4 April 2018

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.


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"

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
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



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



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



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



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



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.


EWB Interview to ATA President on EU and NATO integrations are interconnected processes is available here
By: Atlantic Treaty Association



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



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



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



RIGA CONFERENCE 2016 | October 28-29, 2016, Riga, Latvia

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.

By: Atlantic Treaty Association



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


15:30 – 18:30
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
European Parliament, Brussels

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.

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.

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



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.


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



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



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.


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.


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



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



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.


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.





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.


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.


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.


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.


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



ATA 61GA | Cooperative Security & Interconnected Threats

When: 19 November, 09.00 – 17.00
Where: Palais d'Egmont, Place du Petit Sablon 8, Brussels
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

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



The Riga Conference 2015

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.


Latvian Transatlantic OrganizationLATVIA, RIGA
NOVEMBER 6-7, 2015

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By: Atlantic Treaty Association



GLOBSEC 2015 : Central Europe on the map of transatlantic thinking


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



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.


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.



Bratislava, Slovakia
 June 19 - 21 2015
LIVESTREAM http://www.globsec.org/globsec2015/live-stream
LIVE TWEET  @globsec   #GLOBSEC2015

By: Atlantic Treaty Association



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



Panel Discussion


Brussels, Quartier Prince Albert, Rue des Petits Carmes 20

12th June 2015




Prof. Fabrizio W. LUCIOLLI
President, Atlantic Treaty Association


Hon. Karl LAMERS
Vice President, NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Bundestag Defense Committee 


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.


Dr. Georgi GOTEV
EurActiv Senior Editor


Dr. Peter SPOOR
Advisor to the European Union Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

President, Quilliam Foundation

H.E. Ely Ould Mohammed VALL
Former President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

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


By: Atlantic Treaty Association



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.
By: Atlantic Treaty Association
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