ICDS research fellow Henrik Praks moderated a panel at the Voice of the Flank Security Forum in Bucharest on November 3, 2015. The event was organized by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and preceded the Summit of the Eastern Flank countries hosted by Presidents of Romania and Poland that took place next day.
The Voice of the Flank Security Forum brought together government and think tank representatives to discuss the current challenges the NATO Alliance faces in the run-up to the Warsaw Summit and the transformation necessary to address them. The topics discussed included NATO´s adaptation from reassurance to deterrence, the implementation of the Wales Summit decisions and the expectations for the Warsaw Summit, the possibilities for closer strategic co-ordination between the countries of the Baltic Sea and Black Sea regions. The participants were addressed among others by Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu and NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow.
The panel Henrik Praks chaired focused on Emerging Threats on the Eastern Flank caused by Russia´s employment of hybrid warfare technics and actions. It discussed the impact of hybrid threats on NATO´s overall strategy and the role the Alliance should have in responding to them.