CEPA Forum 2015 and 2016
2015 Program

Transatlantic Security in a Cold Climate

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Thursday, October 1, 2015
The Willard InterContinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

8:00 a.m.

Arrivals and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Wess Mitchell, President, CEPA (Confirmed)
Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (Confirmed)
Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs (Confirmed)
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


Hard and Soft Security: Rethinking Defense in an Era of Hybrid War

MODERATOR: Edward Lucas, Senior Vice President, CEPA (Confirmed)

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia* (Confirmed)
Raimonds Vējonis, President of Latvia (Confirmed)
Richard Stengel, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (Confirmed)
Senator Chris Murphy (Confirmed)

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Europe Whole and Free: Schengen, Security and Solidarity

MODERATOR: Janusz Bugajski, Senior Fellow, CEPA (Confirmed)

Marieluise Beck, Member of German Bundestag (Confirmed)
Radosław Sikorski, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (Confirmed)
Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, former President of Latvia* (Confirmed)

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Empowering Diversification: What's Next for U.S. Gas and Crude Exports

MODERATOR: Edward Lucas, Senior Vice President, CEPA (Confirmed)

Vaclav Bartuška, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security of the Czech Republic (Confirmed)
Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University (Confirmed)
Jan Chadam, CEO of Gaz-System (Confirmed)
Péter Kaderják, Director of the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research, Budapest (Confirmed)
Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania (Confirmed)

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1 (Willard Room) 

Preparing for the Warsaw NATO Summit

Co-Hosted with The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and The Slovak Atlantic Commission (SAC)

MODERATOR: Marcin Zaborowski, Executive Vice President, CEPA (Confirmed) 

Lt. General Ben Hodges, Commander of U.S. Army Europe (Confirmed)
Gerlinde Niehus, Head of Engagements Section, NATO (Confirmed)
Edgars Rinkēvičs, Foreign Minister of Latvia (Confirmed)
Radosław Sikorski, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (Confirmed)
First Respondents: Robert Vass, Executive Vice-President, Slovak Atlantic Commission* and Marcin Terlikowski, Head of the European Security and Defence Economics Project, Polish Institute of International Affairs 

BREAKOUT SESSION 2 (Crystal Room) 

Winning the Information War

MODERATOR: Anne Applebaum, Senior Fellow, CEPA* (Confirmed)

Konstantin von Eggert, Fellow, Legatum Institute (Confirmed)
Nataliya Gumenyuk, Ukrainian Journalist (Confirmed)
Igor Slobodník, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (Confirmed)
Liz Wahl, Journalist (Former RT Journalist) (Confirmed)

 *Member of CEPA Advisory Council

The CEPA FORUM is the leading annual transatlantic security conference in Washington, DC.
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