Panel Discussion: Romanian and Dutch Perspectives on the Current Challenges of the Security Environment in Europe

May 28th 2018 - 15:46

The Embassy of Romania to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) will organize a panel discussion titled “Romanian and Dutch Perspectives on the Current Challenges of the Security Environment in Europe.” Taking place ahead of the July NATO Summit, this discussion brings together Romanian and Dutch views on key European security challenges and opportunities. The topics for discussion will include issues such as cybersecurity and threats posed by hybrid warfare, intra-EU security challenges, the current security context in the extended Black Sea region, traditional and new challenges on Europe's Eastern flank, as well as broader security concerns. The discussion will stress the importance of cooperation between NATO and the EU based on the complementarity and synergy of the two organizations.



Attendance: Invitation Only. 
For further information regarding participation, please contact by 30 May 2018.

Date: Tuesday, 5 June 2018.

Location: Embassy of Romania, Catsheuvel 55, The Hague



Panel discussion and Q&A session from 11:00 until 13:00.
The event will be followed by a light Romanian buffet

Introductory words: The Ambassador of Romania to the Netherlands, Brânduşa Predescu

Moderator: Michel Rademaker, Deputy Director of The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies


Ambassador Viorel Ardeleanu, Director-General, Department for Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania

Hester Somsen, Director, Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges (2013-2017), currently Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington DC, and special advisor to the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC)

Stephan De Spiegeleire, Principal Scientist at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies

Michel Rademaker is the deputy Director of HCSS. He has fifteen years of hands-on experience as an officer in The Royal Netherlands Army, where he held various military operational and staff posts and also served a term in former Yugoslavia. He has a masters degree obtained at the University of Tilburg. After leaving the armed forces, Mr. Rademaker went on to work at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) as a project and program manager and senior policy advisor on security topics for ten years. Eg. as NATO RTO project leader, he and his team developed serious gaming assessment methods and conducted several assessments of security technologies, and worked on numerous strategic security topics.
Stephan De Spiegeleire is Principal Scientist at HCSS. He has Master’s degrees from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and Columbia University in New York, as well as a C.Phil. degree in Political Science from UCLA. He worked for the RAND Corporation for nearly ten years, interrupted by stints at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and the WEU’s Institute for Security Studies. Mr. De Spiegeleire started out as a Soviet specialist, but has since branched out into several fields of international security and defense policy. His current work at HCSS focuses on strategic defense management, security resilience, network-centrism, capabilities-based planning, and the transformation of defense planning.