26th Economic Forum – the discussion about the global security

The guests of 26th Economic Forum in Krynica (September 6-8) will exchange their views on the current situation of global security. They will summarize the results of the July NATO summit in Warsaw and also assess the terrorist threat level as well as reflect on cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe states in the field of security and the future of the Schengen area. The prospects of NATO’s relations with the Russian Federation will also be tackled I the discussion. As part of the “Security Forum” thematic path there will be a number of debates held, i.a.:

The Panel “Facing Contemporary Terrorism – How to Defend Europe?”

A new and peculiar dimension, unrestrained and unpredictable, characterises the terrorist threat in Europe. While increasingly complex, subversive activities are linked not only to structured organisations, but also to isolated subjects and the nature of the objectives has changed as well, from infrastructures and/or prominent personalities to everyday places and common people. How to deal with an invisible enemy today? How should counterintelligence infiltrate terrorist networks? What about intergovernmental cooperation?


Andrea Margelletti, President, Center of International Studies, Italy


Giacomo Stucchi, President of the Parliamentary Committee for the Intelligence and Security Services and for State Secret Control COPASIR, Senate, Italy

Alexey Malashenko, Professor, Member of the Scientific Council, Carnegie Moscow Center, Russia

Denys Kazanskyi, Chief Editor, The Fourth Estate, Ukraine

Richard Walton, Former London Metropolitan Police Leader, United Kingdom

Federico Aznar Fernandez de Montesinos, Commander, Analyst at The Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies, CESEDEN Ministry of Defence, Spain

Roberta Bonazzi, Executive Director, European Foundation for Democracy, Belgium

Mariusz Sokolowski, Partner, R4S sp. z o.o. (LLC), Poland

The Partner: Center of International Studies


The Panel: “Confrontation or Cooperation – Should NATO and Russia Begin a New Dialogue?”

Institutional relations between NATO and Russia have been suspended since the annexation of the Crimea in 2014 and the war in Eastern Ukraine. However, the expansion of ISIS and the migration crisis cause many political leaders to change their minds and NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the Alliance is ready for a renewal of “constructive talks” with Russia. Is the cooperation between NATO and Russia only useful or rather necessary? What are the prospects for this relationship?


Dario Fabbri, Editorial Board Member, Limes, Italian Review of Geopolitics, Italy


Dmitry Ofitserov-Belskiy, Dean of Social Sciences Faculty, Associate Professor, Scientific Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia

Vincenzo Camporini, Vice President, International Affairs Institute, Italy

Alexandr Vondra, Former Minister of Defence (2010-2012), Director, CEVRO Institute, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Czech Republic

Greg Simons, Senior Researcher, Uppsala University, Sweden

Jean-Arthur Regibeau, Political Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Institutional Reforms, Belgium

Oleg Barna, Deputy, Supreme Council, Ukraine

Armen Minasyan, Deputy Director, Information and PR Сenter of the Administration of the President, Armenia

The Partner: Limes


The Panel: “Europe Without Borders – Is It Still Possible?”

The Schengen Area, gradually including new EU countries, gave Europeans not only the possibility to move freely, but also the feeling that we live in a common Europe. The migration crisis and the terrorist attacks in France cast a shadow over the existing order. Voices criticizing open borders and free movement of people are getting louder. Some countries openly discuss the need to restore border controls. There are also controversial suggestions to create a “mini-Schengen”. Is the end of the EU’s open borders coming closer? Does Europe’s open border policy still have a reason for being?


Richard Stephens, Founder & Editor, Poland Today, United Kingdom


Dirk Hazell, Leader, UK EPP, United Kingdom

Iryna Sushko, Executive Director, Europe Without Barriers, Ukraine

Manlio Di Stefano, Member of the Committee on Foreign and EU Affairs, Chamber of Deputies, Italy

Fabrizio Maronta, Resident Analyst, Limes, Italian Review of Geopolitics, Italy

Alfred Kovaci, Member of the Board, International Business and Diplomatic Exchange, United Kingdom

Evgeny Kozhokin, Vice Rector for Research,Professor,Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy of Russia, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Russia