“Up to Us” Association, along with Hanns Seidel Foundation – Romania, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and Centre for Conflict Prevention and Early Warning will jointly hold this year on 15th of December a public debate regarding the security and stability in a complex and dynamic changing transatlantic environment. This conference of transatlantic interest will bring together European security and defense officials (Germany, Ukraine, Romania, and Moldova) as well as some guests from the United States.
The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Orhideea conference hall and will begin at 13.00 p.m.
The conference is necessary in a context where the transatlantic link will have to overcome many obstacles, some of which are new or have become particularly acute. The subjects included on the agenda are the changing nature of the EU itself, following the imminent exit of the United Kingdom, the wave of populism and extremism, the increasingly divergent opinions on Russia and involvement in Eastern Europe, and the impulse of creating a European army.
The conference will be structured in two parts. The first general panel will focus on strengthening trilateral relations between Ukraine, Romania and Republic of Moldova in the new geopolitical context. The general panel will be followed by one workshop on security challenges on the Black Sea Area.
More info: http://track.smlists.com/view/803737/31091191/i27r/ced05de306/
NATO and the new Strategic Concept. Romania’s priorities
From the 21st of September to the 24th October 2009 the National Defense College, the Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Center together with NATO Public Diplomacy Division and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized the Project „NATO and the new strategic concept. Romania’s priorities”.
The main goal of this activity sponsored by NATO PDD was debating the content of the future NATO strategic concept and bringing a substantial contribution to the national effort oriented at strengthening Romania’s position regarding the features of the new strategic concept.
This Project encompassed several Workshops and a final Conference which took place in the above mentioned timeline as follows:
– the first workshop was held on the 21st on September at Casa Titulescu and brought the issue of the strategic concept to the attention of the NGO community
– the second workshop on the 8th of October at the National Defense College focused on the topic of „Strengthening NATO as a security provider in the 21st century. Article 5 for the 21st century. The need to address the new threats. A special focus on terrorism, missile defense, energy security, cyber defense”
– the third workshop on the topic of “Getting the right security in NATO’s wider neighbourhood: does this still matter? The future of NATO’s partnership network. A special focus on the Balkans and Wider Black Sea-Caspian region” was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 15th of October
– the fourth workshop took place at the Ministry of Defense on the 19th of October and focused on “Protecting the Alliance’s security at strategic distance or closer to home: right balance and false dilemmas”.
NATO and the new Strategic Concept. Romania’s priorities
Getting security right in NATO’s wider neighbourhood: does this still matter? The future of NATO’s partnership network. A special focus on the Balkans and Wider Black Sea-Caspian region.
On October the15th, 2009, the workshop „Getting right security in NATO’s wider neighborhood: does this still matter? The future of NATO’s partnership network. A special focus on the Balkans and Wider Black Sea-Caspian region” took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, co-organized with the Center for Conflict Prevention and Early Warning. The workshop was part of the project “NATO and the New Strategic Concept. Romania’s Priorities”, realized with the support of NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division.
Romania’s priorities for NATO’s Strategic Concept
– NATO as a security provider in the 21-st century: facing the new threats, missile defense, energy security and cyber security;
– Managing challenges and opportunities in the extended vicinity of the Alliance. The role of the partnership network as an investment in the trans-Atlantic and international security; the Balkans and the Black Sea-Caspian Sea regions;
– Balancing the colective-territorial defense, operations in the vicinity and the need for actions at a strategic distance, rethinking the territorial defense after the era of operations out of area.
Director of Workshop: Iulian Chifu / Euro-Atlantic Council Romania facilities / Casa Titulescu, 40 participants
NATO and the New Strategic Concept.Romania’s Priorities
On the 8th of October the National Defense College hosted the workshop focused on “Straightening NATO’s capabilities an en energy supplier in the XXI st century. The activity was part of the project “NATO and the new strategic concept. Romania’s responsibilities”, organized by the National Defence College, Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Center, NATO PDD Public Division and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On the 7th of October there was a press release that announced the event and encouraged journalists to attend the workshop. It appeared in various newspapers and news portals, such as AMOSNEWS
Getting right security in NATO’s wider neighbourhood: does this still matter? The future of NATO’s partnership network. A special focus on the Balkans and Wider Black Sea-Caspian region.”
9,30 -10.00: Registration of the participants
10.00-11.30: Session I “New perspectives on NATO’s wider neighbourhood”
moderator Iulian Chifu, director of CPCEW
10.00-10.30: Opening Statement by Catalin Predoiu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Message of the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero (transmited through VTC)
10.30-11.30: Forward address of Mr. Iulian Fota, Presidential Advisor for Security;
– The role of the Eastern Partnership countries and of the Black Sea for the Euro-Atlantic security; NATO’s role in the region;
– The hypothesis of a “win-win” approach of NATO-Russia relation;
– NATO and the security in the vicinity of the Alliance: from the false dilemma of regional instability to the transborder threat assesment and countering.
12.00 -13.30: Session II: “The future of NATO’s partnership network”
(closed-door debate, media not allowded)
· moderator Bogdan Aurescu, State Secretary for Strategic Affairs MFA
· Ambassador Kim Traavik, Permanent Representantive of Norway to NATO
· Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Permanent Representantive of Romania to NATO.
Topics for debate:
– Importance of regional stability;
– Defining the Partenerships (from EAPC to the Mediteranean Dialogue and Global Partenerships);
– NATO’s enlargement policy
13.30 -13.45: Session III: Conclusions
· Presentation Iulian Chifu, director of CPCEW