Event programme 2022

Friday 2 September

08.00 – 09.30 – Registration

09.30 – 09.45: Official opening 
(Plenary – open session – press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –” Bucharest” Venue]

09.30 – 09.45 Welcome remarks: Mr. Ionel Nițu, President, New Strategy Center; Mr. Răzvan Teodorescu, President Acting Rector of the University of Agronomic and Veterinary Sciences

09.45 – 10.30 Panel I. The War in Ukraine and the Security Challenges in the Black Sea Region and the Balkans
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –” Bucharest” Venue]

Chair: Ambassador Sorin DUCARU, Honorary Chairman of the Scientific Council, New Strategy Center; Director, European Union Satellite Centre, Romania

Key-speaker: Mr. Nicolae CIUCĂ, Prime-Minister, Romania (confirmed)

10.30 – 10.50 Coffee Break

10.50 – 12.10 Panel IIa. Education and the Challenges of War and Pandemic. Resilience through Education in the Era of Hybrid Threats
(Plenary – open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –”Bucharest” Venue]

Chair: Mrs. Alina BÂRGĂOANU, Professor, Senior Associate Expert, New Strategy Center; Dean, Faculty of Communication and Public Relations, National School of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA), Romania

  • Mrs. Ligia DECA, Presidential Advisor for Education, Romania (confirmed)
  • H.E. Sorin CÎMPEANU, Minister of Education, Romania (confirmed)
  • Cristina IVAN, Director, National Institute for Intelligence Studies, “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy, Romania (confirmed)
  • Mr. Ovidiu RAEȚCHI, President of the Euro-Atlantic Centre for Resilience, Romania (confirmed)

11.50 – 12.10 Open Discussions

10.50 – 12.10 Panel IIb. From the Prague NATO Summit to the Madrid NATO Summit. NATO after 20 Years – New Challenges and New Opportunities
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –“Black Sea” Venue]

Chair: Mr. Leonard ORBAN, member of the Scientific Council, New Strategy Center, former presidential advisor for european affairs, Romania

  • H.E. Mr. Jeppe KOFOD, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Denmark (tbc)
  • H.E. Mrs. Tanja FAJON, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia (tbc)
  • H.E. Mr. Bogdan AURESCU, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Romania (confirmed)
  • Mr. Charles POWELL, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute, Spain (confirmed)
  • Mr. Bruno TERTRAIS, Deputy Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique, France (confirmed)
    11.50 – 12.10 Open Discussions

12.10-12.30 Break

12.30 – 13.45 Panel IIIa. Why the Wider Black Sea Region Matters in the Energy Sector?  Challenges and Opportunities for Cooperative Action
(Plenary – open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –“Bucharest” Venue]

Chair:  Mr. Marilen PIRTEA, Rector of the West University of Timișoara, Romania

12.30 – 13.45 Panel IIIb. New Generation Warfare, New Technologies. Unmanned Systems in the Black Sea Region – Deterrence & Defence Perspective
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –”Danube” Venue]

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

12.30 – 13.45 Panel IIIc. The War in Ukraine, Climate Change, Food Security and the Impact in the Black Sea Region and the Balkans
(Plenary – open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –“Black Sea” Venue]

Chair: Mrs. Gina FÎNTÎNERU, Vice Rector, University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Romania

14.00-15.30 Lunch

15.30 – 16.45 Panel IV. The War in Ukraine. Lessons Learned for NATO Comprehensive Deterrence and Defence Posture in the Black Sea Region and the Balkans
(Chatham House rule, no press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –”Bucharest” Venue]

Chair: Major General (Ret.) Leonardo Dinu, member of the Scientific Council, New Strategy Center; former Deputy Chief of Military Intelligence Directorate, Romania

16.45 -17.00 Break

17.00 – 18.15 Panel Va. Security and Technology. Regional Opportunities on Semiconductor Supply Chains  
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –”Bucharest” Venue]

Chair: Mr. Ionel NIȚU, President, New Strategy Center, Romania

  • H.E. Mr. Sebastian BURDUJA, Minister of Research, Innovation, and Digitalization, Romania (confirmed)
  • Mr. Sergiu MANEA, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of Management Board, Banca Comercială Română – BCR, Romania (confirmed)
  • Mr. Răzvan BOLOGA, Professor, Computer Science Department, The Bucharest University of Economics Studies, Romania (confirmed)
    17.45 – 18.15 Open Discussions

17.00 – 18.15 Panel Vb. New Trends and Developments in Energy. The Potential of the Black Sea Region:  From Wind to Hydrogen  
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –”Danube” Venue]

Chair: Mr. Bogdan BERNEAGĂ, Senior Associate Expert, New Strategy Center, Romania

  • Mr. István-Loránt ANTAL, Chairman, Committee on Energy, Energy Infrastructure and Mineral Resources, Senate, Romanian Parliament (confirmed)
  • Mr. Bogdan BADEA, President of the Board, Hidroelectrica, Romania (confirmed)
  • Mr. Ion STERIAN, CEO, Transgaz, Romania (confirmed)
    17.45 – 18.15 Open Discussions

18.15 -18.30 Coffee Break

18.30 – 19.50 Panel VI. Deterrence and Defence Policy of the Euro-Atlantic Area. From Frozen Conflicts to the War in Ukraine  
(Plenary – open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –”Bucharest” Venue]

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

  • H.E. Mr. Oleksiy REZNIKOV, Minister of Defence, Ukraine (via VTC) (confirmed)
  • H.E. Mr. Mariusz BLASZCZAK, Minister of Defence, Poland (tbc)
  • H.E. Mr. Vasile DÎNCU, Minister of National Defence, Romania (confirmed)
    19.20 – 19.50 Open Discussions
Saturday 3 September

08.00 – 09.00 – Registration

09.00 –  10.10 Panel VIIa. From Homo Sovieticus to Homo Putinus.  The Impact of the War on Russia and Its Neighbours

(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –”Bucharest” Venue]

Chair: Ambassador (Ret.) Igor MUNTEANU, member of the Scientific Council, New Strategy Center, Romania, former ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the US, Republic of Moldova

  • Mr. Andrey ILLARIONOV, senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington DC, former economic policy advisor to the President Vladimir Putin, Russia (confirmed)
  • Mr. Alexander ISKANDARYAN, Director, Caucasus Institute, Armenia (confirmed)

09.35 – 10:10 Open Discussions

09.00 – 10.10 Panel VIIb. How Will the War in Ukraine Influence the Future European Security Architecture? Post-War Order and Stability in the Wider Black Sea Region
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –”Black Sea” Venue]

Chair: Ms. Antonia COLIBĂȘANU, Senior Associate Expert, New Strategy Center & Analyst, Geopolitical Futures, Romania

  • Mr. Angel TÎLVAR, Senator, Chief of The Romanian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Romania (confirmed)
  • Mr. Bruno TERTRAIS, Deputy Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique, France (confirmed)
  • Mr. Charles POWELL, Director, Elcano Royal Institute, Spain (confirmed)
  • Mr. Yordan BOZHILOV, President, Sofia Security Forum, Bulgaria (confirmed)
    09.40 – 10.10 Open Discussions

10.10 -10.25 Coffee Break

10.25 – 11.45 Panel VIIIa. Strategic Infrastructure in the Context of the New Security Challenges. Deterrence through Military Mobility and Investments in the Naval Domain
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences – ”Bucharest” Venue]

Chair: Brigadier General (Ret.) Hans DAMEN, Member of the International Consultative Board, New Strategy Center, former Head of the Taskforce Logistics / J4 of the Netherlands MOD, Netherlands

10.25 – 11.45 Panel VIIIb. Defence Industry Cooperation in the Context of the War in Ukraine
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences – ”Danube” Venue]

Chair: Colonel (Ret.) Liviu COȘEREANU, member of the Scientific Council of the New Strategy Center

10.25-11.45 Panel VIIIc. The Impact of the War in Ukraine on the Western Balkans
(Plenary – open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –”Black Sea” Venue]

Chair: Ambassador Doru COSTEA, member of the Scientific Council, New Strategy Center, Romania

  • Sir Stuart PEACH, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to the Western Balkans, UK (confirmed)
  • Mr. Srecko LATAL, Regional Editor, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, Bosnia and Herzegovina (confirmed)
  • Vuk VUKSANOVIĆ, Senior Researcher, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), Serbia (confirmed)
  • Mr. Murat ASLAN, Faculty Member of Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University; Researcher in Security Studies Directorate, Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA), Turkey (confirmed)
  • Ambassador (Ret.) Victor JACKOVICH, first US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA (confirmed)
    11.25-11.45 Open Discussions

11.45 – 12.00 Coffee Break

12.00-12.45 Panel IX. How can Putin be Defeated? The Ukraine-West Strategy for Victory in the Russian-Ukranian War
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –”Bucharest” Venue]

  • Ms. Antonia COLIBĂȘANU, Senior Associate Expert, New Strategy Center & Analyst, Geopolitical Futures, Romania, in a dialogue with Mr. Andrey ILLARIONOV, senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington DC, former economic policy advisor to the President Vladimir Putin, Russia

12:30 – 12:45 Open Discussions

12.45 – 13.00 Break

13.00 – 14.15 Panel Xa. Lessons Learned from the War in Ukraine in terms of Strategic Communication. Weaponized Narratives and the Effects of Disinformation
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –”Bucharest” Venue]

Chair: Mr. Radu TUDOR, military analist and journalist, Antena 3, Romania

13.00 – 14.15 Panel Xb. Security Challenges in the Black Sea Area and the Response of the US Defence Industry. Partnerships for a Safer Region
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences –”Danube” Venue]

Chair: Brigadier General (Ret.) Eduard SIMION, Senior Associate Expert, New Strategy Center, Romania

  • Major General Teodor INCICAȘ, Chief of the General Directorate for Armaments, Ministry of National Defence, Romania (confirmed)
  • Mr. Dennis GOEGE, Vice-President Central and Eastern Europe, Lockheed Martin International, USA (confirmed)
  • Mr. Adam HODGES, International Vertical Lift Sales & Marketing, Boeing, USA (confirmed)
  • Mr. Paul STREBEL, Senior Director – International Business Development for Oshkosh Defense, LLC, USA (confirmed)
  • Representative of General Atomics, USA
    ConclusionsDr. Philip PETERSEN, President, New Generation Warfare Centre, USA
    13.45 – 14.15 Open Discussions

14.15 – 15.45 Lunch Break

15.45-17.00 Panel XIa. The Ukranian Miracle! How Did They Hold the Line and  Stop the Invasion?
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences – ”Bucharest” Venue]

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

  • Mr. Mykhailo SAMUS, Director, New Geopolitics Research Network, Ukraine (confirmed)
  • Ms. Oleksandra TSEKHANOVSKA, Head of Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group, Ukraine Crisis Media Center (Ukraine) (confirmed)
  • Mr. Iulian CHIFU,  Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor, Romania (confirmed)
  • Mr. Adam EBERHARDT, Director of the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), Poland (confirmed)
    16.30 – 17.00 Open Discussions

15.45-17.00 Panel XIb. Building a More Resilient Critical Infrastructure. Lessons for the Future
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences – ”Danube” Venue]

Chair: Mr. Marcel FOCA, Senior Expert, New Strategy Center, Romania

17:00 – 17:15 Coffee break

17.15-18.30 Panel XII. Transatlantic Link and the NATO – EU Cooperation
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences – ”Bucharest” Venue]

Chair: Ms. Viktorija STARYCH-SAMUOLIENĖ, Co-Founder and Director of Strategy, Council on Geostrategy, UK

  • Mr. Colin KAHL, Under Secretary of Defence for Policy, Department of Defence, USA (via VTC) (tbc)
  • Mrs. Simona COJOCARU, State Secretary, Ministry of National Defence, Romania (confirmed)
  • Mr. Tacan İLDEM, Chairman, The Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), Turkey (tbc)
  • Mrs. Teodora Genchovska, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Defence, Bulgaria (tbc)
  • Mr. Emmanuel DUPUY, President, Institute for European Perspective and Security, France (confirmed)
  • Mr. Jakub M. GODZIMIRSKI, Research Professor, The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) (confirmed)
    18.00 – 18.30 Open Discussions

18:30 – 18:45 Coffee break

18.45-19.50 Panel XIII. Battlefields of the Future. To Adapt and Innovate in the Context of the New Generation Warfare. A Political-Military Perspective
(Open session, press access)
[University of Agronomic Sciences – ”Bucharest” Venue]

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

19.50 – 20.00 Closing remarks: Mr. George SCUTARU, CEO, New Strategy Center; Mr. Răzvan Teodorescu, Acting Rector of the University of Agronomic Sciences

Note – Simultaneous translation into English and Romanian is available.
*VTC – video teleconferencing