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On both sides of the Atlantic, policymakers are increasingly concerned that cyber-attacks represent a serious threat. However, the SDA evening debate showed a clear division of opinions amongst senior officials, with a lack of consensus on the real threat posed by ‘weapons of mass disruption’. Top NATO official Jamie Shea said that the Alliance suffers around 100 cyber incidents everyday, telling some 200 NATO and the EU officials, politicians, national diplomats, security experts and journalists that although the attacks were not comparable to nuclear warfare and weapons of mass destruction, they nevertheless represented an alarming rise in the use of ‘weapons of mass disruption’. Stewart Baker, former assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, underlined the lack of continuity in the approaches of the different EU member states, quoting from a survey he recently co-authored.
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Conflict Prevention and Resolution:the Role of Cultural Relations
On March 2nd, NATO the Security & Defence Agenda and the British Council welcomed over 250 participants to the international conference “Conflict Prevention and Resolution: the Role of Cultural Relations”. This event brought together speakers from NATO, the EU, the British Council, and a variety of cultural organisations to discuss the pertinence of cultural awareness in conflict resolution. Case studies from Afghanistan, Africa and the Balkans were brought before the Brussels strategic community, ranging from sport and photography to literature and the preservation of cultural heritage and traditions. Panellists discussed the perspective of integrating culture in NATO’s new Strategic Concept, as well as the need for better cultural training, new ways of dealing with local populations, and determining clear goals in how to integrate the cultural element in interventions in conflict zones.
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’s sister think-tank, Friends of Europe, is a prominent and lively Brussels-based think-tank for EU policy analysis and debate.
Madeleine AlbrightFormer US Secretary of State
Margot WallströmFormer Vice President of the European Commission
Maria Teresa Fernandez de la VegaSpanish First Vice President of the Government
Lt. Gen. David Leakey Director General of the EU Military Staff
Jamie SheaDirector for Policy Planning, Private Office of the Secretary General of NATO
Recep Tayyip Erdogan Prime Minister of Turkey
Benita Ferrero-WaldnerFormer European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy
Zhe SongAmbassador of the People’s Republic of China to the EU
Antonios ChatzidakisGeneral Manager, NAMSA, NATO
Admiral James StavridisSupreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)
Ana Maria GomesMEP and Vice Chairwoman, Committee on Security & Defence, European Parliament
General Stéphane AbrialNATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation(Jam Participant)
Carl BildtSwedish Minister of Foreign Affairs(Jam Participant)
Marc Perrin de BrichambautSecretary General, OSCE(Jam Participants)
Anne-Marie SlaughterDirector of Policy Planning, United States Department of State(Jam Participants)
Geoffrey Van OrdenMEP, SubCommittee on Security and Defence, European Parliament
Kai EideUN Special Representative to Afghanistan, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan(Jam Participant)
Vladimir ChizhovAmbassador, Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU
Gen. Håkan SyrénChairman of European Military Committee (EUMC) (Jam Participant)
François GayetSecretary General of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)
Dmitry RogozinAmbassador, Mission of the Russian Federation to NATO
Alyson BailesVisiting Professor, University of Iceland
Peter WeilemannEuropean Office Director, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Stefanie BabstDeputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO
Jean-François BureauAssistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO
Lt. Gen. Karl EikenberryDeputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee
Admiral Giampaolo di PaolaChairman of the Military Committee, NATO
Commander Snowy LinternLiaison Officer of the EU Naval Force in Somalia
Shirin Ebadi2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
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