Conference NATO@70: The Role of the Transatlantic Community in the Past, Present, and Future

Save the date for 8th February for the conference "NATO@70: The Role of the Transatlantic Community in the Past, Present, and Future". Invitation and programme for the conference will be available soon. The organizing team from the Institute of International Relations Prague, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung - Representation in the Czech Republic is looking forward to welcoming everyone at the Czernin Palace.


Date: 08.02.2019
Time: 09:00
Venue: Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Loretánské nám. 5, Prague 1
In cooperation: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Prague
Organized by: Matúš Halás

In 2019, the Czech Republic celebrates 20 years since its entry into NATO, which was itself established 70 years ago in 1949. An important part of a series of events celebrating these anniversaries here in the Czech Republic will be the conference “NATO@70: The Role of the Transatlantic Community in the Past, Present, and Future”. It will be held at the Czernin Palace of the MFA on 8 February. Speakers from across the Transatlantic area will discuss not only the history of NATO, but also current challenges and threats as well as possible future development of the Alliance.

Preliminary programme

  • 9:30 - 9:40    Opening notes
    Martin Povejšil - 
    Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Security and Multilateral Issues
    Anne Seyfferth - 
    Head of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Prague
  • 9:40 - 11:00  Plenary session 1
    NATO in the Past: Washington Treaty between 1949 and 1999
    Topics: Art. 5, Franco-American relations, Harmel report, enlargement 1999/Czech entry

Moderator: Ondřej Ditrych - director of the Institute of International Relations


Alexandr Vondra (Czech Minister of Defence 2006-9)
Gen. (ret.) Jiří Šedivý (Czech CHOD 1998-2002)
Marc Michielsen (Security Policy Director, MFA, Brussels)
Beatrice Heuser (University of Glasgow)
Michael Creswell (Florida State University)

  • 11:00 - 11:15  Coffee Break

  • 11:15 - 13:00 Plenary session 2
    NATO Today : What to Focus on? Current Challenges and Threats
    Topics: Russia, hybrid, terrorism, readiness, mobility, expenditures, resilience

Moderator: Pavel Vacek (MFA)


Michael Rühle (Head of Energy Security Section, NATO HQ)
Lucyna Golc-Kozak (Deputy Director for Security Policy, MFA, Warsaw)
Tjorven Bellmann (Head of NATO Security and Defence Division, MFA, Berlin)
Thierry Tardy (NDC, Rome)
Jan Jireš (Head of Defence Counsellors at the CZ Permanent Delegation to NATO)

  • 13:00 - 14:30 Luncheon

  • 14:30 - 16:00 Plenary session 3
    NATO in the Future: What kind of the Alliance at Its Centenary in 2049
    Topics: enlargement, Transatlantic link, European defence, China, future forces: women

Moderator: Jiří Schneider (Aspen Institute Central Europe)


Corinna Hörst (GMF, Brussels)
Sven Biscop (Egmont Institute)
COL John Andreas Olsen (Defence Attaché of Norway to the UK and Ireland)
COL Magdalena Dvořáková (Speaker of the Czech Army General Staff)

  • 16:00 - 17:00 Glass of wine

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the event. 

The registrations are closed due to limited capacity. Thank you for understanding.