April 2019

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

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

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

September 2017

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

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

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

February 2017

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

November 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 2015

JUNE

12

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

ATA Atlantic Treaty AssociationABHATH THURAYA AWMA_MGF_LOGO_ENG_COL_CMYK_050914
  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.
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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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