Rapid changes in European security environment have prompted NATO to reassert its role as a security provider on the continent. In reaction to Russia´s illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and destabilizing actions in eastern Ukraine, the Alliance has implemented a series of reassuring measures, including an increased, rotational presence of NATO troops in Central Eastern Europe and the Baltic states. At the same time, Sweden and Finland, two military non-aligned countries, are enhancing their cooperation with NATO. Sweden signed a Host Nation Support agreement which enhances Sweden´s capability to host NATO troops on its soil.
What will be the main focus of the Warsaw summit in July? How will NATO evolution and new priorities influence its partnership with countries like Sweden and Finland?
Folk och Försvar, the Swedish Atlantic Council and the Atlantic Council of Finland invites you to a seminar on the Warsaw summit and the future of NATO, organized in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Stockholm.
Moderator Lena Bartholdson, Secretary General, Folk och Försvar
10:00 Welcoming Remarks
Ambassador Wiesław Tarka, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Stockholm.
10:05 Opening Speech
Peter Hultqvist, Minister of Defence
10:20 NATO Facing New Security Challenges – What Should We Expect in Warsaw?
Azita Raji, US Ambassador to Sweden
Tacan Ildem, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO
Marek Ziółkowski, Undersecretary of State, Polish MFA
11:05 Coffee Break
11:25 How Will an Evolving NATO Influence the Security of Sweden and Finland?
Ambassador Håkan Malmqvist, Permanent Representative of Sweden to NATO
Ambassador Mrs. Piritta Asunmaa, Head of Mission of Finland to NATO
Jonas Haggren, Head of Policy and Plans, Swedish Armed Forces
Charly Salonius-Pasternak, Senior Research Fellow at Finnish Institute of International Affairs
12:10 An Evolving NATO – A Polish View
Marcin Kaźmierski, Director of the MOD Department of International Security Policy
12:20 Closing Remarks
Göran Lennmarker, chairman of the Swedish Atlantic Council
12:30 End of Seminar