Over the last few years, Europe has seen a number of new emerging threats. These include disinformation and influence operations with the aim to disrupt the unity and ability to take action of NATO member countries, to destabilize democratic societies, to bring chaos, and to undermine confidence in institutions. The main player in this area is Russia that militarily supports the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Russia also targets its subversive disinformation activities against alliance member states.
How will NATO protect its eastern wing? When will European countries, including the Czech Republic, meet their commitments – 2% of GDP allocated for military expenditures? What relation should NATO have with upcoming PESCO? Are cyber threats a part of the defense and military or are they included in internal security portfolio? Can NATO be active in combating illegal migration or is migration just security and humanitarian (not defense and military) topic?
Speakers will include:
Jan Lipavský, Vice-chairman of the Committe on Defence, Member of the Permanent Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech Republic
Josef Bělica, Member of the Committee on Defence and the Committee on Security, Member of the Permanent Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech Republic
Kostiantyn Brozhko, Defence and Miliary Attaché, Embassy of Ukraine in the Czech Republic
Lt. Col. Ivo Zelinka, Executive Officer of Deputy Chief of General Staff, Czech Armed Forces, passed US Army Ranger School and Command and Staff College
Petr Pojman, Security Analyst, Team 4 Ukraine
The discussion will be moderated by Roman Máca of the Institute for Politics and Society.
The program will be in Czech.