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International Conference “Nato at 75”, 15/16 April 2024 – Programme

An International Conference co-sponsored by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division to celebrate NATO’s 75th Anniversary
Rome, 15 – 16 April 2024

15.00 – 16.00 Participants registration
(entrance in the conference room until 16.00)

15.00 Welcome Coffee

16.30 Opening Remarks
Riccardo Sessa, Ambassador, President Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI)

16.40-16.55 Special Opening Address
H.E. Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic

17.00-17.40 First Panel: “Ensuring Continued Support to Ukraine Against Russian Aggression”
– Oleksandra Matviichuk, Nobel Peace Prize 2022, Head of the Center for Civil Liberties, Ukraine (remotely)

(short break)

-Alessandro Minuto Rizzo, Ambassador, President NATO Defense College Foundation, former NATO Deputy Secretary General
– Rastislav Káčer, Vice President GLOBSEC, former Foreign Minister of Slovakia
– Moderator: Flavia Giacobbe, Editor Formiche Magazine and Airpress

17.40-18.00 Q&A

18.00-18.40 Second Panel: “The Future of Russia”
– Martin Sklenar, former Minister of Defense of Slovakia
– Gabriele Checchia, Ambassador, Chairman of the Strategic Committee of the Italian Atlantic Committee, former Italian Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council
– Fredrik Löjdquist, Director, Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies (SCEEUS)
– Moderator: Maurizio Molinari, Editor daily “La Repubblica”

18.40-18.50 Q&A

19.30 End of the working day

09.00-09.30 Special Address
Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, Admiral, Italian Chief of Defense and designated Chair of NATO Military Committee

09.30-10.00 First Panel: “Deterrence and Defense in a Contested and Unpredictable Security Environment”

– Nicola de Santis, Head of the Engagements Section, NATO Public Diplomacy Division

– Thanos Dokos, National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of Greece

– Thomas Kauffmann, Vice President International Business & Services, General Dynamics European Land Systems

– Moderator: Vincenzo Camporini, General, former Chief of Defense of Italy

10.00-10.30 Q&A

10.30-10.45 Special Address
Irene Fellin, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women Peace and Security

10.45-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-11.45 Second Panel: “Defending Democracy, Individual Liberty and the Rule of Law”

– Michal Szczerba, President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

– Stefania Craxi, President, Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Italian Senate

– Lorenzo Cesa, Head of the Italian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

– Moderator: Liliana Faccioli Pintozzi, Head of International News, Sky TG24

11.45-12.15 Q&A

12.15-12.45 Third Panel: “NATO in an Era of Systemic Challenges and Strategic Competition”

– Michael Cox, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics (LSE)

– Elisabeth Braw, Senior Fellow at the US Atlantic Council and Author of “Good bye Globalisation”

– Luis Simón, Director, Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy, BSoG-VUB, Brussels

– Moderator: Maria Assunta Accili, Ambassador, Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI), Board Member

12.45-13.15 Q&A

15.00-15.30 Fourth Panel: “Security and Stability in the Western Balkans and in the Black Sea”

– Yordan Bozhilov, President of the Sofia Security Forum

– Tacan Ildem, Ambassador, Chairman of EDAM, Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies Istanbul

– Nikola Lunić, Executive Director of the Council for Strategic Policy, Belgrade

– Moderator: Laura Mirakian, Ambassador, NATO Defense College Foundation, Board of Directors

15.30-16.15 Q&A

16.15 Coffee Break

16.50 NATO Deputy Secretary General and Ambassadors Permanent Representatives to the North Atlantic Council join the Conference

16.50 -17.20 Fifth Panel: “Security in the Southern Neighborhood: The Mediterranean Region”

– Alessio Nardi, Italian Member of the NATO Secretary General’s Special Group on the Southern Neighborhood

– Mohamed Orfy, Professor, Cairo University, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the League of Arab States

– Ronny Leshno Yaar, Professor, Ben-Gurion University of the Neghev, Israel

– Moderator: Maurizio Melani, Ambassador, Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI), Board Member

17.20 – 17.40 Q&A

17.40-18.00 Sixth Panel: “Security in the Southern Neighborhood: The Gulf Region”

– Sheikh Thamer Ali Al-Sabah, former Minister of the Interior of the State of Kuwait

– Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Secretary General of the Supreme Defense Council, Kingdom of Bahrain

– Moderator: Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli, Middle East Journalist and Author

18.00-18.20 Q&A

18.20 – 18.45 Closing Session: “Shaping a New Transatlantic Security Architecture”

Chair: Riccardo Sessa, Ambassador, President of SIOI

Mircea Geoana, Deputy Secretary General of NATO

Guido Crosetto, Minister of Defense of Italy

19.00 Historical Parade of Mounted Carabinieri Corps

with IT-EN simultaneous translation