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Bratislava to host conference on the future of NATO

Slovakia’s capital will host a conference concerning issues related to the future of NATO, covering the extension of new partnerships, as well as providing effective defence of countries at a time of financial crisis. The first annual conference "NATO 2020 and Armed Forces: the Way Forward" will be held on October 2 and 3 in Bratislava.

Slovakia’s capital will host a conference concerning issues related to the future of NATO, covering the extension of new partnerships, as well as providing effective defence of countries at a time of financial crisis. The first annual conference "NATO 2020 and Armed Forces: the Way Forward" will be held on October 2 and 3 in Bratislava.

In addition to issues of the future, the focus of NATO missions and the future direction of NATO as such, the conference will also address the topics of the concept of so-called Intelligent Defence, the nature and the future of NATO's partnerships and discussions on NATO missions in the post-Afghanistan era. Radka Vinceová of the Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA) informed the SITA newswire that the centre is organising the conference under the auspices of the Slovak Defence Ministry and NATO Public Diplomacy Division.

"Representatives of NATO member states are now facing a decision about the future form of strategic operations of the alliance and the nature of the armed forces; as in the post-Afghanistan era, NATO will need a new definition of its basic functions, which will be implemented through new kinds of operations," said Marián Majer of CENAA. According to him, after the engagement of the military forces of NATO countries in conflicts in Afghanistan - but also in Iraq and in Libya - the likelihood of involvement in the Alliance in an equally extensive and costly conflict is low. In the initial discussion, CENAA will welcome NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning, Ambassador Huseyin Dirioz, who together with the Director of the International Centre for Democratic Transition Ambassador Istvan Gyarmati, head of the Political and Strategic Section of the French Foreign Ministry Colonel Jean-Christophe Noel, State Secretary of the Slovak Defence Ministry of Miloš Koterec, and Director of the Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs Robert Ondrejcsák, will discuss NATO missions in the post-Afghanistan era.

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