26 November, 2014 – 10:00 to 11:30
Matej Bel University, Banska Bystrica

2014 is an important year for the Slovak Republic and NATO. As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of Slovakia’s accession into NATO, we can evaluate our position in it with both confidence and self-criticism. Slovakia gets increasingly involved in NATO’s missions, becoming its strong advocate in Balkans, especially when it comes to expansion agenda in Montenegro. We have also been very successful in public diplomacy. It is necessary, however, to look critically upon the deficiencies in defence fitness of the Slovak army, as well as upon the high expenses it demands. The part Slovakia takes within the overall structures of alliance is also admittedly less than adequate.

Marian Majer, Senior Fellow for Security and Defence at Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) will discuss issues such as the position of the Slovak republic within NATO and the agenda of its new Secretary General with the students of the Faculty of political science and international relations in Banská Bystrica. The future of the NATO’s KFOR mission as well as Slovakia’s relations with Kosovo and other Balkan countries will also be addressed.