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.

8. 2. 2019 (9:00)

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

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.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the event.

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



Day 1 08/02/2019

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

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
Moderator: Ondřej Ditrych Director of the Institute of International Relations
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

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
Moderator: Pavel Vacek MFA
13:00 - 14:30


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

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
Moderator: Jiří Schneider Aspen Institute Central Europe
16:00 - 17:00

Glass of wine


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Prague