The second edition of the international Bucharest Security Conference took place in Bucharest September. The event was organized by the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), in collaboration with the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and the Romanian Defense Ministry (MApN). The event was co financed by SNSPA and NATO Public Diplomacy Division (NATO PDD. Event partners included Piraeus Bank, Transilvania Bank, Romanian Banking Institute, as well as media partners: Foreign Policy Romania, Agerpress, Calea Europeana, DC News.
The overarching goal of the whole project was to increase NATO visibility and to raise awareness on the new challenges, on NATO policies with a strong emphasis on its firm commitment to collective defence, the development of NATO’s partnerships and its global role in crisis management. Our goal was achieved as the conference gathered more than 60 speakers, high level decision-makers, academics and experts who provided strategic reflections on the implementation of key decisions at Warsaw’s Summit and Brussels Meeting (2017), respectively, debated the necessity of a new strategic concept, the future of NATO’s partnerships, in particular the welcomed recent impetus in NATO-EU relations and also highlighted Romania’s role in the region as a factor of stability. The purpose of this conference was to enhance dialogue and promote a shared vision among all allies regarding the risks and threats we are confronted with.
Through this conference, SNSPA continued its close cooperation with NATO, contributing to the strategy of creating a broader framework for excellence in education and research projects, enhancing also the regional dimension of SNSPA’s academic programmes and our presence in the Wider Black Sea area.
The second objective was related to the B9 Format initiated in 2015 through the ECE regional Summit hosted by Romania and leaded to a better understanding on how regional formats of cooperation can contribute to the allied effort of meeting new threats.
The objectives of the conference translated into a series of both immediate and longer-term deliverables that we consider equally relevant contributions for NATO and for Romania, as well as for fostering regional cooperation.
Apart from the clear immediate benefit of constructive interaction and networking of senior representatives of institutional, political and academic communities, our conference delivered a policy report – that was distributed to the participants. The policy report was based on NATO actions and conclusions of the B9 ministerial meeting, in order to contribute to the process of enhancing regional cooperation and to enrich the substance of the forthcoming ECE Summit this year to our members participated at Bucharest Security Conference prof. Dr Liliana Popescu and prof. Dr Darko Trifunovic.