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Program

OFFICIAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM

DATE: APRIL 12 – 14, 2012

1ST DAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 122012


13:30


OFFICIAL WELCOME



AMB. (RET.) RASTISLAV KÁČER - President and Chairman of the Board, Slovak Atlantic Commission







OPENING REMARKS



H. E. ROBERT FICO - Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic




13:55 - 15:05


OPENING SESSION: FROM PRAGUE TO CHICAGO AND BEYOND



Chair: AMB. (RET.) RASTISLAV KÁČER - President and Chairman of the Board, Slovak Atlantic Commission



JIŘÍ SCHNEIDER - First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic



ZSOLT NÉMETH - Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Hungary



BOGUSŁAW WINID - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Security Issues of Poland
PETER BURIAN - State Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic




15:05 - 15:30


Networking Coffee Break




15:30 - 17:00


SESSION 1: EUROPEAN ECONOMIC INTEGRATION: SAVING THE UNION FROM ITSELF
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)



CO-ORGANIZED BY: BRUEGEL AND CENTER FOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRS



CHAIR: PETER SPIEGEL - Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times, Brussels



JOHN FITZGERALD - Research Professor, The Economic and Social Research Institute, Adjunct Professor, Trinity College, Dublin
IVAN KORČOK - Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the EU, Brussels



JEAN PISANI-FERRY - Director, Bruegel, Brussels




18:00

GALA DINNER (UPON SEPARATE INVITATION ONLY)



VENUE: HISTORICAL BUILDING OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC, BRATISLAVA
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BUSES LEAVE THE KEMPINSKI HOTEL AT 17:30




21:30

NIGHT OWL SESSION 1: SECURITY COOPERATION IN THE VISEGRAD REGION: WAY AHEAD (OFF THE RECORD)
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)



ROOM: MARIA THERESIA MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR



CHAIR: JOZEF BÁTORA - Associate Professor, Institute of European Studies and International Relations, Faculty
of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava



JIŘÍ SCHNEIDER - First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague



MARCIN ZABOROWSKI - Director, Polish Institute for International Affairs, Warsaw



AMB. ISTVÁN GYARMATI - President, Center for Democracy Public Foundation, Budapest



THORVALD STOLTENBERG - Former Defence and Foreign Minister of Norway; Author of the "Nordic cooperation on foreign and security policy" Report, made on commission for the five Nordic Governments in 2009, Oslo








21:30

NIGHT OWL SESSION 2: AMERICA’S PACIFIC CENTURY: IMPLICATIONS FOR EUROPE (OFF THE RECORD)
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)
CO-ORGANIZED BY THE GERMAN MARSCHALL FUND OF THE UNITED STATES



ROOM: ARTE RESTAURANT, GROUND FLOOR



CHAIR: JAMES DENTON, Publisher, The World Affairs Journal, Washington, D.C.



DAMON WILSON - Vice-President, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.



HON. GIORGI BARAMIDZE - Vice-Prime Minister and State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Republic of Georgia



ANDREW A. MICHTA - Director Warsaw Office, German Marshall Fund of the U. S., Warsaw



FRANÇOIS HEISBOURG - Special Advisor, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, Paris








21:30

NIGHT OWL SESSION 3: AFGHANISTAN BEYOND 2014 (OFF THE RECORD)
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)



ROOM: HABSBURG, FIRST FLOOR



CHAIR: STEPHANIE SANOK - Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic &
International Studies, Washington, D.C.



H. E. URMAS PAET - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia



AMB. ALEXANDER VERSHBOW - Deputy Secretary General of NATO



AMRULLAH SALEH - Former Director General of the National Directorate of Security, Kabul



AMB. JÁN KUBIŠ - Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Kabul



AIR VICE-MARSHAL ROBERT W. JUDSON - Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Operations, UK Ministry of Defence, London








21:30

NIGHT OWL SESSION 4: THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN ENERGY (OFF THE RECORD)
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)



ROOM: RIVER BANK BRASSERIE, GROUND FLOOR



CHAIR: MATTHEW HULBERT - Senior Researcher, Netherlands Institute of International Relations



ALAN RILEY - Professor of Law, City Law School, Grays Inn, London



GRZEGORZ PYTEL - Energy Security Expert, Sobieski Institute, Warsaw



ANDREJ JURIS -  Director of Strategy and Development, Západoslovenská energetika, member of E.ON Group, Bratislava
ANITA ORBÁN - Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary




2ND DAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012


09:15 - 10:45

SESSION 2: FUTURE OF EUROPE AND THE TRANSATLANTIC COOPERATION



AMB. (RET.) RASTISLAV KÁČER - President and Chairman of the Board, Slovak Atlantic Commission



H. E. IVAN GAŠPAROVIČ - President of the Slovak Republic



H. E. DANILO TÜRK - President of the Republic of Slovenia



H. E. IVO JOSIPOVIĆ - President of the Republic of Croatia




10:45 - 11:15

Networking Coffee Break




11:15 - 12:45

SESSION 3: SMART ENOUGH? NATO’S RESPONSE TO THE FISCAL CRISIS
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)



KEYNOTE REMARKS: AMB. ALEXANDER VERSHBOW - Deputy Secretary General of NATO



CHAIR: TOMÁŠ VALÁŠEK - Senior Fellow, Slovak Atlantic Commission, Bratislava; Director Foreign Policy and Defence, Centre for European Relations, London



HON. ALEXANDER VONDRA - Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic



HON. ESPEN BARTH EIDE - Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Norway



H. E. IVO DAALDER - Permanent Representative of the United States to NATO



VICE-ADMIRAL CAROL M. POTTENGER - Deputy Chief of Staff, Capability Development, NATO Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Norfolk




12:45 - 14:15

Networking Lunch




14:15 - 15:00

GLOBSEC KEYNOTE: CHALLENGES OF MONTENEGRO AND WESTERN BALKAN TOWARDS EUROPEAN AND EURO-ATLANTIC INTEGRATION



H. E. IGOR LUKŠIĆ - Prime Minister of Montenegro



ŠTEFAN FÜLE - European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Brussels



INTRODUCED AND CHAIRED BY: IVAN VEJVODA - Vice-President for Programmes, German Marshall Fund of the U.S., Washington, D.C.




15:00 - 16:30

SESSION 4: WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ARAB SEASONS?
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)



CO-ORGANIZED BY THE CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES (CES)



CHAIR: ROLAND FREUDENSTEIN - Deputy Director & Head of Research, Centre for European Studies, Brussels



H.E. NICKOLAY MLADENOV - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria



ANAS EL GOMATI - Middle East Analyst, Director, Al Sadeq Institute, Tripoli



TAREK OSMAN - Author of the Book “Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak”, Cairo



AMB. ODED ERAN - Senior Research Fellow, Institute of National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv




16:30 - 17:00

Networking Coffee Break




17:00 - 18:30

SESSION 5: REVITALISING EUROPE’S SECURITY AND DEFENCE: STRATEGY VS. LIMITATIONS
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)



CO-ORGANIZED BY THE KONRAD ADENAUER STIFTUNG



CHAIR: GERHARD WAHLERS - Deputy Secretary General, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Berlin



CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT - Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defence



ZBIGNIEW WŁOSOWICZ - Deputy Minister for Defence Policy, Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Poland



NICK WITNEY - Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations, London; Former Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency



COL. (RET.) JOSEPH R. WOOD - Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Former Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, Washington, D.C.




21:30 - 23:00

BREAK-OUT DINNER SESSIONS (UPON SEPARATE INVITATION ONLY, OFF THE RECORD)



A/ Belarus and EU Behind Closed Doors



B/ NATO Defence and Deterrence Posture Review



C/ NATO Post Libya: Lessons Learned



D/ Moscow: How Will Elections Affect European Security?



E/ The Future of European Institutions: From International to Intergovernmental?



F/ Kosovo's EU Perspective in the Context of European Security and Political Architecture




21:30

NIGHT OWL SESSION 5: THE BALKANS AND THE EU: NEW REALITIES (OFF THE RECORD)
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)



CO-ORGANIZED BY THE EUROPEAN FUND FOR THE BALKANS



ROOM: HABSBURG, FIRST FLOOR



CHAIR: HEDVIG MORVAI-HORVAT - Executive Director, European Fund for the Balkans, Belgrade



H. E. MIROSLAV LAJČÁK - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
H. E. EDMOND HAXHINASTO - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania



H. E. NIKOLA POPOSKI - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia*



SONJA LICHT - President, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Belgrade




21:30

NIGHT OWL SESSION 6: FROM THEORY TO HARSH REALITY: CYBER SPACE & SECURITY TODAY(OFF THE RECORD)
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)



ROOM: RIVER BANK BRASSERIE, GROUND FLOOR



CHAIR: JASON HEALEY - Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.



ROBERT HAYES - UK Representative of the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, Cambridge



COL. (RET.) GREGORY J. RATTRAY - Senior Security Advisor, BITS Financial Services Roundtable, Washington, D.C.




21:30

NIGHT OWL SESSION 7: UKRAINE BETWEEN AND WITH THE EU AND RUSSIA (OFF THE RECORD)
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)



CO-ORGANIZED BY THE CIVIC EXPERT COUNCIL – GER WITH THE SUPPORT OF USAID THROUGH PACT, INC.



ROOM: ARTE RESTAURANT, GROUND FLOOR



CHAIR: ROLAND KOVATS - Chief of Party United Project, PACT, Kyiv



PAVLO KLIMKIN - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kyiv
PETER MICHALKO - Political Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic



OLEH RYBACHUK - Chairman, Civic Expert Council – GER, Kyiv



BRUCE JACKSON - President, Project on Transitional Democracies, Washington, D.C.
21:30 NIGHT OWL SESSION 8: NATO PARTNERSHIPS AND ENLARGEMENT
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)
ORGANISED AS PART OF THE BRATISLAVA YOUNG ATLANTICIST SUMMIT PROGRAMME (BYAS)
ROOM: MARIA THERESIA MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR
CHAIR: BENJAMIN BILSKI - Executive Director, Pericles Foundation, London
GEORGE GAMKRELIDZE - Analyst, New Generation - New Initiative, Tbilisi
JELENA PETROVIC - PhD Candidate, King's College London, London
TIMOTHY STAFFORD - Research Assistant, United Kingdom Parliament, London




3RD DAY – SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012


09:00 - 10:30

SESSION 6: GENERATION CHANGE IN THE US & AUSTERITY IN EUROPE: A MARRIAGE IN CRISIS?
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)



CHAIR: JUDY DEMPSEY - Columnist, International Herald Tribune; Senior Associate, Editor in Chief, Strategic Europe, Carnegie Europe, Berlin



HON. MIKULÁŠ DZURINDA - MP, Former Prime Minister and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava



BOGDAN LUCIAN AURESCU - State Secretary for Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Romania, Bucharest
AMB. KURT VOLKER - Sr Fellow and Managing Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced Int'l Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.



CONSTANZE STELZENMÜLLER - Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.



MAJ.-GEN. MARK O. SCHISSLER - Director, Plans and Policy, Headquarters U. S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen




10:30 - 10:50

Networking Coffee Break




10:50- 12:00


SESSION 7: NEW GEOPOLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)



CHAIR: ROBIN SHEPHERD - Senior Fellow, Centrale European Policy Institute, Bratislava



RAGHIDA DERGHAM - Columnist and Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Al-Hayat, New York



SINAN ÜLGEN - Chairman, Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), Istanbul



DANIEL LEVY - Director of MENA, European Council on Foreign Relations; Senior Fellow, New America Foundation, London
12:00- 12:20 Networking Coffee Break




12:20- 13:50

SESSION 8: POST-CRISIS GLOBAL GOVERNANCE: WHOSE RULES?
(PANEL DESCRIPTION)



CO-ORGANIZED BY BRUEGEL AND THE CENTER FOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRS
CHAIR: JAMES DENTON - Publisher, The World Affairs Journal, Washington, D.C.



IGNAZIO ANGELONI - Adviser to the ECB Executive Board, Frankfurt; Visiting Fellow, Bruegel, Brussels



JIM O'NEILL - Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, London



DMITRI SUSLOV - Deputy Director for Research, Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, Moscow



LIMING WANG - Director, Confucius Institute for Ireland, University College Dublin




13:50

CLOSING REMARKS AND SUMMARY



RÓBERT VASS - Secretary General, Slovak Atlantic Commission




14:00

NETWORKING LUNCH







*The Centre for European Studies, following the EU and UN practice, always uses the provisional reference: the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.



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