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DAY 1GLOBSEC 2019
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Globsec Young Leaders Forum for year 2019.

DAY 1GLOBSEC 2019
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GLOBSEC 2019 Bratislava Forum – Day 1 Recapitulation

Watch our DAY 1 RECAP in one minute long video.

DAY 1Future of EuropeGLOBSEC 2019
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Day 1 Summary

  • Opening DAY 1
  • 13:45 – 14:15
    GLOBSEC Talk: The EU in a Global Crisis of Leadership

    The world is facing various challenges; inequality, digital revolution, climate change, the rise and influence of private companies, multipolarity, and multidimensional competition.

    “This is the first period when human kind is threating life on its own planet”.

    The crisis we are in today should be dealt with through long-term strategy, where the EU should play a major role.

     

    “The more powerful foreign actor the EU is being, the less effective it is, because it is internally and externally divided.”

    The EU is not an option, rather a necessity. The Russia we have today is the product from what happened in 1989. The China of today is as much of product of 4/6/1982. Britain has lost its empire, but has not found its role yet.

    We need the EU to defend our values, interests and shared way of life; we need it for ourselves in Europe to explain to next generation what the EU is for. Europe needs to discover its new story.

  • 16:45 – 17:45
    GLOBSEC Chat:
    The Spirit of Sibiu

    The Romanian presidency faced several challenges, mainly resulting from Brexit, whether it was the change of the time or issues discussed. However, the Sibiu summit resulted in important conclusions that brought back the fundamental mission of the EU – convergence and prosperity in Europe. The EU should focus not only on its soft power, but also on what it does in its closest and wider neighbourhood. It should promote the Sibiu “spirit of community and spirit of solidarity.”

    “The main message of the Romanian presidency is obvious – to bring back the political cohesion on the top of the agenda, “because cohesion means solidarity, means unity and that we stand together against discrimination”.”

     

     

DAY 1Defence & SecurityGLOBSEC 2019
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Day 1 Summary

  • Opening DAY 1
  • 14:15 – 15:15
    Diplomacy for the Post-Rule World

    The OSCE provides value to its member states by providing tools for cooperation but it can not subsitute for lack of political will. It may seem that the states are trying to move beyond the rules framework of the international order, but in reality states want more rules because they are struggling with this disrupted world. International law applies to cyber space but the problem is that for incidents that do not meet the threshold of active conflict there are very few rules.

     

    “The weakening of those who has been traditionally leading leads to the promotion of organisations are weakened.”- Greminger

    “Business interests have tendency to be much more global than political interests.” – Frank

    “States are facing the whole new world trying to come to the terms, seeking for new rules.” – Grigas

    “There will be different rules for different states, until world will move to better rules.” – Grigas

  • 15:45 – 16:45
    Fuel to the Fire: Weaponising Islam in Europe

    The threat of political Islam is being perpetuated due to the political agenda of certain countries. European Muslims might join groups like ISIS because of perceived disenfranchisment. Europe needs to help moderate voices within Islam and help sustain political Islam to effectively counter violent extremism.

     

    “Sustaining political Islam was the solution for the prevention of violent extremism.” – Dupuy

     “When state administration is not there someone will occur in order to replace the role of the state.” – Dupuy

    “Climate change is now an inevitable outcome, let’s make it an opportunity. “

    “It is necessary to distinguish between Islam and terrible criminal acts which are not Islam at all and it is not acceptable to mark these crimes with Islam because it is connected not with Islam but with criminals” – Gassana

    “One of the biggest crisis that face terrorist organisations is legitimac” – Wario

    “States are not democratic enough” – Wario

  • 16:45 – 17:45
    Cloak & Dagger: Enhancing the Resilience of Our Societies

    The nature of threats has evolved to a point where a few milligrams of chemical agents can kill dozens of people within seconds. At the same time, fake news is the sort of threat that can disrupt citizens‘ lives through the internet of things or increasing vaccines hesistency. The only way to meet these challenges is for states and civil society to proactively be running informations campaigns on social media where this misinformation is being perpetuated.

    “Fake news about chemical weapons can undermine organisations” – Gonzáles

     “In terms of health care there are 10 main threats, including climate change, ebola, and vaccination hesitancy” – Schiever

    “The challenge of the world is that technology came first and regulations came second.” – Abel

    “Most often-used tactic in terms of spreading disinformation is not to convince a particular audience, it is rather to confuse the audience.” – Milo

  • 15:15 – 18:00
    GLOBSEC Talk: Future of War: Still a Human Affair?

    The future of warfare continues to race along the tracks of technological advancement, and the NATO Allies must be able to not only keep up but also foresee these developments in order to best tackle them and preserve peace in the future. NATO Allies must retain their advantage in flexibility, speed in innovation, and interoperability, in the domains of Artificial Intelligence, autonomy, big data analytics, and quantum computing. Developing military applications of civilian technology and methods to counter them is inevitable, as due to the proliferation of knowledge and technology our adversaries are doing so. The best option is to be as far ahead as possible, and retain military superiority through technological superiority. We must pick up the pace to make these improvements.

    “Cyber offense and cyber defence are misleading, we need to focus on cyber intelligence and cyber security.”

    “Sharing of information in the area of big data is a must, not an option. The sharing of information is what make you stronger in the era of big data.”

DAY 1GLOBSEC 2019Sustainibility & Global Economy
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Day 1 Summary

  • Opening DAY 1
  • 14:15 – 14:45
    GLOBSEC Talk:
    Science Fiction in Healthcare

    Digital health is the healthcare of the future. We are undergoing a cultural transformation, and becoming patients from the future, fully equipped with data about ourselves, shooting for life expectancies of 100 years and beyond, and hoping to form partnershis with our healthcare professionals instead of hierarchies. The healthcare industry and goverments must face this trend and support patients by promoting freedom of choice and improve data privacy. The ivory tower of medicine is no more due to the democratisation of information and its access, and medical professionals must evolve to become guides for patients in the jungle of digital health information.

     

    “The patient of the future will be walking on thin ice unless they get help from policymakers.”

     “The ivory tower of medicine is no more. Medical professionals are now guides in the jungle of digital health information.”

  • 14:45 – 15:15
    GLOBSEC Talk
    : Can We Reverse Climate Change?

    The climate is very well understood. We know that biodiversity, biomass, and accumulated organic matter are the basis of the oxygenated atmosphere, freshwater system, soil fertility, and biodiversity. We have to take large-scale action based on what we know. It is not that difficult, we are just not focused on it. We must shift our exisiting paradigms, and commit to the rejuvenation of our land on a global scale. Yes it is still possible to reverse climate change.

     

    “All ancient empires collapse because they destroyed their ecology.”

     “We’re acting for individual interest, and yet we need to be acting in our collective interest because our collective interest is individual interest.”

    “Climate change is now an inevitable outcome, let’s make it an opportunity. “

  • 15:45 – 16:45
    Tackling Climate Crisis
    : The Business Case

    The climate crisis must be tackled by all aspects of society around the globe. The problem requires collective action, and a different value system to be incorporated into existing system/models, or a different system altogether and a complete paradigm shift. The sectors of energy, agriculture, infrastructure, and transportation are the most crucial for converting to zero-carbon emissions. Current action is constrained by the burden of old industry, risk aversion, and the problem of collective action. The younger generation has demonstrated their prioritization of values through their employment, consumption, and investment choices. To move forward, we must recognise the urgency of the problem. We need strong leadership with vision, institutions that translation vision into action, resources both human and financial to effect the transition, and to bring together short term and long term goals. We must adopt the norms of a low carbon lifestyle, and empower leaders to move us in the right direction. And we must build trust, leave cynisicm at the door, and believe mindset change is happening in unexpected places, even in the C-suite.

     

    “We need to radically change the business model” – Sokono

     “We need to decarbonize our economies and we need to do it fast” – Sverdrup

    “CEOs, politicians, scientists all say the same thing: “Someone else has to do their job, for me to be able to do mine.” – Seetharaman

    “If you are a company who competes for the talent, if you are interested in this generation, you need to align your company to their values.” – Themistocleou

DAY 1GLOBSEC 2019Side Events
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Short Summary from Side Events: DAY 1

CSI Launch

Against the backdrop of a worsening security situation in Europe, participants at the launch of the Cooperative Security Initiative at the Bratislava Forum pledged to build new security ecosystems and engage decision makers as well as influencers to raise the profile of the current security challenges to better involve the general public.

Building a Nurturing Ecosystem for AI 

Participants of the side event on AI ecosystems call for more regional cooperation between emerging AI plattforms. They see the wider region of Central Europe with existing deep economic ties as a natural space for cooperation. Possible common actios were discussed and road map outlined.

Cyber Crisis Simulation Exercise: Navigating Transatlantic Disruptions, Conflicts and Opportunities 

Wrapping up the first ever Cyber Crisis Simulation Exercise at GLOBSEC 2019 Bratislava Forum. Participants used cognitive and emotional intelligence to come up with the best feasible and implementable solutions for their scenarios. Thank you to all our partners for their support! 

The Ins and Outs of the next EU Budget 

Brexit will create a large gap in the EU budget, the most difficult part of the budget negotiations seems to be the cohesion policy. Speakers of the closed-door session Ins and Out of the Next EU Budget agreed that there are many dividing lines among EU member states. A broader discussion on whether the Multiannual Financial Framework actually provides proper political guidance and strategic political goals that position the EU as a strong actor who faces many new challenges.  

DAY 1GLOBSEC 2019
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Photo Report : DAY 1

Impressions from first day at GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum 2019

DAY 1GLOBSEC 2019
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LIVE FEED: DAY 1

  • Opening DAY 1
  • Globsec Talks: The EU in Global Crisis of Leadership, by Garton Ash.

    The world is facing various challenges. Mr. Garton Ash particularly highlighted the multipolar or no polar world order featured by rise of so-called private superpowers, where habits of collaboration and peaceful conflict resolution are missing from traditional political stakeholders. Secondly, cold war between USA and China characterized by global multidimensional competition. And third dimension refers to a new one, as Mr Garton Ash put it: “This is the first period when human kind is threating life on its own planet”. This dimension is featured with new threats including but not limited to climate change, digital revolution and utilization of AI. The crisis in which the world is today should be addressed with a long-term strategy, where the EU plays a major role. The EU is not an option, rather a necessity. Mr Garton Ash stresses that:

    We need EU to defend our values, interests and shared way of life; we need it for ourselves in Europe to explain to next generation what the EU is for. Europe needs to discover its new story.”

  • GLOBSEC Talk: Can We Reverse Climate Change?

    The climate is very well understood. We know that biodiversity, biomass, and accumulated organic matter are the basis of the oxygenated atmosphere, freshwater system, soil fertility, and biodiversity. We have to take large-scale action based on what we know. It is not that difficult, we are just not focused on it. We must shift our exisiting paradigms, and commit to the rejuvenation of our land on a global scale. Yes it is still possible to reverse climate change.

  • “Sustaining political Islam was the solution for prevention of violent extremism.”

    – Emmanuel Dupuy

  • Fuel to the Fire: Weaponising Islam in Europe
    The threat of political Islam is being perpetuated due to the political agenda of certain countries. Many European Muslims choose to join groups like ISIS because of perceived disenfranchisement. More needs to be done to support credible moderate voices within Islam and help sustain political Islam to effectively counter violent extremism.

  • Globsec CHAT: The Spirit of Sibiu

    The main goal for Romania was to chair the Council as an honest broker, without any side-interest pushed by itself or other member states. In that respect, Mr. Ciamba considers the Romanian presidency a huge success. He also emphasizes that the main message of the Romanian presidency is obvious – to bring back the political cohesion on the top of the agenda,

    “because cohesion means solidarity, means unity and that we stand together against discrimination”.
    H.E. George Ciamba

    Romania aspires to unite the EU member states to be able to do compromises. Other success can be found mainly in the adopted legislation concerning coast guard expansion or delivering own toolbox for future action. 

  • Tackling Climate Crisis: The Business Case

    The climate crisis must be tackled by all aspects of society around the globe. The problem requires collective action and different values to be incorporated into existing system, or a different system altogether and a complete paradigm shift. The sectors of energy, agricultre, infrastructure, and transportation are the most crucial for converting to zero-carbon emissions. In order to achieve this, we must recognise the urgency of the problem. A strong leadership with vision, institutions that translate vision into action, resources, both human and financial, are needed to facilitate the transition and to bring together short- and long-term goals. We must adopt the norms of a low carbon lifestyle, and empower leaders to move us in the right direction. Lastly, we must build trust, leave cynisicm at the door, and believe mindset change is happening in unexpected places, even in the C-suite.

  • Diplomacy for the Post-Rule World

    The OSCE provides value to its member states by providing tools for cooperation but it can not subsitute for lack of political will. It may seem that the states are trying to move beyond the rules framework of the international order, but in reality states want more rules because they are struggling with this disrupted world. International law applies to cyber space but the problem is that for incidents that do not meet the threshold of active conflict there are very few rules.

    “The weakening of those who has been traditionally leading leads to the promotion of organisations are weakened.”- Greminger

    “Business interests have tendency to be much more global than political interests.” – Frank

    “States are facing the whole new world trying to come to the terms, seeking for new rules.” – Grigas

    “There will be different rules for different states, until world will move to better rules.” – Grigas

  • GLOBSEC Talk: Future of War: Still a Human Affair?

    The future of warfare continues to race along the tracks of technological advancement, and the NATO Allies must be able to not only keep up but also foresee these developments in order to best tackle them and preserve peace in the future. NATO Allies must retain their advantage in flexibility, speed in innovation, and interoperability, in the domains of Artificial Intelligence, autonomy, big data analytics, and quantum computing. Developing military applications of civilian technology and methods to counter them is inevitable, as due to the proliferation of knowledge and technology our adversaries are doing so. The best option is to be as far ahead as possible, and retain military superiority through technological superiority. We must pick up the pace to make these improvements.

    “Cyber offense and cyber defence are misleading, we need to focus on cyber intelligence and cyber security.”

    “Sharing of information in the area of big data is a must, not an option. The sharing of information is what make you stronger in the era of big data.”

  • Cloak & Dagger: Enhancing the Resilience of Our Societies

    The nature of threats has evolved to a point where a few milligrams of chemical agents can kill dozens of people within seconds. At the same time, fake news is the sort of threat that can disrupt citizens‘ lives through the internet of things or increasing vaccines hesistency. The only way to meet these challenges is for states and civil society to proactively be running informations campaigns on social media where this misinformation is being perpetuated.

    “Fake news about chemical weapons can undermine organisations” – Gonzáles

     “In terms of health care there are 10 main threats, including climate change, ebola, and vaccination hesitancy” – Schiever

    “The challenge of the world is that technology came first and regulations came second.” – Abel

    “Most often-used tactic in terms of spreading disinformation is not to convince a particular audience, it is rather to confuse the audience.” – Milo

  • End of DAY 1

DAY 1GLOBSEC 2019
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President Kiska at GLOBSEC: We need a strong and united Europe

The opening speech of Slovak President Andrej Kiska at GLOBSEC 2019 Bratislava Forum:

„After almost five years, my mandate as President of Slovakia is coming to an end. During these years, I have not missed any of the Globsecs. Symbolically, today´s speech, as a president, is also my last foreign policy and security address as a president of the Slovak Republic. I am glad it is here. Where the world comes to discuss the most pressing issues we all face.

So much has happened in these five years. Violation of rules of peace in Europe that we took for sacred since the end of the World War II. Migration, which tested the EU and our solidarity hard. Rise of populism, extremism, or propaganda. But also new technologies that will change our lives for good.

The fact is, that despite all these challenges, after all the difficult times, hearing so often about the end of the European Union and the world, as we know it, we are doing well. The EU is more attractive and stronger than 5 years ago. Stronger and more attractive than sometimes we see it ourselves.

I am a proud European. I am proud that the EU is an economic superpower. And I really wish that we would also become a political superpower. But there is a huge gap between our ambitions and the reality. Anyway it is not a mission impossible. To make it happen, we need to be stronger at home, in our EU – to be more self-confident.

Strong at home

The last two Eurobarometer polls showed historically the highest support for the EU among our publics. Even in countries, where relations with Brussels have significantly worsened. Populists and extremists, who not that long ago portrayed the EU as an evil, and called for all sorts of exits, now speak about reforms instead. Now competing about who will be more pro-European in the public speeches. Even Marine Le Pen doesn´t want to leave the EU anymore. Not even the Eurozone. Reforms, reforms everywhere, we hear. I say, let´s finish first what we have begun – Eurozone, Schengen, truly single market… And of course, let´s look forward, what to do next. Together, in integration – not separation.

The recent European elections showed that people recognize the advantages of being in the EU. The catastrophic visions have not fulfilled. It also showed that if we have a crisis, than it is a crisis largely provoked and fuelled by populists. By those, who aim at destroying our unity. At dissolving our integration successes. And at the same time those, who don´t come with any real solutions.

The results also show, that the crisis largely provoked by populists really exists. But also, that we can cope with it. Because, in the end, majority of EU citizens voted for a serious pro-European policy. They showed great sense of responsibility, and expressed clearly, what is important to them – areas related to our future like the environmental protection, but also the traditional ones – security, stability and prosperity in Europe. And they didn´t get dragged into the manipulations by populists inventing problems to serve just their egoistic interests.

Now we need to keep this support and to react to our citizens´ needs. If we want to fulfil our ambitions, we need to integrate more. The road to Brussels, not the road back to national states with their interests should be the solution. We need to be pro-European. Not only in our speeches. And not only in Brussels. To be European means to respect and not to violate the rule of law. To defend freedom of media and civic society. Because our European Union is not only an economic project. With its funds, single market or free movement. It is a union of values and democratic principles.

Strong abroad

I truly believe in a strong transatlantic bond. I consider NATO collective defence to be the best security guarantee we have ever had. At the same time, I believe in a strong role for the EU in the world affairs. But let´s be realistic: if we want Europe to be relevant, we cannot avoid more integration. And we cannot continue with the statements of concern to be our boldest actions. While others shape the situation on the ground already.

Many of us have voiced our concerns about the state of transatlantic relations. We got used to the protection by the USA. We got used to the kind words, no matter what our deeds were. And we were sitting in the shade saving our resources when the US invested into our collective defence.

We may not like the tone of communication with Europe. We definitely don´t like the threats of new trade restrictions on our cars. And we are not happy that the trade and economic cooperation is far below what we could do together.

But we have no arguments, especially in the light of our ambitions, against the criticism that we don´t do enough for our security. That we do not invest enough in it.

If Europe wants to be a respected actor, it cannot depend on someone else´s assistance every time it wants to pursue its interests.

Don´t get me wrong. I am not primarily speaking about building new institutions. New structures. Or new European armed forces. I am convinced that if we invest into our forces, we strengthen the European pillar of NATO. And we strengthen Europe. This is why we need to invest into our forces, not into new structures. To be able to act independently as Europe, when we decide so.

To make our Europe stronger, we need unity. We need capabilities. And we need a will to act.

First, our unity. We need to speak with one voice. Not as 28 different states. And we can do that. We already have done so. We agreed to impose sanctions for the illegal annexation of Crimea – as one. We speak with one voice in Brexit. But unfortunately we hear many different voices when it comes to Nord Stream 2. Or peace in the Middle East.

To fulfil our ambitions, we need a strong foreign policy. It is time to realize that our weak political voice will never grow strong, if we put our national interests before the European ones. Because then, while we argue, the others take the lead. Our Eastern neighbourhood is still at stake. And in Syria, Iraq or Venezuela actors like Russia, Iran or Turkey have much stronger voice than our 28 states.

Second, our capability. To back our voice. Without concrete contributions into our security and capabilities, our ambitions will remain only a vision. If Europe wants to be treated differently, even by our Ally over the Atlantic, we must do more. The operation over Libya showed a natural ambition of Europe to lead. But this ambition was hampered by our missing capabilities. Part of them should come out of our joint research and development. To have competitive products for a reasonable price. Today, we are far from both. Once we achieve it, we will buy more in Europe, than elsewhere. And it will not be just another business opportunity for some. But a strategic element of our security and sustainability.

Third, our will. To be ready and willing to deploy these capabilities. Either as NATO, or as Europe. To be present and act where our interests are at stake. As the others do. For that, we need to look into our decision-making, to make it faster and flexible.

And lastly, technologies

While it takes weeks to months for the conventional threats to turn into a real danger, in case of technology-related threats it may take seconds to minutes. If we do not take it seriously in Europe, no military investments will compensate the damages of our ignorance.

In the recent months, we all learned about the 5G technology. Not because we could already enjoy its benefits. But because we have finally begun a serious discussion on how these technologies are linked to our security. And how ignorant we have been so far.

This is a much more complex issue than the purely business-driven affair, as the critics claim. I am convinced that our technological recklessness and lack of strategic thinking in this area is a serious threat to our security. If there is one area, where we need to act immediately, then it should be this one.

To make it short, the 5G will become the backbone, the new critical infrastructure of our society. It will connect our homes, hospitals, universities, cities and autonomous infrastructure. And yet, we pay so little attention to its importance. I am shocked how carelessly and how little we think before we are willing to give it to someone else hands. What worries me even more is that instead of thinking strategically, we only count how much we can save today. And ignore, that tomorrow, it can cost us billions to build it anew. Instead of putting our security first, we discuss fairness of public procurement.

We need to think in terms of technology, security and strategy together. We absolutely ignore the strategic importance of a jointly owned and developed European technology. Not only in terms of a new European supersonic fighter, or armed vehicle. I am talking about the European Chip.

This most sensitive part of the infrastructure must stay in our European hands. And not to be given to someone who can switch off our infrastructure in a second. Or just stop providing support. To leave us vulnerable.

That is why I consider the question of European Chip of a more strategic security issue. With far more serious security impacts, than any current thinking of building new security institutions in the EU.

Because this is not only about data or network protection. It is about our ambition. To be safe, to think big in our ambitions, but to pay attention to small details, when preparing for it.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I kept saying my entire mandate, that the EU is not a problem, but a solution to our problems in Europe. And our Alliance with the North America is the strongest and the most important bond we, Europeans, have ever had in and with the free world. To strengthen it further, to show we are ready to face any challenge, we need a strong and united Europe. Ready and well prepared. This is the Europe I would like to see in the future. This is the Europe that will be a partner for our closest Allies on the other bank of the Atlantic. This is the Europe that our citizens deserve. We are able to have such Europe. And we can afford it. And we definitely deserve it.

Thank you.“