Experts discuss NATO and global security

  • 08 Nov. 2012 - 10 Nov. 2012
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  • Last updated: 29 Nov. 2012 14:37

More than 30 national, regional and international experts and specialists gathered at an international conference on ''NATO and the Global Structure of Security: the future of Partnerships'' held in Bucharest from 8-10 November.

The event brought together government officials, academics and opinion leaders as well as representatives from non-governmental organisations and the media. NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow addressed delegates emphasising, “NATO in 2020 has to be globally aware, prepared and connected.”

The conference aimed to raise awareness on Alliance policies and open debates on current issues.  Participants discussed a variety of topics including the impact of the Strategic Concept on security and defence, the future of NATO’s partnerships and the new challenges on the Euro-Atlantic space and to stress Romania’s role in the region as a factor of stability.

This open forum was an important opportunity for Master and PhD students in the field of security studies to learn more about the structure of security in a global context. They also had the opportunity to pose questions to Ambassador Vershbow.

The conference addressed NATO’s role at the centre of a complex global security structure based on the Alliance’s proactiveness and as an important hub of critical partnerships, including in the East, in the wider Black Sea area, in Central Asia or in the Mediterranean and North Africa regions. An exchange of views was held on the future of these partnerships, their specific role and their contribution to the current security agenda with particular challenges at the regional level, such as the post-Afghanistan roadmap, which represents an important issue and a subject for further discussion.

Delegates also discussed a wide range of topics, including Romania’s role as a trusted member of the Alliance and the new security challenges defined at the Chicago Summit. They also talked about NATO enlargement, partnerships for peace and regional security issues.

NATO’s partnership framework represents one of the most powerful strategic tools for promoting the understanding of the Alliance’s role as well as the common values and responsibilities which bind the members of the Organization together. Participants emphasised the importance of investing in strong partnerships with countries and organizations around the globe, especially in times of geopolitical uncertainty.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Mr Titus Corlatean emphasised, “NATO partnerships contribute to the development of a security culture in the Euro-Atlantic area, consolidating the necessary cooperation in response to critical challenges to security”.