BRATISLAVA | 30/05/2017

On 26-28 May 2017, Bratislava turned to a hotspot of international policy making and trend-setting discussions. Over 1,300 participants from 70 countries, including top political representatives, business leaders, scholars, opinion-makers and global media, gathered together at the annual international conference GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum to discuss how to adapt our institutions to changes driven by technological progress. Among other topics, the forum followed up on the conclusions set at NATO Summit from the previous day and addressed the capabilities of NATO to adapt to future security threats. At the forum, General John Allen introduced GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative whose final report will be revealed in fall 2017.

Rapid technological development triggers dramatic social, political and economic changes. Our institutions as a pillar of the post-war world order need to adjust to those changes and find a way how to positively impact them. GLOBSEC 2017 reflected on this demand and centred the discussions around the main theme “Adapting (to) the Future“. Thus, for the 12th time, the Forum welcomed international leaders such as Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia or Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey to find solutions to the most pressing foreign policy issues.

The novelty of this year was a parallel set of discussions, GLOBSEC Future, dedicated to innovation, technology and business. The unquestionable highlight of the forum was a ground-breaking future talk delivered by David Roberts, the former Vice President of the Singularity University in San Francisco and one of the world’s top experts on disruptive innovation. “GLOBSEC is a forward-looking conference which wants to predict how our societies will evolve in the near future. Therefore, this forum serves as a platform for strengthening public-private partnership and sharing ideas between businesses and politics,” says Róbert Vass, President of GLOBSEC. Indeed, the representatives of the private and public sector joined their forces at each debate to develop solutions within cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, future of defence, democracy in the digital era and global free trade from their respective perspectives. The three-day marathon of productive discussions was concluded with the panel where Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, and Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, pondered on how to save the European Union.

Besides, GLOBSEC featured its own original initiatives contributing to debates about the future of NATO, effective counterterrorism and future of democracy, namely GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation InitiativeGLOBSEC Intelligence Reform Initiative and GLOBSEC Trends 2017. A high number of meetings, solutions and ideas produced during the weekend and covered in media such as Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, AP and The Guardian, prove that connecting the brightest minds of all sectors and corners of the world allows for necessary focus on political and technological development alike so that we can really prepare for the future.

GLOBSEC is an independent, non-governmental and non-partisan organisation whose mission is to connect key experts on foreign and security policy from all over the world while shaping the global debate. Apart from organising one of the top foreign policy conferences in the world, GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum, it also established GLOBSEC Tatra Summit, a forum designed to deal with European affairs.  GLOBSEC also associates the think-tank GLOBSEC Policy Institute and the GLOBSEC Academy Centre educational platform designed for young experts and leaders.