NATO PDD – ASPEN INSTITUTE ROMANIA JOINT CONFERENCE

NATO PDD – ASPEN INSTITUTE ROMANIA JOINT CONFERENCE, JUNE 9-10, 2017
Threats. Resilience. Society

This high level international conference is the fourth event co-organized by the Aspen Institute Romania in collaboration with NATO on topics of allied security. The conference takes place in a complicated and evolving regional security context.

The joint purpose of the Aspen Institute Romania and NATO's Public Diplomacy Division is to address Romania's relevance in the region and its role as a contributor in a deepened dialogue on a set of complex issues. These include the evolving nature and scale of security and defense challenges faced by the North Atlantic Alliance, as well as the shifting security environment and threats covered by Article V. Key among those would be: the level of societal resilience in front of multiple asymmetrical threats; cyber defense; the ramifications of the Tailored Posture Presence (TFP); and the flank countries perspective on the developments on EU defense after Brexit.

Agenda

JUNE 9, 2017

19:30 - 22:00 Speakers dinner (off the record - closed to public, by invitation only)


JUNE 10, 2017 (Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest Hotel, Le Diplomate Ballroom)

09:30 – 10:00 Registration of Participants and Welcome Coffee

10:00 – 10:15 Opening Remarks
Mircea Geoană, President, Aspen Institute Romania

10:15 – 10:45 Keynote address:
H.E. Teodor Meleșcanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Gen. Nicolae Ciucă, Chief of the Romanian General Staff, Ministry of National Defence

10:45 – 12:00 Session I
Outcomes of the Brussels Summit (on the record, open to press)
Speakers:
H.E. Sorin Ducaru, Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
Charles Ries, Vice President, International, RAND Corporation
Bruno Lete, Transatlantic Fellow, Security and Defense, The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Brussels
Moderator: Radu Tudor, Political and Military Analyst

12:00 – 12:15 Coffee break

12:15 – 13:30 Session II
Resilience and Society: A Paradigm Shift in Collective Defence (off the record, closed to press)
(Virtual vulnerabilities; cyber defence, cyber resilience in cooperative defence; cyber-security liability; NATO and the policy of resilience; civil preparedness)
Speakers:
H.E. Sorin Ducaru, Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
Augustin Jianu, Minister of Communications and Informational Society
Dan Ionescu, Deputy Director, National Cyberint Center
Dr. Itamara Lochard, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, U.S. National Defense University
Dorin Pena, General Manager, CISCO Romania
Moderator: Florin Niță, Aspen Fellow, Member of the Aspen Strategy Group

13:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:15 Keynote address:
George Friedman, Founder and Chairman, Geopolitical Futures (off the record, closed to press)

14:15 – 15:50 Session III
New Threats, Perennial Interest - An Enduring Alliance (off the record, closed to press)
Speakers:
Gen. Nicolae Ciucă, Chief of the Romanian General Staff, Ministry of National Defence
Constantin Ionescu, State Councilor, National Security Department, Director of Integrated Intelligence Office, Romanian Presidential Administration
Col. Cătălin Ticulescu, Commander, NATO Force Integration Unit Romania
George Friedman, Founder and Chairman, Geopolitical Futures
Mircea Mîndrescu, Director Strategic Planning Directorate/ General Staff/ Romanian Armed Forces, Ministry of National Defence
Col. Marc Ascui, Defence Attaché of the Federal Republic of Germany to Romania
Moderator: Antonia Colibasanu, Senior analyst, Geopolitical Futures

15:50 – 16:00 Conclusions

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