The three-day conference on security GLOBSEC begins on May 14 in Bratislava, to focus on issues like Ukrainian crisis, security threats, global outlook for the next decade and the state of investigative journalism.

The conference will also include a host of public debates, taking place in the Old Market-hall. Top politicians will participate in them, including former advisor of Rusian president Vladimir Putin, Andrei Illarionov, US political analyst George Friedman, and former US secretary for homeland security Michael Chertoff, the Central-European Strategic Council informed the SITA newswire. This side event, called GLOBSEC City Talks, will include also the public recording of the Pod Lampou talk show about 10 years of Slovakia in NATO. Debates will be open for public, but due to limited capacity, online registration will be necessary. All debates will also be broadcast live on the internet.

The speakers at the GLOBSEC conference (in non-public events)include head of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, prime ministers of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland (Robert Fico, Bohuslav Sobotka, Viktor Orbán and Donald Tusk,respectively), Ukrainian PM Arsenii Yacenyuk, leader of the Ukrainian opposition Vitali Klitchko, Italian ex-PM Mario Monti and dozens of foreign- and defence ministers, SITA wrote. The leitmotif this year is the development in Ukraine and its impact on the central and eastern Europe.

“For the central and eastern Europe, the event in Ukraine represent the biggest security threat since the fall of communism; and so Bratislava, the venue of GLOBSEC, will, too, add a special historical and regional specific: three out of the Visegrad Four countries have a common border with Ukraine, and three of them experienced Russian (or rather Soviet) military intervention,” Rastislav Káčer, president of the Slovak Atlantic Committee (the organising institution), told SITA.

(Source: SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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