DAY 1 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2nd 2019

Roundtables & Executive Dialogues

by special invitation only

Discussing the Eastern Partnership 2.0: Visegrad States’ Perspectives

  • Beata Surmacz, PhDAssociate Professor at Maria Skłodowska Curie University in Lublin
  • Zbyněk Pavlačík  Director and Co-founder, Jagello 2000
  • Jaroslav Kurfürst Special Envoy for the Eastern Partnership, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
  • Peter DobrowieckiAuthor, Head of the EU-V4 Office, Antall József Knowledge Centre
  • Peter Stepper Author, International Relations Manager at Security Policy Office, Antall József Knowledge Centre
  • This roundtable will focus on priorities for EaP 2.0 in the realms of security, energy security, democratic transition, foreign policy, and European integration. 
  • The aim of this roundtable is to provide experts from the Visegrad Four  countries with an opportunity to discuss how can they meaningfully participate in the Eastern Partnership initiative. 
  • How can they constructively share their experience from the 1990s transformation so that those lessons can prove useful for countries forming the Eastern Partnership? 

Building Response Mechanisms & Fostering Resilience Against Disinformation Campaigns: A Transatlantic Response

  • This roundtable will focus on strengthening dialogue and cooperation among key stakeholders, and safeguarding democratic accountability.
  • It  will map short and long-term measures for addressing malign narratives and disinformation campaigns.
  • The discussion will also try to bring forward appropriate, ethical and complementary responses of key stakeholders, including on the transnational level, state institutions, civil society and industry.

Participation of Women in Foreign Missions 

  • Lt. Katarzyna Rzadkowska, Foreign Missions Preparation Centre
  • Major (pharmacist) Ina Brandt, Bundeswehr
  • Brigadier General (MD) Dr. Almut Nolte, Bundeswehr
  • Lt. Cdr. Caroline Laabs, Marine, Bundeswehr
  • Major Vivien Rummler,  Bundeswehr
  • Navy Commander s.g. Pascale Van Leeuwen, Commander, Mine Counter Measures Operational Sea Training (MOST) Center in Zeebrugge
  • The roundtable will host participants from the Armed Forces and MOD structures from the following countries: Belgium, Germany, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States. 
  • The discussion will broadly focusing on the experience of the participants, challenges, and opportunities of foreign missions.

Providing Air Superiority – Challenges For the New Aircrafts

De-radicalisation In Iraq After ISIS Collapse: Issues and Challenges.

  • Amir Grgies- The Head of the European Desk, Kurdistan Democratic Party’s Foreign Relations Office
  • Hoshyar Siwaily- Head of  Kurdistan Democratic Party’s Foreign Relations Office
  • Rebar Ahmed Khalid – Minister of Interior, Kurdistan Region
  • Muayad Mouhammed Salih – Undersecretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iraq
  • Mosharaf Zaidi – Journalist, The News International
  • The aim of this roundtable is to provide regional experts with an opportunity to discuss how did the jihadist radicalisation threat change following ISIS territorial collapse in Iraq and Syria. 
  • How do the current de-radicalisation efforts look like? How is justice brought to the victims and their oppressors? Is the group returning to their pre-caliphate 2000s tactics? 
  • Debating these questions and more will allow to understand the current situation that this terrorist group faces and try to evaluate if we will see more attacks in Europe that would be either directed or inspired by ISIS.

DAY 2 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3rd 2019

Roundtables & Executive Dialogues

by special invitation only

Building Response Mechanisms & Fostering Resilience Against Disinformation Campaigns: A Transatlantic Response

  • Brady Hills: Senior Programme Officer, International Republican Institute (Beacon Project) 
  • Jonas Syrovatka: Project Manager; Prague Security Studies Institute (Czech Elections in the Era of Disinformation)
  • Rasto Kuzel: Executive Director, Memo98
  • The purpose of this workshop is to bring together academics, think-tank analysts, journalists and other experts to gain insights and share best practices in the sphere of media-monitoring. 
  • It is an opportunity to discuss various forms and uses of media-monitoring, whether in the context of every-day monitoring of malign narratives and disinformation campaigns, or to ensure election integrity. 
  • Participants will gain deeper understanding of media-monitoring, different methodological principles and tools, as well as the production of visuals and reports. 

Central Europe and the US

  • David Harris – Chief Executive Officer, American Jewish Committee, USA
  • While the United States increasingly embraces neo-isolationism while reorienting its foreign policy to regions outside of Europe, how sustainable is the traditional pillar of US foreign policy towards Central Europe? 
  • While the European Union attempts to create a distinctly European foreign and defense policy, will Central European countries prioritize Brussels or Washington? Will this choice even be necessary?

Investment in Defense R&D: a Benefit to Economic Effectiveness 

  • Jiří Schneider: Director Aspen Institute Central Europe 
  • Gen. (Rt.) Petr Pavel: Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (2015-2018)
  • Róbert Ondrejcsák: Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, Slovak Republic
  • The purpose of the discussion is to bring concrete examples how investment in R&D or defence high-tech procurement produces spin-offs and opportunities in training and education of local workforce. 
  • It will also look at what lessons could Central Europeans learn from other Allies or non-NATO members (e.g. Finland, Israel)?