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Sunday 30 May 2010
Upcoming event – 21 June 2010
NATO’s European Dimension 
Keynote speaker NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

NATO is intent on reinventing itself, but how realistic is this ambition? Will the new Strategic Concept be radical enough to adapt both NATO’s structures and its thinking to the challenges of the new global security environment? How should it reflect the shifts in the transatlantic relationship since 2001 and questions about European and American shared interests? Will the new Concept resolve or exacerbate the turf war with the EU? The conference will feature a keynote address and a Q&A session with Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General, as well as a discussion on the 10 recommendations from the SDA’s global Security Jam session. These recommendations emerged from the online debate on security threats and policies organised by the SDA and a coalition of international think-tanks in February 2010 and featured 4,000 experts logging in from 124 countries.

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Recent event

Is Europe’s energy security policy an ambition or a reality?
Policymakers’ Dinner Debate, 26 May 2010

Just under 40 high-level experts met at the Security & Defence Agenda’s Policymakers’ dinner, organised with Friends of Europe and the Eurisc Foundation. Speakers from NATO, the European Commission, and the Romanian think-tank Eurisc Foundation, presented wide and sometimes diverging views on a number of topics in relation to Europe’s energy security policy.

There was general consensus that a better definition of what constitutes energy security is needed. Other issues that generated debate were infrastructure development and protection, crisis preparedness and resilience.

New supply routes were also discussed bringing the discussion to the topic of Turkey and the issue of trust with energy provider countries, such as Russia and Ukraine. NATO’s role was presented as one of information sharing and as a centre of excellence. Suggestions were made that energy security should be linked to climate security and that greater efforts should be made to educate the younger generations about renewable energies.

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Recent event

Does Europe need ‘Homeland Security’? 

SDA Roundtable, 12 May 2010

Terrorist attacks in Europe since 9/11 have prompted greater efforts in European homeland security. While some participants at the SDA event, Does Europe need ‘Homeland Security’? on 12 May supported the idea of an overall European Homeland Security Department, others warned against the advisability of creating yet another new agency: “Creating new agencies can also create new problems”, said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström in response to a question from the floor. Others maintained that the agencies needed to maintain homeland security already exist in Europe and all we have to do is “join up the dots”.

During the afternoon debate Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) was a key point. Although some participants argued that from a terrorist point of view, infrastructure was a far less likely target than population, it was noted that privitisation of infrastructure management has a tendency to prioritise cost savings over security enhancement.

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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.

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Carl Bildt
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Vladimir Chizhov
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Gen. Håkan Syrén
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François Gayet
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Dmitry Rogozin
Ambassador, Mission of the Russian Federation to NATO


Alyson Bailes
Visiting Professor, University of Iceland


Peter Weilemann
European Office Director, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung


Stefanie Babst
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO


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


Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry
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