The Central European Strategy Council is proud to announce that two distinct personalities have recently joined its International Advisory Board. The Board represents a network of distinguished leaders and thinkers with firm values and clear vision from the region, broader Europe and North America who can articulate a new strategy for empowering Central Europe in global affairs. Twenty-five years since the fall of Communism in Central Europe, we are facing a new and unprecedented challenge to the stability and security of Europe and the world order. The Russian aggression and the Ukraine crisis have shown us how vulnerable the democratic achievements in Central Europe might be. Today, it is once again very important to reaffirm the transatlantic bond and the values that underpin it as a basis for articulating a clear vision and strategy for the future.

The Honourable Michael Chertoff is Co-Founder and Chairman of The Chertoff Group. As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, Michael Chertoff made  a distinct contribution to transatlantic unity, including by leading his government´s effort to establish visa free travel for Slovakia and other European nations to the United States. In addition to his current role at the The Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff is also a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. Secretary Chertoff has been one of the key personalities who have substantially contributed to the strengthening of relations between Central Europe and the United States. “Europe in particular has yet to adapt to a strategic situation no longer characterised by war or peace but by permanent conflict,” says Secretary Chertoff. “Self-confidence is essential in the very difficult conditions of hybrid war, where clear-cut evidence of the adversary’s involvement is not straight-forward,” he adds.

 

Ambassador Štefan Füle served as the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy in the Commission of José Manuel Barroso from 2010 to 2014. Prior to that appointment, he was Minister for European Affairs of the Czech Republic. During his distinguished diplomatic career, Mr. Füle served as Ambassador to Lithuania, to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative of his country to NATO. As European Commissioner, Ambassador Füle worked tirelessly to bring six of the EU’s neighbours, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, under its wing. His diplomatic skills have contributed to the strengthening of European integration and to the vital process of transforming Europe’s neighbourhood, which are both essential for the stability, peace and security of the continent and the transatlantic community. By both word and action, Commissionner Füle has proven that “enlargement is the most important transformation instrument the EU has.”

The Central European Strategy Council’s International Advisory Board is a honorary representative body composed of distinguished leaders, policy makers, former and current members of government, renowned thinkers and journalists, as well as representatives of the business sector. Its aim is to provide the Council with leadership, strategic guidance and insight in pursuing its core mission and goals. The Board usually meets once a year to discuss current international issues. In addition, ad-hoc meetings with Board members are organised in Washington, Brussels and other key capitals throughout the year.

On 20 February 2015, the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) and the Slovak Atlantic Commission (SAC) hosted a meeting with Mr Štefan Füle. You can read the summary #GLOBSEC Chat discussion with Mr. Štefan Füle here.