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15.11.2011, 01:26

They said about GLOBSEC

H.E. Mikuláš Dzurinda
MP, Former Prime Minister and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic


“Without exaggeration, Bratislava security conference GLOBSEC has become a trademark among the security experts in the region and beyond. For the sixth year in a row, it has been the place where global matters are discussed with a regional niche and perspectives, which puts the forum among the agenda-setting events within European and Trans-Atlantic political and security community. GLOBSEC 2011 became a unique event by its content and level of participation. Wide scope of topics discussed during the conference – from the situation in the Northern Africa, through cyber-terrorism and climate change to eurozone crisis and the Eastern Partnership – went beyond the traditional narrow Central-European focus. In particular, I would like to highlight the discussions devoted to the situation in Belarus, which gained authenticity by inclusion of the representatives of the Belorussian dissent. This component of the program gave the conference a new, value-based dimension and I believe this example of creative organisation will establish a new tradition for the years to come. This all makes GLOBSEC a must-attend forum in the calendar of those from the wider foreign-policy community who wish to keep in touch with the pulse of time.”

H.E. Karel Schwarzenberg
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

“GLOBSEC has become a well established brand on the map of foreign policy and security forums in Europe. It has succeeded in bringing together many renowned speakers and experts debating topical issues in a friendly and relaxed ambiance. It has also offered a unique opportunity to Visegrad countries‘ Foreign Ministers to meet again together and discuss prospects of mutual cooperation. I have enjoyed these stimulating debates as well as interactive audience with a high percentage of young people providing politicians with a valuable feedback.”

H. E. János Martonyi
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary


„In the last couple of years, the GLOBSEC conferences have been linked to the Visegrad Cooperation. These events were partly devoted to discussing the common challenges the V4 countries face. I very much appreciate these regular opportunities to share our views not only with governmental but also with non-governmental representatives on the Visegrad Cooperation and to highlight our common values and interests.”

Mikołaj Dowgielewicz
State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Warsaw, Poland


“With great pleasure I attended the ministerial panel on “EU Today and Tomorrow” at this year’s GLOBSEC conference. 2011 is a crucial year for Central Europe with Visegrad partners in responsible roles. The Polish EU Presidency will have Europe’s security as a top priority including financial stability, energy, migration and relations with our neighbours. Together we can turn both current challenges into opportunities for Europe.”
H. E. Iurie Leancă
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldavia


“The recent GLOBSEC Forum offered a timely and precious opportunity to discuss the issues of European security that concern us all. The fact that the conference took place on the margins of the extended meeting of Foreign Ministers of Visegrad Group, not only enriched the speakers’ list with the presence of my colleagues from the region, but also focused our attention on a very important topic – how the experience of Visegrad countries in transition and integration is relevant to the countries of the Eastern Partnership.”

Philip H. Gordon
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs U. S. Department of State, Washington, D. C., USA


“I think this conference has clearly established itself as one of the premier venues for a discussion of global and European security, not just in Central Europe, but in all of Europe.”
H.E. Ľubomír Galko
Former Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava, Slovakia


“GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum represents an unprecedented combination of a young and enthusiastic spirit of the organizers, their interest to actively shape the discussion on current foreign and security policy issues and know-how gained during the years of organizing this event. Its wide range of topics and selection of participants reach the standards of leading international forums in main world metropolises. I can proudly say that GLOBSEC 2011 is stepping on the pedestal among foreign and security policy events in Europe. A geographically small country and its surrounding Central European region do not have to be just a passive element of international relations. GLOBSEC Forum proves it by drawing attention of leading politicians and thinkers from both sides of the Atlantic to this area.”

H.E. Davor Božinovic
Minister of Defence of Republic of Croatia, Zagreb


“GLOBSEC 2011 managed to bring together key policymakers, experts and scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to talk about the discernible changes underway and the daunting security risks we face. We have come to rely on these gatherings to make sense of the unsettling trends and mounting challenges in the Euro-Atlantic area. It was a great pleasure for me to take part in this quintessential global security forum that has deservedly built an impressive reputation for itself.”

Štefan Füle
Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium


“The GLOBSEC conference provided an excellent opportunity to discuss with decision-makers, commentators and opinion-formers critical issues in the Eastern neighbourhood and beyond. I was particularly impressed by the wealth of experience at the conference and the depth of the discussions. GLOBSEC is a unique forum for an informed and passionate debate about issues that will shape the future of our continent.”

Eimert van Middelkoop    
Former Minister of Defence of the Netherlands, The Hague


“GLOBSEC has become one of the most interesting conferences on security in Europe. It has an added value on issues related to Central Europe and the eastern borders of NATO/EU. GLOBSEC highlights the special views on security issues in Europe from the perspective of the V4 cooperation. It is very well organised and brings together an interesting and relevant mix of responsible politicians, journalists and scientists.”
Hryhoriy Nemyria   
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine
Foreign Policy Advisor to Yulia Tymoshenko, Kyiv, Ukraine


“GLOBSEC addresses thorny security issues, going where many conferences fear to tread. Its engaging format of integrating governmental, academic and non-governmental experts and speakers is hugely beneficial, both in stimulating debate and unearthing constructive viewpoints for consideration in policy making. Whilst the forum gives well-deserved credit to the Visegrad countries, its role in assisting policy makers in emerging democracies, to understand often complex and topical foreign policy and security issues, should not be underestimated.”

Amb. (Ret.) Péter Balázs
Director, Center for European Enlargement Studies;
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary (2009 – 2010)


“Since its start in 2005, GLOBSEC has become a unique forum for international security policy where influential decision-makers, business leaders and think tanks meet. This event has really put Bratislava on the map of European capitals with main international forums shaping the agenda of transatlantic security issues. Overall, GLOBSEC is not only an important foreign and security policy forum in Central Europe but also one of Europe’s most attractive conferences providing a benchmark for high-level discussions about security issues in the transatlantic region.”

Karl A. Lamers
President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, President of the Atlantic Treaty Association
Deputy Chairman of the Defence Committee, Bundestag, Berlin, Germany


“GLOBSEC provides an excellent forum for intensive discussions on challenges in foreign and security policy. The wide spectrum of participants, encompassing politicians, scientists, journalists and diplomats, generates new impulses and ideas of vital importance to the international community. GLOBSEC has thus made a name for itself far beyond Central Europe and has become an established date in the security-policy calendar. It was a great pleasure and honour to be part of this important event for the first time.”

Edward Lucas
International Editor, The Economist, London, United Kingdom


“The GLOBSEC security conference in Bratislava is carving out something of a niche in the European calendar. It fits neatly into the calendar, after the plutocrats' shindig in Davos and the Wehrkunde security conference in Munich, and before the German Marshall Fund's Brussels Forum, with Estonia's Lennart Meri conference as a distant treat on the horizon. It is a sign of Slovakia's economic and political strength that few participants even bothered to ask about the health of the ruling coalition or the country's economic prospects. That at least is a sign of success.”

Source: European Voice

Bruce Jackson
President, Project on Transitional Democracies, Washington, D. C., USA


“It was great and a very valuable conference. Please express my thanks and appreciation to Rastislav Kacer. And also thank you for making this work. I am looking forward to next year and helping get higher-level people from the US.”

Alaksandr Milinkievič
Chairman, Movement for Freedom, Opposition Leader, Belarus


“It was my honour to take part in GLOBSEC-2011. It brought together many prominent figures to discuss key international security issues from a Central European perspective. I really enjoyed the discussion on Belarus and other attended discussions, as well as meetings with Slovak policy-makers who showed great interest, solidarity and understanding of our Europeanization endeavours. I see the GLOBSEC as a highly authoritative brand event for Slovakia and its foreign policy community.”

A. Wess Mitchell
President and Co-Founder, Center for European Policy Analysis, Washington, D. C., USA


“I wanted to drop you a short note to let you know how much I appreciated your hospitality last week in Bratislava. The event was superb – a real accomplishment. You will be happy to know it created a buzz here in Washington this week. Congrats again on a great conference.”
Matthew Rhodes
Director, Program in Advanced Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany


“This was an outstanding event. The selection of topics, level of presentations, and opportunities for informal discussion make GLOBSEC an exceptional professional opportunity.”
Harry L. Heintzelman
Deputy Director, Office of Euro-Atlantic Security Affairs, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
U.S. Department of State, Washington, D. C., USA


“GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum is an important regional conference where international security and foreign policy experts are able to discuss global security challenges from a Central European perspective.  The insights the participants provide on these issues promote understanding and greatly contribute to the development of solutions to these transatlantic security challenges.”

Ian Brzezinski
Senior Fellow, International Security Programme, Atlantic Council, Washington, D. C., USA


“Congratulations on a great conference. GLOBSEC 2011 was one of the best conferences I have attended – a hard-hitting event. It was a real privilege to participate.”

Jaap de Zwaan
Director, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, The Hague, The Nethwerlands

“The 6th Annual GLOBSEC 2011 Bratislava Global Security Forum was a big success. Many interesting people were gathered and important topics discussed in a wonderful setting. The mixture of participants –politicians, policy makers, academics, representatives of NGO’s, representatives of business- is extremely precious, also for networking. For a participant from Western-Europe the Conference was a great opportunity to get an inside view of topical issues related to the Visegrad cooperation. As a representative of one of the Benelux countries I may recommend in that respect that you continue this kind of enhanced cooperation. Indeed, next to your EU and NATO membership such a regional framework of cooperation between likeminded countries can serve as an important tool to come up with common positions in relevant international fora.”

Eugeniusz Smolar
Senior Fellow, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw, Poland


“Congratulations. Great Conference – extremely well organised. Well chosen speakers and a very reach program. Occasionally too reach as one would wish to have more time to discuss individual, particularly important issues.”
Bobo Lo
Analyst, Former Deputy Head of the Australian Embassy in Moscow, London, United Kingdom


“I very much enjoyed the conference, which was interesting, stimulating and brilliantly organized. Thank you very much indeed! I will certainly be singing the praises of GLOBSEC to everyone.”
Oksana Antonenko
Senior Fellow and Programme Director for Russia and Eurasia, International Institute for Strategic Studies
London, United Kingdom


“GLOBSEC 2011 has lived to its reputation as one of the most interesting international security conferences in Europe.  Taking place against the background of historic events taking place in the Middle East, GLOBSEC 2011 highlighted that Visegrad states’ experience in successfully consolidating democracy at home and becoming a contributor to regional security will remain relevant for years to come. It was amazing to observer how much Central European elites now contribute to shaping Euro-Atlantic strategic policy debate, particularly in regard to Europe’s fragile neighbourhood.”

Rex Hughes
Visiting Fellow for Cyber Security, Cambridge University, United Kingdom


“GLOBSEC is a security conference not to be missed. It excels in bringing together both senior officials and thought leaders in the relaxed yet productive atmosphere of beautiful Bratislava. After three days of stimulating meetings and discussions, I returned to Cambridge having engaged thoughtful minds exchanging critical ideas.  GLOBSEC also demonstrates the increasing ability of Slovakia’s young and energetic foreign policy leadership to make important and innovative contributions to 21st century Euro-Atlantic security. As a specialist in global cyber security, I look forward to participating in GLOBSEC for years to come.”

Serhat Güvenç
Associate Professor of International Relations
Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey


“I would like to thank you and other young organizers of the GLOBSEC 2011 for a job well done and for their patience and outstanding hospitality. I was most impressed with the young organizing team's enthusiasm and professionalism. They did a superb job. Personally, I liked best the intellectual quality of exchanges and richness of information and analysis I was exposed to in the off-the-record night owl sessions.”

Troels Frøling
Secretary General   
Atlantic Treaty Association, Brussels, Belgium


“Thank you for inviting me to GLOBSEC again – to such a fantastic event. The overall impression of professionalism and hospitality puts Bratislava and Slovakia on the mental and physical map of men. Thanks for setting such a standard.”
David Koranyi
Visiting Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D. C., USA


“I believe GLOBSEC was a major success, as it really grew into something uniquely remarkable in Central Europe on the security front. As it was professionally organized and masterfully choreographed, I congratulate you and all the team for the exquisite work you have done!”
Elena A. Korosteleva
Senior Lecturer in European Politics & BISA/HEA Teaching Excellence Award Winner 2009
Director of the Centre for European Studies
Principal Investigator for an ESRC-funded project BASEES Membership Secretary
JCSTP Reviews Editor, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Ceredigion, UK


“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for inviting me to participate in this excellent event. Not only did I enjoy the intellectual content of the forum and discussions, I also found the organisation of the event beyond any expectations! I’ve been to many events before, but this one, clearly, is an outstanding one by its high organisational standards, and definitely the one to look out for in the future! Many thanks for all your hard work and superlative effort! I will be recommending this event to my colleagues in the UK.”

Jacques Rosiers
President, Euro-Atlantic Association of Belgium


“Please convey my heartiest thank you to the president of the Slovak Atlantic Commission for the kind invitation to GLOBSEC 11. The conference was a great success and a very interesting one, also due to the timings related to the Visegrad conferences. I did enjoy the Bratislava flavour and was also able to consolidate some networking. I do already look forward for another opportunity meeting the Slovak team!”

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