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The Bucharest Nine Before the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels: Achievements, Challenges, Prospects

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08 June 2018
Warsaw





FULL VIDEO FROM THE CONFERENCE AVAILABLE HERE


The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) are organizing a conference on the occasion of the meeting of the presidents of the Bucharest Nine countries in Warsaw. The Bucharest Nine format is a platform for consultation and dialogue among Central and Eastern European NATO members on the challenges and threats to Euro-Atlantic security. Its upcoming meeting is aimed at promoting joint regional approaches ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels in July.

The accompanying conference will serve as a forum for a broad debate on the agenda of official summits. It will gather political leaders, government officials, and experts from the region and across the Alliance to discuss regional security cooperation and key issues facing NATO, such as the Alliance’s further adaptation on its Eastern and Southern Flanks, policy towards Russia, and transatlantic relations and burden-sharing. The event will be concluded with a special, high-level panel including: 

  • H.E. Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland;
  • H.E. Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania;
  • H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia;
  • H.E. Radek Vondráček, President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic.

Agenda

8:00-9:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:00-9:10 Opening Remarks
  • Sławomir Dębski, Director, The Polish Institute of International Affairs
  • Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
9:10-9:30 Keynote Speech
  • Krzysztof Szczerski, Secretary of State, Chief of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Poland
9:30-11:00 Session I: Further Transformation of the Alliance—The Case of NATO’s Eastern Flank
  • Lt. Gen. (ret.) Ben Hodges, Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies, Center for European Policy Analysis, former Commander of U. S. Army Europe
  • Brig. Gen. Jarosław Kraszewski, Director of the Armed Forces Supervision Department, National Security Bureau
  • Merle Maigre, Director, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence
  • Oana Popescu, Director, Global Focus Center
Moderated by:
  • Michał Baranowski, Director of the Warsaw Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
11:00-11:20 Coffee Break

11:20-12:50 Session II: Evolving Threats in NATO’s Southern Neighbourhood
  • Thomas Gomart, Director, French Institute of International Relations
  • Diego A. Ruiz Palmer, Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO Headquarters
  • Patrycja Sasnal, Deputy Head of Research Office, Head of the Middle East and Africa Programme, The Polish Institute of International Affairs
  • Jiří Schneider, Executive Director, The Aspen Institute Central Europe
Moderated by:
  • Alina InayehDirector of the Bucharest Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
12:50-14:00 Networking Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session III: Transatlantic Relations and Burden-Sharing Within NATO
  • Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Ulrich Speck, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Berlin Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Márton Ugrósdy, Deputy Director for Strategy, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Bartosz Wiśniewski, Head of Research Office, The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Moderated by:
  • Wojciech Lorenz, Senior Analyst, International Security Programme, The Polish Institute of International Affairs
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 Presidential Session: What is the Level of Ambition for the Bucharest Nine Between Warsaw and Brussels?
  • H.E. Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland
  • H.E. Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania
  • H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia
  • H.E. Radek Vondráček, President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
Moderated by:
  • Michał Baranowski, Director of the Warsaw Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Sławomir Dębski, Director, The Polish Institute of International Affairs
 
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