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Conference: Credible Deterrence for NATO in the XXI Century

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06 July 2010

Chopin Room, Bristol Hotel
Warsaw, 5-6 July 2010


A roundtable organised by
Arms Control Association (ACA)
British American Security Information Council (BASIC)
Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy Hamburg (IFSH)
Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)
with support of
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Monday, 5 July 2010


12.30-13.30      Lunch

13.30-13.40      Seminar opening


Session 1: Deterrence, partnerships and common security in Europe

  • Balancing deterrence, partnerships and common security, an analysis of the NATO Experts Group Report
    Marek Madej, Security Programme Coordinator, PISM
  • A Central European perspective on the changing requirements for deterrence in 21st century
    Csaba Törő, Senior Research Fellow, Hungarian Institute of International Affairs
  • The relationship with Russia and the need to balance engagement with credible deterrence
    Christian-Marc Lifländer, Defence Counsellor, Delegation of Estonia to NATO

Moderator: Łukasz Kulesa, Deputy Head of Research Office, PISM

15.45-16.15      Coffee break


Session 2: Cohesion: credible Alliance reassurance for members

  • Principles governing the maintenance of Alliance cohesion
    Paul Ingram, Executive Director, BASIC
  • Credible assurances the Alliance could give to the Baltic States
    Andris Spruds, Director, Latvian Institute of International Affairs
  • A Central European perspective on concerns around Alliance cohesion
    Ivo Samson, Head of  the International Security Programme, Slovak Foreign Policy Association
  • The role of missile defense: a US view
    Edmond E. Seay III., First Secretary, US mission to NATO, Brussels

Moderator: Oliver Meier, Senior Researcher, IFSH/International Representative and Correspondent, ACA


Tuesday, 6 July 2010



Session 3: Reducing the role of nuclear weapons in NATO’s deterrence posture

  • Reducing the role of nuclear weapons in Alliance doctrine: Options for a new consensus
    Oliver Meier, Senior Researcher, IFSH/International Representative and Correspondent, ACA
  • The politics of nuclear disarmament in Western Europe
    Des Browne, former UK Secretary of Defense
  • Balancing nuclear arms control and nuclear deterrence
    Marek Szczygieł, Deputy Director, Security Policy Department, MFA Poland
  • Article 5 commitments and nuclear deterrence
    Liudas Zdanavicius, Lecturer, The General Jonas Zemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Political Science Department

Moderator: Ian Kearns, Research Director at BASIC/Senior Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

12.00-12.30      Concluding Remarks

12.30-14.00      Lunch

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