May 16, 2014

Seminar on Austrian foreign policy

On 8 May 2014, the International Centre for Defence Studies hosted in cooperation with the Austrian Embassy in Tallinn, a seminar entitled ”Security Cooperation Between NATO and Non-NATO Partners”.

16.05.2014
On 8 May 2014, the International Centre for Defence Studies hosted in cooperation with the Austrian Embassy in Tallinn, a seminar entitled ”Security Cooperation Between NATO and Non-NATO Partners”.
At the Seminar, Ambassador Gerhard Jandl, Director for International Security Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Austria, delivered a keynote address entitled “Austria – effective NATO partner and contributor to international security”. In addition, Brigadier-General August Reiter, presently the Austrian defence attaché to Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Estonia and Latvia, spoke about Austrian defence cooperation and the Austrian cyber security.
After the Austrian presentations, Minister-Councellor Anne Duse from the Embassy of Sweden and Minister-Councellor Heli Kanerva from the Embassy of Finland had short prepared comments.
The presentations were followed by a discussion moderated by Ambassador Pauli Järvenpää, Senior Research Fellow, ICDS.
The Seminar was attended by almost 40 participants, and in the discussion following the presentations several interesting themes were brought up, for example, the role of the Austrian Constitution that defines Austria as a neutral country, the Austrian participation in the NATO Planning and Review Process (PARP) helping the non-NATO countries to achieve interoperability with the Western Alliance, and the Austrian active participation at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence (CCD) Center of Excellence (COE) in Tallinn.
The effort of Ms. Renate Kobler, the Austrian Ambassador to Estonia, in making it possible to have Ambassador Jandl and Brigadier Reiter visit ICDS, is highly appreciated.
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