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  • Mr. Robert G. Bell

    Secretary of Defense Representative, Europe (SECDEFREPEUR)


    Mr. Robert G. Bell is Secretary of Defense Representative, Europe (SECDEFREPEUR). As SECDEFREPEUR, Mr. Bell is responsible for planning, recommending, coordinating, and monitoring Department of Defense (DoD) policies, programs, and initiatives throughout Europe. Mr. Bell was previously the Senior Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Mr. Bell also chaired SAIC’s European Executive Committee and served as Managing Director of SAIC’s subsidiaries in Belgium and France. Prior to joining SAIC in 2004, he served as NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment from 1999- 2003. From 1993-1999, Mr. Bell worked at the White House National Security Council (NSC) as a Special Assistant to President Clinton for National Security Affairs and as the NSC Senior Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control. His Capitol Hill experience also includes six years at the Congressional Research Service, including a one-year assignment in Brussels, where he served as Staff Director of the Military Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

  • H.E. Mr. Milo Đukanović

    Prime Minister of Montenegro


    H.E. Mr. Milo Đukanović graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Podgorica – the University of Montenegro. He is a Montenegrin national. He was elected President of the Democratic Party of Socialists in 1998. He was elected Prime Minister on February 15, 1991. He performed the duties of Prime Minister for three consecutive terms. In 1998 he became the President of the Republic, having won in direct elections for the President of the Republic on 19 October 1997. He remained in office until November 2002, when, as the leader of “The Democratic Coalition for European Montenegro'', which won the October parliamentary elections, he was nominated the Prime Minister to appoint the members of the Government of Montenegro. Mr.Đukanović was elected Prime Minister on January 8, 2003. He was the leader of the Bloc for Independent Montenegro. Under his leadership the citizens of Montenegro, in a referendum held on May 21, 2006 made a historic decision on the renewal of Montenegrin independence. He was a Member of the Parliament of Montenegro from October 2006 to February 28, 2008. Due to an expressed need at the time, he was elected the Prime Minister of Montenegro on February 29, 2008. Following the victory of the Coalition ''European Montenegro - Milo Djukanovic'' in parliamentary elections held in October 2012, he was nominated the Prime Minister to appoint the members of the Government. He was elected Prime Minister on 4 December 2012.

  • H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey


    H.E. Mr. Çavuşoğlu received his Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from Ankara University and completed his Master’s Degree in Economics from Long Island University in New York in 1991. He also completed the Expertise Programme on European Union in European Research Center at Ankara University in 1993. Mr. Çavuşoğlu is a founding member of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and was first elected as MP in 2002 from Antalya. He was the Vice Chairman of the AK Party in charge of Foreign Affairs from January to December 2013. He was elected as the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) during 2010-2012 and was granted the title of Honorary President of the PACE in 2014. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu served as Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator of the Republic of Turkey between 26 December 2013 and 29 August 2014. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the 62th Government of the Republic of Turkey between 29 August 2014 and 30 August 2015. On November 24, 2015 he's been again appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the 64th Government of the Republic of Turkey.

  • Prof. Dr. Igor Lukšić

    UN Secretary-General Candidate of Montenegro


    Prof. Dr. Lukšić graduated in 1998 from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Montenegro in Podgorica. At the same institution he obtained a MA degree in 2002 on the topic: “Spontaneous Order and Transition” and a PhD in 2005 on the topic: “Transition – the Process of Achieving Economic and Political Freedoms”. He was elected MP at the Parliament of Montenegro five times (in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2009). In the period from January to April 2003, he was public relations adviser to the Prime Minister. From March 2003 to February 2004, he served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro. He served five terms as Finance Minister and two terms as Deputy Prime Minister. He was the youngest Minister and Deputy Prime Minister at the Government of Montenegro. Dr. Lukšić was Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.

  • Prof. Dr. Fabrizio W. Luciolli

    President of the Atlantic Treaty Association and President of the Italian Atlantic Committee


    Prof. Dr. Fabrizio W. Luciolli is Professor of International Security Organizations, Military Policy, and National Security Policy at the Center for High Defense Studies of the Italian Ministry of Defense (2000-2015). He is a regular lecturer in various national and international, military, and academic institutions. Coordinator of Training Courses for military officers and diplomats in the Western Balkans and Middle East, he is Director of NATO and EU cooperation projects in Central and Southeastern Europe and in the Mediterranean countries. Prof. Luciolli is also a Consultant on foreign affairs and security matters to various Governments and Members of Parliament as well as Advisor for International and Institutional Relations of private groups. He is the author of several papers and articles published in national and foreign journals.

  • H.E. Mr. Filip Vujanović

    President of Montenegro


    H.E. Mr. Filip Vujanović was born on September 1, 1954 in Belgrade. He graduated from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade and has diploma of jurisprudence exam. From March 1978 until November 1980, he was a practitioner and professional collaborator at I Municipal Public Prosecutor’s Office and in District Public Prosecutor’s Office in Belgrade. Mr. Vujanović worked as a Secretary of Court in District Court in Titograd from November 1980 until January 1981. From January 1982 until March 1993 he worked as a lawyer. He was a Minister of Justice in the Government of the Republic of Montenegro from March 1993 to May 1995. From February 5, 1998 until November 5, 2002, he was the President of the Government of the Republic of Montenegro. After parliamentary elections in October 2002, he was elected President of the Parliament of the Republic of Montenegro. He was elected President of the Republic of Montenegro on May 11, 2003. At the first parliamentary elections in independent Montenegro on April 6, 2008, Mr. Vujanović was elected President of Montenegro.

  • Mr. Daniel J. Yocca

    Assistant Legal Attaché Sarajevo


    Mr. Yocca was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in1990. Mr. Yocca started his law enforcement career in 1991 as a Police Officer and Narcotics Detective. Mr. Yocca joined the FBI as a Special Agent (SA) in May1999. From 1999 through 2005, he was assigned to the Washington Field Office working narcotics investigations. After the events of 9/11, SA Yocca was assigned to a Counterterrorism (CT) squad focused on CT investigations. In 2005, SA Yocca was transferred to the Pittsburgh Division where he became a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). In 2009, SA Yocca was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) at the National Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2010, SSA Yocca was transferred to the Counterterrorism HUMINT Operations Unit (CHOU) where he managed HUMINT operations. In 2013, SSA Yocca was promoted to the Unit Chief (UC) of CHOU responsible for managing FBI joint and unilateral source operations. In November of 2015, SA Yocca was assigned as the FBI Assistant Legal Attaché in Sarajevo where he works with foreign law enforcement partners in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia tackling counterterrorism, criminal, and counterintelligence and cyber threats across the region.

  • Ambassador Laura E. Kennedy

    Former U.S. Ambassador


    Laura Kennedy served almost four decades as a U.S. career diplomat. She spent much of her career working in or on the former Soviet Union and served in Geneva and Vienna (thrice) on multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation (conventional, nuclear and bio) as well as a number of temporary assignments in New York, including the 2010 and 2015 NPT Review Conferences. She retired in 2013 but was soon after recalled to service to head U.S. missions in Turkmenistan and Vienna. She retired again in 2015 and is active in Washington DC with various professional organizations, including the Academy of Diplomacy and U.S. politics. Among Kennedy’s assignments are Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for southern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Ambassador to Turkmenistan, Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention issues, Deputy Commandant of the National War College, Charge d’Affaires in Armenia, and deputy Political section chief in Moscow and Ankara. A graduate of America’s first women’s college, Vassar, Kennedy also did graduate work at Stanford and American Universities.

  • H.E. prof. Dr. Milica Pejanović-Đurišić

    Minister of Defence of Montenegro


    Mrs. Milica Pejanović-Đurišić was appointed Minister of Defence in the Government of Montenegro on December 4th, 2012. Born on April 27th, 1959 in Nikšić, Montenegro, prof. Dr. Pejanović-Đurišić graduated at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Montenegro. She received MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunications by the University of Belgrade, in 1984 and 1987. She is professor in Telecommunications and Wireless Communications at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Podgorica, and Director of its Centre for Telecommunications. She achieved significant results in scientific research, while leading and coordinating many national and international projects. Prof. Dr. Pejanović-Đurišić has considerable industry experience gained as a consultant for telecommunications companies, as an evaluator on European Commission’s FP6, FP7 and Horizon2020 projects, ITU expert and as a member of the global professional associations and initiatives in the field of ICT. Milica Pejanović-Đurišić is one of the founders of the Democratic Party of Socialists, Montenegro and was its President from 1997-1998. She has been elected Member of the State Presidency (1990-1992) at the first democratic elections in Montenegro. In the period 1992-2001 she was Member of the Parliament. From 2004-2006, she was Ambassador of the State Union Serbia and Montenegro to Belgium and Luxembourg. After Montenegro became independent, Mrs. Pejanović-Djurišić was its first Ambassador to France, Monaco and UNESCO.

  • H.E. Mr. Ditmir Bushati

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania


    H.E. Mr. Ditmir Bushati assumed the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania in September 15, 2013. As an MP, Mr. Bushati chaired the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration (2011-2013) and was a member of the Joint EU-Albania Parliamentary Committee (2009-2013). Mr. Bushati graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tirana and holds a Masters Degree in Public International Law from Leiden University. Prior to his political career Mr. Ditmir Bushati served as Director of Legal Approximation at the Albanian Ministry of European Integration. In that capacity he was part of the team negotiating the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union (SAA). Mr. Bushati has worked as Advisor on European Affairs to the Deputy Prime Minister, as Legal Advisor to the Constitutional Court, the Office of the President of the Republic of Albania and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He has also served as analyst for Freedom House for the Nations in Transition Report, National Reporter for the European Society of International Law (ESIL), and National Coordinator of the Open Society Foundation’s project monitoring Albania's progress in the European integration process.

  • Mr. Neđeljko Rudović

    TRUST Agency founder, PR and communication


    Neđeljko Rudović is in the world of communication for 20 years, almost 18 of those as a journalist and editor in the leading Montenegrin daily press "Vijesti". At the same time he worked for reputable regional and international media (Vreme, NIN, BIRN, SETimes, VIP agency). He was also a panelist and a moderator on numerous events in Montenegro and abroad, participated in international conferences on the situation in the media, European perspective of Western Balkans, NATO integrations... In addition to training journalists and holding lectures at Media Institute's schools of journalism, he held lectures at the European Integration School, organized by the Centre for Civic Education. Several times he spoke on ethics in journalism and the relationship between politics and journalism on the Faculty of Political Science, University of Montenegro, and on the relationship between journalism and PR at several national and international seminars and conferences. He was a consultant during key political events. He was born in 1977 and before graduation, he gained a diploma from European Integration School. He continued his studies through a variety of programs in Prague, Paris, Brussels, London, Budapest, Warsaw, Berlin, Vienna, Oslo, Stockholm and Arizona, US. He was the founder and the president of the NGO Centre for Euro-Atlantic Policies (CEAP) and editor of the portal www.evropskireporter.com. In September 2015 he established TRUST, marketing and PR Agency.

  • Mr. Şuay Alpay

    Deputy Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Turkey


    Şuay Alpay was born in Elazığ on 20 October 1960. He graduated the Faculty of Law of the Istanbul University. He worked as assistant specialist at the Union of Public Employers in 1986. He started his judicial internship in 1986 and served as judge in the field of criminal and civil law until 1991. He worked as self-employed lawyer after 1991. He was a Member of Parliament for the Elazığ constituency during the 24th and 25th terms. He served as founder and director of non-governmental organizations. He served as Member of Central Decision and Executive Council (MKYK) of the Justice and Development Party, Deputy Head of Local Administrations of Ak Party, Member of Constitution Committee, Member of Justice Committee, Parliamentary Group Chairman of Ak Party, Deputy Head of Ak Party Head Office, as member and chairman of inter-parliamentary friendship groups. He was appointed as Deputy Minister of National Defence on 29 December 2015.

  • General John R. Allen

    Co-Director of the Brookings Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and former Special Presidential Envoy to the Coalition to Counter the ISIL


    During a 38 year career in the Marine Corps, General Allen served in a variety of command positions in the Marine Corps and the Joint Force. General Allen served for 19 months as the commander of United States Forces in Afghanistan, and the commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. He is the first U.S. Marine Corps General Officer to command a theater of war. He led the Security Dialogue of the most recent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in 2013-2014. In September 2014, he was appointed by President Obama to the Special Envoy position which he occupied for 14 months. He is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations. General Allen is a 1976 graduate of the Naval Academy.

  • H.E. Mr. Borut Pahor

    President of the Republic of Slovenia


    During his long political career, President Borut Pahor has been elected member of the European Parliament, has served as President of the National Assembly and Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia. In December 2012, he was elected the fourth President of the Republic of Slovenia by 67.37 per cent of voters. Borut Pahor has a degree in political science, with a focus on international relations. He started his professional career in 1990 as a delegate in the then Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia, where he also chaired the Youth Committee and the International Affairs Committee. In 1992, he was elected deputy to the National Assembly. For the first time - to April 1997, he served as its Vice-President while being a member of the Committee on International Relations, the Constitutional Commission and the Committee on Defence. From 2000 to 2004 he served as President of the National Assembly. From 2004 to 2008 he was elected member of the European Parliament. In November 2008 he was elected Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. On December 23rd 2012 he was sworn in as the fourth President of the Republic of Slovenia.

  • Mr. Robert Pszczel

    Programme Officer, Public Diplomacy Division


    Graduate of London School of Economics and Warsaw University (international relations). After a short career in the media he joined Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990. Worked in Brussels, including in the Polish Delegation to NATO (Political Counsellor). Member of the Polish team for accession talks (1997-99). Later Senior Press Officer in Press and Media, IS, NATO HQ. In period 2010-2015 he was the Director of the NATO Information Office (NIO) in Moscow (currently Acting Head of NIO).

  • Dr. Amadeo Watkins

    King's College


    Dr. Amadeo Watkins (Zagreb, 1971) spent over 10 years as a UK civil servant with various government departments, including the prestigious Advanced Research & Assessment Group, working on advising refrom in a veriety of countries, including the Middle East and SE Europe. Since 2011, as the director of the public sector consultancy INNDEGO, he has led several large change programs in SE Europe relating to reform of strategic management functions in Government. He is currently Special Advisor to the Minister of Interior, Republic of Serbia, and Team Leader to the Serbian Government’s Change Management Unit under the Deputy Prime Minister working on coordinating implementation of Public Sector Reform initiatives. Amadeo is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Military Educational Outreach, King's College London. As a scholar-practitioner, he has published extensively on his work experience, most recently for the EU on Challenges of Donor Assistance in Transition Countries.

  • Lt. Col. Uri Ben Yaakov

    Senior Researcher and Project Manager at The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)


    Lt. Col. Uri Ben Yaakov is as a Senior Researcher and Project Manager at The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT). He brings to ICT a wide experience in intelligence, analysis, research and management. Lt. Col. Ben Yaakov began his military service in the Paratroopers in the Israel Defenses Forces (IDF) and continued his service in various intelligence positions. He has a BA in General Studies from Tel-Aviv University and later on completed his law studies. He finished his MA studies in Government with Specialization in Counter-Terrorism & Homeland Security and a Certificate in Cyber-Terrorism from the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. Lt. Col. Ben Yaakov is an accomplished businessman with international experience in Europe, Israel and Asia. He is the representative of ICT to the Israeli Parliament for the proposed Counter-Terrorism Bill and a specialist in the field of Syria, Cyber-Terrorism, Terrorism Financing and International Cooperation

  • Mr. Erik R. Barnett

    Department of Homeland Security Attaché to the European Union and NATO


    Mr. Erik Barnett is the Department of Homeland Security Attaché to the European Union and NATO. Mr. Barnett’s responsibilities include policy and multilateral criminal investigations on national security, human smuggling, weapons trafficking, money laundering, and transnational criminal enterprises. Mr. Barnett previously served as the Assistant Deputy Director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In this position, he was responsible for investigations of transnational crimes as well as domestic and international operations. Mr. Barnett was a criminal prosecutor for fifteen years, including as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, handling cases involving transnational crime, public corruption, and violent offenses. Mr. Barnett was a Deputy Chief in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, working on extra-territorial criminal matters, including human rights violations. From 2003 – 2011, Mr. Barnett was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University and also at The George Washington University. Mr. Barnett has published articles and scientific papers on significant issues surrounding transnational crime and emerging threats. Mr. Barnett also worked for two members of the United States House of Representatives and a U.S. Senate Committee. He has been a member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service since 2010.

  • Dr. Valbona Zeneli

    Director of the Black Sea Eurasia Program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies


    Dr. Valbona Zeneli is a professor of security studies and director of the Black Sea Eurasia Program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Previously she also served as deputy director for the Central and Southeast Europe program. Dr. Zeneli’s academic credentials include a PhD in international political economy from the University of Studies of Bari, Italy, a postgraduate studies degree on International Marketing from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Bologna, Italy. Her research interests extend to various issues of European and Transatlantic security, economic security, international development; good governance and anticorruption. She has published numerous papers and book chapters and is a frequent contributor to many international leading magazines. She speaks English, Albanian, Italian and German.

  • Mr. Jason Wiseman

    Secretary General of the Atlantic Treaty Association


    Jason Wiseman has been with the ATA Headquarters since 2012 and worked as a National Security Analyst with the NATO Association of Canada from 2011. He holds an MA in Government with a Specialization in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security and a BAH in Political Science. His areas of expertise include Counter-Terrorism, State Failure and Transnational Organized Crime.

  • H.E. Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

    President of the Republic of Croatia


    H.E. Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović has become the first female president of Croatia in January 2015. Before that, she was NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy from July 2011. Having previously served as Croatia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration and also as Ambassador of Croatia to the United States (2008 – 2011), Mrs. Grabar-Kitarović is well-versed in Euro-Atlantic diplomacy and security issues. H.E. Mrs. Grabar-Kitarović holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. She was also a Fulbright Scholar at the George Washington University, a Luksic Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a visiting scholar at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. She is the first woman ever to be appointed Assistant Secretary General of NATO.

  • H.E. Amb. Margaret Ann Uyehara

    U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro


    H.E. Amb. Margaret Ann Uyehara was confirmed by the Senate to be the U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro in December 2014. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, Mrs. Uyehara has three decades of experience managing Department of State staff and resources. Mrs. Uyehara most recently served as Executive Director of the Bureaus of European and Eurasian Affairs and International Organization Affairs in the Department of State. Previous tours have included Austria, Germany, Ukraine, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, United Kingdom and Mali. Mrs. Uyehara is a native of Berea, Ohio. She earned a B.A. in Political Science at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1981 and studied at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She speaks German, French, Ukrainian and Japanese. Mrs. Uyehara and her husband, Foreign Service Officer Michael Uyehara, have five children.

  • Dr. Savo Kentera

    President of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro


    Dr. Savo Kentera is the President of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro, a foreign policy think tank and public policy group based in Podgorica, Montenegro. He was elected vice-president of the Atlantic Treaty Association at the General Assembly held in Berlin in 2008. He is founder of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro. He was Secretary General of this organization until 2008 when he has been appointed President of the Atlantic Council. Before joining the Atlantic Council, Dr. Kentera has been the Director of the Center for International Relations of Montenegro. He directs an annual intensive educational program in international security for foreign policy professionals of the region. Dr. Kentera established Security Magazine, a leading publication devoted to assessing major security challenges for Montenegro and its neighbors. His advice is frequently sought by government, media, and the public on various aspects of Montenegro’s post-independence nation-building and security sector reform process. Dr. Kentera has lectured and published on several issues related to defense transformation and security integration for South East Europe. He holds a PhD degree in Security Studies, University of Belgrade. He has participated in programs in the United States at the Institute for National Security, and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His fields of interest are international relations and security studies.

  • Dr. James Sherr

    Associate Fellow of Chatham House


    Dr. James Sherr is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House and former head, between 2008 and 2011, of the Russia and Eurasia programme. He was a member of the Social Studies Faculty of Oxford University from 1993 to 2012; a fellow of the Conflict Studies Research Centre of the UK Ministry of Defence from 1995 to 2008; and director of studies of the Royal United Services Institute (1983-85). He is also a Visiting Fellow of the Razumkov Centre, Kyiv and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Institute of Statecraft. For twenty-five years, he has advised governments in the UK, NATO, the EU about developments in Russia and Ukraine and for a number of years worked closely with Ukraine on defence and security sector reform. He has published extensively on Soviet, Russian and Ukrainian military, security and foreign policy, as well as energy security and the Black Sea region. His latest book is Hard Diplomacy and Soft Coercion: Russia’s Influence Abroad (Chatham House, 2013). Other publications include The New East-West Discord: Russian Objectives, Western Interests (Clingendael, December 2015) Ukraine: A War of Narratives and Arms (in The Russia Challenge, Chatham House, June 2015), The Mortgaging of Ukraine’s Independence (Chatham House 2010) and Russia and the West: A Reassessment (UK Defence Academy 2008).

  • H.E. Mr. Igor Crnadak

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina


    H.E. Mr. Igor Crnadak graduated from the Faculty of Economics in 2004 in Banjaluka, and currently he has been attending the postgraduate studies of the Global markets and the European Union department at the Faculty of Economics in Banjaluka. He has a rich political career, and from 2011 he has been the Secretary General of the Party of Democratic Progress. During the 90s, he worked as a journalist, therefore, he was correspondent of the “Voice of America“ from Banjaluka. He was the Head of the Party of Democratic Progress Caucus at the City Assembly of Banjaluka from 2000 to 2004. In 2006, he was a member of the European Integration Committee of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska. From 2007 to 2009 Mr. Crnadak was Deputy Minister of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, responsible for international cooperation. During the same period, he was the Chairman of the BiH NATO Coordination Team. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina on March 31, 2015.

  • Dr. Matthew Rojansky

    Director at Kennan Institute, Wilson Center


    Dr. Matthew Rojansky is an expert on U.S. relations with the states of the former Soviet Union, especially Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. He has advised governments, intergovernmental organizations, and major private actors on conflict resolution and efforts to enhance shared security throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region. From 2010 to 2013, he was Deputy Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. There, he founded Carnegie's Ukraine Program, led a multi-year project to support U.S.-Russia health cooperation, and created a track-two task force to promote resolution of the Moldova-Transnistria conflict. From 2007 to 2010, Rojansky served as executive director of the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA). Founded by former congressman Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and former senator Warren Rudman (R-NH) with a group of two dozen former senior leaders from both political parties, PSA seeks to rebuild bipartisan dialogue and productive debate on U.S. national security and foreign policy challenges. Rojansky is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS and American University, and a participant in the Dartmouth Dialogues, a track-two U.S.-Russian conflict resolution initiative begun in 1960. He is frequently interviewed on TV and radio, and his writing has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy.

  • Dr. Andrey Kortunov

    Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)


    Mr. Kortunov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and completed postgraduate studies at the Institute for US and Canadian Studies, USSR Academy of Sciences. Holds a Ph.D. degree in History. He was Deputy Director of the Institute for US and Canadian Studies. Mr. Kortunov is a founder and first president of the Moscow Public Science Foundation. He taught Russian foreign policy at the University of Miami (USA), and at the Lewis & Clark College in Portland (University of California). In 2011, was elected Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council - non-profit partnership established by order of the President of the Russian Federation. In his career he focuses most on: international relations, foreign and domestic policy of Russia and Russian-American relations. Author of over 120 publications dedicated to the analysis of Soviet/Russian-American relations, global security, and the foreign and domestic policy of the USSR and Russia.

  • H.E. Amb. Stefano Stefanini

    Senior Advisor to the Podesta Group, Washington


    Ambassador Stefano Stefanini was Diplomatic Advisor to the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano; Italian Permanent Representative at NATO; Deputy Chief of Mission at the Italian Embassy in Washington. He had previously served in New York, United Nations; Moscow; Washington; Perth, Western Australia. Ambassador Stefanini has developed a substantial expertise in transatlantic affairs, international security, defence capabilities and industry, as well as in Western and European relations with Russia and in EU affairs. As Diplomatic Advisor from 2007 to 2010, he provided to the President of Italy analysis on international, European and security affairs and organized his international agenda, including Italy’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2011 and several official visits abroad, counting Beijing, Jerusalem, Washington, New York and all major European capitals. Ambassador Stefanini earned his law degree from the University of Pisa magna cum laude and his master’s degree from the Institute for International Political Studies in Milan. He passed the bar exam in Milan in 1974. He served as Lieutenant in the Alpine corps of the Italian army.

  • Ms. Valerie Hopkins



    Valerie Hopkins is a Kosovo-based journalist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She also freelances regularly from across the Balkans for Foreign Policy and Al Jazeera. Previously, she worked as web editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and for Reuters news agency in Belgrade, Serbia. Before launching her career as a journalist, Hopkins worked for the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has an M.A. from Columbia Journalism School and a B.A. International Relations from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

  • H.E. Dr. Zoran Jolevski

    Minister of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia


    H.E. Dr. Zoran Jolevski has been the Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States since 2007. From 2010 until 2011 he was Ambassador to Mexico and Brazil. In the period 2000-2004, he was Secretary General of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Macedonia. From 1988 –2000, he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1994 to 1998 he was the First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to Geneva. From 2000 to 2004, the Government of the Republic of Macedonia appointed him Deputy National Negotiator and a special advisor to the Minister of Economy for accession of the Republic of Macedonia to the World Trade Organization. In the period 2004 to 2006, Dr. Jolevski was Chief of Party of the project “WTO Compliance Activity”, Booz Allen and Hamilton, a project funded by the USAID. Dr. Zoran Jolevski holds a Ph.D. in International Economy which he received from the Faculty of Economy at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. In 1991, he received a Master of Science in Law from the Faculty of Law in Skopje.



  • Mr. Boris Reitschuster

    Writer and journalist

    Mr. Boris Reitschuster, author and journalist of Econ publishing house. He is the author of Putin’s demtatorship and Putin’s covert war. From 1999 to 2015 he served as a head of Moscow office of the German news weekly Focus.

  • Mr. Tim Judah



    Mr. Tim Judah covers the Balkans, and sometimes other places, for the Economist. For much of 2014-15 though he was in Ukraine, covering the story for the New York Review of Books and writing a book which was published in December called: In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine. He is the author of three books on the Balkans: The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia and Kosovo: War & Revenge. The third, Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know was published at the end of 2008. From 1990 to 1991 he lived in Bucharest and covered the aftermath of communism in Romania and Bulgaria for The Times and The Economist. After that he moved to Belgrade for both publications in order to cover the war in Yugoslavia. He moved back to London in 1995 but continues to travel frequently to the region. In 2009 he was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the South East European Research Unit of the European Institute at the London School of Economics, where he developed the concept of the “Yugosphere”. He is the president of the Board of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and a member of the board of the Kosovar Stability Initiative.

  • Professor Dr. Julian Lindley-French

    Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association


    Professor Dr. Julian Lindley-French is Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Statecraft in London, Director of Europa Analytica in the Netherlands, Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the National Defense University in Washington, as well as a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He is a Member of the Strategic Advisory Panel of the UK Chief of Defence Staff. His blog, Lindley-French’s Blog Blast (www.lindleyfrench.blogspot.com), has a world-wide readership. In 2008 he published a book entitled A Chronology of European Security and Defence for Oxford University Press. His massive work The Oxford Handbook of War (Oxford University Press) is regarded as a definitive compendium on the subject, the paperback version of which was published in March 2014. In February 2015 he published “Little Britain? Twenty-First Century Strategic Challenges for a Middling European Power” (www.amazon.co.uk) which considers the strategy and policy options faced by Britain and its armed forces in the early twenty-first century. In July 2015 he published NATO: The Enduring Alliance 2015 for Routledge.

  • Dr. Thanos Dokos

    Director ELIAMEP


    Dr. Thanos Dokos received his Ph.D. in International Relations from Cambridge University and has held research posts at the Hessische Stiftung Friedens und Konfliktforschung (1989-90) and the Center for Science and International Affairs (CSIA) at Harvard University (1990-91). He served as the Director for Research, Strategic Studies Division, Hellenic Ministry of National Defence (1996-98) and as an Advisor on NATO issues to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1998-1999). He was a NATO research fellow for 1996-98. He is currently the Director-General of ELIAMEP. He has taught at the Universities of Athens and Piraeus, the Hellenic National Defense College, the Diplomatic Academy and the Hellenic National Security School. He has also been a visiting scholar at Bilgi University, Istanbul (2008). His research interests include global trends, international security, Greek-Turkish relations, Turkish foreign and security policy & Mediterranean security. Recent publications include: ‘How the EU Got it so Wrong in Ukraine’, Europe’s World, April 2014; “Greek foreign policy under the Damocles sword of the economic crisis”, Katoptron No. 2, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Athens, April 2015; “Greek foreign policy towards the Middle East”, Welt Trends, May 2015; ‘Would GREXIT be a geopolitical disaster’, Strategic Europe, Carnegie Europe, June 17, 2015; ‘It’s the War in Syria Stupid!’, Europe’s World, September 2015.

  • H.E. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow

    NATO Deputy Secretary General


    Ambassador Alexander Vershbow is the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, the first American to serve in the position. He took up his position in February 2012 after serving for three years as the US. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, where he was responsible for U.S. security and defense relations with Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and Africa.  From 1977 to 2008, Vershbow was a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, serving as U.S. Ambassador to NATO (1998-2001); Russia (2001-2005), and the Republic of Korea (2005-2008).  Previous posts include Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council (1994-97) and State Department Director for Soviet Union Affairs (1988-91). Vershbow, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, holds degrees from Yale and Columbia Universities in Russian/East European Studies and International Relations.