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.
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, 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:
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.
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.
"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:
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
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg strongly condemned brutal terrorist attack in Istanbul tourist district, saying there could be no justification for such attacks, stressing that NATO Allies stand united in the fight against all forsm of terrorism.
Namely, the suicide bomber killed at least 10 foreigners in Istanbul tourist area.
More on NATO website: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_127089.htm
'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.
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.
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.
President of the Atlantic Council of Croatia Prof. Vukadinovic with Macedonian delegation
'EUROATLANTISM AND CROATIA'
In cooperation with Gymnasium Velika Gorica, the Atlantic Council of Croatia held a seminar for high school professors ‘Euroatlantism and Croatia’, with the main goal to give more information and details to professors on international relations important for transatlantic community, on new security challenges and relations between the United States and Europe, with the special accent to the position of the Republic of Croatia in the euro-atlantic context, as well as refugee crisis.
The Head of the Gymnasium Velika Gorica Brankica Žugaj MSc welcomed the speakers and participants introducing the agenda and topics.
The Atlantic Council of Croatia successfully held traditional 14th International Summer School in Sipan, Croatia, 26 June – 1 July 2015, in cooperation with NATO PDD and International Institute for Peace. The School was divided into two topics: Mediterranean between Europe and Middle East: Challenges and Perspectives, organized with the support of NATO Public Diplomacy Division; and another topic was: Western Balkans between Integration and Isolation, co-organized with the International Institute for Peace, Vienna.
The School gathered speakers and participants from 15 different countries, United States of America, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Canada, Austria, Hungary, Greece and all Western Balkan countries. The organizers invited as speakers many professors, experts and people from politics who transferred their knowledge to 40 participants, young leaders, PhD candidates, students from many countries, giving them different perspectives of the current situation of international security and stability. Participants were mostly interested in Macedonian crisis, current Greek crisis, but also Kosovo status.
- Atlantic Council of Croatia visited Washington for ATA's annual Transatlantic Study Trip
- International Conference ‘NATO - Achievements and New Tasks' gathered more than 150 participants
- Atlantic Council of Croatia celebrates its 15th anniversary and 6 years of Croatian membership to NATO
- The visit of YATA members to National and International Philatelic exhibition „Croatica 2015“