Third Annual Security Review Conference

13 – 14 November 2014

Central Military Club, Sofia, Bulgaria



8:30 – 9:30 – Registration

9:30 – 10:20 – Opening of the Conference

  • H.E. Daniel Mitov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • Acad. Stefan Vodenicharov, President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Vodenicharov DOC
  • Mr. Yordan Bozhilov, President of Sofia Security Forum Bozhilov DOC
  • Chair: Amb. Zdravko Popov, President, Public Policy Institute Foundation


11:00 – 12:30 Panel 1

The future of NATO and the transatlantic bond after the Summit in Wales

  • H. E. Nikolay Nenchev, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • Mr. Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
  • Col. James W. Crowhurst, Defense attaché, US Embassy, Sofia Bulgaria “Turning back the Clocks: Does it change our perspective?”
  • Chair: Ms. Monika Panayotova, Project Manager, Sofia Security Forum, Member of the European Parliament /2012-2014/

14:00 – 15:30 – Panel 2

Regional security – challenges to the Balkans and the wider Black Sea region

  • Mr. Bogdan AURESCU, State Secretary for Strategic Affairs. MFA, Romania
  • Mr. Ognyan Minchev, Director, Institute for Regional and International Studies
  • H. E. Mikola Baltazhy, Ambassador of Ukraine to Bulgaria
  • Prof. Alexander Kostov, Director, Institute of Balkan Studies, BAS “The Balkan dimension of the wider Black sea region. Current challenges to security and the necessity of long-term prognoses”.
  • Ms. Daniela Boudinova, Head of Department “OSCE and Regional Security”, MFA,Bulgaria

16:00 – 17:30 Panel 3

Regional security – challenges to the Balkans and the wider Black Sea region.

Common Black sea strategy – achievable goal?


14th November

9:00 – 10:30 – Panel 1

Regional security – challenges to the Middle East and North Africa

  • Mr. Miroslav Zafirov, Policy Adviser, UN Mission in Iraq
  • Ms. Elizabeth Dickinson, researcher and journalist, UAE, “Gulf states and the Syria/Iraq crisis”
  • Gen. AlNuaimi, Strategic Commander, Qatari Armed Forces
  • Mr. Salah Eddin Elzein, Ph.D, Director, Al Jazeera Centre for Studies| Al Jazeera Media Network

11:00 – 12:30 – Panel 2

The new risk potential of terrorism, refugee flows and failed states

  • Mr. Szabolcs CSONKA, Senior Analyst, FRONTEX
  • Mr. Milen Penev, Deputy director of Chief Directorate “Border police” , he and director of “Border control” Directorate, Ministry of Interior
  • Prof. Todor Kantardjiev, Director, National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases “The risk of Bio-terrorism”
  • Mr. Georgi Krastev PhD, Sofia Security Forum Project Manager, Secretary of the Security Council to the Bulgarian Government /2012-2013/

13:30 – 15:00 – Panel 3

Building up necessary defense capabilities

  • MG Jerzy Biziewski, SHAPE, NATO -NDPP 
  • RADM Mitko Petev, Commandant of “G. S. Rakovski” National Defence Academy
  • MG (ret.) Sabi Sabev (Ret.), Chairman, Association of the officers in the reserve “Atlantic” – Bulgaria and NATO: Multirateral approach to defence capability building
  • Col. Vassil Roussinov, Director of NATO COE on Crisis management and Disaster Responce, “Crisis Management and Disaster Response capabilities development”

16:00 – 17:30 – Panel 4

Cyber security and cyber defense

  • Col. Yordan Bozhilov, Director, Information Security Directorate, Bulgarian MoD
  • Mr. Nayden Nedelchev, Information security expert – SSF2014PDF
  • Capt (BGR-N) Prof. Yantsislav Yanakiev, Director of Defense Advanced Research Institute, Rakovski National Defense Academy
  • Mr. Konstantin Zografov, AFCEA International, Regional Vice-President for South East Europe, Sofia Chapter President


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