GLOBSEC will host heads of states of six European countries on its 10th anniversary edition, representing the most robust group of high-profile participants since its establishment. Presidents of Slovakia, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Macedonia and Poland are expected to take part in inspiring debates and provide their insight into the broad variety of pressing foreign policy and security issues of their respective countries and regions.

One of the key themes on the GLOBSEC “table” will be the complicated security and geopolitical situation in Central and Eastern Europe and Western Balkans caused by tensions between Moscow and the West. Especially the countries directly bordering Russia are finding themselves in an unenviable position – wanting to get closer to the European family and not being able to accept further escalation of relations with Russia at the same time. GLOBSEC debates will try to find answers on how Russia’s foreign policy towards Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova and other countries influenced the security situation in Europe and what are the possible scenarios and solutions.

Presidents Andrej Kiska, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Giorgi Margvelashvili, Gjorge Ivanov and Bronislaw Komorowski will be, among other things, discussing the future of NATO and the EU in the context of the current security crisis. In addition to the participation at GLOBSEC Security Forum, President Ilves will also be one of the main speakers at the side-event GLOBSEC City Talks discussing about inspiring stories from Central Europe.

Besides of the participating presidents, this year’s GLOBSEC will host over eleven delegations of heads of states and governments at GLOBSEC and dozens of foreign and defence ministers mostly from Europe. In combination with 800 participating experts, international media, and representatives of international organisations such as EU, OSCE and NATO, GLOBSEC will provide a platform for sharing new ideas and transforming them into political strategies. “We hope that the international GLOBSEC community will be able to formulate answers and facilitate actions to the challenges that we face and to move the international debate in a right direction” said Robert Vass the founder of GLOBSEC.

GLOBSEC Forum is the leading annual forum on security and foreign policy in Central Europe. This year, GLOBSEC marks 10 years since its establishment.  GLOBSEC’s mission is to strengthen the voice of Central Europe in the world, so that this region would become a part of the strategic European as well as international discussion, where answers to the current political and international security challenges are found. GLOBSEC Forum is organized by Slovak Atlantic Commission, member of the Central European Strategy Council.

Central European Strategy Council is an independent non-governmental organisation with the mission to strengthen the voice of Slovakia and Central Europe in European and global affairs. The organisation connects key Central European personalities and experts in foreign and security policy. It associates three organisations – the Slovak Atlantic Commission (SAC), the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) and the Centre for European Affairs (CEA).