See the Programme of the Seminar.
The conference focused on four main issues: (a) the current state of transatlantic relations (b) the regional security environment in Southeastern Europe, approved
the Black Sea and the Middle East (c) functional security issues, namely: security sector reform, energy politics and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and (d) the role of great powers in dealing with security challenges.
On the current state of transatlantic relations, the participants debated whether there is a common approach and long-term vision between the US and Europe and on what basis should the current state of affairs between the US and the EU be re-negotiated? Are both sides ready to re-draw a new “road map” in enhancing co-operation? Is the US ready to lead into a new era of multilateral co-operation? Is the EU ready to undertake a new role, more positive in nature and closer to this of the US? Are both sides truly in need for a closest co-operation?
Read the seminar report.
Article by Daniel Vernet (translated in greek).
The list of approximately 80 participants from 30 countries included renown academics and policy analysts like Ian Lesser (German Marshall Fund of the United States), medical
Daniel Vernet (Le Monde), Bassma Kodmani (Arab Reform Initiative), Stephen Larrabee (RAND Corporation), Nadia Arbatova (IMEMO, Russian Academy of Sciences), Ivan Vejvoda (Balkan Trust for Democracy), Fraser Cameron (EU-Russia Centre), as well as high-level officials and politicians like Batu Kutelia, Undersecretary for Defence of Georgia, Ilan Mizrahi, National Security Adviser of Israel, Soren Petersen former UN Special Envoy and Commander in Kosovo, Veton Surroi, political leader from Kosovo, Willem Van Eekelen, former secretary general of the West European Union (WEU) and Thomas Countryman, US.
Halki International Seminar 2005 brought together 60 experts from Southeastern (SEE) and the Mediterranean/M. East regions to analyse the lessons learned from SSR efforts in SEE and the Black Sea Region and whether these lessons could be applied to the Mediterranean/M. East. Participants discussed the current situation in countries of interest and the next steps in both regions (although the emphasis was on the Mediterranean/M. East), case
with the objective of preparing a final report with conclusions and policy recommendations.
Read the final report.