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Tuesday 23 June 2009
8th June – SDA Evening Debate with Ivo Daalder

  A Full and Urgent Agenda for NATO in the 21st Century
Evening Debate with Ivo Daalder, US Ambassador to NATO

Speaking to 180 ambassadors, policymakers, journalists and think-tankers at the SDA’s June 8th evening debate, new US Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder outlined the Obama administration’s policy priorities for the alliance. He described the Administration’s focus within the Alliance as being three-fold: achieving its objective in Afghanistan of disrupting, dismantling and defeating Al Qaeda, creating a more productive NATO-Russia relationship, and building a ‘new NATO for a new century’ which is capable of addressing a host of evolving transatlantic security challenges.

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SDA Roundtable Report

The security implications of Europe’s energy thirst


The Security & Defence Agenda is pleased to announce the publication of its new report, entitled “The security implications of Europe’s energy thirst”. It summarises the SDA’s roundtable of May 25th, which gathered high representatives from Russia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, NATO, EU institutions and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum. Looking into strategic relations with Russia and the race to Arctic, the roundtable’s main conclusion was that the European Union’s relationship with Russia is a fundamental factor to the security, or insecurity, of Europe’s future energy supplies.

Read the report.

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SDA Annual Defence Conference – Change of Date

 SDA Annual Defence Conference



Due to a change in the timings of the NATO Ministerial meeting, the SDA rescheduled its international conference entitled “Re-thinking NATO’s global Security & Defence role”. Initially planned for the 11th of June, it will now be held in the early autumn.

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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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