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Tuesday 20 July 2010
Recent event
The 2010 United Kingdom Strategic Defence and Security Review 
Evening Debate, 30 June 2010 

The current financial situation provided the backdrop to the SDA evening debate on the 2010 UK Strategic Defence and Security Review. “The government has made it clear that the financial screws are on” explained Julian Miller, Head of Foreign and Defence Policy in the UK Cabinet Office in his opening remarks. Participants questioned the ability of the UK to continue to cover current commitments while dramatically slashing budgets.

Cooperation and coordination were recurring themes in the debate, with some participants insisting that the current review presented an opportunity for the UK to become more deeply involved with partners in the EU and criticising the small number of references to the EU and the Lisbon Treaty in the early stages of the review process. There was, however, consensus on the need for a strong and capable UK at the heart of European Defence.

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Recent event

NATO’s European dimension
Keynote speaker NATO Secretary General  Anders Fogh Rasmussen,
21 June 2010, Concert Noble, Brussels

The 8th annual NATO Conference, in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, brought together a high level panel of experts to debate NATO and the EU’s outlook in the changing global security environment.

Keynote Speaker Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO, made an appeal for increased cooperation between the EU, NATO and their partners and allies, specifically Russia.

“We are all faced with the same challenges and must address them together,” Mr Rasmussen said. “This is the basis for everything. If we can agree what the security challenges are, then we can begin to map out our cooperation.”

Mr. Rasmussen was also presented with a copy of the 10 recommendations from the SDA’s global Security Jam session which emerged from the online debate on security threats and policies in February 2010, which featured input 4,000 experts in 124 countries.

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Recent event

SDA Advisory Board and Members’ Lunch 
in honour of new SDA co-presidents, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Javier Solana
23 June 2010

At the SDA’s Annual Advisory Board and Members’ lunch today, former NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, inaugurated the presidency of the Brussels-based think-tank with an outline of the key areas the SDA should be focusing on.

‘We need to tackle the growing disconnect between the political elite and the people’ said Mr de Hoop Scheffer. He went on to outline some of the political areas where the SDA’s activities would be making a contribution in the next year: Connecting NATO with the public; Relations with Russia; The financing of NATO; EU and NATO relations with the Middle East

Jamie Shea, NATO’s Director of Policy Planning in the Private Office of the Secretary General, recommended the SDA should complement its analysis and political debate with concrete recommendations. SDA’s milestone publication 10 Recommendations on the new Global Security Landscape was released in May this year. The recommendations came out of the 2010 Security Jam. 

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.

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SDA Speakers

Madeleine Albright
Former US
Secretary of State


Margot Wallström
Former Vice President of the European Commission


Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega
Spanish First Vice President of the Government


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


Recep Tayyip Erdogan 
Prime Minister of Turkey


Former European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy


Zhe Song
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the EU


Antonios Chatzidakis
General Manager, NAMSA, NATO


Admiral James Stavridis
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)


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


General Stéphane Abrial
NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
(Jam Participant)


Carl Bildt
Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs
(Jam Participant)


Marc Perrin de Brichambaut
Secretary General, OSCE
(Jam Participants)


Anne-Marie Slaughter
Director of Policy Planning, United States Department of State
(Jam Participants)


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


Kai Eide
UN Special Representative to Afghanistan, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
(Jam Participant)


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


Gen. Håkan Syrén
Chairman of European Military Committee (EUMC)
(Jam Participant)


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


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
Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee


Admiral Giampaolo di Paola
Chairman of the Military Committee, NATO


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


Shirin Ebadi
2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

SDA Co-Presidents


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