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A report on the Summer School published in 'Glas narodne diplomacije'

Experts' magazine 'Voice of People's Diplomacy' - 'Glas narodne diplomacije' published in its latest edition a report on the International Summer School, that we held this July on the island Šipan, with the support of NATO and International Institute for Peace from Vienna, under the high auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia.

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NATO’s Summit in Warsaw

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President of the Atlantic Council of Croatia Prof. Radovan Vukadinovic PhD participated in the NATO's Summit in Warsaw, during which decisions to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence were reached as well as plans to project stability in the wider neighbourhood.
Joint Declaration especially stressed partnership between NATO and the European Union to an ambitious new level. The Declaration sets out areas where NATO and the EU will step up cooperation – including maritime security and countering hybrid threats.
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that NATO is committed to delivering on its plans, adding ''NATO remains a fundamental source of security for our people, and stability for the wider world''. One of the main points was to strengthen the Alliance’s military presence in the east, with four battalions in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on a rotational basis, as well as to develop a tailored forward presence in the south-eastern part of the Alliance.
Leaders also decided that NATO AWACS surveillance planes will provide information to the Global Coalition to counter ISIL, and agreed to an expanded maritime presence in the Mediterranean Sea. Concerning the NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, leaders agreed to continue it beyond 2016, while confirming funding commitments for the Afghan forces until 2020. NATO leaders agreed to step up support for Ukraine and expressed support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, stressing their non-recognition of Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea. The Secretary General stressed that “an independent, sovereign and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law, is key to Euro-Atlantic security,” and that “NATO is committed to helping Ukraine achieve that goal.”
For the first time, as future NATO member, Montenegro participated in the Summit of the Alliance. Prime Minister Đukanović supported the ally’s efforts towards further strengthening defence capabilities of the Alliance.

 

15th International Summer School on the island Šipan

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Our 15th International Summer School with two topics: NATO, EU and Crisis Management - Importance of cooperation for effective crisis management; and: Western Balkan countries and New Security Challenges - Integration or Isolation, that was held on the island Šipan in the period between 30 June - 5 July, gathered many participants from the region and wider, and lots of professors and experts in international relations and international security. The School was held under the high auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia H.E. Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, and supported by NATO Public Diplomacy Division (NATO PDD) and International Institute for Peace from Vienna. President of the Atlantic Council of Croatia Prof. Radovan Vukadinović PhD stated that the traditional Summer School has been throughout these past 15 years very efficient in showing young professionals and leaders new thoughts in international relations.

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International conference on Euro-Atlantism

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The International Conference organized by Hanns Seidel Stiftung Office in Zagreb, in cooperation with the Atlantic Council of Croatia, with the topic: The New Role of Euro-Atlantism, is currently going on in Šipan, one of Elafiti islands.

This conference is also an announcement of the traditional International Summer School, 15th thiy year, that will start on 30th June on the island Šipan, and will gather many experts in international relations.

Yearbook Šipan 2015

Yearbook Šipan 2015, as 15th edition of the 15th International Summer School, that is traditionally being held on the island Šipan, organized by the Atlantic Council of Croatia and with the support of NATO Public Diplomacy Division, can be found on the following link in electronic pdf version:

Yearbook Šipan 2015

International conference in Banja Luka on new security challenges

International conference in Banja Luka

Global processes and security in Southeast Europe' was the title of the international conference organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Center for International Relations in Banja Luka. The Conference was opened by the President of the Croatian Centre for International Studies Prof. Radovan Vukadinović PhD and President of the Centre for International Relations Miloš Šolaja PhD in Banja Luka.

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International Summer School under high auspices of the Croatian President

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The Presidency of the Atlantic Council of Croatia was received in an official visit to the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar Kitarović. The topic of discussion was related to activities that the Atlantic Council of Croatia is working on, mostly the traditional International Summer School that is being held in Šipan. The President acknowledged the importance of this event and this year's International Summer School, that is usually supported by NATO PDD, will be held under high auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia. The International Summer School is organized by the Atlantic Council of Croatia and supported by NATO PDD, and it gathers experts from all around the world as speakers and participants mostly from Western Balkan countries, in order to pass the knowledge on NATO values to young generations.

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Return of a stronger American foreign policy to Europe

2-2016-Stoltenberg The White House announced the increase in spending to secure NATO allies in Europe, and therefore Washington is to strengthen US military presence in Europe.

"As we approach the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw, it is clear that the United States and our allies must do more to advance our common defense in support of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace," Obama said.

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg welcomes US announcement to strengthen military presence in Europe.

More about NATO and activities in Eastern Europe, read here:
http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/opinions_127597.htm and here:
http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_127599.htm

On global security challenges

stoltenberg-trudeau Importance of global security challenges was confirmed at the World Economic Forum that was held in January in Davos. NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg addressed these challenges in a plenary session on the global security outlook, stressing the importance of NATO's agility, adaptability and strength, at a time when the lines between war and peace are blurred by hybrid warfare, terrorism and cyber attacks.

More on this topic, read on NATO website: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_127349.htm

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International conference on enlargement of NATO held in Zagreb

image4 'Contemporary challenges for international community and perspectives of NATO enlargement to the Western Balkan' is the international conference organized by the Atlantic Council of Croatia and Hanns Seidel Stiftung Office in Zagreb, on the day when Montenegro received an invitation from NATO to start accession talks to become a member of the Alliance. Conference had two panel discussions dedicated to the challenges on the security scene and NATO enlargement.

President of the Atlantic Council of Croatia Prof. Radovan Vukadinovic opened the conference with the presentation on NATO-Russian relations, saying that the Western Balkan is very important geopolitical region on which Russia can have its influence today. ‘Relations between NATO and Russia have deteriorated, but are under control’, Professor stated. The conference tackled migrant crisis and its influence to NATO enlargement on the Western Balkan countries, and Prof.Lidija Cehulic Vukadinovic stressed that the crisis becomes not only humanitarian, but also economic problem, which could easily become security problem as well. Under the topic Global challenges and division of power in today’s world Mladen Nakic PhD shared the view on four centers of power in multipolar world: USA, Russia, China, EU, adding that the power and force continued to be permanent in the international relations.

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Montenegro invited to become NATO member country

image4 2 December 2015 - NATO Foreign Ministers unanimously agreed to invite Montenegro to begin accession talks to become the twenty-ninth member of the Alliance. On this historic moment, the Atlantic Council of Croatia congratulates Montenegro and the Atlantic Council of Montenegro, assured that this will enable faster democratic development of this country, which will reflect to better relations of South-Eastern European countries. 'We are very proud to say that we initiated and helped the foundation of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro, our partners with whom we cooperate very well', President of the Atlantic Council of Croatia Prof.Vukadinovic stated.

ATA General Assembly Cooperative Security and Interconnected Threats

The Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA), as an umbrella organization of the Atlantic Councils, held its General Assembly in Brussels, focusing on new security challenges that emerge in today's world. The Assembly was a good opportunity for policy-makers, diplomats, military officers, academics, experts, media representatives, young professionals to discuss on plans for the period to come, and about stronger ties with Atlantic Councils in the field of research, analyses, training, education and information activities on foreign policy, security and defense issues.

The President of the Atlantic Council of Croatia Prof. Radovan Vukadinovic PhD participated also at the conference organized by ATA:Cooperative Security and Interconnected Threats, which proved that ATA strongly believes in the values and strength of the transatlantic link, as fundamental pillar for the stability of the international system. 'ATA recognizes the pressing need to spread knowledge in order to make informed decisions.', stated President of ATA Prof. Fabrizio Luciolli, adding that positive outcomes are consequences of decisions that should be envisaged and crafted in a comprehensive and collaborative manner. This year ATA made deeper connections with major partners from the Gulf and the Mediterranean region: Abhath al-Thuraya Consultancy and Researches and the Mediterranean-Gulf Forum.

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President of the Atlantic Council of Croatia Prof. Vukadinovic with Macedonian delegation

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