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Symposium in Vienna: "Current Security Challenges for Europe: NATO, its Partners and the Warsaw Summit"

Published: June 16, 2016; 15:00 · (FriedlNews)

The upcoming summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Warsaw from 8th to 9th July 2016 sees the organization facing numerous challenges. The withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan and rising tensions in the European area – from the conflict in Ukraine to the migration crisis, effected the question of the role of NATO’s Partnership for Peace under the new circumstances. A conference in Vienna with the working title "Current Security Challenges for Europe: NATO, its Partners and the Warsaw Summit" intends to discuss these and other pertinent issues.

Current Security Challenges for Europe: NATO, its Partners and the Warsaw Summit / Picture: © NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization

The upcoming summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Warsaw from 8th to 9th July 2016 sees the organization facing numerous challenges.

The withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan has resulted in the reduction of importance of participating in international peace operations for NATO.

At the same time, rising tensions in the European area – from the conflict in Ukraine to the migration crisis – gave new impetus to the task of preparing for defending the members of NATO.

This in turn effected the question of the role of NATO’s Partnership for Peace under the new circumstances.

The conference, organized jointly by the Austrian National Defence Academy, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Austria, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, as well as the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy intends to discuss these and other pertinent issues.

Diplomats, officers and scholars from various countries will present different views of these questions.

The Austrian National Defence Academy and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland will organize the Symposium
„Current Security Challenges for Europe: NATO, its Partners and the Warsaw Summit“ on Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 09:00 – 16:00 at the Austrian National Defence Academy, in 1070 Vienna, Stiftgasse 2a.

Programme:

09:00 Opening and Welcome

LtGen Erich Csitkovits
Commandant, National Defence Academy

H.E. Artur Lorkowski
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
Republic of Poland in the Republic of Austria

H.E. Werner Fasslabend
President AIES and former Minister of Defence

09:30 Panel 1: NATO and the Partner Nations

Chair: Marek Świerczyński, Polityka Insight, Warsaw

Karoliina Honkanen
Division of Finland to NATO

Gerhard Jandl
Ambassador, Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

Adam Kobieracki
Ambassador, former Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Panel 2: NATO and the EU

Chair: BGen Reinhard Trischak,
Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports

LtGen Wolfgang Wosolsobe
former Director General, EU Military Staff

Air Commodore John Maas
Senior Advisor, Crisis Management and Planning Directorate

Marcin Kazimierski
Director, Department for International Security Policy, Polish Ministry of Defence

Jürgen Meindl
Austrian Ambassador, to Belgium and Representative to NATO

13:00 Lunch Buffet

14:00 Panel 3: Current Security Challenges for Europe

Chair: Justyna Gotkowska,
Project coordinator, Security and Defence in Northern Europe
Programme, Center of East Studies, Warsaw

Matthew Rhodes
George C. Marshall Center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Petr Lunak
Deputy Head of Engagements Division, NATO HQ (tbc)

Walter Posch
Austrian National Defence Academy, Vienna

Joanna Świątkowska
Kościuszko Institute, Cracow

Hans-Georg Heinrich
University of Vienna

15:30 Concluding Remarks