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On January 27th, Vice-President Margot Wallström and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen hosted a high-level conference on women, peace and security in the European Commission premises. This conference saw the participation of Spanish First Vice-President Maria Teresa Fernández de la Vega, Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright alongside civil society representatives, military officials, high-level policy-makers and witnesses. The participants concluded that all EU and NATO-led operations must comply with UN resolutions relating to women, peace and security, and must be supported by appropriate training, education, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.For event outcomes in English, please click here. For Spanish, click here. For French, click here. Videos of the event’s speeches can be found on the NATO website, please click here.
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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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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? More information on this event.
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.
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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Karl von WogauChairman of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, European Parliament
Jana HybaskovaMember of the European Parliament
Clemens von GoetzeAmbassador, German PSC Representative to the EU
Lt. Gen. David Leakey Director General of the EU Military Staff
Jamie SheaDirector for Policy Planning, Private Office of the Secretary General of NATO
Rt. Hon. Desmond Browne Former Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom
Hilmar LinnenkampFormer Deputy Chief Executive, European Defence Agency
Henri BentégeatChairman of the EU Military Committee
Franco FrattiniFormer Vice President for Justice, Freedom and Security, European Commission
Peter AltmaierFormer Parliamentary State Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Federal Republic of Germany
Ana Maria GomesMEP and Vice Chairwoman, Committee on Security & Defence, European Parliament
Christine RogerPSC Ambassador, Permanent Representation of France to the EU
Giancarlo GrassoFormer Chairman of the ASD Commission and Vice-Chairman of ESRIF, Finmeccanica
Gijs de VriesFormer EU Counter-Terrorism Co-ordinator
Brig. Gen. Illka LaitinenExecutive Director, European Border Management Agency (FRONTEX)
Geoffrey Van OrdenMEP, SubCommittee on Security and Defence, European Parliament
Gen. John CraddockSupreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)
Jaak AaviksooMinister of Defence, Estonia
Vladimir ChizhovAmbassador, Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU
Sorin D. DucaruRomanian Ambassador to NATO
Baron Frans van DaeleBelgian Ambassador to NATO
Alexander LambsdorffGerman Member of the Security & Defence Subcommittee of the European Parliament
François GayetSecretary General of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)
Pieter De CremBelgian Minister of Defence
Dmitry RogozinAmbassador, Mission of the Russian Federation to NATO
Alyson BailesVisiting Professor, University of Iceland
Anne-François de Saint SalvyFormer Deputy Director of the Delegation for Strategic Affairs, French Ministry of Defence
Bernard JenkinMember of the UK House of Commons, Defence Select Committee
Peter WeilemannEuropean Office Director, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Stefanie BabstDeputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO
W. Bruce WeinrodUS Secretary of Defence Representative, Europe
Jean-François BureauAssistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO
Michèle Alliot-MarieFrench Minister of the Interior and Overseas Territories
Jacques BarrotEuropean Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security
Lt. Gen. Karl EikenberryDeputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee
Tomaz LovrencicDeputy Director of the European Union Satellite Centre
Admiral Giampaolo di PaolaChairman of the Military Committee, NATO
Commander Snowy LinternLiaison Officer of the EU Naval Force in Somalia
Doris PackMEP, Chairwoman of the Delegation for relations with the countries of South-East Europe
Rear Admiral Stefan EngdahlSwedish Military Representative to the EU and the NATO EAPMC
Shirin Ebadi2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
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