Czernin Security Forum: Taking a Global Look at Security and Arms Control

We cordially invite you to the annual Czernin Security Forum - a unique event which will be held in the Czernin Palace in Prague on 20-21 November 2019.

20. 11. 2019 (8:00)

Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Loretánské nám. 5, Prague 1

The objective of the event is to bring together some fo the top-level security experts and let them analyse and discuss the ongoing shifts in the field of security matters. This year the event will focus on the topic of arms control. Our speakers will seek to analyse the existing regime as well as possible consequences of its gradual disappearance.

The draft programme is outlined below.

The event is open to public but the capacity is limited, therefore should you be interested to attend, you need to register via the registration form available at the bottom or by email at by 17th November 2019 at the latest.


Day 1 20/11/2019

8:30 - 9:00


9:00 - 10:00 Mirror Hall

Keynote Speech

Martin Povejšil Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, CZ
Anne Seyfferth Head of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung office in Prague
Moderator: Ronald J. Bartek Principal Negotiator of the INF Treaty Elimination Protocol, US
10:00 - 12:00 Mirror Hall

The European dilemma: Between an unravelling past and an uncertain future

The existing arms control regime—the heritage of the Cold War—is gradually falling apart. How should we respond to that? Moreover, is arms control a moral goal, or just a way states try to improve their own security?

Nina Tannenwald Brown University, US
Bruno Lété German Marshall Fund of the United States in Brussels, BE
Andrey Zagorsky Director of the Department of Disarmament at the IMEMO, RU
Moderator: Ondřej Ditrych Director of the Institute of International Relations, CZ
12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 15:00 Mirror Hall

Theory meets reality: Dynamics of power politics and mutual (in-)security

What conditions make arms control possible? And what roles do deterrence, the mutual balance of threat and perceived insecurity play in that? To answer all those questions, the panel looked at arms control in light of changing security dynamics.

Tariq Rauf Former Head of Verification and Security Policy, IAEA, AT
Kristin Ven Bruusgaard University of Oslo, NO
Hans-Peter Hinrichsen Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Czech Republic
Moderator: Matúš Halás Head of the Centre for European Security at the IIR, CZ
15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00 Mirror Hall

Response to failure: New arms race or new arms control?

Is an arms race a natural result of a collapse of arms control? And if there is an alternative, then how it can look like at the global level? Our panellists also shared their views on viability, desirability and feasibility of new arms control initiatives.

Michal Onderčo Erasmus University Rotterdam
Jiří Šedivý Special Representative for Resilience and New Threats, MFA, CZ
Amy J. Nelson Research Fellow, National Defense University, US
Moderator: Jakub Eberle Institute of International Relations, CZ
17:30 - 19:00

Social Event

Day 2 21/11/2019

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic, NATO's Public Diplomacy, Friedrich Eber Stiftung