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GLOBSEC 2018 Bratislava Forum

07.12.2017

GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum (17 - 19 May 2018)

In the twelve years of its existence, GLOBSEC Forum has grown into one of the top strategic forums worldwide for connecting the realms of politics, academia, the non-government sector, and business. Indeed, political and social developments in the transatlantic area, Middle East, and other regions underline the need for a truly global policy-making platform.

GLOBSEC Forum has become an essential meeting place for political and business leaders, visionaries and innovators that share a common goal: a determination to make the world a better and safer place.

The Forum provides a space for both formal and informal discussions that seek solutions and encourage firm action for the most urgent crises facing us now and in the future.

Hundreds of influential statesmen, experts from leading global think-tanks, academia and business, as well as visionaries and innovators, will once again come to GLOBSEC Forum to discuss and seek solutions to the most pressing global issues. Over the years, GLOBSEC’s guest list has included David Cameron, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Madeleine Albright, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Donald Tusk, Kersti Kaljulaid, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Rose Gottemoeller, David Roberts and many more.

GLOBSEC 2018 KEY FEATURES

  • The phenomenon of terrorist groups abusing social media and other applications to recruit and radicalise new members and coordinate attacks is now a major global security issue. GLOBSEC Forum will connect experts on terrorism, intelligence, µand social media to discuss and propose solutions that tackle this growing problem.
  • As instability in the Middle East continues to fuel persistent humanitarian crisis, GLOBSEC Forum will provide a platform for strategic discussions between regional and global leaders and experts and look for ways to lead the region out of the quagmire.
  • Transatlantic relations have always been a substantial feature of the Forum. After a series of key elections on both sides of the Atlantic, this crucial relationship has entered a new era. GLOBSEC Forum will once again connect partners to discuss common strategies.
  • The Internet has become a battlefield of ideas where facts are distorted by trolls and propaganda is propelled by automated bots. And while technology empowers citizens it also seems to be chipping away at democracy. Open societies with democratic political systems and values have become prey to these predatory tactics. GLOBSEC will use its own research into this phenomenon to connect experts and devise technical measures and policies that tackle this issue.
  • Recent election results in several key member states have prompted debates on the future shape and direction of the European Union. In response, leaders, policymakers, and other interested parties have outlined an array of alternative scenarios that they hope will underscore the EU as the solution rather than a source of Europe's problems. GLOBSEC Forum will actively contribute to this mission by inviting these leaders to present their visions for the future of Europe.
  • Disruptive technologies are already having a profound impact on our world. Yet, while increased automation and artificial intelligence provide effective solutions for numerous challenges, they also raise concerns over their long-term effects on global society. GLOBSEC Forum will seek to better equip humanity for the next phase of its existence by expanding its agenda in order to tackle this issue head-on.
  • The mounting challenges posed by inequality, migration, radicalisation, and more, suggest that globalisation isn't working for everyone. Possible solutions include policies that further empower women, sustainable urbanisation, and renewed efforts to combat climate change and enhance global trade. GLOBSEC Forum will debate ways to reinvent multilateral decision-making platforms in order to address these issues.

Participation in the conference

To provide smooth organization of the conference and due to capacity limitations of the venue participation is possible upon personal non-transferable invitation only and is a subject of a precise selection process. Every invitee requires being approved by the GLOBSEC Forum Audience Board consisting of the organisation’s Honorary Chairman, President, CEO and the Project Manager of the conference.

Invitation process of members of diplomatic missions accredited to Slovakia follows the following specific guidelines – GLOBSEC organizers provide invitations to:

  • Heads of diplomatic missions of those states from which participation of a state representative at the level of president, the prime minister, minister, state secretary, speaker of the parliament or chairman of the parliamentary committee is confirmed at the Forum;
  • Heads of diplomatic missions of those states that are permanent members of the UN Security Council, V4 countries, members of the Presidency Trio of the Council of the European Union, member states of the EU, NATO and G20;
  • Heads of diplomatic missions of states which actively cooperate with GLOBSEC on a long-term basis (active support of speakers' and audience invitations, recommendations of relevant stakeholders as invitees, cooperation during working visits of GLOBSEC representatives abroad);
  • Defence attachés of respective missions in case of attendance of minister of defence or state secretary of defence;
  • Additional members of the diplomatic mission in case of participation of a high-level political delegation or in case the mission is official partner of the GLOBSEC organization.

You can download the full agenda here.

Programme

18.05.2018
08:00 - 09:00

Emperor

Closed Session: GLOBSEC European Security Initiative (Gesi) Kick-Off Meeting

GESI build upon the success of GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative (GNAI) and constitutes GLOBSEC’s new flagship defence policy project which advocates for coherent and robust EU defence and security posture. It aims to produce innovative and complex policy recommendations with the aim of strengthening Europe’s defence capabilities and operational readiness for a wide spectrum of challenges. This meeting is upon separate invitation only.

18.05.2018
08:00 - 09:30

Grand Living room (Dining room)

Closed Session: Transition to a Low-Emissions Economy in Slovakia
18.05.2018
08:30 - 10:00

Ferdinand 1+2

Closed Session: Uneducated, male and not so young? Crime-Terror Nexus in Europe
18.05.2018
09:00 - 10:30

Danube Space, River Park Plaza

New Days, New Threats: Adapting Nato’s Strategy

H. E. Jüri Luik, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia
Amb. Tacan Ildem, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO, Brussels
Gen. Philip Breedlove, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Atlanta
Gen. (Ret.) John Allen, President, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D. C.
Led by: Tom Clark, Chair, Public Affairs and Communications, Global Public Affairs, Ottawa

18.05.2018
09:00 - 10:30

Maria Theresia, Grand Hotel River Park

Facing Cyber Futures

Hon. Marina Kaljurand, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia; Chair, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, Tallinn
Melissa Hathaway, Senior Adviser, Cybersecurity Initiatives, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge
Isaac Ben-Israel, Head of Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, Tel Aviv University
Mike Maddison, Partner, EMEIA Advisory Cyber Leader, Ernst & Young, London
Led by: Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor, Defense One, New York

18.05.2018
09:00 - 10:00

Habsburg, Grand Hotel River Park

GLOBSEC Sustainability Platform: Role of the 21st Century Companies in Achieving the UNSDGs

Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD, Paris
Frederic De Wilde, President European Union, Philip Morris International, Lausanne
Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, Chairman of the Partners Board, Ernst & Young Poland, Warsaw
Led by: Kathleen Koch, Author, Journalist, and Founder, LeadersLink, Washington, D.C.

18.05.2018
09:00 - 10:00

Deluxe 439

Closed Session: Globsec Artificial Intelligence for Security Initiative (G-AISI) Kick-Off Meeting

G-AISI is another initiative of GLOBSEC which builds upon the success of GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative (GNAI). As artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming one of the key defining features of the future of global technological advancement, GLOBSEC is establishing a task force which would address the implications of AI’s rise for the transatlantic security. This meeting is upon separate invitation only.

18.05.2018
09:00 - 10:30

Restaurant Massimo

Closed Session: Combating Global Security Challenges by Leveraging Data
18.05.2018
10:00 - 11:00

 

Coffee Break
18.05.2018
10:00 - 11:30

Grand Living room (Dining room)

Closed Session: New and Modern Post-2020 European Budget (In cooperation with Bruegel)
18.05.2018
10:30 - 11:30

Ferdinand 1+2

Closed Session: GLOBSEC Sustainability Platform: Transformation via Innovation – New Technologies and the Labour Market (In cooperation with Philip Morris)
18.05.2018
11:00 - 12:00

Danube Space, River Park Plaza

One Size Does Not Fit All: Multispeed & Multishaped Union

H. E. Peter Pellegrini, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic
H. E. Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
Hon. Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President for the Energy Union, European Commission, Brussels
Led by: Tom Nuttall, Charlemagne Columnist, The Economist, Brussels

18.05.2018
11:00 - 12:30

Habsburg, Grand Hotel River Park

Innovation for Transition to Green Economy

Opening remarks by: H. E. László Sólymos, Minister of Environment of the Slovak
Republic
Norbert Kurilla, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic
Artur Runge-Metzger, Director, DG Climate Action, European Commission, Brussels
Klaus Födinger, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board, CRH Slovakia, Bratislava
Lukáš Kuzmiak, Principal Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Bratislava
Led by: Gabriela Fischerová, Director General, Directorate of Climate Change and Air Pollution, Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic

18.05.2018
11:30 - 12:30

Danube 933

18.05.2018
11:30 - 13:00

Presidential Apartment

Closed Session: Exclusive Discussion Hosted by H. E. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry of the United Arab Emirates and H. E. Anwar Bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates
18.05.2018
12:00 - 13:30
Lunch
18.05.2018
12:00 - 13:30

Grand Living room (Dining room)

Closed Session: Exclusive VIP Lunch: Global Defence Synergies To Address Global Threats (with General Breedlove and Mr. Jonathan Hoyle, Lockheed Martin)
18.05.2018
12:00 - 13:30

Ferdinand 1+2

Closed Session: Defending Democracy and Elections from Subversive Influence: A Transatlantic Perspective (In cooperation with Alliance for Securing Democracy)
18.05.2018
12:30 - 13:30

Restaurant Massimo

Closed Session: VIP Lunch with Google and Jigsaw: Technology and Responsibility
18.05.2018
13:00 - 14:30

Danube 933

Closed Session: Future Of The Cashless Society
18.05.2018
13:30 - 15:00

Danube Space, River Park Plaza

Middle East in Turmoil: Achieving Lasting Stability

Keynote remarks by: H. E. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates
Hon. Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden; Co-Chair, European Council on Foreign Relations, Stockholm
Catherine Ashton, Chair, Global Europe Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, London
Gen. (Ret.) John Allen, President, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D. C.
Led by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic, Washington, D. C.

18.05.2018
13:30 - 14:30

Maria Theresia, Grand Hotel River Park

The Western Balkans Chessboard

H. E. Ivica Dačić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
H. E. Ditmir Bushati, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania
H. E. Nikola Dimitrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia
H. E. Predrag Bosković, Minister of Defence of Montenegro
Christian Danielsson, Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission, Brussels
Led by: Jochen Bittner, Political Editor, Die Zeit, Hamburg

18.05.2018
13:30 - 14:30

Habsburg, Grand Hotel River Park

Education Disrupted: Building Skills in the Age Of AI

Peter Vesterbacka, Founder, Slush; Co-Founder, Lightneer; former Mighty Eagle, Angry Birds, Helsinki
Larry Schuette, Director of Global Science and Technology Engagement, Lockheed Martin, Washington, D. C.
Led by: Alena Kudzko, Deputy Research Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava

18.05.2018
14:00 - 15:15

Grand Living room (Dining room)

Closed Session: New Start For Europe With New (Old) Franco-German Tandem
18.05.2018
14:00 - 15:30

Ferdinand 1+2

Closed Session: Defending Europe's Flanks (In cooperation with George C. Marshall Center)

NATO faces a diverse spectrum of challenges emanating from its East and South. While the challenges posed by Russia are not entirely novel to the Alliance, the nexus migration-crime-terrorism are representing a new generation of threats to the stability of Europe. As the impact of the threats are common to NATO and EU, both organization must seek avenues in addressing them – in the Baltics, Mediterranean, Black Sea region and also in the cyber domain.

18.05.2018
14:45 - 15:15

Maria Theresia, Grand Hotel River Park

Paris Minus Washington: Climate Change Persists

Hon. Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President for the Energy Union, European Commission, Brussels
Led by: Sara Stefanini, Freelance Journalist, London

18.05.2018
14:30 - 15:30
Coffee Break
18.05.2018
15:00 - 16:30

Danube 933

Closed Session: Brexit and its implications an the European Union

Brexit is a historical moment both in the existence of the European Union and the United Kingdom. It is approaching fast, and we need to think about how it will affect the European Union: economically as well as politically.

18.05.2018
15:30 - 16:30

Danube Space, River Park Plaza

Trump’s Transatlantic Bond

Hon. Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden; Co-Chair, European Council on Foreign Relations, Stockholm
Catherine Ashton, Chair, Global Europe Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, London
Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council, Washignton, D. C.
Led by: Natalie Nougayrède, Editorial Board Member and Columnist, Guardian, London

18.05.2018
15:30 - 16:30

Maria Theresia, Grand Hotel River Park

Populism: Is the Tide Over Yet?

Jakub Wiśniewski, Vice President, GLOBSEC; Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava
Martina Larkin, Head of Europe & Eurasia, Executive Committee, World Economic Forum, Geneva
Randy Scheunemann, Member of the Board of Directors, International Republican Institute, Washington, D. C.
Sophie Gaston, Deputy Director, Demos, London
Led by: Jamie Fly, Director, Future of Geopolitics Program, The German Marshall Fund of the
United States, Washington, D. C.

18.05.2018
15:30 - 16:30

Habsburg, Grand Hotel River Park

Remote-Controlled Terrorism: What’s the Price of Freedom?

Introductory remarks by: H. E. Karla Šlechtová, Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic
Erin Marie Saltman, Lead Policy Manager for Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism, Facebook, London
Laurence Bindner, Consultant on the Spread of Jihadist Content Online, Paris
Led by: Ben Makuch, Reporter, Vice News, Toronto

18.05.2018
16:00 - 17:30

Grand Living room (Dining room)

Closed Session: Outdated Regional Order In East Asia?
18.05.2018
16:00 - 18:00

Ferdinand 1+2

Closed Session: The Eu Crisis Response Mechanisms An A World Of Disorder And Distrust (In cooperation with Norwegian Institute of International Affairs)
18.05.2018
16:30 - 17:00
Coffee Break
18.05.2018
17:00 - 17:30

Danube Space, River Park Plaza

GLOBSEC Chat: Projecting Power in the Post-Rule World Order

Joseph Nye, Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge
Led by: Ali Aslan, International Presenter, Berlin

18.05.2018
17:00 - 17:30

Maria Theresia, Grand Hotel River Park

GLOBSEC Talk: Depth and Darkness of the Web

Jeff Moss, Founder and CEO, DEF CON, Seattle

18.05.2018
17:00 - 17:30

Habsburg, Grand Hotel River Park

Beyond Survival: Disruptive Tech in Humanitarian Aid

Kilian Kleinschmidt, Founder & CEO, Innovation Planning Agency, Switxboard, Vienna

18.05.2018
17:00 - 18:30

Danube 933

Closed Session: European Armoury Aspect - Another Piece Of The Puzzle For The European Defence Union? (In cooperation with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann)
18.05.2018
17:00 - 18:30

Restaurant Massimo

Closed Session: Democratic Gaps in the Visegrad Countries: Effects or Consequences of Disinformation? (In cooperation with The International Republican Institute)
18.05.2018
17:30 - 18:00
Coffee Break
18.05.2018
18:00 - 19:00

Danube Space, River Park Plaza

Visegrad Refining Relationship with Europe

Ivan Korčok, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
H. E. Martin Stropnický, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
H. E. Jacek Czaputowicz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
Levente Magyar, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
Led by: Matthew Karnitschnig, Chief Europe Correspondent, POLITICO Europe, Brussels

18.05.2018
18:00 - 19:00

Maria Theresia, Grand Hotel River Park

Supercompanies: Partners in Leadership?

Gregori Lebedev, Chairman, Center for International Private Enterprise, Washington, D. C.
Scott Carpenter, Managing Director, Jigsaw, Alphabet Inc, Washington, D.C.
Katarína Kakalíková, Director Public Policy, Mastercard, Prague
Led by: Kathleen Koch, Author, Journalist, and Founder, LeadersLink, Washington, D.C.

18.05.2018
18:00 - 19:30

Habsburg, Grand Hotel River Park

Peace on Korean Peninsula: No Longer Out of Reach?

Alexei Pushkov, Chairman, Commission on Information Policy, Council of Federation, Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Moscow
Koichi Ai, Acting Director General, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Tokyo
Gudrun Wacker, Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin
Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.
Tong Zhao, Fellow, Nuclear Policy Programme, Carnegie Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, Beijing
Led by: Theresa Fallon, Director, Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies, Brussels

18.05.2018
20:00 - 23:00

Reduta building, Seat of the Slovak Philharmonic

GLOBSEC Gala Dinner featuring the Czech & Slovak Transatlantic awards (Upon separate invitation only)
19.05.2018
09:00 - 10:30

Danube Space, River Park Plaza

Too Much Intel, Too Little Action

Rt. Hon. Baroness Neville-Jones, Member, House of Lords of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Hon. Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Washington, D. C.
Hans-Jakob Schindler, Senior Advisor Counter Extremism Project, Former Coordinator, ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and Taliban Monitoring Team, United Nations Security Council, New York
Led by: Frank Gardner, Security Correspondent, BBC, London

19.05.2018
09:00 - 10:30

Maria Theresia, Grand Hotel River Park

Competition Vs. Cooperation: Stakes in AI Race (In cooperation with Good AI)

Tze Yun Leong, Director, AI Technology, AI Singapore, Singapore
Marek Rosa, CEO & CTO, Good AI, Prague
Danit Gal, Project Assistant Professor, Global Research Institute, Keio University, Tokyo
Led by: Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor, Defense One, New York

19.05.2018
09:00 - 10:30

Restaurant Massimo

Closed Session: Diversifying Pipelines and Energy Security in Central and Eastern Europe: Present Challenges and Future Opportunities
19.05.2018
09:00 - 10:30

Grand Living room (Dining room)

Closed Session: The Struggle for Ukraine: Progress and Challenges in 2018 (In cooperation with Chatham House - Royal Institute of International Affairs)
19.05.2018
09:15 - 10:30

Ferdinand 1+2

Closed Session: Geopolitical Trends in Central Europe (In cooperation with The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic)

Which Visegrad country favours a neutral position between West and East? Who are the biggest Eurosceptics in the region? Are the young the most pro-European? Which countries are the most satisfied with their EU and NATO membership? Are policies of world leaders recognised by Central Europeans or do they believe in conspiracy theories? What are the trends in public perceptions in the region and what changes occurred within a year? The presentation of GLOBSEC Trends 2018 report, which contains findings of specialised representative public opinion polls, will launch the roundtable debate on the views and perceptions of Central Europeans.

19.05.2018
09:30 - 11:00

Danube 933

19.05.2018
10:00 - 11:00

Deluxe 425

Closed Session: Roundtable with Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Wess Mitchell and Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council Damon Wilson: Future of transatlantic Relations
19.05.2018
10:30 - 11:00

 

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