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