The Ukrainian conference will be the sixth annual gathering of alumni and regional experts affiliated with Harvard’s Black Sea Security Program, which takes place every April at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.  Prior conferences took place in Yalta, Ukraine (2002), Baku, Azerbaijan (2003), Batumi, Georgia (2004), Chisinau, Moldova (2005) and Bucharest, Romania (2006).  The primary missions are: 1) to provide a forum for senior regional experts to discuss critical security issues pertaining to the Black Sea region, 2) to strengthen and expand the regional network initiated by the Black Sea Security Program and US Department of Defence, and 3) to involve US general officers and policy makers in dialogue about security in the Black Sea region. 

 

A G E N D A

 

 

23  September, Sunday

 

Arrival of participants to Kiev to Borispol International Airport

Buses will take participants to Hotel Lybid (http://www.hotellybid.com.ua/en)

     

19:0021:00       Ice breaker at Hotel Lybid

 

 

24 September, Monday

 

07:30 – 08:30       Breakfast at Restaurant of Hotel Lybid

08:30 – 09:00       In route to Defense Academy

 

9:00 – 9:25             Opening remarks:

Ukrainian Senior officer TBD

Sergei Konoplyov, Director, Harvard Black Sea Security Program

 

Ukrainian presentations

9:25 – 9:50

Reforms in Armed Forces of Ukraine

MoD Speaker

 

9:50 – 10:15

Foreign Policy of Ukraine

MFA Speaker

 

10:15 – 10:30

Security Challenges in Ukraine

National Security Council Speaker

 

10:30 – 11: 00      Discussion

11:00 – 11:30       Coffee break

 

11:30 – 12:15

U.S. Policies and Efforts toward WMD Regional Interdiction and non-proliferation

EUCOM Senior Briefer

 

12:15 – 13:15

Countries comments on US Policy focusing on the following points:

1.   What do you feel the WMD and Regional Security issues are and aren't? Why?

2.   State and structure of your countries Border Security?  Good? Bad? What are the issues? Why?

3.   What do you think the current WMD threat and Challenges are?

4.   What are your recommendations of what we can do within the region to combat WMD traffic?

5.   What is the scope, complications, and elements of WMD proliferation - human trafficking, organized crime, cross criminal / terrorist activity?

6.   Implications of other nuclear players or potential players: India / Pakistan, China, N. Korea, Iran?

7.   Issues with the use of peaceful nuclear energy - the threats and future growth viability of this energy source.

8.   Thoughts on BIO as next WMD threat.

9.   China growth concerns / India?

10. Civilian energy concerns - Oil economies threats to disruption and repercussions with supply disruption.

11. WMD shopping statistics / assessments of terrorists.

12. Macro implications of global mass migration / disease / economic changes / ideological friction.

 

13:15 – 14:45       Lunch at the Officers Mess at the Defense Academy

 

14:50 - 15:20

Energy Security in Wider Black Sea

Vladimir Socor

 

15:20 – 15:50

Security priorities in the Black Sea/Caspian Sea Region. The Role of Russia

James Sherr

 

15:50 – 16:20       Discussion

 

16:30 – 17:00       In route to Hotel Lybid

 

18:30 – 19:00       In route to Reception

 

19: 00 - 21:00       Reception offered by Ukrainian Minister of Defense

 

21:00 – 21:30       In route to Hotel Lybid

 

25 September, Tuesday

 

07:30 – 08:30       Breakfast at Restaurant of Hotel Lybid

08:30 – 09:00       In route to Defense Academy

 

Counties presentations:

 

9:00 – 9:20

Armenia: Cooperation with Western Security Systems: NATO, OSCE

TBD

 

9:20 – 9:40

Azerbaijan: Trans-Caspian Cooperation; Western Security Integration; Iran

TBD

 

9:40 – 10:00

Bulgaria: New NATO membership; role of NATO/PfP in the Black Sea.

TBD

 

10:00 – 10:20

Greece: The relations of the European Union with the Black Sea Countries

TBD

 

10:20 – 10: 40

Georgia: Security Challenges in the Caucasus

TBD

 

10:40 – 11:10       Coffee break

 

11:10 – 12:10

Moldova: security implications of the unresolved Transdnistria situation on the region; Efforts to curb transnational threats.

TBD

 

12:10 – 12:30

Russia: Russian policy in the Black Sea Region

TBD

 

12:30 – 13:00       Discussion

 

13:00- 14:30         Lunch at the Officers Mess at the Defense Academy

 

14:30- 14:50

Romania: Foreign Policy of Romania in Black Sea

TBD

 

14:50 – 15:20

Turkey: status of Black sea security organizations (BLACKSEAFOR, etc.); analysis of threat environment and effects on the Black Sea region.

TBD

 

15:20 – 15:50

GUAM:  The Role of International Cooperation

Valeriy Chechelashvili

 

15:50 – 16:30       Discussion

 

16:30 – 16:50        Closing Remarks

Lt. Gen. Tad Oelstrom, Director, National Security program, Harvard University

Ukrainian Senior Officer

 

16:50 - 17:20        In route to Hotel Lybid

 

18: 30 – 19:00      In route to US Ambassador Residence

 

19:00 – 21:00       Reception offered by US Ambassador to Ukraine celebrating 10th Anniversary of Harvard Ukrainian National Security Program (Ukrainian Alumni are invited)

 

 

 

26 September, Wednesday

 

07:30 – 09:30       Breakfast at Restaurant of Hotel Lybid

10:00                    City tour TBD

 

18:00                    Dinner

 

27 September, Thursday

 

07:30 – 09:30       Breakfast at Restaurant of Hotel Lybid

 

09:30        Checkout and departure of participants.

 

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Tentative list of participants (blue – confirmed)

 

Armenia

  1. General-Major Armen Darbinian, Head of Department, National Security Service
  2. General-Major Semion Akopyan, Adviser to the Minister of Defense
  3. LTC Nikolay Avetisyan, Deaputy Head of Foreign Relations and Military Cooperation Department, MoD

 

Azerbaijan

  1. Ambassador Fuad Iskenderov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan in the Netherlands
  2. Ambassador Ilgar Gurbanov, Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. Captain Arif Mazanov, Head of Navy observation section of Naval Forces

 

Bulgaria

  1. Colonel Roumen Kondev, State Expert, International Cooperation Directorate, MoD

 

Georgia

  1. Mr. Levan Nikolaishvili, First Deputy Minister of Defense 
  2. Mr. Nikoloz Vashakidze, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
  3. Ambassador Grigol Katamadze, Ambassador of Georgia to Ukraine
  4. Col. Archil Tsintsadze, Counselor,  Embassy of Georgia in Kiev

 

Greece

  1. Lt.Cdr  Kleanthis Kyriakidis, Plans & Policy Department, General Staff, Hellenic Navy
  2. Mr. Dimitri Triantaphyllou, Director General, International Center for Black Sea Studies 

 

Macedonia

  1. Mr. Alexander Genchov, Advisor to Minister of Defense

 

Moldova

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