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28.02.2012, 11:56

GLOBSEC Commentators

For better media insight and overview we have managed to establish the group of commentators, so called GLOBSEC Commentators who will be able to make quick comments, attend interviews or provide insight before, during and after the Forum. Scroll down for their profiles and area of expertise.

Of course, there will be a lot more speakers, participants and VIPs available for interviews, briefings or background meetings. For one-on-one sessions we will be scheduling individually few weeks prior to the conference. Every registered journalist will receive List of Speakers available for one-on-one session, so he or she can choose the person, date and time. These sessions are subject of availability of speakers and will be scheduled on first come – first serve basis.

For interviews, briefings or comment requests please contact viktor.skulec @ ata-sac.org or call +421 911 616 655.

Rastislav Káčer
President and the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Slovak Atlantic Commission

  • Between 1994 and 1998 he served at NATO Headquarters in Brussels
  • Former State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence and  the Ambassador of Slovakia to the United States
  • Expertise: Strategic Concept of NATO; NATO/EU – Russia Relations, Enlargement of NATO; Transatlantic relations; U.S. Foreign Policy; Security and Defence Policy; GLOBSEC Conference
Tomáš Valášek
Member of Board of the Slovak Atlantic Commission; Director of Foreign Policy and Defence, Centre for European Reform, London
  • Expertise: Transatlantic issues; Common European Foreign and Security Policy; Non-proliferation and Arms Control; Eastern Neighbourhood Policy of EU and NATO
Róbert Vass
Secretary General of the Slovak Atlantic Commission
  • Former President of non-governmental organization Euro-Atlantic Centre
  • Responsible for the organization of GLOBSEC conference and accompanying events
  • Expertise: Topics related to NATO; Strategic Defence Concept; Transatlantic relations and GLOBSEC Conference

Robin Shepherd
Prominent British-born analyst and commentator; Senior Fellow of the Slovak Atlantic Commission and Director of The Henry Jackson Society

  • Previously the fellow and researcher at Royal Chatham House, London and the Woodrow Wilson International Institute for Scholars, Washington D.C.
  • Former Moscow Bureau Chief for The Times of London
  • Expertise: EU Policies; Central and Eastern Europe; Transatlantic relations and Middle East.
Ian Brzezinski
Senior Fellow, International Security Program at Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.
  • Served in senior policy positions in the U. S. Department of Defence and the U.S. Congress
  • Expertise: U.S. interests in Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia; NATO enlargement; NATO operations in the Balkans and Alliance force modernization.

Stephen Flanagan
Senior Vice-President, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C.
  • Held several senior positions in the U.S. Administration and at the National War College
  • Expertise: International security; Transatlantic relations
István Gyarmati
President and CEO of International Centre for Democratic Transition, Budapest
  • As a former Foreign Service officer he is a renowned expert and author in the area of foreign affairs and security policy
  • Expertise: Security policy; European and regional security policy; Hungarian defence policy.
Karel Kovanda
Czech Foreign Service officer, former Deputy Director General of External Relations in the European Commission
  • Served at diplomatic representations to international organizations as NATO, the European Union and the United Nations
  • Expertise: Common European Foreign and Security Policy; multilateral relations and human rights; relations with developed countries outside the EU, such as those of North America, East Asia or Australia.
Andrew A. Michta
American Professor, publicist and the director of the Warsaw office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • He is an expert on international relations and the author of publications on foreign policy. He was a distinguished professor on numerous American universities.
  • Expertise: NATO; European security and policies; Transatlantic relations; U.S. defence policy; post-communist transmission; civil-military relations.
Wess Mitchell
American publicist and political commentator; President and co-founder of the Center for European Policy Analysis, Washington D.C.
  • Expertise: U.S.-Central European and U.S.-Russian relations; Central and Eastern European geopolitics
Eugeniusz Smolar
Polish foreign affairs expert, Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for European Studies, Brussels
  • Expertise: Polish-German, Polish-Russian and Polish-Ukrainian relations; European security, Common Security and Defence Policy, future of NATO; Eastern Policy of Poland and of the European Union and Russia’s internal and foreign policy.
Damon Wilson
American foreign policy advisor; executive vice-president of the Atlantic Council
  • Held several positions in the U.S. Administration, U.S. Foreign Service and the Office of the Secretary General of NATO
  • Expertise: NATO defence capabilities; NATO operations

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