Day 1

Wednesday, 12 June

13:30 – 13:45 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Official opening

Welcome remarks:

Mr. Ionel Nițu, President, New Strategy Center

Mr. Decebal Făgădău, Mayor of Constanța

Mr. Sorin Rugină, Rector, Ovidius University Constanța

13:45 – 15:15 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel I. What is Required for Security and Stability in the Black Sea Region?

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Chair: Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, President of the Scientific Board of the New Strategy Center, Nominated Director of the European Union Satellite Centre, Romania

Lt. Gen. (Ret) Frederick Benjamin Hodges, Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), former commander United States Army Europe, USA

Dr. Oliver Gnad, Co-founder of The Bureau für Zeitgeschehen (Bureau of Current Affairs), Berlin, Germany

14:45 – 15:15 Open discussion

15:15 – 15:30 |

Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel II a. B9 & Three Seas Initiative: Complementary Initiatives for a Safer Region.

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Chair: Mr. Emanuel Plopeanu, Dean of History and Political Sciences Faculty, Ovidius University Constanța, Romania

Mr. Ovidiu Dranga, Ambassador of Romania to Poland

Mr. Adam Eberhardt, Director of the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), Poland

Mrs. Izabela Albrycht, Chair, Kosciuszko Institute, Poland

Ambassador Lazăr Comănescu, member of the Scientific Council, New Strategy Center, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania

Mr. President Grzegorz Małecki, Mr. President Grzegorz Małecki is the former Head of the Foreign intelligence Service, Former Head of the Foreign intelligence Service, Poland

Mr. Paul Carrese, Director of the School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership, Arizona State University, USA

16:30 – 17:00 Open discussion

15:30 - 17:00 | Paris Hall - Hotel Del Mar, floor 1

Panel II b. Climate Change and Security in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Area

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Chair: Mr. Paul Whitney, Associate Vice President, the Office of International Programs, Washington State University, USA

Mr. Borbely Laszlo, state advisor at the Prime-Minister Office, coordinator of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, Romania

Mr. Jan Boll, Director of the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach, Washington State University, USA

Mr. Njord Wegge, senior research fellow, The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) (tbc)

Mr. Dan Cogălniceanu, Professor of Environmental Science and Conservation Biology, Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania

Mrs. Lesya Nikolayeva, Sustainable Consumption and Production Consultant, United Nations Environment Programme, Switzerland

16:30 – 17:00 Open discussion

17:00 – 17:15 |

Coffee break

17:15 – 18:45 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel III. Tolerance or Fundamentalism? How Can Religions help Reconciliation?

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Chair:  Mr. Ben Oni Ardelean, Associate Senior Fellow, New Strategy Center, Romania

Mr. Brian Cox, President, Institute for Faith-Based Diplomacy, Washington DC, USA

Mr. Tahir Aziz, Conciliation Resources, London, UK, former Director of the Human Rights Commission of the Government of Pakistan

Mr. Ioan Dura, Professor of History and Philosophy of Religions, Faculty of Theology, Ovidius University Constanţa, Romania

Mr. Nir Boms, Research Fellow, Moshe Dayan Center, Tel Aviv University, Israel

18:00 – 18:45 Open discussion

Day 2

Thursday, 13 June

10:00 – 12:30 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel IV. NATO&EU - Stronger Together. The Transatlantic Link and the Security of the Eastern Flank.

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Chair: Ambassador Lazăr Comănescu, member of the Scientific Council, New Strategy Center, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Romania

Key-note speaker:

General (Ret.) Joseph W. Ralston, Vice Chairman Cohen Group, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations, USA

Speakers:

Mr. Andrea Margeletti, Chairman, Centro Studi Internazionali, Italy

Mr. Charles Powell, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute, Spain

Mr. Guillaume Lagane, Director Bilateral Relations Department, Ministry of Defence’s Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy, France

Mr. Tim Sweijs, Director of Research, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), Netherlands

Mr. Seth Cropsey, Director, Center for American Seapower, Hudson Institute, USA

11:45 - 12:30 Open discussion

12:30 – 14:00 | Del Mar Restaurant - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Lunch

12:30 – 14:00 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel Va. Investments in Defense. Are We Ready for the Next Generation Warfare?

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Chair: Mr. Greg Melcher, Chief Operations Officer, Center for the Study of New Generation Warfare, USA

Mr. Mihnea Motoc, Deputy Head, European Political Strategy Center (EPSC), European Commission

Mr. Phillip Petersen, President, Center for the Study of New Generation Warfare, USA

Mr. Jonathan Hoyle, CBE, Vice President for Europe, Lockheed Martin International

Mr. Massi Begous, Senior Vice President International Industrial Development, Naval Group, France

Mr. Alexis Morel, Vice President Thales Group UnderWaterSystems, France

Admiral (Ret.) Marcellino Corsi, senior Advisor for Combat System, Fincantieri, Italy

15:10 – 15:30 Open discussion

14:00 – 15:30 | Paris Hall - Hotel Del Mar, 1st floor

Panel Vb. Cyber Defense and Cyber Deterrence. Home Front First.

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Chair: Mr. Iulian Popa, associate expert, New Strategy Center, Romania

Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, President of the Scientific Board of the New Strategy Center, Nominated Director of the European Union Satellite Centre, Romania

Mr. Anton Rog, Head of the National CyberInt Center, Romania

Ms. Laura G. Brent, Cyber Defence Officer, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO

Mrs. Liga Rozentale, Director of Governmental Affairs for EU Cybersecurity Policy, Microsoft

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Brian Donahue, President, ByLight Company, USA

Mr. Robert Crossler, Department of Management, Information Systems & Entrepreneurship, Washington State University

15:10 – 15:30 Open discussion

15:30 – 15:45 |

Coffee break

15:45– 17:45 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel VI. #NATO@70. Strengthening the Resilience and Cooperation in the Black Sea Region and the Balkans.

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Chair: Ambassador Sergiu Celac, Honorary Chairman of the New Strategy Center, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania,

H.E. Teodor Meleșcanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Romania

H.E. Ekaterina Zaharieva, Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria (tbc)

H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Turkey (tbc)

H.E. David Zalkaliani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia (tbc)

17:45 - 18:00 |

Coffee break

18:00 – 19:30 | Paris Hall - Hotel Del Mar, floor 1

Panel VIIa. Economic Challenges in the Balkans and the Black Sea Area. An Assessment for a Safer Region.

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Chair: Mr. Mihai Gîrțu, Deputy Rector, Ovidius University Constanța, Romania

Ambassador (Ret.) Asif Chaudhry, Vice-President for International Programs, Washington State University

Mr. Ion Sterian, CEO Transgaz, Romania

Mr. Alexandru Maximescu, Public and Regulatory Affairs Director, OMV Petrom, Romania

Mr. Stefan Popescu, Deputy Director of Regulatory and Public Affairs, ENGIE Romania

Brig. Gen. Cristian Bizadea, Deputy Director, Romanian Intelligence Service, Romania

19:00 – 19:30 Open discussion

18:00 – 19:30 | London Hall - Hotel Del Mar, floor 1

Panel VIIb. The weaponization of Information. Fake News and Hybrid Warfare.

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Chair:  Mr. Dan Dungaciu, member of the Scientific Council, New Strategy Center, Romania

Mr. Constantin Ionescu, State Advisor, Presidential Administration, Romania

Mr. Cyrille Bret, Associate Professor, Sciences Po Paris, France

Mr. Dan Mihalache, Ambassador of Romania to UK

Mrs. Alina Bărgăoanu, Dean, Faculty of communication and public relations, National School of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA), Romania

Mr. Arseny Sivitsky, Director, Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies, Belarus

Mr. Steven Stehr, Professor of Political Science, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, Washington State University

19:00 – 19:30 Open discussion

Day 3

Friday, 14 June

09:30 – 11:30 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel VIII. #NATO@70. Security Challenges in the Black Sea Area and the Balkans

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Chair: Brig. Gen (Ret) Mircea Mîndrescu, Senior Associate Felow, New Strategy Center, Romania

Mr. Patrick Turner, Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning, NATO

H.E. Gabriel Leș, Minister of Defence, Romania

H.E. Evangelos Apostolakis, Minister of Defence, Greece

Mr. Tomasz Szatkowski, Deputy Minister of National Defence, Poland

Mr. Yehor Bozhok, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine

11:30 – 11:45 |

Coffee break

11:45 – 13:15 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel IXa. Smart Approach for Safer Cities. Connectivity, Prosperity, Security.

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Chair: Mr. Mihai Buia, member of the Scientific Council of the New Strategy Center, Romania

Mr. Decebal Făgădău, Mayor of Constanța, Romania

Mr. Gennadiy Leonidovich Trukhanov, Mayor of Odessa, Ukraine

Mr. Sergiu Manea, CEO, Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR), Romania

13:00 – 13:15 Open discussion

11:45 – 13:15 | Paris Hall - Hotel Del Mar, floor 1

Panel IXb. The Middle East Chessboard and its Implications for the Black Sea region and the Balkans.

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Chair: Ambassador (Ret.) Gheorghe Magheru, member of the Scientific Council of the New Strategy Center, Romania

Ambassador Eynat Shlein, Special Envoy for Community Outreach, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel (tbc)

Vladimir Socor, Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation, Eurasia Daily Monitor, USA

Mr. Yordan Bozhilov, Founder and President of the Sofia Security Forum, Bulgaria

Mr. Michael Baumgartner, former US State Department Officer in Iraq and Afganistan, USA

Mr. Rade Rajkovcevski, Vice-Dean for International Cooperation
Faculty of Security – Skopje, North Macedonia

12:50 – 13:15 Open discussion

13:15 – 14:45 | Del Mar Restaurant - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Lunch

14:45 – 16:30 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel Xa. Military Mobility: Key Area of NATO–EU Cooperation

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Chair: Mr. Iulian Fota, member of the Scientific Council of the New Strategy Center, Romania

Lt. Gen. (Ret) Frederick Benjamin Hodges, Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), former Commander United States Army Europe, USA

General Nicolae Ciucă, Chief of Defense Staff, Romania

General Claudio Graziano, Chairman of the EU Military Committee

Air Squadron General Enzo Vecciarelli, Chief of Defense Staff, Italy

Mrs. Maja Bakran Marcich, Deputy Director General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission

16:00 – 16:30 Open discussion

14:30 – 16:15 | Paris Hall - Hotel Del Mar, floor 1

Panel Xb. Militarization of the Black Sea Region: Lessons for other Regions of Europe

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Chair: Mr. Octavian Tărăbuță, Rector, Mircea Cel Bătrân Naval Academy, Romania

Vice Admiral Alexandru Mîrșu, Chief of the Naval Forces Staff, Romania

Ambassador (Ret) Victor Jackovich, first US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, former U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia, USA

Mr. Ivica Ivanovic, Director General of Directorate for Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence, Montenegro

Lt. Gen. (Ret) Hovard Bromberg, former Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Forces Command, former Chief of Staff, U.S. Strategic Command, USA

Mrs. Jelena Milic, Director, Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies, Serbia

Mr. Thomas Preston, C. O. Johnson Distinguished Professor of International Relations, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, Washington State University, USA

16:00 – 16:30 Open discussions

16:30 – 16:45 |

Coffee break

16:45 – 18:15 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel XI. Security Challenges in the Black Sea Area and the Balkans

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Chair: Ambassador Sergiu Celac, Honorary Chairman of the New Strategy Center, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania

Mr. George Friedman, Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, USA

17:30 – 18:15 Open discussion

Note – Simultaneous translation into English and Romanian is available.