Pre-Conference Day

Wednesday, 13 June

All day | Hotel Del Mar, Mamaia, Constanța

Participants’ arrival

Day 1

Thursday, 14 June

09.00 – 10.00 | Main entrance - Hotel Del Mar

Registration

10.00 – 10.15 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Official opening

(Plenary - open session – press access)

Welcome remarks by:

Mr. Ionel Nițu, President, New Strategy Center

Mr. Decebal Făgădău, Mayor of Constanța

Mr. Sorin Rugină, Rector, Ovidius University Constanța

10:20 – 12:30 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel I. Societal Security: trends and risks for stability in the Black Sea area and the Balkans

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(Plenary - open session, press access)

Chair:

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

Panelists:

Mr. Markus Kaim, Senior Fellow, The German Institute for International and Security Affairs – SWP, Berlin, Germany

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

Mr. Igor Munteanu, President 0f IDIS “Viitorul”, Republic of Moldova

Mr. Murat Aslan, Lecturer on Security Studies, Hasan Kalyoncu University and Researcher, Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA), Turkey

Mr. Iliya Lingorski, president of the European Institute for Strategy and Analysis, Bulgaria

12.00 – 12.45 open discussion

12.45 – 14.00 | Del Mar Restaurant - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Lunch

 

14.00 – 16.15 | Paris Hall - Hotel Del Mar, 1st floor

Panel II a. New Challenges of the Hybrid War

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(Chatham House rules, no press access)

Chair:

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

Panelists:

Mr. Matti Saarelainen, Director, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, Finland

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

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

Mr. Patrick Cullen, Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Norway

Mr. Marko Savkovic, Program Director, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Serbia

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

15.30 – 16.15 open discussion

14.00 – 16.15 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel II b. Trends and challenges in the economic environment of the Black Sea area and the Balkans. Stability and cooperation or a new crisis?

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(Plenary - Open session, press access)

Chair:

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

Panelists:

Mr. Horia Braun, Chief Economist and Research Director, Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR)

Mr. Dalibor Rohac, Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute – AEI, USA

Mr. Doru Lionăchescu, Board member, Banca Transilvania, Romania

Mr. Steven Stehr, Director of the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Washington State University, USA

15.30 – 16.15 open discussion

16.15 – 16.30 |

Coffee break

16.30 – 17.30 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel III. The financial challenges for the Black Sea area and the Balkans.

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(Plenary - Open session, press access)

Chair:

Mr. Vasile Secăreș, President, Romanian Banking Institute

Key-note speaker:

Mr. Mugur Isărescu, Governor of the National Bank of Romania

17.30-17.45 |

Coffee break

17.45-19.15 | Paris Hall - Hotel Del Mar, 1st floor

Panel IV. The Three Seas Initiative and the Development of the Region

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(Plenary - Open session, press access)

Chairs:

Ambassador Sergiu Celac, Honorary Chairman of the New Strategy Center

Ambassador Bogdan Aurescu, Presidential Advisor for Foreign Policy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania

Mr. Witold Dzielski, director of Foreign Affairs Office in Chancellery  of the President of the Republice of Poland

Presentation of the policy paper issued by New Strategy Center (Romania) and Centre for Eastern Studies (Poland)

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

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

18.45 – 19.15 Open Discussions

20:30 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Dinner

Day 2

Friday, 15 June

09.30 – 12.00 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel V. #WeAreNATO: Security challenges in the Black Sea area and the Balkans

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(Plenary - Chatham House rules, no press access)

Chair:

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

Panelists:

General (Ret.) Philip M. Breedlove, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations, USA

General Nicolae Ciucă, Chief of Defense Staff, Romania

General Claudio Graziano, Chief of Defense Staff, Italy, next chairman of the European Union Military Committee from November 2018

Lieutenant General Jan Broeks, Director General of the International Military Staff, NATO

Lieutenant General Luciano Portolano, Allied Joint Forces Command Naples - Chief of Staff and Head of the European Union Command Element

Rear Admiral Jean-Frédéric Plobner, Deputy Commander of the Mediterranean Maritime Zone (CECMED), France

11.00 – 12.00 open discussion

12.00 – 13.30 | Del Mar Restaurant - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Lunch

13.30 – 15.30 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel VIa. Cyber space: a new space for the next war

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(Plenary - Open session, press access)

Chair:

Mr. Iulian Popa, Associate Expert, New Strategy Center

Panelists:

Ms. Melissa Hathaway, former Director, Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence during the George W. Bush Administration, USA

Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Chairman of the Scientific Council, New Strategy Center

Mr. Anton Rog, Head of the National Cyberint Center, Romanian Intelligence Service, Romania

Mr. Cotiso Cetinoiu, Network and Security Architect, Telekom Romania

Mr. Florian Ciolacu, Vice-President, SIVECO Romania

Ms. Joanna Świątkowska, Senior Research Fellow, Kosciuszko Institute; Editor-in-Chief, European Cybersecurity Journal, Poland

Mr. Tal Pavel, research fellow, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), Israel

15.00 – 15.30 Open Discussions

13.30 – 15.30 | Paris Hall - Hotel Del Mar, 1st floor

Panel VIb. Industrial cooperation in defence field. EU vs USA or smart defense?

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(Chatham House rules, no press access)

Chair:

Mr. Liviu Coșereanu, member of the Scientific Council, New Strategy Center

Panelists:

Mr. Orhan Muratli, Director of Support to Operations, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)

General (Ret.) Vincenzo Camporini, Vice-President, Institute for International Affairs (IAI); former Chief of the General Staff, Italy

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

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Cătălin Moraru, former Deputy Chief of the Armaments Department, Ministry of Defense, Romania

Mr. Karsten Friis, Senior Adviser, Head of Research Group on Security and Defense, The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

15.00 – 15.30 Open Discussions

15.30 – 15.45 |

Coffee break

15.45 – 17.45 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel VII. European dreams. From rhetoric to practical cooperation in the Black Sea area and the Balkans

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(Plenary - Open session – press access)

Chair:

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

Panelists:

Mr. Maciej Popowski, Deputy Director General, European Commission, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

Mr. Iurie Leancă, Vice Premier For European Integration, Republic of Moldova

Mr. François Lafond, President of Blue Networks and Opportunities, France

Mr. Dan Mihalache, ambassador of Romania to UK, Romania

Mr. Andi Cristea, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament and Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee, Romania

Mr. Sergiy Gherasimchuk, Head of South-Eastern Europe Studies, Ukrainian Prism

Ms. Martha Cottam, Director of Graduate Studies, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, Washington State University, USA

17.15 – 17.45 Open Discussions

20.30 | Hotel Del Mar, Del Mar Ballroom, ground floor

Dinner. Traditional local evening.

Day 3

Saturday, 16 June

09.30 – 12.45 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel VIII. What is next after Crimea? Implications of the militarisation of the Black Sea region for Eastern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean

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(Plenary - Chatham House rules, no press access)

Chairs:

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

Panel VIIIa

Panelists:

Mr. Dan Neculăescu, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania

Mr. Bartosz Cichocki, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland

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

Mrs. Vera Michlin-Shapir, Research Associate, Institute for National Security Studies, Israel

11:00 – 11:15 Open Discussions

Panel VIIIb

Panelists:

Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze - Advisor of the President of Georgia, Foreign Relations Secretary

Mr. Burçin Gönenli, Deputy Director General for International Security Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey

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

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

12:15 – 12:45 Open Discussions

12.45 - 14.00 | Del Mar Restaurant - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Lunch

13.00-14.00 | Paris Hall - Hotel Del Mar, 1st floor

Observations from Operational-Strategic Simulations in Eastern Europe

(Chatham House rules, no press access)

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

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

14.00 – 15.30 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel IX. Energy Security: a nightmare or an opportunity for the Balkans and the Black Sea region?

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(Plenary - Open session, press access)

Chair:

Mr. Mihai Gîrțu, Deputy Rector, Ovidius University, Constanta

Panelists:

Mr. Anton Anton, Minister of Energy, Romania

Mr. Murman Margvelashvili, Founder and Board Member, World Experience for Georgia (WEG), Georgia

Mr. Ali Shahbazov, Head of Overseas Offices, SOCAR, Azerbaijan

Mr. Laurențiu Pachiu, Vice-President, Energy Policy Group, Romania

Mr. Stephen Katz, Associate Professor, School of the Environment, Washington State University

15.00 – 15.30 open discussion

15.30 – 15.45 |

Coffee break

15.45 – 17.00 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel X. Security challenges in the Black Sea area and the Balkans

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(Plenary - Open session, press access)

Chair:

Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Chairman of the Scientific Council, New Strategy Center

Panelists:

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

H.E. Mihai Fifor, Minister of Defense, Romania

17.00-17.15 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Closing remarks

Ambassador Sergiu Celac, Honorary Chairman of the New Strategy Center

20.30 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Farewell dinner

Participants’ departure

Sunday, 17 June

Note – Simultaneous translation into English and Romanian is available.