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From Prague to Chicago: 10 Years On

The 10th anniversary of the NATO Prague Summit presents an opprtunity for the countries of the Visegrad Group not only to reexamine the impact of the summit towards the idea of "Europe whole and free" that is not yet finished but also to raise the expert debate on the transatlantic cooperation in times of austerity and global changes.

The period around and after the NATO Chicago summit is also the perfect time to emphasize the role of Central Europe and the V4 countries in the transatlantic security agenda, and to boost the discussion on the future of transatlantic relations and the role of Central Europe in it, particularly on the V4 level.

Therefore we organize this project as a series of activities that were kicked off in April in Bratislava by two flagship events and that continues through the year in V4 countries, universities, Western European capitals, Chicago, and Washington.

The first set of activities is aimed on commemorating the historic NATO Prague Summit and pay tribute to key figures that stood behind it at a Gala Dinner in Bratislava. This is followed by events in V4 capitals, in Washington, Chicago, and Brussels, and culminate during NATO Days in Ostrava in September 2012.

The second set of activities is part of the long-term youth transatlantic initiative coorganized by the ACUS, that was kicked off by "Bratislava Young Atlanticist Summit" (BYAS), followed by Chicago Youth NATO Summit and continues with deebates in V4 countries' universities and various activities aimed on V4 youth, including essay contest, online ideas exchange group, blogs, etc.

Series of articles published online

Series of articles covering the 10 years since Prague to Chicago, distributed via the website, social networks has been expertly guided, monitored and published on the website as well as in printed Monitoring report. This report contains several articles covering the period since the largest Enlargement of the NATO, facing the Afghanistan and other important missions of the period, and the current and future role of the NATO after the Prague Summit.

List of Articles:

Foust F., Cherneva I.: NATO’s Next Challenge Comes from Within

Šuplata M.: NATO Chicago Summit Guide

Cherneva I., Foust J.: Economic Security: NATO’s Next Challenge

Becker J.: Mitigating NATO’s Invisible Risk 

Sorel M.: Charting NATO’s Future Path

Gomis B., Baumann A.B.: The Transatlantic Alliance in the Pacific Century: Why Revitalizing the US-European

Foust J.: How Short-Term Thinking Makes the U.S. Worse at Fighting Wars

Sidar C., Ahmed M.: Pentagon’s New Defense Doctrine May Pose Significant Risks for Turkey-NATO Relations

Slater A., Cherneva I.: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: NATO’s Way Forward on Iran 

Johnston S., Gevorkyan V.: Beyond the North Atlantic: Why NATO Should Be Recognized as a Global Organization 

Gamkrelidze G.: Europe’s Energy Security Dilemma

Gomis B., Baumann A.B.: U.K.-France Defense Cooperation in Spotlight Ahead of NATO Summit

Jankowski D., Pindjak P., Spridzans A.: The NATO Summit in Chicago: A Central European Perspective 

Petrovic J., Grozdanova H.: The Importance of Cultural Competence in Dealing With Post-War Societies – The Western Balkans Case 

Sidar C.: Sharing Limited Classified Information Could Provide a Face Saving Formula for the NATO Deal

Cherneva I.: Ambassador James Warlick on US-Bulgaria Cooperation


Solo Articles/Blogs Published With Links:

Berti B.: Lebanon in the Midst of the “Arab Spring”: Plus ca Change…

Cherneva I.: Human Trafficking, Security Nexus Comes to the Fore

Cherneva I.: A Legal Case Against the Placement of Landmines on Syrian Borders

Foust J.: With Putin’s Win, A New Chance for Reset with Russia

Foust J.: Syria and the World’s Troubling Inconsistency on Intervention

Gamkrelidze G.: Europe’s Energy Security Dilemma

Sidar C.: Efficient Crisis Management Would Be the Key for Recovery

Berti B.: Limited military intervention in Syria: How to Rescue the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine from Permanent Demise

Berti B.: To help Syria, Apply a Mix of 'Soft' and 'Hard' Power

Sidar C.: The repeal of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment would raise hopes for a deal in Chicago

Sidar C.: Debate over Afghan presence should not dissuade Turkey from commitment to NATO

Foust J.: Going It Alone: Why Kyrgyzstan Doesn't Want Russian or American Bases

Mikulova K.: Slovakia: Fico Sticks to his Plan

Gomis B.: What Would Francois Hollande’s Defence Policy Look Like?

Sidar C.: Resetting US-Pakistan Relations

Foust J.: When Intervention Fails

Gamkrelidze G.: Georgia’s Integration in NATO: Impediments and Opportunities

Dehez D.: The Coup in Mali – A Setback for the EU?

Sidar C.: Serious Challenges Emerge Against Netanyahu’s Settlement Policy

Cherneva I.: Nuclear Legacy in the Marshall Islands and the Effect on Human Rights

Szewczyk B.: Plenary Opening: Military Intervention and the International Law of Peace

Seren M.: Turkey’s Eurasian Policy: From Irredentism to Negligence

Sidar C.: The Future of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program

Foust J.: How Short-Term Thinking Makes the U.S. Worse at Fighting Wars 

Szewczyk B.: International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, and Implications for Coalition Warfare

Gamkrelidze G.: Modern Face of Georgia

Badalyan S.: The Wider Black Sea Region: Cooperation and Security Building

Cherneva I.: NATO's Mission in Libya: On the Ground Account

Co-Authored Articles/Blogs:

Sidar C., Ahmed M.: Pentagon’s New Defense Doctrine May Pose Significant Risks for Turkey-NATO Relations 

Sidar C., Ahmed M.: The Current Crisis is a Gift for the Far Right

Slater A., Cherneva I.: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: NATO’s Way Forward on Iran

Rada P., Gevorgyan V.: Is Geopolitics Reloaded in the Eastern Partnership? The “Member-Statebuilding” of the European Union

Seren M., Sobral I.: The Qur’an Burning and the Importance of Cultural Awareness

Seren M., Sobral I. : Why The US and Turkey Must Reform Public Diplomacy

Berti B., Noyan G.: Turkey’s Dilemma: How to Act on Syria Without Losing Soft Power

Berti B., Noyan G., Grozdanova H., Petrovic J.: Taking the Next Step: Security Sector Reform in Libya

Slater A., Cherneva I.: The ICC in the Case of Syria: a Court for a Dictator’s Wife?

Mikulova K., Cherneva I: Globsec 2012 Kicks off in Bratislava in April

Ahmed M., Rada P.: A Rubik’s Cube Approach to the Transatlantic Community’s Role, as an External Actor, in Supporting Democratic Change in North Africa – Special Focus on Libya

Gevorgyan V., Rada P.: Humanitarian Interventions: Responsibility vs. Sovereignty

Petrovic J., Grozdanova H.: Ideas for Change

Badalyan S., Gevorgyan V.: Towards NATO

Petrovic J., Berti B., Noyan G., Grozdanova H.: Lessons Learned and Forgotten: How the Western Balkans Experience Could Help Libya

Spridzans A., Gevorgyan V.: For Solution to Euro Crisis, Look to… Latvia?

Ahmed M., Yolande-Bilala A.: Boko Haram: Local Player, or Global Threat?

Spridzans A., Gevorgyan V.: Armenia – NATO: A Historical Point of View

Seren M., Sobral I: A New Path for Turkey’s Foreign Policy: Africa and Brazil


The project is co-sponsored by the International Visegrad Fund and is co-organized by the Slovak Atlantic Commision (Slovakia), International Centre for Democratic Transition (Hungary), and the Kosciuszko Institute - the Institute of European Integration (Poland).



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