On 5 June 2012 the Polish Institute of International Affairs and the European Leadership Network (ELN) organized a high level seminar: Implications of the NATO Chicago Summit for arms control/ non-proliferation and prospects for NATO-Russia cooperation.The seminar was a part of the ELN’s partnership with PISM and the Nuclear Threat Initiative.
The seminar focused on three issues:
- The results of the Chicago Summit and the DDPR Follow-up: Overall Deterrence and Nuclear Policy of the Alliance;
- Re-Building trust between NATO and Russia: Role of Transparency and Arms Control Measures;
- Perspectives on Contemporary Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Challenges and Mechanisms to Tackle Them.
More than 40 participants took part in the seminar, including former high level politicians, officials and military leaders who are members of the ELN Board; representative of the Polish administration; foreign and Polish international security experts. Minister Bogusław Winid, Undersecretary of State for Security Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the Polish assessment of the results of the Chicago Summit. Other participants of the seminar included Kjell Magne Bondevik, former Prime Minister of Norway, Lord Browne of Ladyton, former British Defence Secretary, Igor Ivanov, former Russian Foreign Minister, Wolfgang Ischinger, Chair of the Munich Security Conference, Linas Linkevicius, adviser to the Prime Minister and former Defence Minister of Lithuania, Ana Palacio, former Spanish Foreign Minister and former vice-president of the World Bank; Adam Daniel Rotfeld, former Polish Foreign Minister, and Volker Rühe, former Defence Minister of Germany.
By: Jacek Durkalec
Photos by: Agnieszka Kopeć, Jadwiga Winiarska