ABCD 2013

Smart Power

Wednesday, 18 September


Welcoming reception hosted by Matthew Bryza, Ambassador, Director of the ICDS
Welcome address by Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia
Monaco Restaurant, Nordic Forum Hotel

Thursday, 19 September

9:00-9:30 Registration of participants


Opening session

Introductory remarks by Tony Lawrence, ICDS
Welcome speech by Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Defence, Estonia
Keynote speech by Philip Breedlove, General, Commander US European Command
Discussion with keynote speaker moderated by Sven Sakkov, Undersecretary for Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence, Estonia


Coffee break


Session 1

  Speak Softly
Where has the transatlantic community succeeded, and where has it failed, in the application of soft power in the last decade?  Where should the transatlantic community focus its soft power efforts?  Do we have the structures, tools and habits to successfully exercise soft power?  How can the EU become a more effective soft power actor?  How does Russia conceive of and implement soft power?


Ian Bond, Foreign Policy Director, Centre for European Reform
Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service
Philip Seib, Professor, Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California
Hanna Smith, Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Moderator: Andres Kasekamp, Director, Estonian Foreign policy Institute




Session 2
  Carry a Big Stick
How can Europe develop the credible military capability required to underpin a smart power strategy?  What effect will austerity have on European attitudes towards military power and our capabilities? What roles should the armed forces take on or further develop in order to support a smart power strategy?


Robert Bell, Secretary of Defense Representative, Europe, and Defense Advisor U.S. Mission to NATO
Andrew Cottey, Senior Lecturer and Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration, University College, Cork
Bastian Giegerich, Senior Researcher, Bundeswehr Institute of Social Sciences
Robert Kupiecki, Under-Secretary of State for Defence Policy, Ministry of National Defence, Poland

Moderator: Gintautas Zenkevičius, Brigadier General, Capabilities and Armaments Director-General, Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania


Coffee break


Session 3
  Smart Power in Practice
How successful has the transatlantic community been in pursuing smart power strategies? What have we learned from the application of a comprehensive approach in Afghanistan? Have these lessons been applied during more recent conflicts, such as those in Libya and Mali?


Maurice de Langlois, Général, Director for European and Transatlantic Security, Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l'École Militaire
Pauli Järvenpää, Ambassador, ICDS
Sten Rynning, Professor, Head of Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark
Harlan Ullman, Atlantic Council of the US, Advisory Council BENS, Chairman CNIGuard LLC


Veiko Spolitis, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Defence of Latvia


Closing Session
Conclusions by Jonatan Vseviov, Defence Counsellor, Estonian Embassy in Washington DC
Closing remarks by Matthew Bryza, Ambassador, Director of the ICDS


Farewell reception