Day 1

Wednesday, 12 June

12:00 – 13:30 | Main entrance - Hotel Del Mar

Registration

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

Official opening

(Plenary - open session – press access)

Welcome remarks:

Mr. Ionel Nițu, President, New Strategy Center, Romania

Mr. Dumitru Babu, Deputy Mayor of Constanța, Romania

Mr. Sorin Rugină, Rector, Ovidius University Constanța, Romania

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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(Plenary - open session – press access)

Chair: Brig. Gen (Ret) Mircea Mîndrescu, Senior Associate Felow, New Strategy Center, Romania, & Mr. Radu Tudor, defense analist

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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(Plenary - open session – press access)

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. Grzegorz Małecki, President, The Institute of Security and Strategy Foundation, 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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(Open session, press access)

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

Mr. László Borbély, 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. 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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(Plenary - open session – press access)

Chair: Dr. Otniel Ioan Bunaciu, Professor at the University of Bucharest, 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-administered Kashmir

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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(Plenary - Open session, press access)

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 Margelletti, Chairman, Centro Studi Internazionali, Italy

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

Mr Burçin Gönenli, Deputy Director General for NATO, Euro-Atlantic Security and Defence Issues, 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. 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

14:00 - 15:30 | 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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(Open session, press access)

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

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

Mr. Olivier Conrozier, Vice President Europe Thales, France

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

15:10 – 15:30 Open discussion

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

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

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(Open session, press access)

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

Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Director of the European Union Satellite Centre, former Assistant Secretary General NATO for Emerging Security Challenges, former President of the Scientific Board of the New Strategy Center

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

Mr. Florin Pană, Senior Analyst, National Cyberint Center, Romanian Intelligence Service

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

14:50 – 15:15 Open discussion

15:15 – 15:30 |

Coffee break

15:30 – 17:45 | Paris Hall - Hotel Del Mar, floor 1

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

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(Chatham House rules, no press access)

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-Virgil Maximescu, Public and Regulatory Affairs Director, OMV Petrom, Romania

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

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

17:00 – 17:45 Open discussion

15:30 – 17:45 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Panel VIb. The Weaponization of Information. Fake News and Hybrid Warfare.

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(Chatham House rules, no press access)

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

Mrs. Alina Bârgăoanu, 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

Mr. Damien Arnaud, Head of Media Operations, Press Office, NATO

17:00 – 17:45 Open discussion

17:45 - 18:00 |

Coffee break

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

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

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(Plenary - open session, press access)

Chair: Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Director of the European Union Satellite Centre, former Assistant Secretary General NATO for Emerging Security Challenges, former President of the Scientific Board of the New Strategy Center

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

General Enzo Vecciarelli, Chief of Defense Staff, Italy

Mr. James Townsend, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security (CNAS), former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, USA

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

19:00 – 19:30 Open discussions

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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(Plenary - Open session, press access)

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

Mr. Yegor 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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(Plenary - Open session – press access)

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

Mr. Decebal Făgădău, Mayor of Constanța, Romania

Mrs. Ioana Gheorghiade, Director Corporate Underwriting, Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR), Romania

Mr. Marcel Foca, member of the Scientific Council of the New Strategy Center, 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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(Chatham House rules, no press access)

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

Mr. 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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(Chatham House rules, no press access)

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

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

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

16:00 – 16:30 Open discussion

14:45 – 16:30 | 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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(Open session – press access)

Chair: Capitan (N) Octavian Tărăbuță, Rector, Mircea Cel Bătrân Naval Academy, Romania

Captain (N) Auraş-Liviu Coman, Deputy Commander Maritime Operational Component, Romania

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

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

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

Mrs. Jelena Milić, 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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(Chatham House rules, no press access)

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

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

17:30 – 18:15 Open discussion

18:15 – 18:30 | Del Mar Ballroom - Hotel Del Mar, ground floor

Closing remarks

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

Note – Simultaneous translation into English and Romanian is available.