As of today, April 18, 2013, has started the 8th GLOBSEC international conference at the venue of Hotel Kempinski in Bratislava, Slovakia. GLOBSEC today, as one of five most relevant forums on foreign policy and security issues in Central Europe and worldwide, drives the attention of dedicated public towards Slovakia.
Organized by the Slovak Atlantic Commission, GLOBSEC establishes a platform to create a policy debate and exports it to the world. More than 800 speakers in 8 main panels, 4 night owl sessions, 17 break-out dinner sessions will be debating foreign policy, security and economics for a total of 1995 minutes. The organisers have arranged dozens of parallel meetings and more than 50 bilateral and multilateral political and expert meetings.
This year, GLOBSEC is organized under the Polish Visegrad Presidency. The Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Radosław Sikorski has taken the lead and decided to give a co-patronage to this prime foreign policy event in Central Europe in a tandem with the Slovak Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mr. Miroslav Lajčák.
GLOBSEC aspires also to celebrate the values we want to achieve and those who significantly contributed to these values. Thus, for the second time, GLOBSEC will feature the Gala Dinner– an evening dedicated to those who have given their all to strengthen democracy and stability in this region. To those we will present the Czech and Slovak Transatlantic Awards, a joint initiative with the Czech Jagello 2000. The Gala Dinner will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Slovak and the Czech Republic.
Another ambition of GLOBSEC is to involve emerging young policy leaders from across the world into the GLOBSEC forum. We believe that world needs a young generation to challenge traditional policy thinking and shaping and thus maintain a dynamic dialogue and solutions . Therefore GLOBSEC 2013 is pleased to shelter also a Young Leaders Forum with its own program.
Founded eight years ago, the GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum has become a unique foreign policy and security platform – giving a Central European twist to the strategic debate on transatlantic foreign policy, economy and security. With the participation of over 500 key stakeholders from more than 40 countries, GLOBSEC has acquired a stable position among the elite club of major conferences in Europe and North America and is often compared with prestigious forums held in Brussels or Munich.
GLOBSEC 2013 Focus and Guests – The upcoming Forum will focus on issues central to transatlantic and regional cooperation. In 2013, speakers will discuss European economic prospects and the future of global economic governance. Panellists will also engage in debates over the character of Central European defence cooperation and Central Europe’s energy concerns. Other burning issues to be tackled at GLOBSEC 2013 include NATO’s post-ISAF role, new threats to cyber security, China’s role in the global financial crisis and challenges on Europe’s South-East doorstep.
GLOBSEC 2013 will again assemble a wide array of political and diplomatic elites, key security and foreign policy stakeholders from both sides of the Atlantic, the most influential experts from leading European, American and Middle Eastern think-tanks, academia, and business leaders – all under the watchful eye of international media. GLOBSEC 2013 will man its panels with ministers in charge of defence, foreign affairs and economic agendas from Washington D.C to Beijing, key representatives of international organisations as well as independent experts always ready to challenge traditional lines of thought.