SAVE THE DATE: Czernin Security Forum 2020

Save the date for the annual Czernin Security Forum, this year on Invisible Threats to Global and European Security: Actors, Targets and Responses. It is a unique event that will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in Prague on 23 October 2020. 


Datum: 23.10.2020
Čas: 09:00
Místo: Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Loretánské nám. 5, Prague 1
Spolupráce: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Organizuje: Institute of International Relations

A variety of security challenges occupy the gray zone between war and peace. Many of them are borderless, hardly intelligible and barely visible using traditional frames of reference. These threats and challenges range from now already more familiar ones such as terrorism, political propaganda and insecurity over natural resources to more recent issues like adverse security impacts of climate change and social vulnerability to pandemics as shown by the advent of a silent threat of COVID-19. The power of national governments will rarely suffice to deal with these threats and to deliver public security without solving a collective action problem. Thus, a proper understanding of the causes and consequences of these threats is necessary to foster better policy responses and international cooperation. Many issues need to be addressed in order to achieve that. What capacity do the state actors have to counter nonstate malicious actors or adverse global phenomena, and what kind of new partnerships and support networks can they benefit from? How to effectively deploy the state power to deter, contain and brace against borderless security threats? How do law enforcement agencies deal with threats below the conventional level, and how can their responses be improved? Are international institutions, providing fundamental support not only to smaller states such as the Czech Republic, prepared to deal with invisible threats and black swan (but also grey rhino) events, and how can their capacities to do so be enhanced? All these questions will foster the discussions of the Czernin Security Forum 2020.

Preliminary Programme - subject to change.

23 FRIDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2020

8:30-9:00 Registrations

9:00-9:30 Keynote Speech / Opening remarks

  • Rafal Rohozinski - Canadian expert and practitioner active in the fields of information security, cyber warfare, and the globalization of armed violence

9:30-10:45 Success and Failure in Detecting Invisible Threats.

Chair: Ondřej Ditrych

  • Cameran Ashraf - a professor at CEU, School of Public Policy, Expertise: human rights, technology, and cyberconflict.
  • Tinatin Khidasheli - a former minister of defence of Georgia, jurist and former civil society activist.
  • Sarah Bressan - a researcher at Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin
  • Žiga Turk - twice a minister in the Government of Slovenia and Secretary General of the Felipe Gonzalez's Reflection Group on the Future of Europe.

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:15 Whose security? Divisions in Europe on Threats and Security Responses.

Chair: Matúš Halás

  • Daniel Hegedüs - GMF Central European Fellow
  • Susi Dennison - ECFR, Research Fellow
  • Valery Perry - Senior Associate at the Democratization Policy Council (DPC).
  • Vesna Pusić - Former minister of Foreign and European Affairs

12:15 – 13:15 Luncheon

13:15-14:00 Expert workshop: Trust in National and International Institutions.

What framework do we need to reduce future uncertainties? Presentation of the IIR Policy Paper.

  • Cameran Ashraf
  • Valery Perry

14:00-15:15 The Post-Pandemic World Order and Security Dilemmas: Freedom vs Security

Chair: Emil Aslan

15:15-15:30 Coffee Break 

15:30-16:45 Next Borderless Malicious Strategies. Are we ready?

Chair: Asya Metodieva

  • Nicolas Stockhammer - researcher on security and terrorism, University of Vienna
  • Ambassador Christian Dussey - Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy
  • Gabriella Cseh - Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy
  • Jessica White - Research Fellow in RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict group

16:45-17:00 Closing Remarks 

17:00- Social event/Glass of wine