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NATO’s past and future and Poland’s role in the Atlantic Alliance’s collective defence system

24. October 2019 @ 12:00 - 14:00

At 24 October we invited yout to another PizzaSeminar on

NATO’s past and future and Poland’s role in the Atlantic Alliance’s collective defence system – from a Polish and a German perspective

On this occasion, our Polish cooperation partners from the Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies presented an anthology published on the occasion of Poland’s 20th anniversary of NATO membership and the Alliance’s 70th anniversary.

About the topic:

The 70th anniversary of NATO establishment, happening alongside the 20th anniversary of Polish membership in the Alliance, will be a perfect occasion to talk about the great changes underwent by both the Polish Army and NATO itself, especially considering how much its mission changed following the collapse of the Iron Curtain. The role played by NATO in providing security in Europe is unquestionable, therefore the project will also consist of a series of debates focusing on the changes in structure and goals that the Alliance will have to go through in the foreseeable future.In our PizzaSeminar on the 24th of October BIGS brings together experts and scholars to present their research on some of the changes NATO experienced in its 70-year existence and its role in providing security in Europe, particularly in Central Europe and the Baltic region.

The presentation on the publication „NATO: 1949 – 1999 – 2019. The 20 Years of Poland in the 70 Years of the Alliance” was given by:

  • Krševan Antun Dujmović, Research Fellow at the Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb
  • Liudas Zdanavičius, Research Fellow at the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania

And followed by response commentary by:

  • Liana Fix, Programme Director for International Affairs at the Körber-Stiftung
  • Dr. Gregor Hain, Deputy Branch Chief International Security Policy and Bilateral Relations; Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany

The discussion was moderated by Dr. Tim Stuchtey (Executive Director, BIGS) and Dorota Kafara (Regional Program Manager at the Institute for Eastern Studies in Poland).

About the speakers:

Zbigniew Gryglas, Member of Polish Parliament / President of Three Seas Parliamentary Commission in Sejm / Chairman of the Polish- British Bilateral Group / Vice-President of Polish- American Bilateral Group / Vice-President of Polish-French Bilateral Group

Krševan Antun Dujmović is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) in Zagreb. He has been involved in many EU funded projects and information campaigns. Fields of his interest include European integration and EU enlargement process, EU relations with Russia, Ukraine and South Caucasus, NATO, energy security and digital society.

Liudas Zdanavičius is a Research fellow at the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania. He holds an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Vilnius University. He is author and co-author of articles and books on security in the Baltic Sea region, including such topics as Russian foreign and national security policy, Russian economic influence, the Kaliningrad region.

Liana Fix is Program Director for International Affairs at Körber Foundation’s Berlin Office with a focus on Russia and Eastern Europe. Previously, she was Associate Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and Visiting Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in the Eastern Europe and Eurasia division. She held a DAAD/AICGS Fellowship in 2015 based in Washington, DC and a Mercator Fellowship in 2012/2013 with postings at the German Foreign Office, the Carnegie Moscow Center, and the EU Delegation in Georgia. She has published numerous articles in academia and appeared on national and international media, commenting on topics related to European security, Russian foreign policy, and Germany’s role in Europe. In 2018/2019, she was a Fellow of the Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues.


24. October 2019
12:00 - 14:00
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