European Security and Defence at a Strategic Crossroads
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Wednesday, September 19
|20:00||Welcome reception hosted by Ambassador Matthew J. Bryza, Director of ICDS
Welcome speech by Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Defence, Estonia
Thursday, September 20
|9:00-9:30||Registration of participants|
Introductory remarks by Tony Lawrence, Senior Researcher, ICDS, Estonia
Opening words by Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Defence, Estonia
Keynote speeches by
Admiral James G. Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO Headquarters Allied Command Operations, and Commander, US European Command
Rt. Hon. Liam Fox, Member of Parliament and former Secretary of State for Defence, UK
Discussion with the keynote speakers, moderated by Sven Sakkov, Undersecretary for Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence, Estonia
The last ten years: Lessons learned
What strategic lessons should Europe and the West learn from the past decade of wars? Have these wars generated strategic fatigue among US and European decision makers with regard to international operations? Has the recent operation in Libya ushered in a new NATO approach to operations, in which European Allies will bear a greater share of the operational burden?
|Panellists:||Heinrich Brauss, Major General (ret.), Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning, NATO IS
Lawrence E. Butler, Ambassador, Civilian Deputy to the Commander and Foreign Policy Adviser, European Command, USA
Anthony King, Professor, College of Social Science and International Studies, University of Exeter, UK
Kjell-Ove Skare, Major General, Project Leader, Defence Staff of the Norwegian Armed Forces, Norway
Rob de Wijk, Professor, Director, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, the Netherlands
|Moderator:||Tomas Ries, Senior Lecturer, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership, Swedish National Defence College, Sweden|
The next ten years: Where do we go from here?
What should Europe’s security and defence role be in the coming decade? Is the US still willing to lead within Europe on security matters? Are we willing and able to follow the US lead in the new strategic environment? Can we afford not to do so? But can we afford to do so, given the long-term implications of the economic crisis and the cuts in defence spending in Europe and the US? What are the implications of these trends for the health of the transatlantic relationship?
|Panellists:||Trine Flockhart, Senior Researcher, Defence and Security Research Unit, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark
Thomas X. Hammes, Colonel (ret.), Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies, National Defence University, USA
Hilmar Linnenkamp, Adviser, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany
Mark C. Montgomery, Rear Admiral, Deputy Director, Plans, Policy and Strategy, European Command, USA
Veiko Spolītis, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Latvia
|Moderator:||Maurits R. Jochems, Ambassador to Estonia and next NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, the Netherlands|
Our backyard: Time for a tidy-up?
Whether Europe plays a wider security role or not, there are unresolved issues on our own continent that deserve attention, including security in the Balkans and the Caucasus, and relations with Russia. What urgency should we give to addressing these problems? Will (and can) Europe take on these challenges alone?
|Panellists:||Bogdan Adam Klich, Senator, Poland
Linas Linkevičius, Ambassador to Belarus, Lithuania
Maarten de Sitter, Political Adviser to the Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum
Riho Terras, Brigadier General, Commander of the Defence Forces, Estonia
|Moderator:||Matthew J. Bryza, Ambassador, Director of ICDS, Estonia|
|18:00-18:15||Conclusions by Jonatan Vseviov, Adviser, Ministry of Defence, Estonia|
|18:30||Farewell reception, sponsored by United Armaments International Ltd. Location: Platz Restaurant (behind the Nordic Hotel Forum, at 7 Roseni St)|