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03.11.2010, 17:22

Basic Information

 

GLOBSEC 2012: April 12-14, Bratislava, Slovakia

The world is changing rapidly and our future depends on strategic decisions. People who make them meet every year ... at the same place

Main Organizer: Slovak Atlantic Commission
Youth Summit Co-Organizer: Atlantic Council of the United States
Strategic Partners:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
International Visegrad Fund
Key Partners:
NATO Public Diplomacy Division
Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
Representation of the European Commission in the Slovak Republic
Embassy of the United States in Slovakia
Center for European Studies

“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 at least is a sign of success.”
Edward Lucas, International Editor of the Economist in the Brussels-based European Voice, March 2011

SHORT SYNOPSIS

LEADING ANNUAL FORUM IN CENTRAL EUROPE | Founded seven years ago, the GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum has established itself as a premier forum on foreign policy and security in Central Europe. With the participation of over 500 key stakeholders from more than 40 countries, GLOBSEC has not only become the leading annual foreign policy and security Forum in Central Europe, but it has acquired a stable position among the elite club of major conferences in Europe and North America. Today, high-profile participants often compare GLOBSEC with prestigious forums in Brussels and unich. It completes the strategic debate that shapes the transatlantic foreign policy and security agenda by the Central European approach.

“Without exaggeration, GLOBSEC Bratislava
Security Forum has become a trademark
among security experts in the region and
beyond.”
Mikuláš Dzurinda, MP, Former Prime Minister and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic

 

GLOBSEC 2012 PACKAGE

The 7th annual Bratislava Global Security Forum GLOBSEC 2012 will introduce new formats of parallel events. It will encompass not only the Forum itself, but a package of several parallel side events, all held at the occasion and under the joint umbrella of GLOBSEC 2012:
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THE FORUM – The two and a half day conference will traditionally consist of seven main discussion panels, six Night Owl sessions, a number of focused break-out dinner sessions and several informal networking receptions, held in the premises of Kempinski Hotel River Park Bratislava.
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A YOUNG ATLANTICIST SUMMIT will be organized together with the Atlantic Council of the United States in parallel to the GLOBSEC Forum. Bringing together young future leaders with the most potential from NATO and partner countries, this meeting will be part of Youth NATO Simulations that will culminate at the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.

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GLOBSEC GALA DINNER will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the 2002 NATO Prague Summit and the invitation of seven Central- and Eastern-European countries to NATO, which was a major step towards “Europe Whole and Free”. As a new joint initiative of the Slovak Atlantic Commission and the Czech Jagello 2000 Association, a new annual Czech and Slovak Transatlantic Awards will be granted at this gala dinner to personalities, who significantly contributed to the strengthening of transatlantic ties, security, peace, prosperity and overall stability of the Euro-Atlantic area, with special emphasis on their bond to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Central European region.

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INFORMAL MINISTERIAL CONSULTATIONS - Organized one month before the NATO Summit in Chicago, GLOBSEC 2012 is ideally positioned to create the right platform for informal debates and consultations of attending political leaders. We expect the participation of several Foreign and Defence Ministers, as well as Heads of States and Governments, from Central and Eastern Europe and beyond.

SILVER LINES OF GLOBSEC 2012

10 YEARS SINCE THE 2002 PRAGUE SUMMIT | GLOBSEC 2012 will have special symbolism. In 2012 it will be 10 years since 7 Central and Eastern European countries (Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia) were invited to join NATO at the Summit in Prague – a major step towards the idea of having “Europe Whole and Free”.

PRE-SUMMIT DEBATES | GLOBSEC 2012 will be organized two months before the next NATO Summit in Chicago, providing the attending political and expert elites a perfect platform to engage in open and closed discussions about key issues that will be addressed at the Summit later in May and look for the answers to current security challenges.

ARAB SPRING | From the beginning of the year 2011, the world has been witnessing revolutionary changes in the North African and Middle Eastern region. Leaders, who had been holding on to power for decades, were forced to yield it in a wave of unexpected social upheaval in several countries. The Forum will create room for analysing the current situation, the expected scenarios, how can the region continue in successful transformation and will also examine how the Europe, including the Central European states, may contribute to this transition process through transfer of their experience.

EUROCRISIS AND GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE | The European Union and the European economy are facing a historic challenge that will define the future of European integration: guaranteeing the stability of European institutions. The Euro-crisis is a major challenge for Europe, which will have profound implications on the international financial system, global economic geopolitics and the global economic governance. These questions will run through the key topics of the Forum.

GLOBSEC 2012 KEY TOPICS

SEVEN MAIN DISCUSSION PANELS
EUROPEAN ECONOMIC INTEGRATION: SAVING THE UNION FROM ITSELF
GENERATION CHANGE IN THE US & AUSTERITY IN EUROPE: A MARRIAGE IN CRISIS?
SMART ENOUGH? NATO’S RESPONSE TO THE FISCAL CRISIS
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ARAB SEASONS?
REVITALISING EUROPE’S SECURITY AND DEFENCE: STRATEGY VS. LIMITATIONS
NEW GEOPOLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: TURKEY AND IRAN
POST-CRISIS GLOBAL GOVERNANCE: WHO’S RULES?
SIX NIGHT OWL SESSIONS
AFGHANISTAN BEYOND 2014
AMERICA’S PACIFIC CENTURY: REALLY?
SECURITY COOPERATION IN THE VISEGRAD REGION: WAY AHEAD
THE BALKANS AND THE EU: NEW REALITIES
FROM THEORY TO HARSH REALITY: CYBER SPACE & SECURITY TODAY
UKRAINE BETWEEN AND WITH THE EU AND RUSSIA
… and a number of break-out dinner sessions.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE GLOBSEC FORUM

PUTTING CENTRAL EUROPE ON THE MAP| The aim of the GLOBSEC Forum is to put Central Europe on the map of transatlantic thinking. The regional dimension of the Forum is emphasized by the participation of high-level decision-makers from the Visegrad Group and the wider Central European region, alongside their Euro-Atlantic partners. GLOBSEC moves the region from the periphery of transatlantic policy shaping to its very core, giving Central Europe a respected voice in the shaping of the transatlantic agenda.

“GLOBSEC offers a unique opportunity to Visegrad countries’ Foreign Ministers to meet again together and discuss prospects of mutual cooperation.”
H. E. Karel Schwarzenberg, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

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

COMMUNITY THAT SHAPES THE TRANSATLANTIC AGENDA| GLOBSEC is regularly attended by key security and foreign policy stakeholders from both sides of the Atlantic, the most influential experts from leading European and transatlantic think-tanks, academia, business leaders and politicians to discuss the acute challenges of today. We are proud that GLOBSEC has become a respected meeting place of personalities that influence the world events.

“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.”
Karl A. Lamers, President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly; President of the Atlantic Treaty Association; Deputy Chairman of the Defence Committee of the German Bundestag

UNIQUE PLATFORM FOR “CORRIDOR DIPLOMACY” |The success of GLOBSEC lies not only in the main conference program, but also in its ability to provide an excellent platform for corridor diplomacy. Politicians, diplomats, business figures, academics, journalists and experts use this platform to set up their meetings at GLOBSEC. Various side meetings, bilateral and multilateral political meetings and negotiations, closed policy sessions and expert talks have become an integral part of this event where comprehensive and far-reaching solutions are being born. During the 2011 conference, we have directly intermediated more than 50 official policy sessions. This corridor diplomacy capability of the GLOBSEC Forum is unparalleled in the region on Central Europe.

“This was an outstanding event. The selection of topics, level of presentations, and opportunities for informal discussion make GLOBSEC an exceptional professional opportunity.”
Matthew Rhodes, Director of the Program in Advanced Security Studies of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

CREATING IMPACT | GLOBSEC has acquired the reputation of a Forum where those who take decisions and shape policies absorb new ideas and turn them directly into political steps. GLOBSEC is a place where great ideas and strategic visions are transformed into real features of the transatlantic agenda. The voice of the Forum echoes long after it closes its gates for the year.

GLOBAL OUTREACH | 70 journalists, 80 interviews and hundreds of articles in regional and world media. These are the basic statistics reflecting the extensive media coverage of last year’s GLOBSEC. GLOBSEC news has reached far beyond the region of Central Europe. The last Forum was extensively reported on by media of the United States, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, Montenegro, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia or Russia. Media from the regions seeking Euro-Atlantic integration and partnership recognise GLOBSEC as the forum where further steps on their way to the Euro-Atlantic structures are determined.

CONTACT POINT

Slovak Atlantic Commission
Klariská 14
811 03 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
Tel. / Fax: +421 2 5441 06 09
globsec@ata-sac.org

Other projects of the SAC

Euro-Atlantic Quarterly EAQ