The Road to Warsaw Security Forum (#Road2WSF) was a series of online webinars which took place on 17-18th November 2020 and was co-organized by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The sessions involved a variety of distinguished guests from across the world and covered a broad range of topics related to NATO, the European Union, transatlantic cooperation and threats to liberal democratic values.
The second day of the Road to Warsaw Security Forum (#Road2WSF) commenced with an introduction from Katarzyna Pisarska (Program Director of the Warsaw Security Forum) providing an overview of the schedule.
| CONVERSATION WITH SPECIAL GUEST: Mircea Geoană |
The first session consisted of a conversation between Mircea Geoană (Deputy Secretary General of NATO) and Kristine Berzina (Senior Fellow of the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States). The session primarily focused on how NATO member states have dealt with the COVID-19 crisis and the future role of the Alliance.
| HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON TRANSATLANTIC SECURITY: Securing NATO’s Significance in the Changing World Order |
The first panel discussion of the day was titled “Securing NATO’s Significance in the Changing World Order”. The panelists were Gen. Rajmund Andrzejczak (Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces), Baiba Braže (Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy at NATO), Lt. Gen. (R) Benjamin “Ben” Hodges (Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at CEPA and Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe 2014-2017) and Tone Skogen (State Secretary, Ministry of Defense of Norway). This discussion was moderated by Michał Baranowski (Director of the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ Warsaw office) and covered a range of topics relating to transatlantic security and contemporary challenges faced by NATO.
This was co-hosted with Kongsberg.
| MINISTERIAL CONVERSATION: From East to West to South – Reflecting on the Security Architecture of Europe |
The following session was “From East to West to South: Reflecting on the Security Architecture of Europe”. This ministerial conversation involved Nicolae Ciucă (Minister of Defense of Romania), Jüri Luik (Minister of Defense of Estonia) and João Titterington Gomes Cravinho (Minister of Defense of Portugal) Moderator: Zbigniew Pisarski (President of the Casimir Pulaski Foundation). The participants of this session provided an insight into the range of approaches and challenges regarding European security.
| CONVERSATION WITH SPECIAL GUEST: Stephen E. Biegun |
The second conversation of the day was between Stephen E. Biegun (Deputy Secretary of State, Department of State, USA) and Daniel Twining (President of the International Republican Institute). This session focused on the future foreign policy of the United States, particularly with regard to the United States’ policy on China, and was co-hosted with the International Republican Institute.
| EXPERT WEBINAR: The Burning Borders: the future of EU relations with Belarus |
“The Burning Borders: the future of EU relations with Belarus” was an expert webinar dedicated to the current democratic crisis in Belarus and whether the European Union has provided adequate support. An introduction was presented by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (Leader of the Belarusian Opposition). Participants for this session were Rasa Juknevičienė (Member of the European Parliament and Minister of National Defense of Lithuania 2008-2012), Katsiaryna Shmatsina (Associated Analyst, Office of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya) and Sławomir Sierakowski (Journalist at Krytyka Polityczna). The moderator was Roland Freudenstein (Policy Director at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies).
This session was co-hosted with the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies.
| EXPERT DISCUSSION: Russian Risk Calculus in the Late Putin Era |
The second panel discussion of the day was titled “Russian Risk Calculus in the Late Putin Era” which analyzed Russia’s economic and foreign policy in recent years. The panelists were Sergei Guriev (Professor of Economics at Sciences Po Paris), Zhanna Nemtsova (Co-Founder of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom) and Celeste Wallander (President and CEO of the U.S.-Russia Foundation). This discussion was held by Dr. Graeme P. Herd (Professor of Transnational Security Studies and Chair of Research and Policy Analysis at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies) in partnership with the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.
| TRANSATLANTIC CONVERSATION: The United States Foreign Policy beyond 2020 – Change or Continuity? |
The final panel discussion of the Road to Warsaw Security Forum was “The United States Foreign Policy beyond 2020 – Change or Continuity?” Michael Carpenter (Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement), Marcy Kaptur (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Co-Chair of the Poland Caucus, Ukraine Caucus, and Hungary Caucus) and David Petraeus (Director of the Central Intelligence Agency 2011-2012 and Commander of the International Security Assistance Force 2010-2011) took part in this discussion which was moderated by Ali Aslan (International TV Presenter and Journalist). Key topics of this session included relations between the U.S.-Europe relations and what to expect from a Biden administration.
| CLOSING REMARKS |
The closing remarks were made by Paweł Soloch (State Secretary, Head of the National Security Bureau of Poland).
The Casimir Pulaski Foundation and the German Marshall Fund for the United States would like to say a huge thanks to all participants and everyone who took part in the event. We look forward to welcoming you all again soon!