Agenda 2017-02-20T14:00:46+00:00

This year’s Warsaw Security Forum will be held on 8th – 9th November 2017. Please follow our social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to be up-to-date with Warsaw Security Forum news and events.

Agenda of WSF2017 with topics’ description will be available soon. In the meantime we encourage you to take a look at the previous edition’s agenda.

  DAY 1


08.15 – 9:00 | REGISTRATION

09:00 –09:10 | WELCOME REMARKS

Zbigniew Pisarski – President of the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

09:10 – 09:30 | OPENING SPEECH

Jerzy Kwieciński  – Secretary of State, Ministry of Economic Development of the Republic of Poland

Wojciech Fałkowski – Undersecretary of State, the Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Poland

09:30 – 9:45 | PRESENTATION | Polish Armaments Group

Szczepan Ruman – Director, Strategy and Analysis Office, Polish Armaments Group, Poland

09:45 – 10:15 | PANEL SESSION | Battlefields of the future: in which direction will battlegrounds evolve, and how technology will decide their outcomes?

The session will focus on the conditions of battlefields, the effect of modern factors on their management and future developments that may add up to the equation. How to whisper the battleground of tomorrow?

John Baird – Vice President of Raytheon Poland Programs

Howard B. Bromberg, Vice President, Air Defense, Lockheed Martin MFC

Sveinung Alne – Chief Systems Engineer  –  Network Enabled Capabilities (NEC), Business Development Manager, NEC, Kongsberg

Szczepan Ruman – Director, Strategy and Analysis Office, Polish Armaments Group, Poland

MODERATOR: Jerzy Aleksandrowicz – Research Fellow, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

10:15 – 10:30 | PRESENTATION | Patriot for Poland: Effective Today, Ready for Tomorrow

Presentation by the Raytheon International Inc. on Patriot Syt New Generation capabilities: “Patriot for Poland: Effective today, ready for tomorrow”

John Baird – Vice President of Raytheon Poland Programs

10:30 – 10:40 | PRESENTATION | Polish Strategic Defence Review 2016 – the scope and the timeframes

Mieczysław Malec – Deputy Head of Strategic Defence Review Team, Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Poland

10:40 – 11:00 | PANEL SESSION | Silent wars – will submarines become the decisive tool in gaining control over seas and oceans?

As we can observe in the South China Sea region, control over domestic and international waters is crucial for safety and stability of states. It is a factor that resulted in submarines once again becoming crucial assets in modern arsenals.

Roger Berg – Head of Research and Development Division, Saab Kockums, Saab Group, Sweden

Philipp Schön Head of Sales, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Germany

MODERATOR: Małgorzata Darowska – Research Fellow, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

11:00 – 11:15 | PRESENTATION | Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Submarines and Surface Vessels – Proven Technology and Unique Partnership for Poland’s Security

Philipp Schön – Head of Sales, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Germany

11:15- 11:45 | COFFEE BREAK

11:45 – 12:00 | PRESENTATION | Future of Military Technologies – How Can Poland Become a Regional Leader?

Robert Łukawski – Deputy Director,  Inspectorate of Implementation of Innovative Defence Technologies, Poland

12:00 – 12:15 | PRESENTATION | Transforming Governments to a National Advanced Security Operating Centre (ASOC) Strategy

Brett Taylor – Cyber Pre-Sales Technical Manager International Services & Solutions Division BAE Systems Applied Intelligence – UK

12:15 – 12:35 | PANEL SESSION | What are the actual boundaries of the sky? Future of the airborne warfare systems.

Airborne systems are irreplaceable and no modern conflict was concluded without gaining decisive control over the skies. It seems unlikely to change in the foreseeable future and that is why technological advance in this field never stops. Manned, unmanned or artificial intelligence, what is the future?

Zach Sherman – Director of Strategic Development, Lockheed-Martin

Mark Supko – Vice President, International Business Development, BAE Systems Electronic Systems

MODERATOR: Krystian Zięć – Senior Fellow, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

12:35 – 12:50 | PRESENTATION | Saab Gripen – The SMART Fighter

Tony Ogilvy – Commander MBE AFC, Royal Navy Rtd. Tony Ogilvy – Sales Executive – Gripen

12:50 – 13:05 | CONVERSATION WITH A SPECIAL GUEST | Role of Central European States in NATO in the Third Decade of the XXI Century

Role of NATO CEE member states is changing, as their economic and military influence is on the rise. Also, increasingly belligerent Russia is a decisive factor in NATO’s posture once again. Do these conditions mean new balance in Alliance’s policy or rather resumption of old activities performed by NATO during the Cold War?

Philip Mark Breedlove – Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) (2013-2016)

MODERATOR: Zbigniew Pisarski – President of the Board, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

13:05 – 13:20| CONVERSATION WITH A SPECIAL GUEST | Aiming For Deterrence: Poland, NATO and Russia

Our guests will present the conclusions and recommendations gathered while preparing an Atlantic Council report titled “Aiming for Deterrence. How Poland and NATO Should Counter a Resurgent Russia”.

Sir Richard Shirreff Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (2011-2014), United Kingdom

MODERATOR: Maciej Olex-Szczytowski  Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development and Finance of the Republic of Poland

The first working session refers to the critical subject of public procurement in the security and defence area. This extremely important issue for number of decision-makers and companies also relates to offset and transfer of technology. During this working lunch we aim to create a level-playing field for all invited guests and allow them to discuss legal, economic and political issues regarding aforementioned topics in an open and candid environment.

Michał Jach – Chairman, Parliamentary National Defense Committee, Poland

Adam Duda – Head, Armament Inspectorate, Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Poland

Karol Dymanowski – Director, The Armament Policy Department, Ministry of National Defence, Poland

Stanisław Butlak – Director, Bureau of Offset Agreement, Ministry of National Defence, Poland

MODERATOR: Jerzy Aleksandrowicz – Research Fellow, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

Zbigniew Pisarski – President of the Board, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

Paweł Soloch – Head of the National Security Bureau at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland

Mateusz Morawiecki – Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development and Finance of the Republic of Poland

Regional cooperation forms the basis of today’s European security architecture. Organizations such as NATO, the EU or the OSCE have created important founding blocks of mutual assurance, transparency and confidence building as well as collaborative responses to security challenges. With geopolitical shifts and political uncertainty in Europe on the raise, many sub-formats for cooperation, particularly among the NATO/EU border states are under consideration. In what way can the Nordic-Baltic Defence Cooperation, the Visegrad Format or the Polish ABC Initiative (Adriatic, Baltic, Black Sea) enhance mutual security on NATO’s Eastern and Southern Flanks? Can these formats realistically strengthen NATO and European security capabilities and respond to the most pressing regional challenges?

Linas Linkevičius – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania

Sebastian Dănuţ Neculăescu – Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania

David Dondua – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Ivan Jestřáb – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

MODERATOR: Katarzyna Pisarska – Director, European Academy of Diplomacy, Poland

The contemporary world faces multiple new challenges. International terrorism, war in Syria and Iraq, Ukrainian, migration and economic crises, cyber warfare and weakened regional structures to name a few. At a time of political change, and rise of illiberal tendencies in western politics it is difficult to predict who will take the lead in negotiating the world order. Will it remain the role of the United States of America, will Germany take over or could one of developing countries rise to the occasion? Is the liberal order the future or a fading idea?

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze – Vice Prime Minister, Ukraine

Toomas Hendrik Ilves President of the Republic of Estonia (2006-2016)

James Jones – Chairman, Brent Scowcroft Centre on International Security, USA

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga President of the Republic of Latvia (1999-2007)

MODERATOR: Zbigniew Pisarski – President of the Board, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

There was a visible move in foreign policy during President Obama’s administration. The US shifted the focus from the transatlantic to the Asian-Pacific region. However, new global threats and security developments in Eastern Europe and Middle East motivated the US to increase their engagement in Europe. In what way have these policy decisions influenced the global context? Where will the US foreign and security policy be heading after the 2016 Presidential Election? Is Europe willing and able to step up where US stepped down?

Philip Mark Breedlove – Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) (2013-2016)

Evelyn N. Farkas – Nonresident Senior Fellow, Future Europe Initiative, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council

Eytan Gilboa – Chairman, Israel Public Diplomacy Forum, Israel

Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer – Director, GMF Paris Office

Andrzej Olechowski Minister of Finance (1992) and Foreign Affairs (1993-1995) of the Republic of Poland

MODERATOR: Michał Baranowski – Director, GMF Warsaw Office

Session in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States

  DAY 2


The morning session will discuss findings and recommendations of the final report by the Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project that was established by the 2015 OSCE Troika (Switzerland, Serbia and Germany). The Panel of 15 eminent personalities was tasked to prepare the basis for an inclusive security dialogue across the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian regions, and to reflect on how to prevent further escalation, re-build trust and return to cooperative security in the OSCE area. It has produced two reports: an Interim Report on lessons learned for the OSCE from its engagement in Ukraine (June 2015), and a Final Report on the broader issues of security in Europe (November 2015). The Panel is currently engaged in a number of outreach activities across the OSCE region to explore how its various recommendations can be implemented in today’s rapidly changing and increasingly complex security environment.

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga President of the Republic of Latvia (1999-2007)

Jean-Marie Guehenno – President, International Crisis Group, Belgium

Walter Kemp – Senior Vice President, International Peace Institute

Adam Daniel Rotfeld – Professor, University of Warsaw, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (2005)

MODERATOR:  Fred Tanner – Senior Adviser, Office of the Secretary General OSCE

The impact of the ongoing, intertwining crisis within the EU, has been strengthen by a demise of political leadership on the continent. Many traditional EU actors have become inward-looking or absent. Meanwhile, Berlin’s critical role in the Eurozone’s sovereign debt crisis, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and Brexit has made Germany a leader by default. Does Germany have the political, economic and social potential to lead Europe in the time of unrest? Will it’s military contingencies and public opinion moods expose the country’s limitations to lead? Should we expect changing parameters of EU leadership anytime soon?

Carl Bildt – Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden (1991-1994)

Caroline de Gruyter – Journalist, NRC Handelsblad, The Netherlands

Alexander StubbPrime Minister, Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Finland (2008-16)

Rafał Trzaskowski Member of Parliament, Poland

MODERATOR: Roland Freudenstein – Policy Director, Wilfried Martens Centre, Belgium

In 2015 the Russian Federation has made use of global events to mitigate the negative impact of the post-Ukrainian adventure and regain its status as one of the key global players. This status is however coming at a very high price. In the face of Western sanctions, low oil-prices, high defense spending and general economic turmoil, the Kremlin lacks capacity to reform. How sustainable is the current trajectory of Russian foreign policy?  Will it challenge Vladimir Putin’s regime? How should the West prepare for all the possible scenarios of the upcoming years?

Daniel Fried – Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, Department of State, USA

Mark Galeotti – Senior Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations Prague, Czech Republic

Zanda Kalnina-Lukaševica – Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia

Ilya Ponomarev – Member of the State Duma, Russia (2007-2016)

MODERATOR: Damon Wilson – Executive Vice President,  Atlantic Council

BREAKOUT SESSION | A Year Later. Implementation and Consequences of the Iranian Nuclear Deal

The Iranian Nuclear Deal was signed in 2015 by the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5 plus Germany and the European Union. One of the main objectives of this agreement was the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons while developing Iranian nuclear capabilities for peaceful use. After one year it is time to evaluate the deal. Does Europe feel safer? How is the Islamic Republic of Iran implementing the decisions? Have the Iranian-American relations changed? Do both sides fulfill all obligations? What will be the future of the deal? Would it be possible and useful to replicate the deal with other countries?

Ellie Geranmayeh Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations, Germany

Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour – Head of the Centre for International Research and Education   

Bessma Momani – Associate Professor, University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada

MODERATOR:  Bartlomiej Nowak – Global Ethics Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Faced with ongoing crisis the West can observe rapid political radicalization on both sides of the political spectrum. Can far-right and far-left parties in Europe be perceived as an extension of Russian political goals? To what degree can the situation be credited to Russian political influence as opposed to simply matching their interests? Will the rise of populism in Europe result in a “every man-for-himself” strategy, especially among EU Member States?  Are similar trends observable in the United States?

Gerhard Jandl – Security Policy Director, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria

Edward Lucas – Senior Editor, The Economist, United Kingdom

Merle Maigre – Security Adviser to the President of the Republic of Estonia

Ulrich Speck Senior Research Fellow, Elcano Royal Institute, Brussels Office, Belgium

MODERATOR: Lukasz Jasina – Expert in the Eastern Europe program, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Poland

Session in partnership with the Polish Institute of International Affairs

Today, Europe is considering two opposing energy policy strategies:  interdependency of Member States and diversification. What is the source of different perception of energy security between Western and Eastern Europe? What type of mechanisms and global trends would bring Europe true security of supplies?

Brigham McCown – President and CEO, Nouveau Inc., USA

Alan Riley – Professor of Law at the City Law School, City University of London, United Kingdom

Przemysław Zaleski – Research Fellow, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

MODERATOR: Agata Łoskot-Strachota – Senior Fellow, Centre for Eastern Studies , Poland

This session aims to give the floor to our partners specialising in manufacturing systems that protect territories of the Eastern flank of the NATO alliance and deter from possible threats. Just like the term “deterrence” is broad, this session covers a number of subjects ranging from missile defence, smart munition, submarines, rocket launchers, to main battle tanks, just to name a few. It focuses however on “hard security” issues connected to symmetric defence against possible state adversaries.

Stanisław KoziejHead of the National Security Bureau (2010-2015), Poland

Jonathan KamermanRetired Rear Admiral of South African Navy, former director of SA’s project Sitron

Janusz Onyszkiewicz – Minister of National Defence of Poland (1992-1993, 1997-2000), Poland

Mirosław Zawiasa – Director, Polish Armaments Group, Poland

Odd WerinDirector Naval Systems at FMV

Jarosław Kraszewski – Director of Armed Forces Supervision Department, National Security Bureau

MODERATOR: Jacek Bartosiak – Research Fellow, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

For decades NATO has been the cornerstone of European security. Today, as the Alliance confronts security challenges and threats of a new nature, it must be capable to flexibly adapt and change. Is the current model of a long-term adaptation sufficient in the new geopolitical context? What is the future of the NATO missions and operations, and their role in shaping the “collective defense-centric” Alliance? Is the NATO Command Structure fit for purpose? Do we need a NATO Defense Planning Pledge to address the current shortfalls? Finally, are the recent decisions of the Warsaw NATO Summit enough to assure deterrence capacities for its Eastern Flank? How swiftly can these decisions be implemented and what potential challenges might the implementation process face?

Peter Jones – Director, Defence and International Security, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom

Juri Luik – Director, International Centre for Defence and Security, Estonia

Tengiz Pkhaladze – Secretary for Foreign Relations, Advisor to the President of Georgia

Sten TolgforsMinister of Defense of the Kingdom of Sweden  (2007-2012)

Marek Ziółkowski – Undersecretary of State for Security and Eastern Policy, the Americas and Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

MODERATOR: Michał Kobosko – Director, Atlantic Council Warsaw Office

Session in partnership with the Atlantic Council

More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx. It has also raised concern in many countries about other challenges it poses: from the raise of Islamic fundamentalism in migrant communities to the growing anti-immigrant sentiments among European societies. There is a large social awareness of a terrorism threat that is automatically credited to the existence of the Islamic State, but who are they as an organization really a threat to? Can we accept its ugly existence and wait for normalization of the revolution it professes? How is the migration crisis dividing Europe? Does it serve as a weapon against the EU or one inside of it? Would building an effective Refugee Verification System decrease the negative effects of the current migration crisis? Finally, how can we counter radicalization among the Muslim community in Europe, while continuing to adhere to the principle of an opened society?

Richard BarrettSenior Vice President, Soufan Group, United States of America

Gilles Dorronsoro – Non-resident Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Richard EnglishDirector, Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, United Kingdom

Yoram Schweitzer – Head of the Program on Terrorism and Low Intensity Conflict, Institute for National Security Studies, Israel 

Peter Semneby – Head of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden  in Damascus

MODERATOR: Piotr Łukasiewicz – Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Ambass

Proliferation of ballistic missile technologies poses an increasing threat to the NATO member states, their territories and population. Nowadays, over 30 countries, including North Korea and Iran, have, or are acquiring, advanced ballistic missile technology. Moreover, rising tensions between NATO and the Russian Federation make the Alliance’s Eastern Flank Member States concerned about their defence and deterrence capabilities against missile and air-breathing threat. At the NATO summit in Warsaw, the North Atlantic Council announced NATO BMD Initial Operational Capability, nevertheless a lot has to be done to respond this threat. The main aim of the panel is to discuss challenges and needs of the Alliance in the area of Missile Defence.

Thomas Karako – Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Missile Defense Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies, USA

Andrzej Karkoszka – Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Poland (1993-1997)

Liviu Livadariu – Integrated Air and Missile Defence Section, Defence Investment NATO

Friedrich Ploeger – Lieutenant General (ret), German Air Force

MODERATOR: Maciej Kowalski – Research Fellow, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

Session in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Missile Defense Project

The global financial crisis has challenged the perceptions of economic and financial security in Europe and beyond. What have economists learned from it? Is the European Banking Union an appropriate response for increasing the resilience of the financial system? What are the post-Brexit challenges for European economic security? How are hard security issues intertwined with financial and economic security?  

Marek Belka – Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland (2004-2005)

Małgorzata Bonikowska – President, Centre for International Relations, Poland

Ralf Jansen – General Counsel, Member of the Management Board, European Stability Mechanism

Michał  Krupiński – President of the Board, PZU, Poland

MODERATOR: Paweł Wojciechowski, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Poland (2006)

Respectively the Wales Summit and Warsaw Summit brought crucial decisions for cybersecurity policy of the Alliance. Including cybersecurity into the system of collective defence and recognizing cyberspace as the operational domain, confirms strategic character of actions undertaken in cyberspace. Cyberthreats became an enormous challenge for international community which shall initiated  broader engagement of the Alliance into directing its actions at cybersecurity. What are the practical consequences for NATO’s cybersecurity after the Warsaw Summit? What kind of actions shall be undertaken to improve cybersecurity of the Alliance? How the Member States should improve their national cyber capabilities?

Wiesław Goździewicz – Legal Advisor, NATO Joint Force Training Centre

Sven Sakkov Director, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

Lior Tabansky – Researcher, Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, Tel Aviv University, Israel

David Venable Vice President,  Cyber Security at Masergy, Alumni 2015 NSL Program, USA

Andrzej ZybertowiczAdvisor to the President of the Republic of Poland

MODERATOR: Izabela Albrycht Chair of the CYBERSEC Organising Committee, Chair of The Kosciuszko Institute, Poland

Session in partnership with the Kościuszko Institute

Knight of Freedom Award Ceremony with Special Guest President Toomas Hendrik Ilves with participation of Mr. Carl Bildt and Mr. Edward Lucas

  DAY 3

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th 2016

The second breakfast session is going to focus on hybrid threats Poland and other EU and NATO states can encounter. Terrorism, cyber security, asymmetric warfare, financial security and threats to critical, especially energy infrastructure – these are main topics of this meeting. We would like to invite experts in aforementioned fields and give our partners which represent “softer” part of the security industry possibility to have a fruitful discussion.

Wiesław Jasiński –  Undersecretary of State, General Inspector of the Tax Audit Office, General Inspector of Financial Information, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Poland

Wiesław Goździewicz – Legal Advisor to NATO Joint Force Training Centre Bydgoszcz (confirmed)
Tomasz AleksandrowiczProfessor, Police Academy in Szczytno

Włodzimierz Nowak – Director, Cybersecurity Department, Ministry of Digital Affairs of the Republic of Poland

Łukasz Kister – Director, Critical Infrastructure Protection Office, PSE S.A.

MODERATOR: Joanna Kulesza – Research Fellow, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

The Warsaw NATO Summit achieved ambitious declarations, however the key to real change is turning decisions into actions. Can any progress in implementation be observed already 4 months after the Summit? How to boost the process after summer stagnation? What is the Visegrad input to the discussion?

Daniel Kostoval – Deputy Minister, Head of the Armaments and Acquisition Division, Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic 

Tamás Vargha – Deputy Minister, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Hungary

Tomasz Szatkowski – Undersecretary of State, Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Poland

MODERATOR: Zbigniew Pisarski – President of the Board, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

Violent conflicts, civil wars and difficult political transitions in several countries form a “belt of instability” from the Atlantic shores to South East Asia. State-collapse, political turmoil and clashes of regional and local interests all fuel a multiplication of deadly conflicts and an on-going humanitarian disaster. Unable or unwilling, Western countries have not found the right policies to respond to violent escalation and multiplication of conflicts, and are paying a heavy price. While some attempts to strengthen and coordinate responses through international organizations (as UN, EU or OSCE) are made, major gap exists between political and policy aims and the realities of countries and regions in conflict and war.  The session will answer questions: What political and strategic shifts in policies of western countries are needed? How can the institutional peace and security architecture be better utilized? How to respond better to realities of countries in conflict and judge interests of all sides?

Jean-Marie Guehenno – President, International Crisis Group, Belgium

Vuk Jeremić – Serbia Candidate for UNSG, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia (2007-2012)

Walter Kemp – Senior Vice President, International Peace Institute, Austria

Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz – Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (2012-2014)

Maciej Popowski – Deputy Director-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission

MODERATOR: Marcin Bużański – Director, Peace and Stabilization Strategies Program, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Poland

Session in partnership with the International Crisis Group

Ukraine is facing a watershed moment in its modern history. Struggling with a war ignited by its neighbor, it needs to combat another imminent threat: the old, corrupt political system, which is determined to resist change. In this context: How much progress has been made on fighting corruption in Ukraine over the last two years? What are the major structural problems that derail the process?  Has Europe and the West shown enough of commitment and support to the Ukrainian effort?

Maxim Eristavi – Co-Founder, Hromadske International, Ukraine

Hanna Hopko – Member of Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine

Paweł Kowal – Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (2006–2007)

Borys Tarasyuk – Member of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine

Aleška Simkić – Deputy Chief Monitor, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

MODERATOR: Fredrik Löjdquist – Permanent Representative of Sweden to the OSCE

European security faces a multiplicity of challenges, not least because of the ongoing military and political upheaval on Europe’s southern flank. The constant change of political and strategic dynamics, such as the aftermath of the attempted coup in Turkey and Brexit, are fueling uncertainties for the successful formation of a strategy based on mutual convergence of interests of NATO members. The wave of terrorism gripping Europe and an increasingly difficult Russia all highlight the need for strengthening collective security and resilience as does responding to hybrid threats. These challenges require a much increased level of consolidated and coordinated response, but can this be achieved?

Maksymilian Czuperski – Strategic Communications Advisor Europe and Special Assistant to the President, Atlantic Council

Can Kasapoğlu – Defense Analyst, Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, Turkey

Kristina Kausch – Senior Resident Fellow, German Marshall Fund, USA

Robert Pszczel – Acting Director, NATO Information Office in Moscow

MODERATOR: Bruno Maçães – Nonresident Associate, Carnegie Europe

Session in partnership with Carnegie Europe

With the changing security environment and geopolitical pressures, many of the European “frontier states”, including Poland, have become determined to allocate more funding for defense expenditure. Is Europe moving towards a shared defense industry or developing competitive markets? Can Poland and Europe boost their military power with their own industries?

Hubert Królikowski – Deputy Director, Department of Military External Affairs, Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Poland

Arkadiusz Siwko – President of the Board at Polish Armaments Group

Adam Sowa – Advisor to Rector for Space and Satellite Affairs, Military University of Technology in Warsaw

Radosław Szczęch – Partner at Ernst & Young

Piotr Wojciechowski – President of the Board WB Electronics

MODERATOR:  Igor Janke – President, Freedom Institute, Poland

Session in partnership with the  Freedom Institute  

As the main goal of the pro-Kremlin disinformation is aimed at disruption of the internal cohesion of NATO and the EU, the problem is slowly beginning to be addressed by the transatlantic community. However, the multi-channelled strategy employed by Kremlin is highly effective and countering it demands a smart and common approach of the West. What are the possible and needed measures which should be applied by NATO and the European Union as well as national governments? Are current measures sufficient? Is disclosing disinformation campaigns enough or there should be more actions to counter it?

Margo Gontar – Co-founder and Editor,, Ukraine (confirmed)

Jakub Kalensky –  East StratCom Task Force Member, European Union External Action Service (confirmed)

Robert Pszczel – Acting Director, NATO Information Office in Moscow (confirmed)

Ivana Smolenova – Communications and Outreach Manager, Prague Security Studies Institute, Czech Republic (confirmed)

Brian Whitmore – Senior Russia Analyst, Radio Free Europe, Czech Republic (confirmed)

MODERATOR: Małgorzata Bonikowska – President, Centre for International Relations, Poland (confirmed)

Session in partnership with the  Centre for International Relations

  New Leaders Forum

Conversation with a special guest – Jose Manuel Barroso – President of the European Commission (2004-2014) 

MODERATOR: Katarzyna Pisarska – Director, European Academy of Diplomacy, Poland 

The panel is an initiative of a group of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum in Davos – the new generation of shapers in global politics. It will discuss both internal and external challenges for the EU, with the aim of crafting useful recommendations for European policymakers on how to make Europe great again. From the European Refugee Crisis to EU relations with the world, the session creates a unique opportunity to hear the voices of leaders who are taking over the responsibility for the future of the European continent.

Andre Loesekrug-Pietri – Chairman,  A Capital Funds & Paulina Foundation, YGL 2011, France 

Vera Kobalia – Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia (2010–2012), YGL 2012 

Katarzyna Pisarska – Director, European Academy of Diplomacy, Poland 

MODERATOR:Joanna Kamińska – Policy Advisor, Committee on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament

Session in partnership with the European Academy of Diplomacy

Ryszard Czarnecki – Vice-President of the European Parliament