New Security Challenges Call for More Unity

On 6 July 2016, the Centre for European Perspective hosted a round table entitled “Days Before – New Security Challenges,” which was the last one in series of projects financed by the Embassy of the United States in Ljubljana under the framework of the NGO Small Grant.

The round table was opened by Mr Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to the NATO and now the Executive Director of the McCain Institute, who explained his personal expectations for the Warsaw Summit and his view on current NATO – Russia relations.

The panellists included H.E. Mr Brent R. Hartley, Ambassador of the United States of America, Dr Anton Bebler, President of Euro-Atlantic Council of Slovenia, Dr Uroš Svete, professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana and Dr Damir Črnčec, General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, with the panel discussion moderated by Mr Peter Grk, Secretary-General of the Bled Strategic Forum.

Fruitful debate about the expectations before the Warsaw Summit – touching upon NATO – Russia relations, enlargement, lower military expenditures, and new security challenges such as cyber security, concluded with a promising idea that NATO should be seen as a union and not an division.