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Atlantic Council of Croatia visited Washington for ATA's annual Transatlantic Study Trip

image4 Members of the Atlantic Council of Croatia participated the traditional Transatlantic Study Trip programme held in April in Washington, organized by the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA from Brussels), that gathered representatives of other national councils, members of ATA.

The participants visited Herritage Foundation, Foundation for Defense of Democracy, The American Enterprise Institute, US Department of Defense, Center for American Progress, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Brooking Institution and Atlantic Council Headquarter. It was a great opportunity to meet analysts of the respective institutions, that are involved in creating US foreign policy and discuss on European views concerning different issues, and especially Ukraine crisis. Representatives of the US Department of Defense stressed that the time of the Cold War is back to Europe, and all American allies agree that Russia is a big enemy today.

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International Conference ‘NATO - Achievements and New Tasks' gathered more than 150 participants

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NATO is going through a phase in which it needs to reposition itself, and therefore the role of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA), that gathers all Atlantic Councils, becomes very important in informing citizens and youth and educating them about NATO's role, Prof. Radovan Vukadinovic PhD, President of the Atlantic Council of Croatia stated when opening the international conference 'NATO – Achievements and New Tasks'. It was an event to mark six years of Croatia in NATO and 15th anniversary of the Atlantic Council of Croatia in the premises of the Military Academy in Zagreb, Croatian Ministry of Defence.

The participants were greeted by Deputy Defence Minister Visnja Tafra, who stated that Croatia has joined NATO to strengthen its own security, but also to contribute to the security and stability in the world. Tafra reiterated that Croatia is promoter of NATO’s enlargement policy, and it will state that at the next NATO Summit in Warszaw.

General Drago Lovrić, Chief of Staff, reminded the participants about the time when the Atlantic Council of Croatia was founded, which happened several days after Croatia joined Partnership for Peace in 2000, and when it started to modernize its armed forces according to NATO standards, to be ready for participating peace operations.

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Atlantic Council of Croatia celebrates its 15th anniversary and 6 years of Croatian membership to NATO

        With the International Conference: NATO – Achievements and New Tasks, the Atlantic Council of Croatia will mark its 15th anniversary and celebrate 6 years of Croatian membership to NATO, on 9th April at the Military Academy in Zagreb. Distinguished guests and speakers have confirmed their participation, together with the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar Kitarović. Guests from the Atlantic Councils of the whole Western Balkans region will participate the programme.

The visit of YATA members to National and International Philatelic exhibition „Croatica 2015“

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The National and International Philatelic exhibition „Croatica 2015“ was ceremoniously opened on March 31, 2015 at the French pavilion in Zagreb. With this exhibition the Croatian Philatelic Federation celebrates its 75th anniversary of establishment. There are 86 exhibitors from Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, and for the first time Spain. You could see philatelic expositions exposed in more than 260 showcases. The President of the Croatian Philatelic Federation, Mladen Vilfan, told that every country represents the best of its philately. He also emphasized that philately is an important factor in spreading and enrichening cultures and friendships between countries. The exhibition also represented NATO through stamps and postcards.

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NATO PA Rose-Roth seminar in Belgrade

      NATO Parlamentary Assembly organized 88th Rose-Roth seminar in Serbia, Belgrade, with the topic: Serbia, the Western Balkans, and the Euro-Atlantic Community. Large number of high officials has gathered at the three-day seminar, who discussed in the Serbian National Assembly on Serbian aspects and its relation towards the Euro-Atlantic Community, but also on relations of the Western Balkan countries, especially towards NATO and their attempts to join the alliance. One of the important conclusions reached at the Seminar stressed the importance of the regional cooperation among Western Balkan countries, with the common goal of fight against common contemporary threats and challenges. Participants of the Seminar concluded that the fight against corruption and organized crime in the Western Balkans is very important, especially looking from the perspective of their geopolitical position. Looking from the perspective of relation among NATO and Western Balkan countries, it was discussed on the importance of defence management reform and integrity building, but also on the importance of continuation of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

ANNUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL OF CROATIA AND YATA CROATIA

FullSizeRender5 “NATO after Cardiff – challenges and perspectives” was the name of the international conference held in Zagreb, organized by the Atlantic Council of Croatia, with the support of Hanns Seidel Foundation, Office in Zagreb. President of the Atlantic Council of Croatia (ACC) Prof. Radovan Vukadinović, PhD, opened the conference and addressed the audience together with the Head of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Office in Zagreb Aleksandra Markić Boban, MSc, announcing topics to be discussed by the panel speakers. The Annual Assembly of the Atlantic Council of Croatia was announced to be held after the conference.

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ONLINE CONFERENCE BETWEEN THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL OF CROATIA AND THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL OF SERBIA

AVH1 First online conference between The Atlantic Council of Croatia and The Atlantic Council of Serbia was held in relation to the General Assembly of Atlantic Treaty Association and its conclusions on new security challenges, but also on the importance of NATO for Western Balkan countries. Moderator Monika Begovic, MSc, introduced Milovan Milošević and Luka Paunović from the Atlantic Council of Serbia, prof. Lidija Čehulić Vukadinović, PhD, and students of political sciences at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF OF THE CROATIAN ARMED FORCES GENERAL DRAGO LOVRIĆ, Ph.D.

By Rea Poljak, M.A., YATA Croatia President

General Drago Lovrić holds the position of Chief of General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces since March 1, 2011. He joined the Croatian Armed Forces in August 1991, at the beginning of the Homeland War in Croatia. General Lovrić has been decorated with numerous high Croatian military decorations, and was presented on February 18, 2013 with the Legion of Merit of the United States of America for his extraordinary achievements, special efforts and supreme performance of his duties. The award was presented on behalf of the President of the United States. Furthermore, General Lovrić holds a Ph.D. in national security from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. His doctorate thesis was on transformation of NATO, and crisis management in the new world order.

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF ATLANTIC TREATY ASSOCIATION (ATA) AND YOUTH ATLANTIC TREATY ASSOCIATION (YATA)

tBrux-3General Assembly of Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) and Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA), held on 1 December 2014 in Brussels, elected the new President of ATA Fabrizio Luciolli and new Secretary General Jason Wiseman. The meeting stressed importance of focusing on new security threats and emerging problems with Russia, but also that relations between ATA and NATO should become stronger. That was confirmed in the speech of David Hobbs, NATO Parliamentary Assembly Secretary General, who confirmed that one of three Rose-Roth seminars next year will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, in March 2015.

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PARTICIPATION AT NATO PA ANNUAL SESSION, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS

t10433160 338586972992669 4797939071188824921 nFrom 21 to 24 November, 2014 The Netherlands hosted NATO Parliamentary Assembly's Annual Session. The Assembly is completely independent of NATO but provides a link between NATO and the parliaments of its member countries, helping to build parliamentary and public consensus in support of Alliance policies. Since the 1980s the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) has assumed additional roles by integrating into its work parliamentarians from NATO partner countries in Europe and beyond.

On November 24, NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg delivered a keynote speech at the 60th Plenary Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in The Hague.

YATA Croatia president, Ms. Rea Poljak, has assisted in hosting the 60th Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly at the World Forum Center in The Hague, Netherlands.

More information at: http://www.natopa2014.nl/en/nato-pa-annual-session-2014

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PROF. DR. LIDIJA ČEHULIĆ VUKADINOVIĆ, MEMBERS OF THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL OF CROATIA AND YATA CROATIA AT THE ROUND TABLE ˝MEMBERSHIP IN THE EU AND NATO˝

t20141010 101349Vice-president of the Atlantic Council of Croatia prof. dr. Lidija Čehulić Vukadinović, members of the Atlantic Council of Croatia, and YATA Croatia participated at the round table ˝Membership in the European Union and NATO – New Potential for the Broadening Foreign Policy's Specter and Capacity˝. Aforementioned round table was organized by Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) on October 10, 2014 in Zagreb, Croatia.

Prof. dr. Lidija Čehulić Vukadinović has emphasized that Western Balkans countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania) need to stay in focus of Croatian foreign policy strategy. She stated that although most of these countries (except Kosovo) have certain institutional connections with NATO and European Union, their rapid entry in these two organizations is not likely to happen. Enlargement policy is not on the NATO and European Union’s priority list. Russia and Islamic countries take advantage on current west’s ˝power vacancy˝ in this part of the Europe. During her presentation prof. dr. Čehulić Vukadinović stated that it is very important to find those countries within NATO and European Union that can be Croatian allies in advocating enlargement policy of these organizations on the rest of the Western Balkans.

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PROF. DR. LIDIJA ČEHULIĆ VUKADINOVIĆ HELD A LECTURE AT THE ˝SCHOOL OF THE EURO-ATLANTIC INTEGRATIONS˝

tLO192167The Atlantic Council of Croatia's Vice-President, prof. dr. Lidija Čehulić Vukadinović, deliver a lecture within the project ˝School of the Euro-Atlantic Integrations˝ on September 19, 2014, at the PR Center in Podgorica, Montenegro. Prof. dr. Čehulić Vukadinović held presentation titled ˝NATO and Euro-Atlantism during the cold war˝. She talk about challenges that world faced after the II World War, formation of NATO, its development and consolidation. She said that cold war shaped NATO as it is today. Prof. dr. Čehulić also mentioned new challenges that emerged at the end of the cold war, which demanded that NATO member countries start with finding new modalities for the NATO's existence in the years to come.

Within the aforementioned project, prof. dr. Čehulić Vukadinović delivered lecture ˝NATO in post cold war period: process of transformation in political and security organization˝. She talked about challenges that emerged after the cold war, as well about the process of adjusting to them.

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PARTICIPATION AT THE 19TH PORTUGUESE ATLANTIC YOUTH SEMINAR (PAYS 2014)

t10568896 726483604076087 7677907686858790056 nFor the 19th consecutive year, the Portuguese Atlantic Committee and the Portuguese Atlantic Youth Association, organized Portuguese Atlantic Youth Seminar under the general thematic of “The Alliance’s Capabilities Facing the New Challenges of a Changing Geopolitical Agenda”. Seminar was held at the Sintra Air Force Base no. 1, near Lisbon, from the 26th of July to the 02nd of August.

Ms. Rea Poljak and Mr. Amir Chamae participated at PAYS 2014 on behalf of the Youth Committee of the Atlantic Council of Croatia.  

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