ATA NATO Runs throughout the network!
PUBLISHED: June 19, 2019
The ATA NATO RUN project is part of the ATA initiatives for celebrating the NATO 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 sport events took place on April 6th in Tirana and Skopje, in April 21st in Estonia and on June 9th in Georgia.   A team of 4 runners for Country who won the national Runs, will have the possibility to participate inthe NATO RUN in Budapest, which will take place on October 19th.   More than 1.900 runners took part to the four ATA RUNs in four different Countries (300 in Skopje, 630 in Tirana, 700 in Tallinn and 200 in Lagodekhi) with almost 5.000 spectators.   The events were supported by Municipalities, local EU and NATO liaison Offices, Military Police and Athletic Federations and involved participation of high-level figures as Ministers of Defense, Chiefs of General Staff of the Army, Mayors, Representatives from NATO offices, as well as representatives from most of the military-diplomatic corps and media.   The events were extensively promoted on media and social media in local languages. Additional information can be found on National Associations websites and Facebook pages:  YATA Albania   Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA)  YATA Georgia  Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia 
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
Women, Peace and Security: Where are we?
PUBLISHED: June 14, 2019
As part of its work on Women, Peace and Security and with the support of its dedicated Task Force, the ATA has produced a situational report on the implementation of the National Action Plans (NAPs) for WPS among the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) Member States. The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) on 31 October 2000. This Resolution recognizes and addresses the disproportionate impact of conflict on women and girls and committed to enhance the role of women in different areas(e.g. prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction). It also states how important the equal participation and full involvement of women in all efforts is in maintaining and promoting peace and security, seeing a woman’s voice as indispensable in the creation of lasting peace. The Resolution urges all actors to consider the gendered differences inherent in conflict when developing peace building solutions, and to increase women’s participation in all UN peace and security efforts. It also urges all actors to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence (such as rape and other forms of sexual abuse) in situations of armed conflict. Many operational mandates, as well as implications for Member States and the entities of the UN system, are included in the Resolution. The Inter-agency Network on Women and Gender Equality established the Inter-agency Task force on Women, Peace and Security to ensure collaboration and coordination throughout the UN system in the implementation of UNSCR 1325. This Taskforce is chaired by the Special Advisor on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women. You can find this report under 'Publications and Resources' on our website or directly here: ATA WPS Situational Report
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
In Memorian - Radovan Vukadinovic
PUBLISHED: May 24, 2019
It is with deep sorrow that we have learnt of the passing of President of the Atlantic Council of Croatia and Croatian Association for International Studies, Prof. Radovan Vukadinovic PhD earlier this week. He will be remembered as an extraordinary expert in international relations, political scientist and an expert for foreign policy. Even after he retired as a professor at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb, he lectured at private universities and was a mentor to many doctoral candidates. Through his work in the non-governmental sector, Prof. Vukadinovic dealt with international relations, with a specific accent on international security, and in many aspects thanks to Professor's work the Republic of Croatia became a member of the Euro-Atlantic family, mainly the NATO Alliance. His work also greatly influenced the evolution of the Western Balkan countries in accepting Euro-Atlantic values.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
ATA EU Election Guide
PUBLISHED: May 20, 2019
In the run-up to the European Elections happening later this month, the ATA has asked the groups in the European Parliament what their stances, priorities and policies are in the field of security and defense. Why did we ask Political Groups in the European Parliament? Freedom, security and justice are shared competences or powers, this means that competences are shared between the EU and the member states (Article 4 of the Treaty for the Functioning of the European Union) This means that the member states can act only if the EU has chosen not to. Most groups in the European Parliament have a vision and strategic documents related to the fields of Security and Defence, however in certain cases they have opted to leave this field to the national parties. Where the latter is the case this is clearly indicated. A link is provided to the national parties belonging to the groups where those interested can find the security and defence policy priorities of the national parties. You can find the ATA EU Election Guide under Publications & Resources or by simply clicking here.  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
ATA - NATO DSG Meeting
PUBLISHED: April 26, 2019
On April 15, 2019, a meeting with the NATO Deputy Secretary General, H.E. Rose Gottemoeller and the ATA Bureau Members, the Committee for the Revision of the Constitution and the Executive Board of YATA, took place at the NATO headquarters. The ATA program of activities for the 70th anniversary of the Alliance and future initiatives have been addressed. On the sidelines of the meeting, the ATA Representatives had the chance to meet the NATO Secretary General, H.E. Jens Stoltenberg. The ATA Delegation was led by President Fabrizio W. Luciolli and composed by the following ATA Representatives: Amb. Elena Poptodorova, Vice President of ATA and Atlantic Council of Bulgaria; Dr. Vladan Zivulovic, ATA Vice President and President Atlantic Council of Serbia; Dr. Zsolt Rabai, ATA Secretary General; H.E. Julio Miranda Calha, President of the ATA Committee for the Revision of the Constitution and President of the Portuguese Atlantic Committee; Dr. Thedossios Georgiou, former ATA President, President of the Greek Association for Atlantic and European Cooperation, Member of Committee for the Revision of the Constitution; Ms. Krista Mulenok, Secretary General Estonian Atlantic Association and Member of Committee for the Revision of the Constitution; Prof. Antongiulio De’Robertis, Vice President of the Italian Atlantic Committee and Member of Committee for the Revision of the Constitution; Mr. Jean-Paul Preumont, ATA Treasurer and Member of Committee for the Revision of the Constitution; Mr. Simone Zuccarelli, YATA Acting President; Ms. Juxhina Sotiri Gjoni, YATA Vice President; Mr. Rati Bakhtadze, YATA Vice President. Ms. Gerlinde Niehus, Head of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division (PDD) Engagement Section and Officers of the NATO PDD took also part in the meeting. ATA renewed its appreciation to the NATO PDD for the constant support.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
NATO SFA CoE Inauguration
PUBLISHED: April 26, 2019
President Luciolli Lectio Magistralis delivered on occasion of the official inauguration of the NATO Security Force Assistance Center of Excellence . Cesano, Rome, March 26, 2019. The Official Inauguration of the NATO Centre of Excellence takes place in a historical moment of the Alliance’s life and certifies the vitality and enduring strength of our shared values and commitments. In fact, the Transatlantic link and the Collective Defense - which make the security of Europe and North America indivisible - generated the “strongest and most successful Alliance in history” (J. Stoltenberg). For 70 years, the Atlantic Alliance has been able to prevent conflicts, preserve peace and defend the free democratic values and territories of nearly one billion citizens. Historically, the average life of collective-defense alliances has been estimated in 15 years. In fact, during the last five centuries, just 10 of the 63 major military alliances survived beyond 40-year term (Brookings, Foreign Policy Paper, June 30, 2010). NATO unmatched success relies on its adaptive DNA. Notwithstanding its complex political military structure, NATO has always been able to adapt itself according to the continuous transformation of the security landscape. Moreover, the Open-Door policy has reinforced the Alliance which – from the original 12 States – is ready to welcome the Republic of North Macedonia as its thirtieth Member. The opening of a new Centre of Excellence for Security Force Assistance testifies the continuous NATO’s effort to effectively cope with the security needs of the next 70 years. To better understand the future challenges of the Centre, we can recall the Hegel suggestion telling that “You can understand the future as much you are able to understand the past.” During its first four decades, NATO’s role has been summarized by the first Secretary General, Lord Ismay, statement of “keeping Americans in, Russia out, Germans down”. During the Cold War, the Security concept relied in a mere military meaning of static territorial collective defense, based on the Art. 5 of the Treaty. However, in the 1956 Report of the Three Wise Men Committee – chaired by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gaetano Martino, together with the Canadian and Norwegian colleagues Lester B. Pearson and Halvard Lange – it was already clear that “security is today far more than a military matter. The strengthening of political consultation and economic cooperation, the development of resources, progress in education and public understanding, all these can be as important, or even more 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. (Point 15) These two aspects of security – civil and military – can no longer safely be considered in watertight compartments, either within or between nations (Point 16)”. Moreover, “NATO should not forget that the influence and interests of its members are not confined to the area covered by the Treaty, and that common interests of the Atlantic Community can be seriously affected by developments outside the Treaty area. (Point 32)”. Such a farsighted vision of the Three Wise Men anticipated the need for a Comprehensive Approach to effectively address the non-Art. 5 Crisis Response Operations (NA5CRO) that NATO was requested to launch in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In this context, the Security concept acquired new political, economic, and social dimensions and became a dynamic concept requiring the projection of forces and stability “out of area”. During the post-Cold War era, NATO quickly adapted its Strategic Concept, whilst launching Crisis Response Operations, partnerships programs, training and assistance initiatives, in the Balkans and beyond. The fall of the Twin Towers and the invocation for the first time of Art. 5, dramatically highlighted to the Atlantic community the danger of the modern global, asymmetric and hybrid threats, which need to be addressed where they originate. While NATO promptly reacted with a robust expeditionary role, a new Strategic Concept outlined the paramount relevance “to develop the capability to train and develop local forces in crisis zones, so that local authorities are able, as quickly as possible, to maintain security without international assistance”. From the Balkans to Afghanistan and Iraq, the NATO Training Mission became a key asset in the framework of a Comprehensive Approach Action Plan (CAAP) adopted in the aftermath of the 2010 Lisbon Summit. * * * Therefore, the official inauguration of a new CoE for Security Force Assistance can afford on more than a quarter of a century’s NATO experience in advising, training and mentoring partner states to achieve sustainable defense reform and build capabilities. However, the today security landscape in which the new NATO Security Force Assistance Centre of Excellence is requested to act and the tasks to be addressed, appears much more complex and challenging. The 2011 Arab uprisings and the 2014 Russian illegal annexation of the Ukraine’s peninsula of Crimea obliged NATO to cope with both the Collective Defense and Crisis management tasks simultaneously, and to adopt a 360° approach able to Deter and Defend the Alliance in the East while Projecting Stability to the South. Moreover, the Russian nuclear posture, the Skripal case and the risk of CBNR proliferation, together with the potential threat of new forms of terrorism of mass destruction, are also of major concern. In addition, the new cyber operational domain, space, artificial intelligence, energy security, climate change and migrations, are testifying the different nature of the today threats and challenges, often originating with unprecedented speed, thus challenging the decision-making process of the Alliance. Likewise, a new Hybrid Warfare is eluding the application of Art. 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty whilst the vicious use of disinformation and false news attempts to weaken the cohesion of the Western societies and their free democratic processes. * * * In this unpredictable security scenario, “If NATO’s neighbors are more stable, NATO is more secure.” This statement is at the heart of NATO’s Concept on Projecting Stability adopted by Allied leaders at the NATO Summit in Warsaw in 2016. In this respect, NATO Secretary General has often pointed out that investing in developing local institution and forces and capabilities is a cost-effective mean to prevent crisis and fight terrorism and destabilization. By stating that NATO’s security is linked to the stability of the neighbors, Allied leaders made clear that while carrying out the most relevant Collective Defense reinforcement since the end of the Cold War, they were not looking to pull up the drawbridge of a NATO Fortress. On the contrary, while NATO was enhancing its Deterrence and Defense posture towards the East, in 2014 an integrated package of Defense Capacity Building (DCB) was launched with Jordan, in 2017 the Allies and Kuwait inaugurated a regional Centre in Kuwait to conduct activities with the Gulf Cooperation Countries, and in 2018 a new DCB assistance measure has been approved on the request of Tunisia and a Training Mission has been planned in Iraq. However, nowdays, cooperation with partners could prove much more challenging. In the past, partners in Central and Eastern Europe were more homogeneous and motivated to act due to their aspiration for NATO membership. At present, just few nations among the over 40 NATO partners are official aspirant Countries. Due to the increased diversity of the today partners, a more flexible approach should be considered by NATO. Moreover, the complexity of the today security scenario requires very-well tailored programs. In the present highly demanding security scenario, a critical issue remains the financial sustainability in the long term of the Centre of Excellence training programs. To this end, NATO’s political consultation is essential to maintain the Atlantic solidarity, which could be affected by different security perceptions among NATO member States and across the Atlantic, as the Alliance is called to act in three different continents, from the Baltic to Iraq and to Afghanistan. However, Allied solidarity and the Transatlantic Bond need to be strengthened by a fairer burden sharing in line with the commitment adopted by the NATO Heads of State and Government participating in the 2014 Wales Summit, which requires to devote the 2% of the GDP to defense expenditures, with a significant portion on major new equipment and related Research and Development. In this perspective, the strategic partnership with the European Union is key, also to ensure a coherent development of civilian and military capabilities and cutting-edge technologies. * * * The aforementioned security landscape represents the field of action of the NATO Security Force Assistance CoE. In this context, the Security Force Assistance Centre of Excellence can take advantage and will impact on several NATO concepts, doctrines, and policies, including: Non Article 5 Crisis Response Operations (NA5CRO), Security Sector Reform (SSR), Stabilization and Reconstruction (S&R), Military Assistance (MA), Counter-Insurgency (COIN), Connected Forces Initiative (CFI). The CoE SFA activities are effectively summarized by the acronym GOTEAM: Generate, Organize, Train, Enable, Advise, Mentor. Activities must be based on: the principle of a political and possibly financial commitment of the Hosting Nation (HN); Political Primacy of the local authorities; Legitimacy; Comprehensive Approach to the international community, especially European Union and United Nations; Local ownership and Empowerment of local forces; In-depth Understanding of the operational and Information environment; Sustainability in the long term; Force protection; Strategic Communication; Visible and controlled effectiveness. Last but not least, NATO attaches a great relevance to the gender issue in security. According to the UN Global Review on Women, Peace and Security UNSCR 1325, the security of women is one of the most reliable indicators on how peaceful a state is. The participation of women in peace processes increases by 35% the probability that peace will last longer than 15 years.   In conclusion, let me to congratulate the creation of the NATO Center of Excellence for Security Force Assistance and to thank once again the Director for inviting me to address this distinguished audience. Last year, at the Brussels Summit, NATO leaders declared the Full Operational Capability of the NATO Strategic Direction South-Hub, based at the Joint Force Command in Naples. The today inauguration of the Security Force Assistance Centre of Excellence represents another milestone of the Italian contribution to the Alliance. I am confident that under the leadership of Colonel Merlino (IT-Army), the Centre will soon become an internationally recognized focal point, able to provide NATO and partner countries with a unique capability to train and develop local forces in crisis zones while offering a comprehensive expertise and support in the area of the Security Force Assistance (SFA). While the world is changing and NATO is continuously adapting to cope with the new security challenges, the core values of freedom, peace and security that the Centre is looking to serve remain the same which, 70 years ago, the Heads of State and Government of the Western community decided to defend by signing in Washington the Atlantic Treaty.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
ATA Strategic Briefing WPS: Ms. Claire Hutchkinson
PUBLISHED: March 18, 2019
On February 27, 2019, ATA had the pleasure of hosting Ms. Clare Hutchinson, NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security for a Q&A session with various ATA Members. During her intervention Ms. Hutchinson spoke about the importance of increasing the participation and role of women in all sectors both within and outside of NATO. She mentioned how essential it is to integrate different voices into the work that is being done at NATO and supporting its allies & partners with this mission through encouraging their national forces to increase the number of women within and to listen to their voices. What NATO is doing to encourage this behavior is integrating women’s voices into their Civil Society Advisory Panel through launching a new project called “Women’s Defense Dialogues.” The goal of “Women’s Defense Dialogues” is about giving a platform to women and their voices across intersectional spectrums into talking about defense and security- NATO will be hosting these dialogues in every one of their allied and partner countries, especially in conflict countries. Did you miss the Briefing? Rewatch it below! https://youtu.be/VL-GQDZtu58 Do you want to receive more info about the ATA task Force on Women, Peace and Security role and activities? visit the dedicated page on our website. Minutes of the discussion are available here.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
NATO@70, Key Priorities for the Alliance - Greece
PUBLISHED: March 12, 2019
On February 28, 2019 the Greek Association for Atlantic & European Cooperation organized a discussion with H.E Amb. Tacan Ildem, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy in Athens, Greece. A select diverse public of key decision makers and influencers had the opportunity to discuss with the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy the contemporary security challenges. You can find a selection of photos from the event here.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
Analysis: The INF Treaty
PUBLISHED: February 11, 2019
By: Simon Herteleer On October 20, 2018, US President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty; the international community received the announcement with worry – this short paper aims to shed light on the reasons and evolutions behind this development. Background The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) resulted from a series of negotiations aimed to curtail the manufacturing of strategic nuclear weapons between the then Soviet Union and the United States of America. These negotiations were part of broader efforts to defuse tensions in the midst of the cold war and which had previously resulted in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks Agreement (SALT I & II).  Whilst SALT I & II resulted in the restriction of the number of Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) and their launchers - as well as submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), the INF treaty eliminated all land-based ballistic and cruise missiles and launchers with a range of anywhere between 500-5500km, increasing arms control. In total over 2600 missiles were eliminated under the INF treaty. Discussions were held between the US and Russia concerning the universalization of the treaty under the US administration under President Bush in 2004. These discussions mainly related to changing security environments and an increasing number of nuclear capable nations worldwide, especially along the Russian borders. In 2007 – due to the changing security environment – the idea was relaunched for the universalization of the INF Treaty so as to ensure non-signatories of the INF Treaty would not pursue the development of the weapons foreseen in the INF treaty. This would have been disadvantageous for both the United States and the Russian Federation. Russia especially feared the risk it faced of not being able to counter new missiles being developed by neighbouring countries. This proposal was  dismissed by other concerned states. Recent Evolutions Both sides have accused each other of violating the INF treaty, see section - compliance. This evolution has led to the adoption of an integrated strategy by the US government based on two principles: Diplomacy and Sanctions. Prior to the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, efforts were made to find a bilateral solution including during the meeting held between President Trump and President Putin held in October 2018. Prior to the October meeting, National Security Advisor John Bolton, met with his Russian counterpart in Geneva and put forth three possibilities with regards to the INF treaty: The return to compliance of Russia as foreseen in the treaty The Universalization of the treaty as had already been suggested in 2007; the main issue with this proposal remained objections by other nations, such as China. Leaving or terminating the treaty In October 2018, a follow-up meeting was held between Security Advisor Bolton and President Putin. During this meeting, the Russian Federation did express a desire to continue collaborating on: START Iran Syria The US administration made it clear that Russia’s threat to transatlantic security remains a key priority. Continuing the collaboration, as the Russian Federation wanted was not possible given the illegal Russian occupation of Crimea. However, this stance does not mean that a closed-door policy is being applied to the Russians (see above – diplomacy & sanctions), cooperation continues for example in the field of counter-terrorism. Compliance For the US Government and its allies, it is a key issue that compliance with the treaty is verifiable and enforceable. The US administration made its decision to withdraw based on what itself calls sufficient evidence of non-compliance. The monitoring & evaluation mechanism applied within the INF is a deliberative process, which means that a large number of actors and parties are involved, ranging from disarmament & arms control experts to Intelligence gathering & administrative officials. It is important to note that the treaty foresees military research but that this must be treaty compliant. Following the October withdrawal announcement by the United States, the Russian Federation has claimed that the United States is in fact in violation of the INF Treaty – including with the deployment of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defence Systems – which the US administration has refuted as evidence of violating the treaty. The US accusation of non-compliance dating back to 2014 was based on conclusions made by an inter-agency group of US Administration officials with many senior level engagements, 2 interagency meetings as well as bilateral meetings with their Russian counterparts. All of these encounters were convened at the request of the US government. The alleged Russian breach culminated in the deployment of a renewed version of the 9k720 Iskander missiles in 2017. The missile system can be mobilized easily with launcher vehicles and are reported to have been deployed in Kaliningrad and Crimea; it has been reported to even have been deployed in Syria The Russian Federation has equally claimed that the US government was not compliant with the treaty and they themselves denied any breach. This included the development of the NATO missile defence system and  the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, which according to the US administration is only capable of launching SM-3 interceptor missiles and does therefore not violate the INF treaty in accordance to paragraph 3 of Article VII. Russia furthermore claims that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, such as the MQ-9 Reaper and the MQ-4 violate the INF treaty, something the United States vehemently denies. US, NATO and Russia As was mentioned previously, the consultation process with Russian authorities has become more extensive. Foreign Ministers of NATO member states highlighted in a statement in December 2018 their preference for full compliance that is in line with US policy. Furthermore, Secretary General Stoltenberg has floated the idea to expand the INF treaty deal in an effort to save the treaty. Due to Russian non-compliance of the INF was ultimately forced to withdraw from the INF treaty, the aim is ultimately not to insight an arms race. The military response would remain proportionate to the threats, according to US government sources.  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
ATA series of Meetings on Communication, Brussels, 5 December 2018
PUBLISHED: December 11, 2018
On December 5th-6th, the ATA Secretariat hosted in Brussels a series of Meetings focused on strategic communication. PHOTO GALLERY The two days meeting took place as follows: ATA -YATA Integrated Communication Task Force Wednesday, December 5th, 13.00h-17.00h On December 5th the ATA hosted the kick off meeting of the ATA-YATA Integrated Communications Task Force. ATA & YATA members from across the network have gathered together in Brussels to work out ATA and YATA communication strategy and to agree how to execute it. They are exchanging experience and sharing best practices in order to strengthen ATA Communication efforts on how to promote the Transatlantic Alliance on the threshold of NATO's 70th anniversary.     Social Media Training Wednesday, December 5th, 17.00h-18.00h On December 5th the ATA organized a Social Media Training for ATA & YATA representatives on the sidelines of the Communication Task Force Meeting and the Screening of the NATO HQ: Behind the lines Documentary. Ms. Karolina Wozniak, Web Comm at the European Parliament and Mr. Mariani from the Italian Atlantic Committee provided practical tips & tricks for the use of Social Media for the ATA in General as well as for the National Chapters - focusing on the diversity of topics and social media tools.   Screening: "NATO HQ: Behind the lines" Wednesday, December 5th, 19.00h On the evening of the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers on December 5th 2018, NATO PDD Engagements Section invited ATA and YATA Members to the public screening of the documentary 'NATO HQ: Behind the lines'. It presents NATO's history through the four decades of service of the well known public figure of NATO, Mr. Jamie Shea. He received worldwide attention  while serving as the spokesperson for NATO during the 1999 Kosovo War and his last position in NATO HQ was Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges.   Brief the Briefers Thursday, December 6th, 10.00h-13.00h The following day, on 6th December, ATA - with the support of NATO PDD - organized a "Brief the Briefers" session with NATO speakers addressing ATA and YATA Members at ATA HQ. Mr. Paul King, Programme Officer at the Engagements Section of NATO Public Diplomacy Division spoke about the NATO’s Current Political Agenda after the Brussels Summit; Mr. Robert Rszczel, Senior Officer for Russia and Western Balkans at the Engagements Section of NATO Public Diplomacy Division spoke about NATO-Russia Relations and Mr. Michael Ruehle, Head of the Energy Security Section at NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division (in the photo), addressed the audience about the Emerging Security Risks.  
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
A Workshop on The Role of Youth against Terrorism and Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans
PUBLISHED: November 30, 2018
        Recently, a Workshop on the Role of Youth against Terrorism and Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans was organized by the Atlantic Council of Montenegro, with the support of the Embassy of Canada, in Podgorica, Montenegro from 19-21 November 2018. During the 2 day event, over 30 young people from across the Western Balkans interacted with reputable speakers and experts about extremist radicalization and the foreign fighter phenomenon among the youth in the Western Balkans. This is a specific topic that concerns not only regional, but international security as well. Some of the esteemed speakers that we were privileged to host, such as Former Islamic extremist Adam Deen, Professor Vlado Azinović, Director of the Police Administration of Montenegro Veselin Veljović, Archpriest-Stavrophor Boris Brajović, Jessie Hronesova from Aktis Strategy and Džemo Redžematović from the Islamic Community of Montenegro, helped the young participants grasp a more thorough understanding of the field. Some of the most prevalent discussions were oriented around what drives young people to join terrorist organizations, what makes young people get involved in foreign battlefields, what is the influence of social media in recruiting people, and what are the other mechanisms through which the youth is recruited. Prevention and solutions to these pressing issues drove the interaction, and delegates received critical knowledge relating to how they can help solve this issue as the upcoming generation, as well as learning about which institutions can directly affect the radicalization process, both in positive and negative manners. The Atlantic Council of Montenegro and YATA Montenegro recognize that future generation is the group most vulnerable to violent radicalization but simultaneously the group that has the greatest potential to prevent and counter it. Knowing that, one of the main objectives was for young people to gain skills and necessary knowledge in recognizing and combating radicalization. We strongly believe that we have succeeded in our efforts to encourage significant discussion with a wide range of opinions regarding one of the most important issues in the field of international security. All of the participants agreed upon that regardless of education, age andclass everyone can undergo radicalization, as well as that terrorism and violent extremism are global problems and should not be linked only to one religion or group. The Workshop has managed to justify high standards set by our events and became the platform for critical discussion among the youth.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 - Public discussion with Commander of JFC Naples, Iceland, 16 October 2018
PUBLISHED: October 24, 2018
On October 16 Admiral James G. Foggo III, commander of NATO Allied Joint Force Command Naples, gave a lecture sponsored by Vardberg (ATA Iceland) under the heading: Changing Strategic Environment and Military Developments in the North Atlantic and NATO´s and Allies responses to that. Admiral Foggo is responsible for conducting the exercise Trident Juncture 2018 and was in Iceland in connection with an exercise of several hundred US Marines as a forerunner of Trident Juncture in and around Norway. The admiral also commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic in Faxa Bay, Iceland, aboard the Icelandic Coast Guard Vessel Thor, Oct. 16, 2018. Here is a recording of the meeting of Vardberg which took place in the Nordic House in Reykjavik. The moderator is Björn Bjarnason, president of Vardberg. https://vimeo.com/295752190
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