The Visegrád Group (V4) is an alliance comprising four Central European countries, including Hungary, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic and the Republic of Poland. It is a living and well structured regional partnership composed of four member states of the EU and NATO, which adheres to shared values and has a common history, culture and geographical situation.
Since becoming members of NATO, the V4 states have been staunch supporters of strong transatlantic co-operation. They have contributed significantly to NATO operations, particularly in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. On the occasion of the anniversaries of their accession to NATO, fifteen and ten years respectively, RUSI is organising a panel discussion with Deputy Foreign Ministers of the V4 countries to discuss priorities for the alliance in the run-up to the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales.
In this discussion, panelists will address issues related to the future of NATO, enhancing partnerships, improving capabilities, how to further improve transatlantic cohesion and the role of Central Europe in these matters.
Confirmed panelists include:
- Mr Zsolt Németh MP, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hungary
- Mr Peter Burian, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Slovak Republic
- Mr Jiri Schneider, Director of Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) and former First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic.
- Mr Boguslaw Winid, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland
The discussion panel will be chaired by Sir Paul Lever KCMG, Vice President, RUSI.
An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.
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