Secure Czechia in Secure Europe


On Thursday, May 16, the traditional spring security conference took place at the Charles University building Profesní dům.
This year’s topic was Secure Czechia in Secure Europe.

The main topics were the position of the Czech Republic in Europe in the recent years, the current security system of the Czech Republic and advanced technologies as a source of both security threats and response.

Tomáš Petříček, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic opened the conference’s first panel discussion on, among other things, Czech membership in the EU and NATO, the future security developments and new challenges in Europe. Other participants were, for example, former Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces of the Czech Republic and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel, political sociologist Václav Bělohradský, or Radoslava Stefanova, Head of the Russia and Ukraine Relations Section, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, NATO.

The next session of the conference focused on the development of the Czech security system from 1989 to the present and its further direction. The panel discussion was attended by directors of all three Czech intelligence services, together with former Justice Minister Helena Válková, Deputy Director General of Fire Rescue Service of the Czech Republic and Deputy Police President.

The final session focused on the issue of new technologies as a source of future threats and the possible defense against them. The topics such as conflicts in cyberspace, or artificial intelligence, were for example discussed by Jackie Eaton, Senior Operational Research Analyst at the NATO Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre, Nada Milisavljevic, Policy Officer, Unit "Innovation and Industry for Security" DG Home – European Commission, or Jaroslav Šmíd, Deputy Director of the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency.

Program of the conference

Audio recording of the conference:
[original sound = both CZ and ENG]