior Director, Integration, Partnerships and Cooperation Directorate, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, NATO 12.30 hrs Lunch in NATO’s restaurant hosted by Mrs. Carmen Romero Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO 14.00 hrs Briefing and discussion on NATO-Russia Relations Mr. Thomasz Chlon Engagements Section, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO 15.00 hrs Briefing and discussion on NATO – EU Relations Mr. Alexandros Papaioannou NATO and Multilateral Affairs, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, NATO 16.00 hrs Departure to the hotel 17:30 hrs Meeting in the hotel lobby and departure to the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) (Rue des Petits Carmes 20, 1000 Bruxelles) 18:15 hrs Registration and welcome cocktail 18:45 hrs Welcome remarks by The Honorable Rose E. Gottemoeller Deputy Secretary General, NATO 19:00 hrs Panel Discussion “Creating Predictability in Asian and European Security Dynamics” Mr. Jason Wiseman Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association Panelists: Keynote speech by The Honorable Rose E. Gottemoeller Deputy Secretary General, NATO Prof. Robert Patman Head of Department of Politics, University of Otago, New Zealand Prof. Shen Dingli Vice Dean of the Institute of International Affairs, Fudan University, China Prof. Matake Kamiya National Defense Academy, Ministry of Defense, Japan Followed by Dinner Reception Tuesday, 17 October 8:00 hrs Meeting at hotel lobby and departure to NATO HQ for full-day closed-door Dialogue (Meeting Room: Brosio) 9:00 hrs Welcome Remarks Mr. Zsolt Rabai Programme Officer for Partners Across the Globe, Engagements Section, NATO Public Diplomacy Division Mr. Christian Echle Director Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung 9:15 hrs “Returning of Great Power Politics and Impact on NATO and the Asia-Pacific” Dr. Jamie Shea Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO Prof. Matake Kamiya National Defense Academy, Ministry of Defense, Japan Prof. Hyun-Wook Kim Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea Dhruva Jaishankar Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings, Republic of India 10:45 hrs Coffee 11:15 hrs “Projecting stability in crisis areas” Mr. James Mackey Head, Euro-Atlantic and Global Partnership, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, NATO Dr. Faramarz Tamanna Director General, Center for Strategic Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Simone Roworth Defence Policy Advisor, Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations and former Senior Advisor to the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamic Republic of Pakistan 12:45 hrs Lunch in NATO’s restaurant hosted by Dr. Gerlinde Niehus Head, Engagements Section, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO 14:00 hrs “Cyber Security / Hybrid Warfare” Dr. Stefanie Babst (tbc) Head, Strategic Analysis Capability, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO Prof. Robert Patman Head of Department of Politics, University of Otago, New Zealand Dr Shashi Jayakumar Senior Fellow and Head of Centre of Excellence for National Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Republic of Singapore Colonel Sofian Bin Kamaruddin (ret.) Director, Institute of Executive Education (NIEEd) and Senior Fellow, Department of Strategic Studies, National Defence University of Malaysia, Malaysia 15:30 hrs Coffee 16:00 hrs “NATO’s Perception in the Asia Pacific” Mr. Vlad Vernygora Project Director of ‘Science for Peace and Security Programme Project: NATO Global Perceptions – Views from Asia-Pacific Region, Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia Dr. Gerlinde Niehus Head, Engagements Section, Public Diplomacy Division, Prof. Shen Dingli Vice Dean of the Institute of International Affairs, Fudan University, China Dr. Curie Mahrani Savitri Binus University, and advisor to the Ministry of Defense, Republic of Indonesia Byambakhand Luguusharav Senior Expert, Mongolian Institute for Strategic Studies, Mongolia 17:30 hrs Concluding Remarks Mr. Christian Echle Director Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Mr. Zsolt Rabai Programme Officer for Partners Across the Globe, Engagements Section, NATO Public Diplomacy Division 18:30 hrs Farewell Dinner
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

September 2017

SEPTEMBER

1

ATA Roundtable on Defence Investments | September 2016
The ATA roundtable on Defence Investments  titled  “FOLLOWING THE WARSAW SUMMIT DECLARATIONS – WHAT THIS MEANS FOR 2017" address the need for an elevated strategic dialogue between NATO and the industry in 2017. The ATA roundtable series on Defence Investments was launched to ensure that the NATO Alliance benefits from the best solutions to military requirements, within the expected budget and time constraints following the Warsaw Summit declaration. ATA SG Speech is available here.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

SEPTEMBER

16-17

NATO Days | 16-17 September 2017, Czech Republic
The 17th edition of the NATO Days in Ostrava, organized by the Czech Euro-Atlantic Council represents the biggest public diplomacy engagement within the Alliance. The forum will include members of the Czech Government, NATO representatives, top representatives of armed forces, security and emergency management services of the Czech Republic and Allied countries, members of regional and municipal authorities, Ambassadors, Defence and Air Attachés and other guests from home and abroad. For more information visit the official webpage of NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

SEPTEMBER

29-30

Riga Conference | 29-30 September, Latvia
The Rīga Conference, the flagship engagement in the Baltic states, has become a unique venue for constructive dialogue on international security issues between leading global decision makers. The event is organized jointly by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, the Latvian Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aim of the Conference is to facilitate such debates at various levels, with the participation of high level politicians, diplomats, experts, as well as  local and international media and global key players. The 2017 edition will focus on NATO adaptation, hybrid warfare and Enhanced Forward Presence. For more information visit the official webpage of Rīga Conference 2017
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

May 2017

MAY

3

Round Table Series | NATO and EU: Co-Adapting to the New Strategic Reality, 3 May 2017

Working Dinner 

NATO AND EU: CO-ADAPTING TO THE NEW STRATEGIC REALITY 

May 3rd 2017, The Hotel Brussels

Organized by Atlantic Treaty Association, GLOBSEC


Photo Gallery

FRAMEWORK In It Together? EU and NATO Ten Months After Their Joint Declaration Last July’s Joint declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (EU-NATO Joint Declaration) spoke of the need for the two organisations to jointly adapt to common security challenges, and provide more security in Europe and beyond. It also stressed the need for stepped up efforts in supporting neighbours and partners, bolstering resilience of Allies and Member States, more direct operational co-operation, expansion of coordination on cyber security and defence, and coordination exercises involving the two organisations. Almost ten months later, and only weeks before NATO’s Special Meeting, a need to take stock of the progress related to the Joint Declaration arises.

OUTCOME The discussion, organized within the framework of the GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative (GNAI), GLOBSEC´s high-level research initiative oriented at NATO´s strategic adaptation, represented a unique forum for key opinion makers from both NATO and EU, alongside distinguished representatives from Militaries and Think Tanks from the area of defence and transatlantic security to enhance a greater dialogue on how to assure the adaptation of the Alliance to the emerging security threats and challenges facing our society, with particular reference to the upcoming NATO Special Meeting in Brussels in May and its impact on the relations between the United States and its European Allies.

PROGRAM

WELCOME ADDRESS Mr. Jason WISEMAN Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association INTRODUCTORY REMARKS Mr. Robert VASS Founder of the GLOBSEC Forum, Executive Vice-President and CEO, GLOBSEC MODERATOR Dr. Georgi GOTEV Senior Editor of EurActiv REMARKS General (Retd) John R. ALLEN Former Commander of International Security Assistance Force, Distinguished Fellow at Brookings Ambassador Alexander VERSHBOW Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Admiral (Retd) Giampaolo DI PAOLA Former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee General Wolf-Dieter LANGHELD Former Commander, NATO Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum Professor Dr. Julian LINDLEY-FRENCH Vice-President of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA), Director of Europa Analytica, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Statecraft Ambassador Stefano STEFANINI Former Permanent Representative of Italy to NATO, Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council Amb. Tomáš VALÁŠEK Former Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to NATO, Director of Carnegie Europe
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

MAY

11-13

2BS Forum 2017 | 11-13 May, Montenegro
The 2BS Forum 2017 is the annual high-level politico-security forum which is a leading International Forum in SEE organized by the Atlantic Council of Montenegro. ATA President participated as Panelist in the discussion on “US Commitment to European Security - The era of uncertainty?" focusing on the role of NATO in the current and future security environment and the role of the Atlantic Treaty Association. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnTPislYg_g EWB Interview to ATA President on EU and NATO integrations are interconnected processes is available here
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

MAY

24

NATO Meeting Side Event | NATO: (Re)Acting in an Era of Transition, ATA HQ, 24 May 2017

NATO: (Re)Acting in an Era of Transition

Brussels, ATA Headquarters, 24 May 2017 
 

Organized by The German Marshall Fund of the United States in cooperation with The Atlantic Treaty Association, Egmont, Raytheon and NATO.

PHOTO GALLERY  Welcome by the partners Dr. Ian Lesser, Vice President, German Marshall Fund Amb. Marc Otte, Director General, Egmont Royal Institute Prof. Fabrizio Luciolli, President, Atlantic Treaty Association Key Note Speech  Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General, NATO *** The Strategic Environment One Year After the Warsaw Summit: What Has Changed?  The Warsaw NATO Summit has been an important milestone to align Alliance priorities with the realities of a rapidly changing security environment. Among other decisions, NATO reinforced its defence of the European hinterland, activated cyber space as an operational domain, and forged a new partnership with the European Union. How do we assess today the impact of these policy changes? Is NATO now better prepared to face the myriad of security threats and challenges? What is the next step in NATO’s adaptation?    SPEAKERS Amb. Kasia Nalecz, Director of Europe Program, Bator Foundation; former Polish Ambassador to Russia Gen. Knud Bartels, former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Dr. Chris Chivvis, Associate Director, International Security and Defense Policy, RAND Corp. Dr. Sven Biscop, Director, Europe in the World Program, Egmont Royal Institute CHAIR Mr. Bruno Lété, Transatlantic Fellow for Security & Defence Policy, German Marshall Fund *** Power, Capability and Burdensharing The allocation of burden, capabilities and responsibilities within NATO has been a forefront issue since the formation of the alliance. Today, with new leaderships on both sides of the Atlantic the prominence of the debate has only increased. Is the 2 percent goal the best way forward to measure burden sharing? Is it a realistic benchmark? Can burden sharing also be measured in qualitative means, such as spending on development and humanitarian aid? Is Europe set to spend on defence? SPEAKERS Mr. Rini Goos, Deputy Chief Executive, European Defence Agency Mr. Paul Savereux, Director for Defence Planning, Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO Gen. Jean-Paul Paloméros, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Mr. Christopher Lombardi, Vice President, European Business Development, Raytheon CHAIR Dr. Alexander Mattelaer, Director of the European Affairs Program, Egmont Royal Institute *** Dealing with conflict by other means - cyber, terrorism, and information warfare The security environment is continuously evolving. As the nature of the threat has changed NATO also needs to adapt to face modern challenges that combine conventional and non-conventional adversaries, in land, sea, air and cyber space. Is NATO ready to engage in civil-military crisis management? What is NATO’s strategy on issues ranging from hybrid warfare to terrorism to cyber security? Is there progress in the EU-NATO partnership? SPEAKERS Amb. Sorin Ducaru, Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO Mr. Michael Daly, Chief Technology Officer, Intelligence and Information Systems, Raytheon Dr. Julian Lindley-French, Senior Fellow, Institute for Statecraft; Vice President, Atlantic Treaty Association CHAIR Mr. Jason Wiseman, Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association Closing Remarks Please find more information here.  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

MAY

26-28

GLOBSEC | 26-28 May 2017, Slovakia
The annual GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum gathers the leading security and defense authorities from over 40 countries. The Key areas of adaptation discussed at GLOBSEC 2017 were NATO, intelligence cooperation, counter-terrorism activities, reconstruction of the Middle East, supporting Eastern Partnership countries, the future of the European Union, democracy and global economy. For more information visit the official webpage of GLOBSEC Forum 2017
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

April 2017

MARCH-APRIL

30-1

Live Stream: 5th NATO-EU Roundtable | March 30 - April 1, Estonia
The Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA), in partnership with Estonian Ministry of Defence, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NATO,FRIEDRICH EBERT STIFTUNG,  RIIGIKOGU would like to welcome you to watch the live stream of the 5th NATO-EU Roundtable that takes place in Tallinn, Estonia. Watch the live stream at this link Find the program Here  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

APRIL

18

Lecture by H.E. Bert Koenders
The Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro and the Atlantic Council of Montenegro, in cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Belgrade, are organizing a lecture of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Bert Koenders. The lecture is intended for students and the representatives of youth organizations. In order to attend the lecture, you need to register by sending an e-mail to office@ascg.me. Registration is open until 16th April.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

APRIL

18

Round Table Series | Investing in Security: Stimultaing Innovation
Round Table Series

INVESTING IN SECURITY: STIMULATING INNOVATION

Brussels, ATA Headquarters, 19 April 2017 

Organized by ATLANTIC TREATY ASSOCIATION In cooperation with NATO DEFENCE INVESTMENT DIVISION Sponsored by MAG Aerospace

Photo Gallery FRAMEWORK Following the Warsaw Summit, NATO Allies continued their commitment to raise defense expenditures to meet NATO’s 2% + 20% Guidelines within a decade and reaffirmed the importance of improving its defence capabilities with an emphasis on innovation. As of February 2017, NATO Allies have increased their defense expenditures by 3.8%, equating to more than $10 billion USD, although much work remains to be done, particularly regarding innovation in the defense sector. Similarly, the European Union’s Global Strategy proposed €90 million EUR over the next 3 years for research and technology. 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 small and medium enterprises to stimulate greater innovation and maximize the efficiency of Euro-Atlantic defence spending. GOALS This first Round Table addressed the need for greater cooperation among NATO, NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA), Defence Industries and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to stimulate more innovation and maximize the efficiency of the Euro-Atlantic defence spending. These Round Table Series on Defence Spending were launched to create a unique environment where representatives can address challenges and explore opportunities for a stronger engagement. The goals of the 2017 edition is to discuss how to better coordinate investments in innovation with an emphasis towards creating a faster process of acquisition and procurement, pool innovative practices on research and development, and stimulate stronger cooperation.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

APRIL

19

INVESTING IN SECURITY: STIMULATING INNOVATION ROUND TABLE SERIES Brussels, ATA HQ, 19 April 2017
NATO reaffirmed the importance of improving its defence capabilities with an emphasis on innovation. In 2016, NATO defence investment rose 3.8% equating to more than $10 billion USD, a trend which is expected to continue. Similarly, the European Union’s Global Strategy proposed €90 million EUR over the next 3 years for research and technology. 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 small and medium enterprises to stimulate greater innovation and maximize the efficiency of Euro-Atlantic defence spending. Panelists will discuss an exchange of best practices that will address challenges, and explore opportunities for a stronger engagement with SMEs beyond the traditional defense sector with the aim to bringing innovative solutions to Allied capabilities. These discussions will yield policy recommendations for a more collaborative smart defence strategy Final Agenda - Round Table Series- 19 April 2017
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

APRIL

24

Norwegian Military Delegation Visit | 24 April 2017
On the occasion of the Delegation from the Norwegian Business School training at ATA HQ in Brussels, ATA and the Norwegian Military Delegation gathered at Microsoft Innovation Center Brussels to build trust and confidence between government and consumers in the realm of CyberSecurity. ATA is working towards facilitating the development of best practices for transparency, openness, and innovation in the cyber realm through an effective dialogue between key stakeholders.
Opening Address Mr. Jason WISEMAN Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association First Session: Russian Hybrid Warfare Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014 demonstrated an unprecedented willingness to pursue its geopolitical goals through the use of military force. At the same time, Russia has actively worked to undermine the West through a program of misinformation, political interference, and cyber attacks. In response to this threat, NATO has established an enhanced forward presence in the Black Sea region. NATO must implement a cohesive strategy to deter Russian aggression and reduce insecurity along the Alliance’s Eastern flank. With this in mind, looking toward the NATO Special Meeting in May, panelists will assess how the Alliance can adapt to the emerging threat in the East. Chairman and Introduction Mr. Jason WISEMAN Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association Remarks Mr. Bruno LETE Transatlantic Fellow, Security and Defense, German Marshall Fund Mr. Wojciech DANECKI Head of Unit, Foreign Affairs, Human Rights. Security & Defence, European Conservatives and Reformists Group *** Second Session: Cooperation In The Fight Against Terrorism Combating the internationall threat posed by ISIS and other terrorist organizations will require deep cooperation among European countries and the United States. Specifically, the Trans-atlantic partnership must coordinate the work of various law enforcement agencies and facilitate greater information sharing among its members. It is important to implement a proactive strategy that emphasizes both counter-terrorism and deradicalisation. With this two-pronged approach, Europe and the United States can work to disrupt terrorist organizations abroad while preventing homegrown terrorism within their borders. In this panel, participants will explore potential ways to increase cooperation among EU member states, and discuss how the Trans-Atlantic community can cooperate in the fight against terrorism. Remarks Comm. Saad AMRANI Deputy Police Commissioner of Brussels Mr. Guy STESSENS Head of Unit, DG D 1C: Police and Customs Cooperation *** Visit to Microsoft Third Session: Cyber-Security: The New Defence-Offence Mean  Existing cyber policy varies significantly between nations and international organizations. The security of the cyber arena is necessary to protect our society. Therefore, cybersecurity is a top priority for NATO and the EU. To this end, NATO and the EU have enhanced their cooperation on Cyber Security, implementing the objectives set in the recent EU Global Strategy and NATO Warsaw Summit Declaration. Within this framework the expertise provided by the private sector is increasingly relevant. With the opportunity to visit Microsoft office space in Brussels, the delegation will receive briefings on the role and contribution that large companies such as Microsoft can provide, both at policy and operational level. With a focus on the cyber security domain, delegates will receive key knowledge regarding protocols and beahviour to adopt when using the internet and the best ways to avoid negative consequences in terms of privacy violations and phishing as well as identity theft.   Chairman and Introduction Mr. Alessandro NIGLIA Senior Program Officer, Atlantic Treaty Association Remarks Mr. Maciej SUROWIEC Manager EU Institutional Relations, Microsoft Mr. Mark SMITHAM Senior Manager of Cybersecurity Policy, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

APRIL

26

Round Table Series | Strategy & Adaptation: Looking to the NATO Meeting, 26 April 2017

Round Table Discussion 

STRATEGY & ADAPTATION: LOOKING TO THE NATO MEETING 

April 26th 2017, ATA HQ, Brussels

Organized by Atlantic Treaty Association, The Prgaue Society & Global Panel Foundation

Supported by United Technologies Corporation


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Recent events have cast a shadow of uncertainty over the formulation of an effective security and defense strategy for the Euro-Atlantic region. After decades of strong relations and cooperation between the US and EU, the transatlantic bond is under tremendous strain. Uncertainty is further compounded by concerns related to the upcoming elections in France, Germany and other members of the Alliance. Thus, Allies, Partners and Institutions need innovative ideas to effectively prepare for the upcoming NATO Meeting in Brussels to ensure the adaptation of the Alliance to the emerging security environment. With particular reference to the upcoming NATO Meeting in Brussels in May and its impact on the relations between the United States and its European Allies, key opinion formers from both NATO and EU, alongside distinguished representatives from Militaries, Think Tanks and Industry discussed on how to assure the adaptation of the Alliance and the impact of the NATO Special Meeting on transatlantic relations.        
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

March 2017

MARCH-APRIL

30-1

Live Stream: 5th NATO-EU Roundtable | March 30 - April 1, Estonia
The Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA), in partnership with Estonian Ministry of Defence, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NATO,FRIEDRICH EBERT STIFTUNG,  RIIGIKOGU would like to welcome you to watch the live stream of the 5th NATO-EU Roundtable that takes place in Tallinn, Estonia. Watch the live stream at this link Find the program Here  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

February 2017

FEBRUARY

9

ATA – NATO Alignment Meeting 2017
On February 9, an ATA Delegation was invited to NATO Headquarter to take part in the quarterly seminar BRIEF THE BRIEFERS. The full day program aims to bring together NATO officials and ATA representatives to better coordinate the strategic communication on our joint ATA-NATO priorities. "Brief the Briefers" is targeted at ATA members who play an active role in the dialogue on transatlantic defense and security, who have demonstrated their continued added value to the ATA network and whose activities exhibit a great level of impact in their respective countries. This year,  H.E. Amb. Tacan ILDEM, Assistant Secretary General of the Public Diplomacy Division Section, welcomed a Delegation of 16 ATA members to discuss the critical points of NATO engagement for 2017. Following the outcomes of the Warsaw Summit, this seminar focused on key NATO issues ranging from NATO’s Defense and Deterrence Capability to Projecting Stability beyond borders, with a particular emphasis on NATO-Russia relations and emerging cyber threats. 
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

FEBRUARY

13-14

Leangkollen Conference | 13-14 February 2017 , Norway
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. Titled "Security in Northern Europe after Crimea, Brexit and the U.S. election", the 2017 edition put emphasis on security in Northern Europe and will adapt a regional perspective focusing on aspects of the changing security dynamics in NATO’s role in Security in Northern Europe. The conference was opened by the Norwegian Minister of Defence, Ine Eriksen Søreide and the key note speeches was delivered by Minister of Defence of Sweden, Peter Hultqvist and the Minister of Defence of Finland, Jussi Niinistö. For more information visit the official webpage of Leangkollen Security Conference 2017
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

December 2016

DECEMBER

4-6

Winter Security Workshop | 4-6 December 2016, Montenegro
WWS Workshop “NAO-Russian Relations- Balkan Implications” was organized by the Atlantic Council of Montenegro in partnership with Atlantic Treaty Association and with the Support of U.S. Mission to NATO and the U.S Mission in Podgorica. Officials, policy makers Government Representatives and discussed on NATO-Russia relations impact on Balkans following the Warsaw Summit. ATA Secretary General moderated the Concluding Plenary Session, coordinating the interactive debate.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

DECEMBER

9

25th annual Symposium Greek Association for Atlantic & European Cooperation

25th Annual International Symposium

CONTEMPORARY SECURITY CHALLENGES IN EUROPE, MEDITERRANEAN AND GREECE: THE ROLE OF NATO AND EU

Hellenic Armed Forces Officer’s Club, Athens Friday 9 December 2016
Organized by GREEK ASSOCIATION FOR ATLANTIC & EUROPEAN COOPERATION Member of ATLANTIC TREATY ASSOCIATION Supported by NATO Public Diplomacy Division
  PHOTO GALLERY SUMMARY On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of its activities and initiatives the Greek Association for Atlantic & European Cooperation (G.A.A.E.C.) organized the 25th Annual International Symposium in the context of “Contemporary Security Challenges in Europe, Mediterranean and Greece: the Role of NATO & EU”. The event took place on the 9th of December 2016 at the Officer’s Club, Riggilis 1 Athens, with participants and Representatives from the Political, Business, Military and Civil Society, along with many interested young professionals and university students. It is worth mentioning that a large number of the Greek Military hierarchy attended the Symposium. People such the Chief of Defense, Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, the Chief of the Hellenic Navy vice Admiral Mr. Georgios Giakoumakis, the 1st Deputy Chief of HAGS Lieutenant General Mr. Dimitrios Thomaidis, along with more than forty (40) Top Military Officials. Moreover, the Symposium attended the Director of the Military Attache/Office of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Airforce General Mr. Grigorios Prezarakos, representing H.E. Mr.Prokopis Pavlopoulos and also the Director General of the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Office Mr. Evangellos Kalpadakis. Furthermore, the General Director of Political and National Defense Ambassador Mr. Trifon Paraskeuopoulos, the General Director of the NATO division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Mr. Nikolaos Pleksidas, Mrs. Despoina Lourbakou and Panagiotis Stournaras, each Director General of the UN and OSCE division respectively, along with many other Ad Honorem Greek Ambassadors. Finally, many Foreign Ambassadors and Embassy Representatives from countries such as, Jordan, Turkey, Poland, Croatia, Australia, Montenegro, the United States, France, Romania, Estonia, Denmark, Netherlands, Russia, Tunisia, Nigeria, Iran, Iraq, Serbia, Spain and UAE also honored us with their presence. Opening Session The first to hold the floor, welcoming the audience and signifying the start of the Symposium was Mr. Theodossis Georgiou, President of G.A.A.E.C. Mr. Georgiou highlighted the necessity of a closer strategic cooperation between the EU and NATO in the light of Contemporary Security Challenges stemming from the continuing crisis in the Middle East and the decision of the British electorate to leave the European Union (Brexit). Moreover, he stressed the diminishing tendency, of many countries to be integrated in the Euro-Atlantic Institutions, after the initial optimism coming from the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the demise of the Iron Curtain. Nevertheless, one fact remains straight, even after this ray of skepticism: “The European Unity and the Euro-Atlantic Cooperation remains inseparable and resilient”. Furthermore, he mentioned that the increased weight of Civil Society and its increasingly important role in the decision making of every Democratic Regime has also an impact in the Alliance, offering valuable democratic legitimacy, enhancing and promoting equal participation, open and free dialogue constituting a hub of intellectual interaction. This is what G.A.A.E.C. along with the respective Atlantic Associations in the NATO Member-States, as well as partnership countries strives to accomplice. The contribution of the Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) especially that of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA), underlined the Italian Professor and President of ATA Dr. Fabrizio Luciolli. Dr. Luciolli, also mentioned the privileged relationship between ATA and the NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division (PDD), which, for over 60 years with its programs, has significantly contributed to the Euro-Atlantic Security and Defense. In the same spirit, Ms. Ino Afentouli, Member of the NATO’s PDD, underscored the prospects of a closer Cooperation between NATO and the EU, in a tense geopolitical environment. ‘’NATO today, is more important than ever’’, she stated. Moreover, Ms. Afentouli characteristically mentioned that there are signs of fragility of the peace and stability of the last 25 years in the Eastern and Southern front of the Alliance. Additionally, she raised awareness on groups, like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/DAESH), along with other Non-State Actors, raging havoc in our close neighborhood, even threating the security of European Citizens. Finally she focused on Greece and its central geostrategic role in this environment of uncertainty and instability. Greek citizens, although insufficiently informed in some degree about the Euro-Atlantic edifice, have endured hardships but stood tall to the occasion and their responsibilities to the Alliance, a major accomplishment of the Greek Political System. Special Session Mr. Andreas Lykourentzos, former Minister and a Founding Member of GAAEC presented the legacy and the contribution to the country of former Minister Mr. Ioannis Varvitsiotis. Also Mr. Lykourentzos stressed the necessity of cooperation between NATO and E.U, but with extreme attention to the probability of overlapping between the two organizations. During the Special Session the Minister of National Defense 1990-1993, Mr. Ioannis Varvitsiotis, who had delivered the Inaugural Address at the 1st Symposium of GAAEC in May 1991, cited two new forms of conflict: a) the economic war and b) the terrorism, in which the NATO must pay close attention. Furthermore, taking stand in the major contradictions that feed rivalries and political upheavals between States but also within international organizations, he pointed out the danger of deep crisis and disintegration of European Union. In addition, he strongly upholded that there is «a lack of leadership», in order to make an assertive step towards the «european integration», but there are also leaders that «bend to nationalism and populism». Commenting on the remarks of the former Minister of Defense Mr. Varvitsiotis, professor of History, Mr. Evanthis Hatzivasileiou, shared his insights. The professor supported the significant role NATO has assumed even after the end of the Cold war in an era of a wider security perception and not only the conventional military threat. NATO is an Alliance based on values of its Member-States; values such as democracy, human rights, and the rule of law are tested to the current historic context and in a large extent define the field of their action and decision making. The American Perspective Dr. Aliki Mitsakos, Founding Member of GAAEC and Dean of the International Center for Leading Studies coordinated this session. The Guest Speaker was His Excellency, the recently appointed Ambassador of the United States to Greece Mr. Geoffrey Pyatt in one of his very few public appearances, expressing the American Perspective. Mr. Pyatt, emphasized that both countries share a strong and enduring partnership based on mutual commitment to core democratic values, which are the foundation of peace and security and prosperity for Europe. President Obama’s recent visit here to Greece, as he mentioned, underscores the importance of our alliance and reflects the value that the United States places on Greece – as a pillar of strength and stability in this region, as a NATO ally, and as an EU Member State. He also stressed the importance of NATO as a cornerstone for regional security and a starting point of dealing with key security challenges like ISIL. On the issue of Migration Flows he commended Greece on its “humane approach”. Moreover, NATO’s Maritime Activity in the Aegean under the Standing NATO Maritime Group II – or SNMG II – plays a key, stabilizing role to prevent the smuggling of migrants to Greece. Concerning Russia, he mentioned that “I hope we are very clear on the importance of the legal principle that international borders cannot be changed by force as Russia did when it invaded Crimea”. He furthermore expressed 3 billion dollar commitment of the United States in the area will continue through 2017. He strongly “applauded Greece’s regional leadership, one of the handful of countries that despite the economic challenges it faces, fulfilled the commitment of 2% of GDP investment in defense”. Especially, he underlined the potential of the country developing into a key energy hub. Moreover, he commended the strong bilateral defense relationship with countries like Greece, illustrated in the strong American Presence in the Souda bay at the island of Crete. He also assured the audience, that the U.S. will continue to support the cooperation with its NATO allies, “who remain our closest friends and most capable partners”. Greek Foreign & Defense Policy in a Changing International-Regional Environment:  Challenges and Opportunities The next session was moderated by the Senior Editor and Columnist of “Kathimerini”, Mr. Athanasios Ellis, who also offered his brief comments. In this session, the former Minister Mr. Evangelos Venizelos talked about the cohesive foreign security and defense policy conducted forty two (42) years of ‘metapolitefsis’ with pioneers Mr. Konstantinos Karamanlis and Mr. Andreas Papandreou and consistent orientation to cooperation with NATO and the E.U. Also he raised questions as to the priorities of Trump’s government, such as whether to continue the US to bear 75% of the NATO budget or to change stance on issues as confronting the authoritarian regimes and how the Members-States of EU will act. As regards Erdogan’s rhetoric against Greece, he characterized it as the outcome of anxiety about the impending/imminent/ turbulence in Syria and Iraq. Additionally on the Cyprus Question, Mr. Venizelos warned/gave warning/ that we should not in any case to accept that it is a bilateral issue, neither to risk the legal recognition of the Cyprus Republic. In the same session, Mr. Georgios Koumoutsakos, Head of Foreign Affairs Department of “Nea Dimokratia”, alleged that the community solidarity recedes and the antagonisms escalate between the Member-states of EU. In addition to this he claimed/made the case/ that there is always the contingency/possibility/ to shift to the era of intra-family tensions and conflicts, nationalism and national ego and there may be other departures/withdrawal/ after Britain. In regard to the Cyprus Question, he warned that we must not go to a referendum without good preparation and a good deal. He also urged upon the good preparation in order to have a discussion with the Turkish leadership. European Security – Defense Strategy – non Conventional Threats: Unstable Economies and Security, Cyberwarfare, European Energy Security, Refugee/Migration Flows in the Mediterranean, Environment and Climate Change The next panel chaired Mrs. Marietta Giannakou, former Member of the European Parliament (MEP). Mrs. Giannakou defended the resilience of the European Edifice in times of widespread skepticism and concern about its future. First offered his remarks the President of the Political Party ‘’Union of Centrists’’ Mr. Vasilios Leventis. Mr. Leventis interpreted European Security, first and foremost as an issue of Justice, de jure equality and egalitarianism. He concluded, sharing his disappointment with many European Union enthusiasts in the past, about its policy decisions and shortsighted austerity measures. In the same panel, Mr. Spyros Danellis from the Political Party ‘’To Potami’’, introduced the context of human security in a changing environment, which unconventional challenges like Climate Change, Cyberwarfare and terrorism undermine and threaten to a great extent. To conclude, Mr. Georgios Kyrtsos, MEP, through a descriptive yet informative manner, listed some pressing European security challenges amplifying European insecurity, especially through the lens of Brexit, stemming from Islamic Terrorism, regional conflicts and the susceptibility of energy security, framing the field of action of each decision maker. Can the European Union Achieve an Autonomous Defense Identity? The Role of National Defense Industries Adding to the discussion, the next panel focused on showcasing the approach to European security from the perspective of European and International Defense Industries. The panel constituted Mr. Dennys Plessas, Representative of Development Initiatives for Lockheed Martin, the President of Greek Aerospace Industry (EAB) Mr. Ζαχαρίας Γκίκας, accompanied by Mr. Tasos Rozolis and Georgios Troullinos, President and CEO of SEKPY and Intracom Defense respectively, under the chairing of Aegen University Professor, and Chairman of the Center of Security Studies, Mr. Panagiotis Tsakonas. Every speaker highlighted the need of interoperability, compatibility and efficient use of the already scarce resources. After presenting the current institutional transparency context, they proclaimed enhanced competitiveness efficient utilization of Best Value Practices in order for the Greek and European Defense Industries to remain a credible choice in an era of rising powers. European Union – NATO Partnership Next to share his perspectives, was the General and Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, General Mikhail Kostarakos. The first point the General made was the Strategic Pivot of the United States from the Atlantic to the Pacific. That new strategic context applied further pressure to the European Member-States of NATO and especially the wales Atlantic Council of 2014, to increase their commitment to defense at the 2% of their Gross Domestic Product. He questioned whether European States can shoulder the political cost of an increased military presence in their area of interest and commented on the discourse of completion and NATO in issues of security and defense as non-valid and lacking significant empirical basis. Furthermore, he stressed that the European Union is a normative power with its assets lying in human rights diplomacy and democratic values. What EU needs he stated is not replace NATO with a “Euro-Army”, such notions are epistemologically incorrect. What need to be done is to efficiently use our reduced resources to maintain with credible command and control interoperability the 1.5 million soldiers of the European Union States. In the light of the contemporary security challenges, he suggested a Comprehensive approach for “doing more with less”. The discussion framed Dr. Thanos Dokos, General Director of ELIAMEP, submitting his point of view, along with Ms. Ino Afentouli from the NATO’S PDD. The French Perspective His remarks on European Security offered His Excellency, Mr. Christophe Chantepy Ambassador of the French Republic to Greece. Mr. Chantepy urged for further integration in the area European Defense and Security. ‘’Practices such as an enhanced cooperation in the field of Intelligence sharing and interaction between security officials will strengthen the European Security Architecture, preventing tragedies of the recent past from occurring again’’. Quadranscentennial Session – Closing Address The conclusive commemorative session marked the honorary tribute to Admiral Mr. Vasilios Mitsakos (rtd) H.N., Founding Member of G.A.A.E.C. and WWII veteran. During the WWII the young trainee Vasilios Mitsakos tried to escape to Alexadria, Egypt to conclude his Studies on Maritime Affairs, got arrested but managed to escape the Axis’ soldiers only to find himself sentenced to death. Finally after many adversaries he, along with some of his colleagues, managed to reach their destination from Allepo Syria by foot. Vice Admiral Mitsakos, was one of the few Greeks Officers in NATO’S Standing Group, Washington. He also represented the Ministry of National Defense on the Negotiation the United Nations Charter for the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in New York and Geneva, Switzerland. He has graduated from the Elite of Military Affairs Colleges in Greece and abroad, having many times been awarded for his exceptional service. To conclude, he was in the crew of the destroyer ship “Georgios Averov”, which transported the exiled Greek Government back to Greece. The awarding ceremony prefaced the Journalist/Political Scientist Mr. Theodoros Psalidopoulos. Mr. Psalidopoulos in a touching speech praised the virtues of the awardee and numbered three (3) fundamental reasons, why he believes that such a gesture is of particular importance. First of all for his contribution as one of the Founding Members of G.A.A.E.C., a Non-Governmental Organization true to its purpose for unbiased and democratic dialogue. Second, praising the virtues of Bravery and selfless Patriotism that led him to escape Greece and aid the fight against the German Occupation. And last but not least, such an award also symbolizes the contribution of the Hellenic Navy into the Historical Resilience, leading to the victory against the Nazism threat. Keynote Speaker: Dimitrios Vitsas, Deputy Minister of National Defense The award to the Admiral Mr. Mitsakos delivered the Deputy Minister of National Defense, Mr. Dimitrios Vitsas, sealing with his remarks the end of the 25th Annual International Symposium of G.A.A.E.C. Mr. Vitsas, offered his critique on the European Institutional context, which according to him is lacking the sufficient crisis resolution mechanisms. Moreover he underscored the paradox of increased military challenges into an era of deep economic recession and austerity policies. To conclude he proposed further “investment” into military Education, stratification, availability and logistical support in order Greece to maintain its significant military quality, highlighting the important role of the Council of Defense Research Technology in industry into shaping the Greek Defense Industrial Strategy. Finally, reflecting on the values of patriotism and bravery upon the awardee, he expressed his appreciation to the servicemen and servicewomen for their contribution towards safer and secure citizens of the Hellenic Republic.   Kristo Doni, University of Piraeus Konstantina Psomodoti, University of Peloponnese  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

DECEMBER

11

MEDays Forum | 11 December 2016, Tangier
MEDays, an international forum hosted in Tangier, Morocco's gateway to Europe and the Mediterranean, organized by the Amadeus Institute. MEDays Forum is a strategic platform for strengthening relations between the Northern and Southern countries, more precisely with the Maghreb, Mediterranean, African and Arab regions. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3O9lBKs_fI[/embed] ATA Secretary General delivered a speech on European and Middle East cooperation on counterterrorism in the Panel titled “The World under Terror: Building a New Intelligence and Defence Policy Model”.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

DECEMBER

13

International Conference | 13 December 2016, European Policy Center
FORWARD RESILIENCE: PROTECTING SOCIETY IN AN INTERCONNECTED WORLD Organized by the Atlantic Treaty Association in cooperation with the European Policy Centre, The Johns Hopkins University SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations. The notion of ‘resilience’, in terms of a states capacity to anticipate, pre-empt and resolve disruptive challenges to vital societal functions, is gaining currency in European and Euro-Atlantic security policy discussions. The Conferenced focused on the EU and NATO engagement on resilience and their cooperation in that area of interest for both organizations. During the conference was launched the policy study “Forward Resilience: Protecting Society” in an Interconnected World conducted by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Transatlantic Relations, together with the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the Swedish Atlantic Council and the Finnish Ministry of Defense. Moderator:  Giovanni GREVI Senior Fellow, European Policy Centre Speakers: Tim MANNING Deputy Administrator, US Federal Emergency Management Agency Lorenz MEYER-MINNEMANN Head, Civil Preparedness, NATO International Staff Eva-Maria ENGDAHL Head of Sector, Protection Crisis Management and Terrorism European Commission DG Migration and Home Affair Axel HAGELSTAM Counsellor, Civil Emergency Planning; Mission of Finland to NATO Vice-Chair, NATO Civil Protection Group Daniel HAMILTON Lead Author/Project Leader, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor Executive Director, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

November 2016

NOVEMBER

16

NATO - EU Cooperation | November 16, 2016, Brussels

NATO – EU COOPERATION  AFTER THE WARSAW SUMMIT:  COUNTERING HYBRID WARFARE

Brussels, European Parliament, 16 November 2016, 16.15h  In coordination with  ATLANTIC TREATY ASSOCIATION and MUST & PARTNERS  Supported by  NATO PUBLIC DIPLOMACY DIVISION
PHOTO GALLERY PODCAST [audio mp3="http://atahq.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Audio-NATO-EU-Cooperation-Conference.mp3"][/audio] FRAMEWORK The current international security environment features new threats and challenges for both NATO and EU member countries, enhancing the need for greater partnership and cooperation between these organizations. With particular reference to the NATO Warsaw Summit and the recent NATO-EU Joint Declaration along with their standing agreements on cyber security, this conference will focus on how both organizations can best use their existing resources to develop a cooperative security strategy that will effectively counter the ongoing threat of Hybrid Warfare. OUTCOME This conference brought together experts, policy makers, officials, and industry representatives to analyze the impact and recent progress from the NATO-EU Joint Declaration and how the Warsaw Summit has enhanced NATO-EU cooperation. With a particular emphasis on resilience and the key areas where NATO-EU cooperation yields the highest added value, panelists and participants outlined a list of best practices for both institutions and the private sector that outlined a clear strategy of implementation for the NATO-EU Joint Declaration in areas where cooperation can be complementary. SEIZING MOMENTUM: HOW TO ADVANCE NATO-EU COOPERATION ON HYBRID WARFARE The NATO-EU Joint Declaration constitutes an “important milestone” and a unique opportunity to enhance cooperation between both organizations. At present, the Euro-Atlantic community must cope with threats and challenges originating with unprecedented speed from the East as well as from the South. Terrorism, cyber warfare, energy security and the refugee crisis, are among the most critical issues that need to be effectively addressed by an enhanced multilateral cooperation. The strengthening of NATO-EU cooperation is indeed key in countering Hybrid Warfare. To this end, reinforcing European defense industry by increasing the public-private partnership is a fundamental step. Panelists will debate on the way to address these threats and the opportunity to enhance practical cooperation in the new complex security environment. Welcome Remarks Michael GAHLER, MEP, Group of the European People's Party, Federal Republic of Germany Speech available here. Moderator Julian LINDLEY-FRENCH, Vice President, Atlantic Treaty Association Opening Address John MAAS, Senior Military Advisor, CMPD, European External Action Service Introduction Fabrizio W. LUCIOLLI, President of the Atlantic Treaty Association Speech available here. Key Note Address H.E. Amb. Tacan ILDEM, Assistant Secretary General, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO Speech available here. Remarks Andreas SCHWAB, MEP, Group of the European People's Party, Federal Republic of Germany Sarah TARRY, Head of Operational Preparedness Section, NATO Speech available here. Roland VAN REYBROECK, Director Cooperation Planning & Support, European Defence Agency Massimo CAPPELLI, Operations Planning Manager Global Cyber Security Center Speech available here. Jerzy BUZEK, MEP, Group of the European People's Party, Poland Avi Abraham BACHAR, Founder & CEO IsraTeam 98 LTD Conversation with the Experts Securing Cyberspace from Hybrid Threats David LUENGO, Director, INDRA Securing Energy Supply by Protecting Routes and Infrastructure Carlo BIFFANI, CEO, Security Consulting Group, Italy Concluding Remarks Julian LINDLEY-FRENCH, Vice President, Atlantic Treaty Association  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

NOVEMBER

16

"NATO - EU Cooperation" International Conference at European Parliament - 16 November 2016

NATO – EU COOPERATION AFTER THE WARSAW SUMMIT COUNTERING HYBRID WARFARE

15:30 – 18:30 Wednesday, 16 November 2016 European Parliament, Brussels
NEW EMERGING CHALLENGES The current international security environment contains new threats and challenges for both NATO and EU member countries, stesses the need for greater partnership and cooperation between these organizations.
FRAMEWORK Seen in the light of the recent NATO Summit in Warsaw and with particular reference to the first joint NATO-EU declaration, along with their standing agreements on cyber security, this conference will focus on how the international organizations can develop a cooperative security strategy.
AIM This conference aims to bring together experts, policy makers, officials, and industry representatives to analyze the nature of the recent NATO-EU Joint Declaration and how the Warsaw Summit has enhanced NATO-EU cooperation.
The event is free of charge. Please RVSP by November 9th here: info@mustconsulting.com
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

NOVEMBER

21-23

NATO Advanced Research Workshop| November 21-23 2016, Jordan

nato-sps

HUMAN FACTORS IN THE DEFENSE AGAINST TERRORISM: THE CASE OF JORDAN

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Dead Sea


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[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="http://atahq.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/COMPLETED-with-music-and-voice-over.mp4"][/video] FRAMEWORK As an Enhanced Opportunities Partner of NATO, currently engaged in a Capacity Building Initiative with the Alliance, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan hosted an Advanced Research Workshop “Human Factors in the Defense Against Terrorism: The Case of Jordan” in cooperation with the NATO Science for Peace and Security Division, in partnership with the Atlantic Treaty Association.  This Workshop was designed to deepen NATO-Jordanian cooperation within the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) framework by sharing best practices in counter-terrorism and deradicalization strategies among government authorities and distinguished experts from the diplomatic, military, academic, and private sectors. Participants established a series of protocols and emergency response techniques for practitioners and policy makers in the fields of counter-terrorism and emergency responders. Experts presented their analysis and best practices from relevant case studies of terrorist attacks in Europe and the Middle East, aimed at identifying a strategy to implement effective counter action and fight the process of radicalization. The overall findings of this Workshop and a list of clear policy recommendations will be collected in a dedicated publication and available online shortly.

Tuesday 22 November 2016


Welcome Remarks Amer AL SABAILEH General Director, MEMPSI Opening Address Michael GAUL Senior Project Advisor, Science for Peace and Security Programme, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO Key Note Speaker Samir RIFAI Former Prime Minister of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Executive Chairman of MagellanGlobal Adviser *** Panel I: Addressing Radicalization: New Challenges and Solutions Through a series of indoctrination techniques, individuals and groups in at-risk societies embrace extremist ideologies conducive to recruitment in terrorist organizations. Due to the advanced indoctrination and recruitment techniques of ISIS, an effective de-radicalization strategy is needed. This panel will address a series of strategies and behaviors that can be adopted in the defense against terrorism. The discussion will focus on innovative measures that can disrupt the radicalization process by developing effective counter-narratives, rehabilitation, reintegration, and de-radicalization programs. The political, financial and operational support required to thwart the spread of extremist and violent views will be discussed by practitioners in the field. Moderator: Fabrizio W. LUCIOLLI President, Atlantic Treaty Association & Italian Atlantic Committee Speakers: Hussein AL MAJALI Former Minister of Interior, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Ececutive Vice-Chairman of Magellan Global Advisers Elie CAVIGNEAUX Advisor to EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Council of the European Union *** Panel II: Psychological Aspects in the Fight Against Terrorism Psychology and a significant number of its sub-disciplines are increasingly applied in effective counter-terrorism campaigns. Psychological aspect in the fight against terrorism require: developing awareness and promoting resilience in the population, training personnel in early detection performance, implementing methods to treat victims of attacks more effectively and enhancing capabilities of first responders. This panel will examine the most useful psychological instruments and techniques applied by practitioners in the fight against terrorism. Moderator: Amani HAMMAD Advisor on Youth Radicalization with NAMA Speakers: Michael ROBBINS Director, Arab Barometer Bi PURANEN Secretary General, World Values Survey Association Saad AMRANI Chief Commissioner at the Brussels Police Department and Strategic Advisor to the Commissioner General of the Federal Police *** Panel III: Technology and Human Factors – Two Faces of the Same Coin Against Terrorism The human factors in the defense against terrorism are interconnected with the growing importance of finance, cyber space and social media. As a key component of a terrorist network strategy, organizations such as ISIS have shown an unprecedented ability to use social media for indoctrination, recruitment and training and building ways to finance criminal activities. Thus, a closer synergy between NATO Allies and Partner countries is essential to developing effective counter narratives and information campaigns that will discredit extremist propaganda online. This panel will gather experts and practitioners who will present relevant case studies in order to develop an effective strategy that can counter terrorism financing, vulnerabilities in cyber space and propaganda in social media. Moderator: Alessandro NIGLIA Senior Program Officer, Atlantic Treaty Association Speakers: Awni AL ADWANl Former Chairman of the Joint Task Force, Operation “Eager Lion”, Armed Forces of Jordan Alistair HARRIS O.B.E CEO, The Stabilisation Network Stefano MELE Director, Osservatorio “InfoWarfare e Tecnologie emergenti”, Istituto Niccolò Machiavelli *** Dinner Reception, Jordan Valley Marriott Resort Welcome Remarks Amb. H.E. Petr HLADÍK Embassy of Czech Republic to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, NATO Contact Point Embassy cr Key Note Speaker Fabrizio W. LUCIOLLI President, Atlantic Treaty Association & Italian Atlantic Committee

Wednesday 23 November 2016


Panel IV: Preventing Radicalization by Enhancing the Information Sharing Among NATO Allies & Partners Following recent attacks linked to or inspired by ISIS in NATO Members such as Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Turkey and the US, along with attacks in NATO Partners such as Australia, Egypt and Tunisia, the need to share information among NATO Members and Partners has increased significantly. The continued threat of foreign fighters, weak border security and terrorist supporting networks creates a need for enhanced cooperation. This panel will analyze the joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance methods used by NATO Members and Partners as well as relevant institutions and stakeholders (Europol, Interpol, Centers of Excellence and Five Eyes) to prevent radicalization, thwart terrorist attacks and apprehend terrorist operatives. Moderator: Karel TESAR Political Officer, Embassy of Czech Republic, NATO Contact Point Embassy Speakers: Jamal MADAIN Former Director of Military Intelligence, Senior Analyst Middle East Media and Policy Studies Institute, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Gabriele CASCONE Strategic Analysis Capability Section, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO Erik BARNETT Homeland Security Attaché to European Union and NATO, U.S. Department of Homeland Security *** Panel V: The Role of International Organizations, NGO’s and Other Relevant Stakeholders in Countering Terrorism and Preventing Radicalization During NATO’s campaign in Afghanistan, cooperation between security institutions, NGO’s and various relevant stakeholders (local authorities, donor organizations and academic institutions) took on a new meaning in the international community’s efforts to de-radicalize an at-risk population during an ongoing military campaign. Following the completion of the ISAF mandate, cooperation between NATO Allies,NGO’s and relevant stakeholders has continued in an ongoing effort to effect deradicalization campaigns throughout NATO Member and Partner countries. Facing the growing threat of ISIS recruitment and terrorist operations within NATO Members and Partners, there is a growing need to harness effective practices in countering radicalization. This panel will concentrate on the measures used by NGO’s, relevant stakeholders and practitioners in Belgium, France, UK, Jordan and the UAE in countering radicalization among at-risk populations. Moderator: Jason WISEMAN Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association Speakers: Roberta BONAZZI President, European Foundation for Democracy, The Kingdom of Belgium Koenraad DASSEN Minister Counsellor – Ministre Conseiller (SecEx/CVE-CT), Delegation of the European Union to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Leif VILLADSEN Senior Programme Officer, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) *** Concluding Remarks Fabrizio W. LUCIOLLI President, Atlantic Treaty Association & Italian Atlantic Committee Fares BRAIZAT Chairman, NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions Amer AL SABAILEH General Director, MEMPSI
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

NOVEMBER

21-23

NATO Advanced Research Workshop | Human Factors in the Defence Against Terrorism: The Case of Jordan
Framework: As an Enhanced Opportunities Partner of NATO, currently engaged in a Capacity Building Initiative with the Alliance, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a very active Partner Country within the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD). Sharing the threat of ISIS and regional instability in the Middle East, the security of Jordan and NATO member states are interconnected. This Workshop will highlight Jordan’s expertise in counter- terrorism and deradicalization, and deepen NATO-Jordanian cooperation by addressing the challenges concerning the Human Factors in the Defence Against Terrorism in a cooperative security framework. Follow us #ATA_NATO  Program Here http://www.slideshare.net/AlessandroNiglia/program-nato-arw-jordan
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

October 2016

OCTOBER

11-12

62nd ATA General Assembly | 11 -12 October 2016, Toronto
The NATO Association of Canada hosted the Atlantic Treaty Association's 62nd General Assembly. The event took place on October 11th - 12th 2016, at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Canada. The Atlantic Treaty Association creates a network to facilitate Euro-Atlantic relations and brings together high representatives of partner countries in the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East. The General Assembly engages discussion on various issues regarding terrorism, security, migration, cyber war and climate change. Join us again this year for another thought-provoking Assembly. The 62nd ATA General Assembly falls in an historical moment for the Alliance. The successful NATO Warsaw summit has demonstrated that the Alliance has to play a crucial role in this complex contemporary word and that global security challenges require indeed a stronger and more effective NATO. In this time, the Atlantic Treaty Association has strong role to play. This ATA general Assembly will be gathering senior representatives from the dev.atahq.orgith the aim to indicate the path to protect our transatlantic values of democracy, freedom and protection of human rights. To this end, the ATA stimulates a better understanding of NATO through a stronger scientific cooperation and dialogue and by raising awareness within the youth generations. In this respect the Atlantic Treaty is proud to continue to channel energies and efforts in supporting the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association with the aim to build a robust future leadership. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmXZdGbh4GM&t=265s[/embed] The 62nd ATA General Assembly provided an important opportunity for members of the transatlantic community to gather and collaborate over the pressing issues challenging international security. The insights and perspectives shared over the course of these two days made for truly constructive dialogue which will undoubtedly shape how members of the transatlantic community think about and respond to issues of security and defence in the future. One only needed to take a walk around the conference room to observe this constructive dialogue in action, as General Assembly participants met with both old colleagues and new connections to share ideas, collaborate on upcoming initiatives, offer insight and advice to students and young professionals, and learn from one another’s diverse experiences. The knowledge and ideas shared during this year’s ATA General Assembly are a testament to the formidable work of the dedicated diplomats, military personnel, academics, politicians, young professionals and students who contributed to the conversation, and illustrates the important role of the General Assembly as a platform for reflection and progress for the ATA.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

OCTOBER

14

Sustainable EU Learning and Training System Project | 14 October 2016, FYROM
The “Impact of global security challenges on Europe and Western Balkans and ways to cope” Conference outlines the global security challenges on Europe and Western Balkans and how the European Union should address the following problems. ATA provided two speakers for the conference and ATA’s President gave the opening speech outlining the mechanisms by which problems should be addressed, improving regional cooperation, and integration strategies.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

OCTOBER

28-29

RIGA CONFERENCE 2016 | October 28-29, 2016, Riga, Latvia
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4VPvste9yQ[/embed] ATA Vice President Prof. Julian Lindley-French moderated the Panel "Resilience: Renaissance of Total Defence?". The Rīga Conference, a flagship engagement in the Baltic states, has become a unique venue for constructive dialogue on international security issues between leading global decision makers. The event was organized jointly by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. https://www.rigaconference.lv
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

September 2016

SEPTEMBER

7

Resilience Strengthening Security & Stability in The Mediterranean: the Role of Morocco | 7 September 2016
On the occasion of the distinguished visit of the Minister of Interior of Morocco, Mr. Mohamed Hassad, ATA facilitated a panel discussion in partnership with the European Parliament among various MEP’s, NATO officials and distinguished guests to highlight the areas of mutual cooperation between Morocco and different EU & NATO members. ATA Secretary General moderated the discussion while ATA President Fabrizio Luciolli provided remarks as a panellist. The presentations provided focused on the role of Moroccan authorities in facing the increasing threat environment within the Euro-Atlantic and MENA regions, namely, the ongoing challenge of radical jihadi terrorism and the spread of ISIS combined with a continued migration crisis. ATA SG Remarks is available here.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

SEPTEMBER

17-18

NATO Days, Czech Republic | 17-18 September 2016, Ostrava
As the biggest public diplomacy engagement within the Alliance, the 16th edition of the NATO Day in Ostrava, organized by the Czech Euro-Atlantic Council, was attended for the first time by ATA Secretary General Jason Wiseman. ATA Secretary General engaged the audience as a panelist on panel II “Resilience As a Key Emerging Concept in NATO: Experience and Outlook”. The presentation “Increasing Resilience”, available here, focused on NATO’s new engagement in strengthening and implementing Resilience, following the Warsaw Summit’s recommendation to countering hybrid threats. The forum included members of the Czech Government, NATO representatives, top representatives of armed forces, security and emergency management services of the Czech Republic and allied countries, members of regional and municipal authorities, ambassadors, defence and air attachés and other guests from home and increasingly from abroad, mostly from Europe and the USA.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

July 2016

JULY

5

Round Table Series | DEFENCE INVESTMENTS: GUIDELINES FOR THE FUTURE

DEFENCE INVESTMENTS: GUIDELINES FOR THE FUTURE

Following the Wales Summit NATO Allies pledged to reverse the decline in defence expenditures in order to meet NATO’s 2% + 20% Guidelines within a decade. With the recent NATO communique released on January 28th indicating a halt in defence spending cuts throughout NATO members in Europe, followed by the US announcement of the “European Reassurance Initiative” that will increase US defence spending in Europe from $789 million to $3.4 billion; policymakers, military officials and industry representatives must engage and cooperate with each other to determine how to best meet the current defence needs of the Euro-Atlantic region.

a) To bring together industry, military and policy makers to discuss how to better coordinate defence investments in innovation in order to arrive at the Warsaw Summit with a clear investment strategy to address the current security environment;

b) Following the Warsaw Summit, to consolidate the political declarations, military needs and industrial strategy in order to arrive at the NATO Industrial Forum in November with a clear investment strategy to address the current security challenges;

c)To pool best practices on research and development and procurement;

d) Enhance coordination of available resources within the context of TADIC.

By: Atlantic Treaty Association

May 2016

MAY

5-7

To Be Secure Forum (2BS) | 5-7 May 2016, Montenegro
ATA participated at the 2016 edition of the 2BS FORUM, the annual high-level politico-security forum which is a leading International Forum in SEE organized by the Atlantic Council of Montenegro. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n268fwSrUfI&list=PL7VY8r5h6MfQCY_V76raC0og5rSaM5iFg&index=4[/embed] ATA President spoke in panel II “EU and Southeast Europe: Failure to protect borders” outlining that closing of borders is not the solution to stop migration but will only modify the flows. He emphasizes that Western countries need to work with our immediate neighbors and give protection to migrants. He concluded by saying that borders must be controlled and it is a duty of the EU to keep the borders monitored. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PpozW1dcKg&index=8&list=PL7VY8r5h6MfQCY_V76raC0og5rSaM5iFg[/embed] ATA SG moderated panel V “Confronting ISIL – one of the Biggest Challenges”, focusing on the role of Balkan countries in restricting the flow of people and materials to ISIL both into and out of the continent. ATA SG Speech is available here.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

MAY

18-20

NATO SPS Advanced Research Workshop: May 18-20 in Stockholm, Sweden
NATO SPS Advanced Research Workshop

Critical Infrastructure Protection Against Hybrid Warfare Security Related Challenges

Stockholm - Sweden

19-20 May 2016
 
The workshop is organised by
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  The workshop aims to bring together experts and officials to share best practices and recommendations for addressing the hybrid warfare security related challenges and provide solutions to protect critical infrastructure. Download full program here

19 May 2016


Welcome Remarks

Göran LENNMARKER - Chairman, Swedish Atlantic Council, Sweden

Opening Address

Preparations For NATO’s Summit In Warsaw

Amb. Wieslaw TARKA - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Kingdom of Sweden

ATA – NATO SPS Programme: Strategic Partnership

Alessandro NIGLIA - Co-Director NATO ARW, Atlantic Treaty Association, Belgium

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Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP): A Field For Multiple Players

This panel addresses the role of the international organizations and other relevant actors in the Protection of Critical Infrastructure. Representatives from International Organizations along with experts from Europe and the United States will outline the positive effects of sharing solutions and best-practices with the aim to facilitate a fruitful cooperation as a response to hybrid threats and non-military challenges. Moderator: Nicolas HENRY - Ltc. Deputy Director, NATO ENSEC COE Speakers: Cristoph CASTEX - Policy Officer, DG HOME, European Commission Ben HILLER - Cyber Security Officer, Transnational Threats Department, OSCE Andrea CHIAPPETTA - Director, European Services Institute, Italy Daniel HAMILTON - Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS, United States Björn FÄGERSTEN - Head of EU Department, Swedish Institute for International Affairs, Sweden

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Terrorist and Cyber-Attacks, Unstable Energy Supply, Social Media And Information Warfare, Sabotage, Corruption As Part Of The Hybrid Warfare Equation

Is it possible to prevent potential Hybrid Attacks by using Horizon scanning and strategic analysisThe panelists will discuss how to address the full spectrum of hybrid threats by providing specific examples outlining characteristics and effects of different hybrid warfare scenarios that occurred in previous conflicts. The discussion will aim to demonstrate how different actors can address these threats in a complementary and effective way. Furthermore, experts will provide their insights on new means of strategic analyses based on database consolidation and open source information. Moderator: Jason WISEMAN - Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association, Belgium Speech available here. Speakers: Edoardo CAMILLI - CEO, Hozint – Horizon Intelligence S.p.r.l, Belgium Antonia COLIBASANU - Honorary Adviser, International Affairs and Strategy, Ministry of Energy, Romania Henrik BLIDDAL - Director, Science and Technology Committee, NATO Parliamentary Assembly Anke SCHMIDT-FELZMANN - Researcher, Europe Research Program Department, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden Mikael TOFVESSON - Director, Global Monitoring and Analysis Section, MSB, Sweden

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polish_embassy_swedenDinner Reception Hosted By The Embassy of Poland In Sweden - NATO Contact Point Embassy

Welcome Remarks: Amb. Wieslaw TARKA - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Kingdom of Sweden Key Note Speaker: Allan WIDMAN - Chairman, Defence Committee, Swedish Parliament  

20 May 2016


How to Prevent, Detect And Respond To Emerging Security Challenges: A Perspective From The Private Sector 

Experts from the private sector will present in-depth details of the solutions that industries can provide to prevent hybrid threats. All the presentations will be used to collect and develop a set of tools that might be helpful in future hybrid war scenarios. Case studies will support speakers in their analysis. Moderator: Pal JONSON - Secretary General, Swedish Atlantic Council, Sweden Speakers: Gianni CUOZZO - Cyberwarfare and Military Intelligence Expert, COO Prism Warfare, Italy Robert LIMMERGÅRD - Secretary General, Swedish Security and Defence Industry Association, Sweden Gianluca BALDASSARE - Corporate International Development Director, VITROCISET, Italy Drazen ZGALJIC - Director, Intermodal Transport Club, Croatia

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Response To Hybrid Attacks: Is NATO’s Collective Response A Solution? Perspectives On The Way To The Warsaw Summit

The last NATO Summit in Wales was characterized by a complex and sensitive international political climate due to the Ukraine Crisis. The threats posed by the Russian Federation are still dangerous and unsolved. The Alliance’s uncertainty in responding to hybrid attacks makes the international security of Member and Partner countries unstable. This entails a rethinking process on art. 5 for collective defense in accordance with the 2010 Strategic Concept. NATO representatives, experts, private sector stakeholders and researchers will highlight the potential added value of NATO as a platform and facilitator in responding to the challenges of the XXI century. Moderator: Flemming SPLIDSBOEL HANSEN - Research Coordinator, Senior researcher, International Security, Danish Institute For International Studies Speakers: Julijus GRUBLIAUSKAS - Deputy Head, Energy Section, NATO ESCD Julian LINDLEY-FRENCH - Vice-President at Atlantic Treaty Association, Belgium Liviu LAZAR - Industry Relations Coordinator, Defence Investment Division, NATO Tomas RIES - Professor of Emerging Security Challenges, Swedish Defence University, Sweden Bengt SUNDELIUS - Strategic Advisor, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, Sweden

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Tools and Best Practices For Countering Hybrid Warfare and Protecting Critical Infrastructure

This session aims to collect the results and best practices that emerged during the presentations given by the speakers. In addition, the outcomes of the workshop will be collected in an official NATO publication.   Moderator: Alessandro NIGLIA - Co-Director NATO ARW, Atlantic Treaty Association, Belgium Speakers: Nicolas HENRY - Ltc. Deputy Director, NATO ENSEC COE Jason WISEMAN - Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association, Belgium Pal JONSON - Secretary General, Swedish Atlantic Council, Sweden Flemming SPLIDSBOEL HANSEN - Research Coordinator, Senior researcher, International Security, Danish Institute For International Studies  
This workshop is organised by ATA Atlantic Treaty Association - Association du Traité Atlantique svenska-atlantkommitten-300x63   in partnership with
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  With the support of 3_SPrgEN
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

MAY

31

ATA – NATO Alignment Meeting | 1 March & 31 May 2016
The ATA program titled ‘Brief the Briefers’ aims to give influential ATA Members up-to date and detailed information on NATO’s most pressing issues for 2016-2017 so the knowledge can be inserted into the various programs taking place throughout the ATA network over the next 12 months. “Brief the Briefers” is targeted at ATA members who play an active role in the dialogue on transatlantic defense and security, who have demonstrated their continued added value to the ATA network, meet their constitutional and financial obligations to ATA, and whose activities exhibit a great level of impact in their respective countries. This events were the occasion for ATA members to engage with NATO heads of divisions and key experts to get a clear understanding of recent developments related to Trident Juncture, Open Door Policy, Collective Defense and the Warsaw Summit agenda.
By: andrada

March 2016

MARCH

1

ATA – NATO Alignment Meeting | 1 March & 31 May 2016
The ATA program titled ‘Brief the Briefers’ aims to give influential ATA Members up-to date and detailed information on NATO’s most pressing issues for 2016-2017 so the knowledge can be inserted into the various programs taking place throughout the ATA network over the next 12 months. “Brief the Briefers” is targeted at ATA members who play an active role in the dialogue on transatlantic defense and security, who have demonstrated their continued added value to the ATA network, meet their constitutional and financial obligations to ATA, and whose activities exhibit a great level of impact in their respective countries. This events were the occasion for ATA members to engage with NATO heads of divisions and key experts to get a clear understanding of recent developments related to Trident Juncture, Open Door Policy, Collective Defense and the Warsaw Summit agenda.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

February 2016

FEBRUARY

1-2

Leangkollen | 51st Annual Security Conference in Oslo, Norway

Norwegian Atlantic Committe
The Norwegian Atlantic Committee will host their 51st  Annual Security Conference on 1st -2nd of February 2016 which will take place at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and at Leangkollen Conference Centre in Asker. This year's Conference, titled “NATO’s Southern Flank: Great Powers, Jihadists, and Refugees” will be focusing on the troublesome southern periphery and its implications on Europe. Even though there is an ongoing rivalry between great powers in the region, does the current situation also produce several "soft security" threats. Can we further explain some of these threats, and do we have the tools to handle them? What role can institutions, like EU and NATO, actually play? The opening lecture will be held by both the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Børge Brende, and the Norwegian Minister of Defence, Ms Ine Eriksen Søreide.  Furthermore, the key note speaker will be François Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. The NRK Middle East Correspondence, Sigurd Falkenberg Mikkelsen, will then end the first session with his comments, before the Q/A-session. Please see the conference program here.  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

November 2015

NOVEMBER

19

Interconnected Threats and the Future of Cooperative Security

ATA 61 General Assembly

"Cooperative Security & Interconnected Threats"

Palais d'Egmont, Brussels, 19 November 2015
  In times of globalization of insecurity, instabilities and crises have an impact beyond their regional contexts with actual and potential consequences on other geopolitical areas. Therefore, no country or international organization would be able to effectively tackle alone the complex and interconnected threats and security challenges, first and foremost terrorism. THREE LAYERS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM Even though terrorism is not a new phenomenon in the security scenario - since Gavrilo Princip's act started the World War I - the new terrorist threat we are facing today has unprecedented features that need to be taken into account for developing more effective counter-measures. Emblematic of the new dimensions of the fight against terrorism is the increasing number of “homegrown” and “foreign fighters”. Sometimes, they are confused with “freedom fighters”, while, on the contrary, they are devoted to destroy our freedoms with uncivilized manners the fundamental freedoms of our civil societies and cultural heritage. The dismay caused by the latest terrorist attacks in Paris as yesterday at the Twin Towers, are accompanied by tens of thousands of other innocent victims in Europe, in the Mediterranean, in the Middle East, in Asia, and across the entire world. Today, terrorism is spread worldwide and is ever more interconnected through the web for radicalization, recruitment, and training. Now is the time to act, not only to react, with a cooperative security approach and an effective strategic vision, able to address all the aforementioned dimensions of terrorism. Three are the layers for an effective counter-terrorism strategy: a) International cooperation through the international organizations; The unprecedented features of the new terrorism require the international organizations and the member states to update and harmonize their different counter-terrorism strategies to device more effective counter-measures. The mutual defense clause in the Lisbon Treaty, recently invoked by France (article 42, paragraph 7), goes in this direction and demands a mutual assistance “by all the means in their power”. It apperas a far more stringent clause than the one envisaged in the art 5 of the NATO Washington Treaty. While it increases the responsibilities of the EU member states in the fight against terrorism it would be advisable that it would lead to an increased cooperation with NATO in the framework of a true NATO-EU strategic partnership. The international community seems to be heading toward cooperative security solutions against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. In order to succeed, the relevant local, regional, and international actors are called to establish a true military cooperation, overcoming the political differences that still prevent them from fighting the same battle on the ground. However, the stabilization of the Mashrek will not be enough, as ISIS is spread across the Maghreb, with major outposts in Libya and Egypt, the Sahel and elsewhere in Africa. ISIS has claimed terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and South-West Asia as well, thereby cooperative security solutions need to be implemented in the broader region if the international community is to prevail over ISIS and its ramifications. b) National Governments While the international organizations have a relevant role in coordinating, supporting, and enhancing the counter-terrorism action of the member states, is the primary responsibility of the national Governments to ensure the security, internal and external, of their citizens and country. From border control to intelligence and the protection of critical infrastructures, the National Governments are requested to update and develop new counter-terrorism strategies and assets. c) Individual citizens This also entails the spread of a new and reinvigorated security culture among the population, the development of an adequate civilian preparedness, a better collection of information, as well as to protect the citizens that will denounce potential threats. In fact, citizens will acquire a more relevant and essential role in the future counterterrorism strategies as they will represent the first and fundamental tile of a new security mosaic. This means to conceive educational and training programs able to develop among the citizens a new national security culture. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkCorJK_Ivg&index=1&list=PLV2fkjN_hZhO25dRnRL4L6hbScL5-LQXL[/embed]     ATA’S IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM In all the aforementioned three levels of action, ATA has a relevant role to play. In the field of counter-terrorism, the Atlantic Treaty Association and its 37 national chapters have been promoting international programs and regional cooperation, best practices and training initiatives for civilian and military officers, supporting national authorities and decision-makers. Moreover, in close cooperation with the ATA youth dimension (YATA), relevant energies and resources has been devoted in educational programs aimed at developing a new national security culture among the successor generations. However, not even a smarter action and interaction by international organizations, national governments and citizens would be able to develop more effective counter-terrorism strategies without an enhanced cooperative security approach with our Partners in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and beyond. ATA PARTNERSHIPS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND MIDDLE EAST In this framework, the Atlantic Treaty Association has been playing a pivotal role by conducting numerous dialogue and cooperation initiatives with likeminded organizations, such as Abhath – Al Thuraya Consultancy and Researches in Abu Dhabi and the Mediterranean-Gulf Forum (MGF). The aim of our joint efforts is to place the fight against terrorism at the core of a common security agenda between the countries of the Euro-Atlantic and Mediterranean-Gulf regions, favoring the adoption of shared counter-terrorism strategies and counter-measures. THE IMPORTANCE OF MILITARY POWER Besides terrorism, the rise of hybrid forms of warfare and the resumption of traditional ones, embodied by the development of the fight against ISIS into a conventional conflict and by the violent escalation of the crisis in Ukraine, call NATO countries and Partners to enhance their capabilities and build their capacities. The exercise “Trident Juncture” that has recently been completed in Italy, Spain, and Portugal reflects the new NATO level of ambition adopted in the 2014 Wales Summit in facing the conventional and non-conventional challenges and threats of the present security scenario. On the other hand, the annual exercise “Eager Lion”, carried out in Jordan by a conspicuous group of NATO countries and partners, has reached its fifth edition, bolstering defense capabilities in the region and enhancing military-to-military relationships. Moreover, new NATO programs for partner countries have also been launched, such as the Defense Capacity Building Initiative. In this framework, an agreement between NATO and Iraq has already been forged. However, such a level of ambition must be backed by adequate military capabilities in order to avoid the imbalance within the Alliance between the resources that member states allocate to the defense sector and the NATO ability to guarantee an effective collective defense. Therefore, looking to the next Warsaw Summit, to make steps forward in addressing the 2% issue is mandatory for all the EU Allied countries. NON-MILITARY SECURITY THREATS However, NATO countries and partners are increasingly being confronted by security challenges and threats of non-military nature that cannot be dealt with by military means. Indeed, “security is today far more than a military matters. The strengthening of political consultation and economic cooperation, the development of resources, progress in education and public understanding, all these can be as important, for the protection of the security of a nation, or an alliance, as the building of a battleship or the equipping of an army”. Such words mirror exactly the characteristics of the contemporary security scenario. In fact, they are expression of the farsighted vision of the “Report of the Committee of Three on Non-Military Cooperation” issued in 1956 to enlighten us on the importance of a cooperative approach to security also in strategic non-military sectors. Radicalization, unemployment and marginalization, food and water security, climate change are non-military instability factors feeding terrorism and triggering dreadful humanitarian emergencies, such as the refugee one. A renewed effort by the international organizations and their member states to enhance cooperative security in non-military fields is necessary to solve the root causes of terrorism and the insecurity of the present times. In Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East, we do need a new vision and a proactive – not only reactive – comprehensive strategy to address the multifaceted challenges and threats to security, which are increasingly coming from Africa And Asia, beyond the border of the Euro-Atlantic and Mediterranean-Gulf area. ATA is ready and prepared to enhance its partnership relations in the promotion of a cooperative approach to security in non-military fields, such as education, culture, and human development, along the lines of the Report of the Committee of Three. A NEW REPORT ON NON-MILITARY COOPERATION To this end, the Atlantic Treaty Association is committed to launch in 2016 a significant initiative. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the “Report of the Committee of Three on Non-Military Cooperation”, dev.atahq.orgill promote the drafting of a new Report by a High Level Working Group, including personalities and distinguished experts from NATO member states and partners. The Report will bring the concepts and the recommendations crafted in 1956 by the three Foreign Ministers, Martino (IT), Lange (NW), Pearson (CA), into the 21st century. And let me say that, being an Italian such as the Chairman of the Committee of Three, Gaetano Martino, I am proud that an Italian presidency will be guiding the Atlantic Treaty Association through the work of strengthening the “sense of community” that, according to the Report, “must bind the people as well as the institutions of the Atlantic nations”, and today it extends also to our friends of the partner countries.  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

NOVEMBER

19

ATA 61GA | Cooperative Security & Interconnected Threats
 
When: 19 November, 09.00 – 17.00 Where: Palais d'Egmont, Place du Petit Sablon 8, Brussels Registrationwww.cooperativesecurity.eventbrite.com Organizer: ATA-Atlantic Treaty Association www.atlantictreatyassociation.org Live tweet: @ATAUpdates   #ATABxl  #MGForum
  The new security threats encompassing terrorism, mass migration, cyberwar and climate change, are the focus of the international conference Cooperative Security and Interconnected Threats organized by the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) on November 19th, at Palais d’Egmont, Brussels, on the occasion of its 61st General Assembly. A keynote address by Amb. Alexander VERSHBOW, NATO Deputy Secretary General, on NATO Towards the Warsaw Summit will open the conference that, thereafter, will be chaired by Fabrizio W. LUCIOLLI, President of ATA. High Government and NATO authorities, personalities from the political, diplomatic, military, academic, and economic fields that will address strategic topics amongst which: international terrorism and the fight against Isis in Syria and Iraq, the crisis in Ukraine, the refugees crisis, non-military instability factors as climate change, communication warfare and cyber-attacks. Among the speakers that will take part in the event are:
  • Bakir FALAH, Minister, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government-Iraq
  • David HOBBS, Secretary General, NATO Parliamentary Assembly
  • Ely Ould Mohamed VALL, Former President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  • Mohammed DAHLAN, Former Minister and National Security Advisor, Palestinian National Authority
  • Maj. Gen. Joseph T. GUASTELLA, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Intelligence, NATO SHAPE
  • Ted WHITESIDE, Acting Assistant Secretary General, PDD, NATO
  • Nicola DE SANTIS, Head, Middle East and North Africa Countries Section, PASP, NATO
  • Robert BELL,  Senior Civilian Representative of the Secretary of Defense in Europe & Defense Advisor, US Mission to NATO
  • Peter SPOOR, Advisor to the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator
  • Ebtesam AL KETBI, President, Emirates Policy Center
The Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) is an organization of 37 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. For its 61st General Assembly, ATA gathers 250 delegates from the 37 National Atlantic Councils of the Euro-Atlantic region together with high representatives of Partners countries in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa.   For MEDIA ACCREDITATION please register here For more details please contact: Flora Pidoux +32 25 02 31 60 Program.assistant@ata-sec.org
The event is carried out in cooperation with Abhath – Al Thuraya Consultancy and Researches and the Mediterranean-Gulf Forum, with the support of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, the US Mission to NATO and United Technologies. Special thanks go to the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Atlantic Council of Belgium.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

October 2015

OCTOBER

7

ATA Conference | Countering Information War in Ukraine - Odesa
On October7th, the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) in partnership with the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center and NATO-Ukraine Civic League, and with the support of NATO Public Diplomacy Division, organized a conference “Counter-balancing Information War in Ukraine” held in Odesa Province State Administration. The conference gathered regional key stakeholders to discuss the influence of pro-separatist propaganda in local media and design an effective strategy to promote media objectiveness. The conference gathered participants from local media, representatives of Odesa Province State Administration, local NGOs, civil society activists, professors of political science and journalism, volunteers engaged in an active debate on the topic. The conference culminated with the briefing given by Odesa Governor’s deputy and advisors, who shared their insights on the steps which should be taken in order to promote media objectiveness in the Odesa region.

Speakers

Dmytro Raiskyi – Ukraine Project Manager at the Atlantic Treaty Association Serhiy Dzherdzh – Head of the NATO-Ukraine Civic League Tetyana Kolosova – Project Manager at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center Yulia Marushevskaya – Odesa Governor’s Deputy Yulia Kurokhtina – Odesa Governor’s Advisor Solomiya Bobrovskaya – Odesa Governor’s Advisor Olekasndr Salabay – Official Representative of Ukraine’s State Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting Iryna Matsishina – Professor of Journalism at Mechikov State University Svitlana Bondar – Professor of Journalism at Mechnikov State University Inna Tereschenko – Conflict Studies Expert at Odesa State Mediation Group Pavlo Kolotvin – Director of Odesa Institute of Political Information Tetyana Kryvosheya – Candidate of Social Science, Ukraine Peacekeeping School
   

MEDIA COVERAGE 

  Odesskiy Oblasnoi Telekanal (TV channel) Krug (TV Channel) http://krug.com.ua/news/24881 Grad (TV Channel) http://grad.ua/programmy-tv/tv-novosti/60928-novosti-07102015.html Vazhno (web-based news portal) http://vazhno.com.ua/news/2015/10/07/mezhdunarodnaya-konferentsiya-protiv-informatsionnoy-voyni-proshla-v-odesse/ Informer (web-based news portal) http://informer.od.ua/news/v-odesse-proshel-seminar-po-problemam-informacionnoj-bezopasnosti-pod-egidoj-nato/ Topor (web-based news portal) http://topor.od.ua/v-odesse-obsudili-problem-informatsionnoy-voyn/ Timer Odesa (web-based news portal) https://timer-odessa.net/news/v_odesskoy_oga_soveschalis_o_tom_kak_pobedit_putina_890.html Ukrpohliad (web-based news portal) http://ukrpohliad.org/news/v-odesi-obgovoryly-strategiyu-protydiyi-rosijskij-informatsijnij-agresiyi.html Printed Press: SP-Press, Dumskaya Gazette, Slovo Prodnestroviya, Odesskiy Vestnik, Ukrainskyi Poglyad
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

OCTOBER

15

BRIEF THE BRIEFERS | NATO officials and ATA representatives coordinate strategic communication
On October 15th, a selected group of ATA members took part in a day of briefings at NATO Headquarters for a new ATA program titled ‘Brief the Briefers’. This program aims to give influential ATA Members up-to date and detailed information on NATO’s most pressing issues for 2015-2016 so the knowledge can be inserted into the various programs taking place throughout the ATA network over the next 12 months. "Brief the Briefers" is targeted at ATA members who play an active role in the dialogue on transatlantic defense and security, who have demonstrated their continued added value to the ATA network, meet their constitutional and financial obligations to ATA, and whose activities exhibit a great level of impact in their respective countries. This event was the occasion for ATA members to engage with NATO heads of divisions and key experts to get a clear understanding of recent developments related to Trident Juncture, Open Door Policy, Collective Defense and the Warsaw Summit agenda.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

July 2015

JUNE-JULY

26-1

Croatia, Sipan: International Summer School
The Atlantic Council of Croatia successfully held traditional 14th International Summer School in Sipan, Croatia, 26 June – 1 July 2015, in cooperation with NATO PDD and International Institute for Peace. The School was divided into two topics: Mediterranean between Europe and Middle East: Challenges and Perspectives, organized with the support of NATO Public Diplomacy Division; and another topic was: Western Balkans between Integration and Isolation, co-organized with the International Institute for Peace, Vienna.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

June 2015

JUNE

12

YATA Social Media Training at NATO HQ | 12 June 2015
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NATO Head Quarter, Brussels, Belgium 12 June 2015  Coordination: Cristiano Bellini & Maria Mundt Participants: 20 young professionals from South and Eastern Europe and Caucasus.
  The Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) has hosted a "Social Media Training" for the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA) young professionals at NATO HQ on the 12th June 2015. The event was addressed to 20 young leaders, from the Balkans, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe, that engaged in a series of briefings on NATO messaging, current agenda, and social media training. Relying on our previous years of success in building and supporting a wide and connected network of young professional in NATO member and partner countries, ATA has organised this Social Media training to empower YATA members in spreading NATO messages towards online public and post-Cold war generations in their respective countries. Thus, YATA Social Media Training will not only foster a better understanding of the Alliance’s objectives and missions among young professionals but also train them in communicating clearly NATO’s policies and messages to make the Alliance as accessible as possible to online communities. During the training, ATA created a space for the active participation of the attending young professionals to engage in an exchange of ideas, expertise and experience between the young professionals and senior NATO officials. Apart from directly linking YATA young professionals from NATO member and partner countries, YATA Social Media Training has also given young participants the possibility to learn how to deliver NATO messages and NATO objectives through digital platforms. The topics of the sessions were shaped by the topics of NATO current agenda to ensure that the Alliance’s priorities could be addressed effectively by youth. By adding the youth component to the NATO social media strategy, dev.atahq.orgill seek to close the generation gap in NATO’s outreach. Yata Social media training  

PROGRAM


 

Welcome remarks and NATO’s Current Agenda

- Mr Zsolt Rabai, Programme Officer, Engagements Section, Public Diplomacy Division

Workshop 1 – Readiness Action Plan

- Mr Andrew Budd, Defence Capabilities Section, Defence Policy and Planning Division

Workshop 2 – The Ukraine Crisis and NATO-Russia Relations

- Dr Petr Lunák, Deputy Head, Engagements Section, Public Diplomacy Division

 

Workshop 3 – Crisis on NATO’s Southern Border

- Mr Rolf Schwarz, Middle East and North Africa Section, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division

Training Session 1 – Social Media Integration and Campaigns for Events

- Mr Axel De Mil, Social Media Coordinator, Communications Services, Public Diplomacy Division

- Ms. K. Knickle, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications, Public Diplomacy Division

  Training Session 2 – Social Media Measurement and Assessment - Mr Franky Saegerman, Head, Social Media Unit, Communications Services, Public Diplomacy Division  

Keynote Address to the ATA Council

H.E. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow,

Deputy Secretary General


Concluding remarks

Youth Ministerial Meetings: Presentation of Policy Recommendations by Mr. Daniel Fazlic, Youth Ministerial Delegate

 
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

JUNE

12

ATA CM2015 | Program "Counter-Terrorism Strategies: Challenges & Perspectives"

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  Panel Discussion

COUNTER-TERRORISM STRATEGIESCHALLENGES AND PERSPECTIVES

Brussels, Quartier Prince Albert, Rue des Petits Carmes 20 12th June 2015     14.30  WELCOME ADDRESS Prof. Fabrizio W. LUCIOLLI President, Atlantic Treaty Association 14.40  INTRODUCTORY REMARKS Hon. Karl LAMERS Vice President, NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Bundestag Defense Committee  14.50  PANEL DISCUSSION The attacks carried out in Paris on January 7th questioned the effectiveness of the counterterrorism strategies of the European countries facing the new terrorist threat. The “homegrown” militants and “foreign fighters” tied to ISIS and its affiliated groups across the Middle East and Africa differ from the traditional al‑Qaeda style terrorists, posing an array of new challenges to governments, law enforcement agencies, information services and citizens. Prominent decision makers, officials and experts from Europe, the Middle East and Africa will address the hybrid techniques of the new terrorist threat as well as the security and legal countermeasures to prevent radicalization, recruitment, terrorism financing and other attacks. MODERATOR Dr. Georgi GOTEV EurActiv Senior Editor REMARKS Dr. Peter SPOOR Advisor to the European Union Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Mr. Noman BENOTMAN President, Quilliam Foundation H.E. Ely Ould Mohammed VALL Former President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania Dr. Fares BRAIZAT Director of Strategic Studies and Evaluation, Office of His Majesty, Royal Hashemite Court, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Dr. Juliette BIRD Head, Counter-Terrorism Section, NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division 16.15   Q&A SESSION Q&A part 1  -   Q&A part 2   -   Q&A part 3 17.00   CONCLUSION  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

JUNE

19-21

GLOBSEC 2015 : Central Europe on the map of transatlantic thinking
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10 YEARS OF THE PREMIER FORUM IN CENTRAL EUROPE

This year, GLOBSEC marks 10 years since its beginning. Already for a decade, GLOBSEC has been essentially contributing to the shaping of regional, European and wider transatlantic policy agenda. It has become an indispensable meeting place of stakehold­ers and everyone who matters in foreign and security policy especially in Central and Eastern Europe. In just a few years, GLOBSEC has risen from humble beginnings to become the premier foreign policy and security forum in Central Europe and one of the top five conferences of its kind in the world. Hundreds of most influential experts from leading European and transatlantic think-tanks, academia, business leaders and politicians will once again come to GLOBSEC to discuss issues that make headlines in the global media. Over the years, GLOBSEC’s guest list has included Zbigniew Brzezinski, Donald Tusk, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, John Allen, Radosław Sikorski, Carl Bildt, Ahmed Rashid, George Friedman, Franco Frattini and other personalities.
GlobSec 2015
  GLOBSEC 2015 HIGHLIGTS One of the top five foreign and security conference in the world will be celebrating its 10th anniversary; Part of the official Slovak Visegrad Presidency events, held only one year before the Slovak EU Presidency in 2016, planned meeting of top V4 representatives and high level politi­cians from major EU countries; The Ukrainian crisis and its implications for the European security architecture at the centre of GLOBSEC attention. Defence, energy security and cyber security will be dis­cussed as the topics with special importance for the CEE region; ISIL and the rise of Islamic extremism as one of the key security challenges for free world; Attendance of top leaders: Presidents, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Ministers of Defence, EU and NATO officials and other top level politicians from Europe and the North Atlantic area; Special public format GLOBSEC City Talks designed to reach wider spectrum of audience, with outreach to about 1 000 people. TOPICAL FRAMEWORK The 2015 Forum will be even more important than the previous ones. The European and transatlantic order has been under attack simultaneously from East and South as never before and Central Europe is facing an unprecedented challenge to its stability and security since the fall of Communism. GLOBSEC will focus on a number of issues pivotal to the region, the EU and the transatlantic community, including: RESPONDING TO Russia & helping Ukraine | Given Central Europe’s own history and vicinity to Russia, GLOBSEC will again seek to provide greater clarity about Moscow’s evolving objectives and Europe’s policy towards Kremlin than policy discussions anywhere in Europe or North America. Placing special emphasis on Ukraine, the debate will explore the behaviour of nations in the “arc of crisis” around Russia and how the West can better support their aspirations for defining their own future. TACKLING THE CHALLENDE OF RADICAL ISLAMIS AND TERRORISM | The Middle East continues to radicalise, the so-called Islamic State and al-Qaeda fight for attention, funding and influence, which not only destabilises regional security, but proves to have impact on safety of Western Europe and North America. GLOBSEC will contribute to answers how we – together with our partners in the Arab world – should tackle this new face of radicalism both in European countries and directly in the broader Middle East. ADAPTING NATO AND EUROPEAN SECURITY | One year before the upcoming 2016 Summit in Warsaw, the GLOBSEC community will assess how the Allies have implemented the taskings of the last Wales Summit to make NATO’s defence and deterrence credible and relevant to the security challenges emanating from Russia and the Middle East. We will also look at the broader picture of transatlantic relations, including in the economic and energy dimensions, seeking to provide a fresh impetus to Atlanticism in the region and beyond. EMPOWERING EUROPE | Surveying Europe’s strategic landscape through the prism of key capitals, international organisations, think tanks and private companies, GLOBSEC will examine the willpower of the Europeans to engage internationally while fixing the ailing economies at home. Given the EU’s dependence on Russian gas, discussions will zoom in on the common actions that must be taken on energy policy to broaden Europe’s strategic choices. THE THREE-DAY FORUM will consist of several main debates, keynotes, night owl sessions and focused break-out dinner sessions – creating platforms for formal as well as informal debates on front-page topics that drive developments in the region and beyond. The program also includes closed policy sessions, receptions and other formats conducive to policy-shaping and networking. GLOBSEC CITY TALKS | With the aim of introducing prominent policy-makers and expert figures to a wider audience, GLOBSEC will provide a series of dynamic public debates held in the heart of Bratislava. The event will not only expose top GLOBSEC speakers to the broader public; streamed live and covered by international media, it is also designed to reach vast audiences and stakeholders – well beyond the walls of Bratislava’s Old Town. GLOBSEC GALA DINNER | GLOBSEC 2015 will again host a high-profile Gala Dinner. Traditionally, the event will feature the Czech and Slovak Transatlantic Awards, a joint initiative of the Slovak Atlantic Commission and the Jagello 2000 Association. The Awards annually recognise personalities who have substantially contributed to strengthening transatlantic ties and overall stability of the Euro-Atlantic area, while emphasising the awardees’ ties to Central Europe, especially to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. SIDE EVENTS | GLOBSEC 2015 will bring together heads of government, foreign and defence ministers and influential policy-makers in order to generate new ideas, partnerships and solutions to issues of central concern to the GLOBSEC community. The formats will include bilateral government meetings, expert working groups, policy sessions, and tête-à-têtes. YOUNG LEADERS AT GLOBSEC | Traditionally, GLOBSEC hosts dozens of young experts and leaders from some 20 countries – engaging them not only in the Forum’s official agenda, but also in a series of tailor-made debates, workshops and networking activities designed to contribute to both their professional development and to the infusion of fresh ideas into the Forum’s debates. PUBLIC-PRIVATE FORUMS | As companies are key partners in finding answers to pressing political, security and economic challenges, GLOBSEC remains committed to engaging business leaders into its community. Based on the success of previous years, a variety of business-oriented events and meetings, with special focus on defence industry cooperation, start-ups, cyber defence and energy, will continue to accompany the GLOBSEC Forum.
sac http://www.ata-sac.org http://www.globsec.org Bratislava, Slovakia  June 19 - 21 2015 LIVESTREAM http://www.globsec.org/globsec2015/live-stream LIVE TWEET  @globsec   #GLOBSEC2015
 
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

JUNE-JULY

26-1

Croatia, Sipan: International Summer School
The Atlantic Council of Croatia successfully held traditional 14th International Summer School in Sipan, Croatia, 26 June – 1 July 2015, in cooperation with NATO PDD and International Institute for Peace. The School was divided into two topics: Mediterranean between Europe and Middle East: Challenges and Perspectives, organized with the support of NATO Public Diplomacy Division; and another topic was: Western Balkans between Integration and Isolation, co-organized with the International Institute for Peace, Vienna.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

January 2015

JANUARY

01

The Riga Conference 2015
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NoDIc5ZkL4[/embed] The Rīga Conference has taken pride in itself as the meeting place of local and global elites since its inception in 2006. In the past, we have been honored with the presence of countless heads of state, heads of government, ministers, NATO and EU officials, and ambassadors – from all around the world. In addition to the extensive list of speakers, 200 participants attend the conference every year, listening to and interacting with the high level policy makers. Over the course of the last 8 years, The Rīga Conference has built its name and reputation. Highlights have included having the Prime Ministers of Latvia, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, and Finland together in the same room to discuss economic growth in a time of austerity; the presentation by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in 2008 and the address by President of the United States George W. Bush in 2006. RigaConference_2015
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By: Atlantic Treaty Association

November 2014

NOVEMBER

25-28

NATO Advance Research Workshop in Georgia

The Atlantic Treaty Association would like to thank  NATO SPS Division, the Atlantic Council of Georgia and all the participants for the outstanding results of the Advanced Research Workshop held in Tbilisi, Georgia, 25-28 November 2014. 

We have collected the most concrete best practices of critical energy infrastructure protection (CEIP), which have been  discussed during the workshop. These findings have been consolidated in a dedicated publication, which will be published next autumn and will be handed to the NATO Industrial Resources and Communications Services Group (IRCSG)/NATO Operations Division. The findings will highlight the opportunities for better CEIP by enhancing public-private partnership.

The Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) was financed by NATO with the aim of providing high-level discussions and information sharing, in order to find solutions for today's emerging energy security challenges. The workshop  featured panels on the role of international organizations, public and private stakeholders in energy security; terrorism and its implications for energy infrastructure security and cyber threats to critical energy infrastructures. Experts discussed a wide range of threats and risks that can compromise energy infrastructure networks, such as terrorist attacks and cyber threats. These risks affect both NATO Allies and partners alike, since countries are often connected by energy infrastructure networks that are of crucial importance for our energy supply.

This workshop has been directed and coordinated by Mr.Alessandro Niglia as Co-Director NATO ARW with the support of Mr.Giorgi MuchaidzeExecutive Director of the Atlantic Council of Georgia.  

PROGRAM


 25 November 2014

DINNER RECEPTION

GeorgiaDifesa

Sponsored by the Ministry of Defense of Georgia

19.30 - 22.00 | Marriott Courtyard, Tbilisi, Georgia

WELCOME REMARKS - Mr. Alessandro NIGLIA | Co-Director NATO SPS ARW, Atlantic Treaty Association - Mr. Giorgi MUCHADIZE | Executive Director, Atlantic Council of Georgia. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS - Ms. Teona AKUBARDIA | Deputy Head of the National Security Council Secretary - Mr. William LAHUE | Head of NATO Liaison Office, Georgia CLOSING REMARKS - Amb. Vasil SIKHARULIDZE | Chairman, Atlantic Council of Georgia

26 November 2014


   Panel discussion:

Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection from Terrorist Attacks, Vandalism, Sabotage and Criminal Activity

This session aims to identify the consequences of terrorist attacks,sabotage and espionage on Critical Energy Infrastructure with aspecific focus on pipelines and electrical grids.

MODERATOR - Lt.Col. Nicholas HENRY | Deputy Director, NATO ENSEC COE SPEAKERS - Mr. Heiki JAKSON | Strategic Analysis and Research Division Subject Matter Expert, NATO ENSEC COE - Mr. Kujtim PROSEKU| Head of Electrical Department, InfraTransProject - Prof. Dr. Mesut Hakki CASIN | Professor of International Relations, Ozyegin University, Turkey - Dr. Nadejda KOMENDANTOVA | Coordinator of Risk Governance Group Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Program - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis - IIASA

27 November 2014


  Panel discussion:

Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection from Cyber-Attacks

This session aims to identify the linkage between potential cyberattacks on Energy infrastructure and how to prevent them. The session will facilitate an exchange of public, non-classified and factbased information on cyber threats to critical energy infrastructure.

- Dr. Burkhard THEILE | Cyber Security Expert, Atlantic Council of Germany - Dr. Stefano MELE | Director of the Observatory on Info Warfare and Emerging Technologies, Italian Institute of Strategic Studies Niccolò Machiavelli - Mr. Frederick POLLACK | Senior Analyst, Energy Security at NATO Intelligence Fusion Center - Col. Andrea COLELLA | Italian Atlantic Committee Cyber Security Advisor - Ms. Caroline BAYLON | Research Associate - Science, Technology and Cyber Security, International Security Department, Chatham House

   Panel discussion:

The Potential NATO Role in CEIP and Public-Private Partnerships

This session aims to involve experts coming from the private sector and state representatives to consider how to apply the strategic defense technique, crisis management and resilience in order to prevent a critical crisis scenario.

MODERATOR - Mr. Matthew BRYZA | Former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan SPEAKERS - Mr. Ilia ELOSHVILI | Deputy Minister of Energy, Georgia - Mr. Julijus GRUBLIAUSKAS | Energy Security Officer at NATO - Mr. Cyril LEROY | Senior Programme Officer at the Office of the Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environment Activities - Mr. Riccardo DUGULIN | Research Analyst, Drum Cussac - H.E. Mr Nikoloz VASHAKIDZE | Former President of Georgian International Oil Corporation, Former First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Founder of Society Iveria

28 November 2014


Panel discussion:

Protecting Trans-Adriatic Pipeline—TAP as a Case Study

This session aims to involve experts coming from the private sector and state representatives to consider how to apply the strategic defense technique, crisis management and resilience in order to prevent a critical crisis scenario.

MODERATOR - Mr. Mario D’AGOSTINI | Swiss National Representative in Industrial Resources and Communication Services Group, IRCSG Industry SPEAKERS - Mr. Alessandro ORTIS | President, Association Mediterranean Energy Regulators for Electricity and Gas - Mr. Stavri DHIMA | Head of Petroleum and Mining Policies Sector at Ministry of Economy,Trae and Energy, Albania - Mr. Dimitrios MANOLIS | Deputy Head Division , DEPA S.A., Public Gas Corporation of Greece - Mr. Zaur SHIRIYEV | Senior Research Fellow for the Caspian Center for Energy and Environment (CCEE0), ADA University

Conclusions: 

Findings of the ARW, Best Practices and Recommendations

The central aim of the conclusion panel is to collect the most concrete best practices of critical energy infrastructure protection (CEIP), which will be discussed during the workshop. These findings are to be consolidated in a dedicated publication, which shall be handed to the NATO Industrial Resources and Communications Services Group (IRCSG)/NATO Operations Division. The findings should highlight the opportunities for better CEIP by enhancing publicprivate partnership.

MODERATOR - Mr. Farshad MOHAMMAD-AVVALI | Risk Analyst at the Risk Management Head Office in Kabul, Afghanistan SPEAKERS - Mr. Jason WISEMAN | Secretary General Designate, ATA - Lt. Col. Nicholas HENRY | Deputy Director, NATO ENSEC COE - Dr. Burkhard THEILE | Cyber Security Expert, Atlantic Council of Germany - Mr. Matthew BRYZA | Former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan - Mr. Mario d’AGOSTINI | Swiss national representative in Industrial Resources and Communication Group - IRCSG [slickr-flickr tag="CEIP" type="slideshow" id="133398000@N06"] [spacer height="20px"]
By: Atlantic Treaty Association

February 2013

FEBRUARY

4-6

ATA's 58th General Assembly in Rome, Italy | 4 - 6 February 2013

58th ATA General Assembly

4 - 6 February 2013 Organized by the Italian Atlantic Committee in cooperation with the Atlantic Treaty Association and the NATO Defense College

With the support of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division Venue: Rome, Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament | NATO Defense College


The 58th ATA General Assembly took place from 4 February to 6 February 2013 at the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament and the NATO Defense College in Rome. Delegates from over thirty national ATA and YATA chapters participated in vibrant debate and discussion on a broad range of security-related issues at their respective conferences, from cyber security topics to missile defense and energy security. For the first time, the Council meeting spurred engaging dialogues on transatlantic security policy, while the subsequent forums gave delegates a deeper insight into these pressing transatlantic security challenges. The Council meeting was opened in the exquisite Chamber of Deputies by ATA President Dr. Karl Lamers, who expressed his gratitude to the Italian Atlantic Committee for organizing the General Assembly on such short notice. Dr. Lamers detailed his goals for the ATA in the coming year, including a desire to expand partnerships in order to achieve the overarching goals of promoting democracy and civil society in emerging NATO partner states. Secretary-General Mr. Troels Frøling further expanded on these goals, highlighting the importance of YATA as the cornerstone of the ATA’s efforts, and YATA President Kristin Durant presented her vision for an active program in the coming year.
The presentations by the ATA leadership were followed by five reports on specific issues of particular concern to the ATA: - NATO-EU relations - Arctic security - The role of Atlantic Councils in Public Diplomacy - NATO-Serbia relations  - Smart defense in the Visegrad region
Gen. Federico Yaniz, Secretary General of the Spanish Atlantic Association, detailed the partnership within NATO-EU relations, particularly within the past decade. Gen. Yaniz discussed the EU’s “unique and essential” role as a partner for NATO, highlighting their engagement in Africa as an example of cooperation in tackling a common security priority.  However, Gen. Yaniz further addressed the challenges to a cohesive relationship between NATO and the EU, such as the varying opinions of their differing memberships and, most importantly, the efforts by some to curb the United States’ influence on the EU by keeping NATO away from EU activities. Ms. Kate Hansen Bundt, Secretary General of the Norwegian Atlantic Committee delivered a speech in which she discussed the “five R’s” impacting Arctic security: rapid ice melting; routes for sea transportation; resources; Russia; and regional cooperation based on security policy. Ms. Bundt stressed the critical role the Arctic is beginning to play in ensuring energy security, as Norway is one of the world’s largest producers of oil and natural gas. At the same time, she warned of increased ice melting leading to the pillaging of the Arctic’s resources and increasing Russian and Chinese interest and investment in the region. Professor Szilveszter Vizi, President of the Hungarian Atlantic Committee, addressed the Council on the role of Atlantic Councils in communicating today’s security environment.  Professor Vizi spoke extensively on the role of public diplomacy in creating the image of NATO as a secure alliance. He examined public perceptions of security in regards to defense cuts, specifically positing how to make the right budgetary adjustments in times of austerity. Mr. Vladimir Krulj, Director of the Atlantic Council of Serbia, discussed the challenges to Serbia’s accession to NATO and the steps that the Atlantic Council of Serbia has taken to increase its internal efforts to improve the way Serbs see NATO. On a national level, Mr. Krulj noted increased dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, in addition to Belgrade’s handling of its budgetary problems. He further elaborated on the efforts of the Atlantic Council of Serbia to bring the country more into the NATO fold, including joint events with the Slovak Atlantic Council to compare the two countries’ accession process. Amb. Rastislav Káčer and Mr. Robert Vass informed the Council of smart defense efforts in the Visegrad region in Eastern Europe. They prefaced their presentation with the fact that on a political level, defense is becoming more difficult to talk about. As such, they stated that a critical means to keep defense strategies current is the work of NGOs, which keep pressure on governments to maintain defense strategies in the face of new threats like cyber crime.
 At the NATO Defense College comprised of Youth Atlantic Forum delegates, from a wide variety of regions, coming together to work out contemporary issues involving youth and NATO activities. - The New Generation and the Future of the Broader Middle East - Future NATO Partnerships and how the organization is expanding geographically - NATO 2020: future structure and activities - Mediterranean - Middle East relations
The first panel of speakers discussed, “The New Generation and the Future of the Broader Middle East”, with each one focusing on individual geographic areas. The state of affairs in Egypt was discussed including the current status of the Egyptian revolution, the ineffectiveness of EU policy in the region and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Jordanian politics were also a topic of discussion, particularly the upcoming elections and government relations with Bedouin communities in the region. Issues in the Gulf States regarding increased repression and lack of social mobilization were also touched upon. The importance of youth involvement with social media was heavily emphasized by these speakers, and how they will affect the future of Arab economies and political regimes. The second panel at the Youth Atlantic Forum centered on "Future NATO Partnerships and how the organization is expanding geographically". There was considerable emphasis on Eastern European countries and the Caucuses region, both aspiring and current member states, and their relationships with Russia and NATO. Russia in particular was seen as preventing NATO expansion into former Soviet space. The speakers also called for strengthening Middle Eastern and Mediterranean partnerships, especially with the recent developments of new leadership. NATO’s relationship with Israel was also discussed and how it is affecting activities with other states in the region. Afghanistan was another major topic of discussion due to the upcoming withdrawal of NATO forces in 2014. One major aspiration, on NATO’s part, is the growth of a politically active and educated civil society post-withdrawal. The Atlantic Treaty Association events at the NATO Defense College, during the second and third days of the General Assembly, centered primarily on a few pressing topics currently facing the trans-Atlantic alliance. NATO’s future structure and activities were discussed at length during the NATO 2020 discussion panel. Due to the emergence of new global powers, the panel emphasized the need for NATO to reorganize as an institution in order to effectively carry out its mission in a world that is constantly evolving. This message was prevalent throughout the panels that followed, focusing on topics such as cooperative security in the Mediterranean and the Middle East as well as modern defense and economic development. Activities occurring in the Middle East and Mediterranean are of growing importance to NATO, as its membership has evolved to include extensive contact with the region. The role of Turkey as a bridge between the east and west has become a crucial strategic area and was discussed extensively in the context of Europe-Mediterranean relations.  Several non-NATO partners in the Middle East, which are currently collaborating on NATO missions, are still experiencing the regional instability effects of the Arab spring. The panel stressed the importance of maintaining dialogue and cooperation with new leadership in order to help contribute to their national security. Issues were also raised regarding whether or not NATO has a role in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Panel speakers from both sides of the debate agreed that it was time for the two peoples to come to a decision to end the conflict and how NATO could play a role as a mediator in that discussion. Ideas for the long-term related to defense and economic development were extensively deliberated following the Mediterranean-Middle East panel. In order to effectively manage the direction NATO moves in this area, it was stressed that the organization needs to adapt to the new rules of the game. Weapons technology is constantly changing, requiring more funds for research and development during a period of steep defense budget cuts, particularly in the United States.  Many countries are closely observing these developments and are investing heavily in the growing field of cyber security. The proposed restructuring plan for NATO suggested by the military personnel, academics and industry experts on the panel aims to better adapt the organization to the changing international security environment. In conclusion, this year’s ATA General Assembly fostered crucial debate and discussion on some of the most pressing topics in international affairs facing NATO today. Both ATA and YATA delegates took away a renewed sense of awareness of these issues which will greatly benefit them in their respective areas of work. Many thanks go to the Comitato Atlantico Italiano for graciously hosting the delegates in Rome this year under such short notice. We would also like to thank the panel speakers for attending the assembly in order to share their insight and expertise during the discussions. We greatly look forward to seeing you all again at the next ATA General Assembly. 1835
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