Roundtables & Executive Dialogues

by special invitation only

In partnership with Leonardo.

  • Nicola Toniazzi – Head of Product Sales Support – Airborne Sensors & Mission Systems LoB, Electronics Division
  • Kamil Mazurek – Marketing Analysis and Research Manager, Leonardo
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and IMINT
  • Preprocessing and Exploitation
  • Data and Information Dissemination
  • Hyper-specialization and Business Model
  • Moderator: ​Chelsea Michta – PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge, Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellow, CEPA, United States
  • Mateusz Berger – Director of Treasury Department, Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland  
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Benjamin Hodges Pershing Chair, CEPA Partner; Commanding General US Army Europe (2014 – 2017), USA
  • Jacek Bartosiak Director of Wargaming and Simulations Program, Casimir Pulaski Foundation, former CEO of Solidarity Transport Hub  – CPK (2018-2019)
  • Mikołaj WildSecretary of State, Government Plenipotentiary for the Central Communication Port for the Republic of Poland, Ministry of Infrastructure, Poland
  • Presenting the rationale behind STH and how Poland and the region will benefit from it. Why is the investment needed from a geopolitical point of view?
  • How will STH influence military preparedness  of NATO’s Eastern Flank? Why and how will it strengthen military ties with the US?
  • Do political and economic conditions in the region favour the project? 
  • Moderator: Adam ReichardtEditor-in-Chief, New Eastern Europe
  • Beata Surmacz, PhDAssociate Professor, Maria Skłodowska Curie University in Lublin, Poland
  • Zbyněk Pavlačík Director and Co-founder, Jagello 2000, Czech Republic
  • Jaroslav Kurfürst Special Envoy for the Eastern Partnership, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
  • Peter DobrowieckiAuthor, Head of the EU-V4 Office, Antall József Knowledge Centre, Hungary
  • Peter StepperAuthor, International Relations Manager at Security Policy Office, Antall József Knowledge Centre, Hungary
  • Borys Tarasyuk – Ambassador, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (1998-2000, 2005-2007), Member of the Ukrainian Parliament (2002-2019), Ukraine
  • Danylo Lubkivsky Member of the Board of Management, Open Ukraine Foundation, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine (2014-2016), Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine (2014), Ukraine
  • This roundtable will focus on priorities for EaP 2.0 in the realms of security, energy security, democratic transition, foreign policy, and European integration. 
  • The aim of this roundtable is to provide experts from the Visegrad Four  countries with an opportunity to discuss how can they meaningfully participate in the Eastern Partnership initiative. 
  • How can they constructively share their experience from the 1990s transformation so that those lessons can prove useful for countries forming the Eastern Partnership? 

In partnership with the National Endowment of Democracy and the Beacon Project of the International Republican Institute.

  • This roundtable will focus on strengthening dialogue and cooperation among key stakeholders, and safeguarding democratic accountability.
  • It  will map short and long-term measures for addressing malign narratives and disinformation campaigns.
  • The discussion will also try to bring forward appropriate, ethical and complementary responses of key stakeholders, including on the transnational level, state institutions, civil society and industry.

 In partnership with German Embassy in Warsaw.

  • Major (pharmacist) Ina Brandt – Bundeswehr
  • Brigadier General (MD) Dr. Almut Nolte – Bundeswehr
  • Lt. Cdr. Caroline LaabsMarine, Bundeswehr
  • Major Vivien Rummler – Bundeswehr
  • Major Steven Krolicki – Ministry of Defence, Belgium
  • Navy Commander s.g. Pascale Van Leeuwen – Commander, Mine Counter Measures Operational Sea Training (MOST) Center in Zeebrugge
  • Lt Col Rupert Burridge – Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom
  • The roundtable will host participants from the Armed Forces and MOD structures from the following countries: Belgium, Germany, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States.
  • The discussion will broadly focusing on the experience of the participants, challenges, and opportunities of foreign missions.

 In partnership with Lockheed Martin.

  • Keith Tucker: Director of Strategic Studies, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

 In partnership with Carnegie Europe.

  • Tomas ValasekDirector, Carnegie Europe, Slovakia
  • Maciej PisarskiDirector-General of the Department of Foreign Policy Strategy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland 
  • Dr. Robert BaricAssistant Professor, Faculty of Political Sciences, Zagreb University, Assistant Adviser for Defense Affairs to the President  (2000-2010)
  • On many of the defining debates in Europe today, Central and Western member states find themselves on opposing sides.
  • Root causes range from a sense of unfamiliarity with each other; to the failure to design political alliances across the divide; to stereotyping media analysis. These problems all have specific solutions – even if some are generational in nature.
  • Which set of actionable policy recommendations can help overcome a rift that, if left unaddressed, risks splitting the EU into two classes of membership?
  • Amir Grgies The Head of the European Desk, Kurdistan Democratic Party’s Foreign Relations Office
  • Hoshyar Siwaily- Head of  Kurdistan Democratic Party’s Foreign Relations Office
  • Muayad Mouhammed Salih – Undersecretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iraq
  • Mosharaf ZaidiJournalist, The News International
  • Witold RepetowiczJournalist 
  • The aim of this roundtable is to provide regional experts with an opportunity to discuss how did the jihadist radicalisation threat change following ISIS territorial collapse in Iraq and Syria. 
  • How do the current de-radicalisation efforts look like? How is justice brought to the victims and their oppressors? Is the group returning to their pre-caliphate 2000s tactics? 
  • Debating these questions and more will allow to understand the current situation that this terrorist group faces and try to evaluate if we will see more attacks in Europe that would be either directed or inspired by ISIS. 


Roundtables & Executive Dialogues

by special invitation only

In partnership with the National Endowment of Democracy and the Beacon Project of the International Republican Institute.

  • Brady Hills – Senior Programme Officer, International Republican Institute (Beacon Project), USA
  • Jonas SyrovatkaProject Manager; Prague Security Studies Institute (Czech Elections in the Era of Disinformation), Czech Republic
  • Rasto KuzelExecutive Director, Memo98, Slovakia
  • The purpose of this workshop is to bring together academics, think-tank analysts, journalists and other experts to gain insights and share best practices in the sphere of media-monitoring. 
  • It is an opportunity to discuss various forms and uses of media-monitoring, whether in the context of every-day monitoring of malign narratives and disinformation campaigns, or to ensure election integrity. 
  • Participants will gain deeper understanding of media-monitoring, different methodological principles and tools, as well as the production of visuals and reports. 

 In partnership with the American Jewish Committee.

  • David Harris – Chief Executive Officer, American Jewish Committee, USA
  • While the United States increasingly embraces neo-isolationism while reorienting its foreign policy to regions outside of Europe, how sustainable is the traditional pillar of US foreign policy towards Central Europe? 
  • While the European Union attempts to create a distinctly European foreign and defense policy, will Central European countries prioritize Brussels or Washington? Will this choice even be necessary?

In partnership with Leonardo.

  • Tony DuthieHead of Land and Maritime Marketing, Leonardo Helicopters
  • Kamil Mazurek – Marketing Analysis and Research Manager, Leonardo
  • The Future Operating Environment and implications for battlefield helicopters
  • Latest generation utility, armed scout and attack helicopter capabilities
  • Contribution of rotary wing unmanned air systems to land operations
  • Training and support initiatives
  • Scott Coltson – Director, Defense Clandestine Service, Directorate for Operations, Defense Intelligence Agency, USA
  • Michael Carpenter – Senior Director, Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, USA
  • Jamie Shea – Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO, Belgium
  • Alina Polyakova Director, Project on Global Democracy and Emerging Technology; Fellow – Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution, USA
  • This roundtable will discuss China in the context of strategic competition with the US – its interests, goals, and policy towards neighbours. Scott Coltson joined by other distinguished speakers will sketch out the current challenge that China poses, motivations behind it and future scenarios – and whether it will culminate in a hegemonic conflict, strategic deadlock, or trade war detrimental for both. 

In partnership with Aspen Institute Central Europe.

  • Jiří SchneiderDirector Aspen Institute Central Europe

  • Tomáš Pojar – Vice-President of Aspen Institute Central Europe

  • Gen. (Rt.) Petr Pavel – Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (2015-2018)

  • Róbert Ondrejcsák – Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, Slovak Republic

  • The purpose of the discussion is to bring concrete examples how investment in R&D or defence high-tech procurement produces spin-offs and opportunities in training and education of local workforce.

  • It will also look at what lessons could Central Europeans learn from other Allies or non-NATO members (e.g. Finland, Israel)?

 In partnership with Brookings Institute.

  • Scholars at The Brookings Institution, Norm Eisen, Alina Polyakova, and Torrey Taussig, and Susan Corke from the German Marshall Fund/TDWG, have been creating the “Democracy Playbook.” 
  • This will be a preview session of the final draft with experts and practitioners from both sides of the Atlantic. The playbook distills strategic principles for how domestic and international actors can defend and rebuild our democratic institutions, revitalize trust in democracy, and come together in common cause.