NATO’s Winter Academy 2009: “NATO at 60: From Experience to Initiative”

In February 2009, PSSI, in cooperation with the Moscow-based Centre of European Security and NATO Public Diplomacy Division, organized NATO’s Winter Academy for more than 30 students from Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, the Czech Republic and the United States. The principal objective of the Winter Academy was to provide the participants from Russia and the CIS with detailed analyses of NATO’s history and its present and future role in the European security system. Among the topics discussed were: NATO’s adaptation to the changing security environment; future of NATO’s enlargement; and cooperation with Russia. The speakers included NATO Assistant Secretary General Jiří Šedivý, representatives of NATO’s Policy Planning unit and Public Diplomacy Divisions, officials from the Czech and Russian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense and representatives of various European and Russian think tanks.