The 10th Bratislava Global Security Forum, taking place in Slovakia from June 19–21, 2015, evolved against the backdrop of a steadily deteriorating security environment around Europe as well as in Europe itself, in particular as a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the unabated violence perpetrated by the Islamic State in the Middle East.

A number of other topics also featured prominently on the agenda, such as the alarming spread of Russian propaganda across Europe and its neighbourhood, NATO’s adaptation ahead of the 2016 Warsaw summit, the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, the prospects for Visegrad Group and Central European cooperation, and the future of Europe seen in the light of the EU Energy Union and the threats posed by potential British and Greek exits. In addition, GLOBSEC’s smaller, informal fora, including the GLOBSEC Young Leaders’ Forum and three Public-Private Fora on defence, energy, and innovation & cyber security, brought a wealth of insights and recommendations on many other topics.

The Forum’s highlights included speeches by Prime Minister David Cameron, Senator John McCain, Presidents Bronisław Komorowski, Toomas Ilves and Andrej Kiska, as well as a round table with the Visegrad Four Prime Ministers.