Transatlantic Security Bridges Over Increasing Security Vision Gaps - Romania's Perspective

16 April 2019 Marriott Hotel , Bucharest
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Concept

The international system established in the aftermath of the Second World War is facing huge challenges coming from almost every single dimension of our existence today. The increasingly complex, interconnected, and transnational nature of these challenges underscores the utter importance of continuing transatlantic cooperation and building new bridges between people and peoples that share the same values and major security concerns. Owing to the devastating and often long-lasting crises and conflicts spread across the globe, and even to the large and profound discontinuities of contemporary society, it seems that insecurity and frustration have become dominant sense of people all over the world. It is of utmost importance that Europe remains at the core of transatlantic security and Central and Eastern Europe ought to play a central role in shaping European security futures. Particularly, NATO’s Eastern flank members need permanent security reassurance and consistent arrangements for an increased military presence in the region. To the east, EU is concerned about the violation of European security order and the Black Sea Region embodies high complex security issues, being “a critical intersection of east-west and south-north corridors”. Romania is at the crossroads of all these insecurity rifts and therefore a strategic player for any comprehensive European and transatlantic security strategy. This moment of unprecedented uncertainties has raised fundamental questions about our global-governance architecture. Among many who are expected to provide an answer, there are not only politicians, but also academia and civil society that have to work together to come up with a feasible innovative design of our future world in what it is going to become the Globalization 4.0 Era.

Objectives

Debating on the uppermost topics regarding the vision and strategy security contradictions of Atlantic’s two rims, given the reaffirmation of the traditional power factors and state’s primordiality on the international scene. The analysis of collision’s meanings and importance between unilateral and multilateral security model in the current Euro-Atlantic security context. The survival or strengthening issue of the transatlantic cooperation in times of “First” strategies type and global political transformations under the 4.0 globalization. The importance of national, regional and global security actors and their initiatives to increase the partnership and the transatlantic interoperability, from Bucharest’s perspective; The analysis of US and EU’s security convergences in Black Sea’s Region, as well as the impact of hybrid threats over this surrounding area, focusing on Romania’s key role in ensuring regional security and stability; The debate on the forms and formats of common defence against Russia’s hostile actions and influence in Center and East of Europe; The identification of the role and critical aspects of security and intelligence partnerships between the Euro-Atlantic military and civil areas of responsibility and initiative; The analysis of the impact of new technologies over the transatlantic security and the identification of some innovative models for future’s security, focusing on artificial intelligence, cyber-security and autonomy’s increase of complex armament systems;

Target

“Transatlantic Security Bridges Over Increasing Security Vision Gaps - Romania's Perspective” conference addresses those policy makers and specialists from the security, defence and European businesses fields, who are working in public or private institutions, academic and research of national and international security issues environment, as well as to those interested on the understanding and anticipation of the actual regional security dynamics and the place Romania has in the Euro-Atlantic security architecture.

CONFERENCE TOPICS
  • 1. Emerging security challenges in a challenging world of “Firsts”

  • 2. National, regional and global in a contested global-governance architecture

  • 3. (In)security drivers of change in an increasing disconnected world

  • 4. Emerging technologies that shape the rising new global system

  • 5. Conclusions

SPEAKERS

  • Imaginea speakerului Charles Charles "Chuck" Wald

    Former Deputy Commander, Headquarters U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany

  • Imaginea speakerului Carol Rollie Flynn Carol Rollie Flynn

    Senior Fellow in the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Washington DC

  • Imaginea speakerului Anthony Pfaff Anthony Pfaff

    Research professor for the Military Profession and Ethic at the Strategic Studies (SSI), U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA

  • Imaginea speakerului Arnold Dupuy Arnold Dupuy

    Booz Allen Hamilton Associate

  • Imaginea speakerului Jeffrey Bonvicin Jeffrey Bonvicin

    Senior Advisor with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, based in the Washington, DC

  • Imaginea speakerului Hans-Lothar Domröse Hans-Lothar Domröse

    Former Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum

  • Imaginea speakerului George Sharkov George Sharkov

    Adviser to the Bulgarian Minsiter of Defence

  • Imaginea speakerului Arvydas Pocius Arvydas Pocius

    Lithuanian Ambassador in Romania

  • Imaginea speakerului Cristian Diaconescu Cristian Diaconescu

    Ambassador, Former Minister of Justice and Foreign Affairs

  • Imaginea speakerului Silviu Rogobete Silviu Rogobete

    Professor of Philosophy at the Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara, former General Consul of Romania in South Africa

  • Imaginea speakerului Adrian Curaj Adrian Curaj

    Former minister of national education and scientific research

  • Imaginea speakerului Iulian Chifu Iulian Chifu

    Former Presidential Adviser for Strategic Affairs and International Security, Romanian Presidency

  • Imaginea speakerului George Ciamba George Ciamba

    Romanian Minister Delegate for European Affairs

  • Imaginea speakerului Flaviu Turcu Flaviu Turcu

    Associate Professor UBB

  • Imaginea speakerului Liliana Popescu Liliana Popescu

    Vice-Rector for International Relations SNSPA Romania, Associate Professor (Ph.D. University of Manchester)

  • Imaginea speakerului Sergiu Medar Sergiu Medar

    Former National Security Adviser

  • Imaginea speakerului Niculae Iancu Niculae Iancu

    Senior Opinion Columnist, Defence and Security Monitor

AGENDA

Conference Agenda - April 16, 2019 16-04-2019 Hotel JW Marriott
Registration

Opening Remarks

Speakers

Charles "Chuck" WaldFormer Deputy Commander, Headquarters U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany

Sergiu MedarFormer National Security Adviser

1. Emerging security challenges in a challenging world of “Firsts”

• What is the geopolitics of the Globalization 4.0 Era? • Unilateral and multilateral in a challenged globalized world • The future of transatlantic cooperation. One vision, alternative approaches The opposing forces of contraction by the shake of the new era of great power competition and expansion as the result of the Globalization 4.0 frame the geopolitics of our world. How the classical concepts of unilateral and multilateral work in the new international framework? How great strategies of “Firsts” give energy to world change? How transatlantic cooperation can survive or even thrive in a competing uni- / multilateral world?

Speakers

Arnold DupuyBooz Allen Hamilton Associate

Hans-Lothar DomröseFormer Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum

George CiambaRomanian Minister Delegate for European Affairs

Moderators

Charles "Chuck" WaldFormer Deputy Commander, Headquarters U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany

Coffee Break

2. National, regional and global in a contested global-governance architecture

• National, regional and global security actors and initiatives elevating transatlantic partnership and interoperability • US and EU security convergences in the Black Sea Region • Criticality of security and intelligence partnership across both civilian and military spheres Rising nationalism and expanding illiberalism tend to ground unexpected changes of the today global-governance architecture even at the core of the transatlantic framework. Therefore, it is a time when national, regional and global security actors and initiatives that have been promoting the transatlantic partnership for many decades should strengthen and merge their actions in order to protect and enhance our democracy and security. The security and intelligence partnerships across both civilian and military spheres become critical in this respect.

Speakers

Carol Rollie FlynnSenior Fellow in the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Washington DC

Iulian ChifuFormer Presidential Adviser for Strategic Affairs and International Security, Romanian Presidency

Liliana PopescuVice-Rector for International Relations SNSPA Romania, Associate Professor (Ph.D. University of Manchester)

Moderators

Sergiu MedarFormer National Security Adviser

Lunch

3A. (In)security drivers of change in an increasing disconnected world

• The key global issues and trends driving change in our societies– hybrid threats in a hybrid world. Common defence against Russian influence and hybrid threats • From the depths of ambiguity to the peaks of insecurity • Innovative approaches for future securities With the ongoing globalization of the international system, the nature of power is profoundly changing. The means of influencing and controlling are more intricate and multidimensional than just material, even the latter being “hard power” means. Then, the key global issues and trends driving change in our societies are very much influenced by what it used to be called “soft power” elements in the aftermath of the Cold War. This means that the power of different countries and actors in international security has changed and diversified. With “soft power” means come two important elements that are in play today: “the power of networks” and “power of the weak”. Both can be used as a significant source of power for the exertion of influence as part of an increasingly hybrid world. The new hybrid threats of the new hybrid world call for innovative approaches for future securities.

Speakers

Anthony PfaffResearch professor for the Military Profession and Ethic at the Strategic Studies (SSI), U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA

Arvydas PociusLithuanian Ambassador in Romania

Cristian DiaconescuAmbassador, Former Minister of Justice and Foreign Affairs

Flaviu TurcuAssociate Professor UBB

Moderators

Silviu RogobeteProfessor of Philosophy at the Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara, former General Consul of Romania in South Africa

3B. Emerging technologies that shape the rising new global system

• Artificial Intelligence – from enthusiasm to anxiety within an increasing out of control world • Cybersecurity of what? Security concerns regarding the unprecedented technological breakthroughs • The impact of new technologies and platforms on government – from regulations to resilience In the decades to come, emerging technologies will fundamentally change our societies. Sustaining and disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and synthetic biology will become mainstream and their effect on people’s lives and security it is still difficult to be objectively understood. Data and privacy, work and workforce’s rights, unrest and conflict are just a few major areas in which emerging technologies will massively impact on. It is time to assess and forecast these impacts on governments and security and to design versatile security architectures, from strategies to resilience, to deal with the challenges of an increasing cyber- and autonomous world.

Speakers

Jeffrey BonvicinSenior Advisor with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, based in the Washington, DC

George SharkovAdviser to the Bulgarian Minsiter of Defence

Adrian CurajFormer minister of national education and scientific research

Moderators

Niculae IancuSenior Opinion Columnist, Defence and Security Monitor

Coffee Break

Conclusions

Speakers

Charles "Chuck" WaldFormer Deputy Commander, Headquarters U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany

Sergiu MedarFormer National Security Adviser

LOCATION

Marriott Hotel , Bucharest Calea 13 Septembrie 90, Bucharest 050726

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

ROMAERO

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Romaero SA is a Romanian company with a majority state capital, active in the aerospace industry. Romaero shares are listed under the Rasdaq base category under the RORX symbol. The majority shareholder of the company is the Ministry of Economy, with 51.90% of the capital, while SIF Muntenia (SIF4) has a 25.85% stake and the Proprietatea Fund controls 21% of the shares.

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Thales Group is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets. Its headquarters are in La Défense (the business district of Paris), and its stock is listed on the Euronext Paris. It is partially state-owned by the French government and has operations in more than 56 countries. It has 64,000 employees and generated €14.9 billion in revenues in 2016. It is also the 10th largest defence contractor in the world and 55% of its total sales are military sales.

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