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Wednesday 27 January 2010
27 January – International Conference

 Women, Peace and Security

 Charlemagne Building, Brussels
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
12:30 – 14:00

To mark the 10th anniversary of the UN’s landmark resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, and last September’s UN resolution 1888 mandating peacekeeping missions to protect women, the Security and Defence Agenda is organising a high-level debate to be led by five key figures:

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton
Spanish First Vice President of the Government Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega

and in the chair
European Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström

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17 December – International Conference

  NATO, the credit crunch and the new security environment


 On December 17, the Security & Defence Agenda closed the season with an international conference focusing on challenges ahead for NATO in a context of financial crisis.

Speakers included Pieter De Crem, Belgian Minister of Defence, Giampaolo Di Paola, Chairman of the Military Committee of NATO, Peter Flory, Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment at NATO and five Members of the Group of Experts on NATO’s Strategic Concept.

Questions addressed included: Is NATO’s post-cold war transformation the right basis for its further development in the coming decade? Will the US and the EU split the Alliance over policy towards Russia? Can NATO and the EU reinforce each other’s efforts to overhaul and strengthen global security arrangements? 

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2 March – International Conference

 Conflict prevention and resolution: a new role for cultural relations?


On March 2nd, the SDA, the British Council and NATO will hold a conference on the role of cultural relations in conflict prevention and resolution.

Clashes of culture, related to religious beliefs, ethnicity or different values often lie at the root of security problems. Can a better understanding of these fundamental issues hold the key to conflict prevention, as well as peacemaking and peacekeeping?

Drawing lessons from three case studies -Afghanistan, Africa and the Balkans, the conference will try to identify best practices in inter-cultural dialogue and understanding in conflict areas. 

A special focus will be given to civil-military cooperation in the concluding panel: what new approaches should be developed to help both civilian and military personnel in the field to bring a greater cultural dimension to their missions?

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Where we are

The Security & Defence Agenda (SDA) is based in the Bibliothèque Solvay in the Parc Léopold next to the European Parliament.

The building houses the SDA team and serves as the venue for almost all SDA events in Brussels.

SDA Partners

Friends of Europe

SDA’s sister think-tank, Friends of Europe, is a prominent and lively Brussels-based think-tank for EU policy analysis and debate. 

Europe’s World Articles
Jam Session

Organised by a number of leading think tanks in collaboration with IBM and with the official support of the European Commission and NATO.

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SDA Speakers

Karl von Wogau
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, European Parliament


Jana Hybaskova
Member of the European Parliament


Clemens von Goetze
Ambassador, German PSC Representative to the EU


Lt. Gen. David Leakey Director General of the EU Military Staff


Jamie Shea
Director for Policy Planning, Private Office of the Secretary General of NATO


Rt. Hon. Desmond Browne 
Former Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom


Hilmar Linnenkamp
Former Deputy Chief Executive, European Defence Agency


Henri Bentégeat
Chairman of the EU Military Committee


Franco Frattini
Former Vice President for Justice, Freedom and Security, European Commission


Peter Altmaier
Former Parliamentary State Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Federal Republic of Germany


Ana Maria Gomes
MEP and Vice Chairwoman, Committee on Security & Defence, European Parliament


Christine Roger
PSC Ambassador, Permanent Representation of France to the EU


Giancarlo Grasso
Former Chairman of the ASD Commission and Vice-Chairman of ESRIF, Finmeccanica


Gijs de Vries
Former EU Counter-Terrorism Co-ordinator


Brig. Gen. Illka Laitinen
Executive Director, European Border Management Agency (FRONTEX)


Geoffrey Van Orden
MEP, SubCommittee on Security and Defence, European Parliament


Gen. John Craddock
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)


Jaak Aaviksoo
Minister of Defence, Estonia


Vladimir Chizhov
Ambassador, Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU


Sorin D. Ducaru
Romanian Ambassador to NATO


Baron Frans van Daele
Belgian Ambassador to NATO 


Alexander Lambsdorff
German Member of the Security & Defence Subcommittee of the European Parliament


François Gayet
Secretary General of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)


Pieter De Crem
Belgian Minister of Defence


Dmitry Rogozin
Ambassador, Mission of the Russian Federation to NATO


Alyson Bailes
Visiting Professor, University of Iceland


Anne-François de Saint Salvy
Former Deputy Director of the Delegation for Strategic Affairs, French Ministry of Defence


Bernard Jenkin
Member of the UK House of Commons, Defence Select Committee


Peter Weilemann
European Office Director, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung


Stefanie Babst
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO


W. Bruce Weinrod
US Secretary of Defence Representative, Europe


Jean-François Bureau
Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO


Michèle Alliot-Marie
French Minister of the Interior and Overseas Territories


Jacques Barrot
European Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security


Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry
Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee


Tomaz Lovrencic
Deputy Director of the European Union Satellite Centre


Admiral Giampaolo di Paola
Chairman of the Military Committee, NATO


Commander Snowy Lintern
Liaison Officer of the EU Naval Force in Somalia


Doris Pack
MEP, Chairwoman of the Delegation for relations with the countries of South-East Europe


Rear Admiral Stefan Engdahl
Swedish Military Representative to the EU and the NATO EAPMC


Shirin Ebadi
2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

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