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CIOR Seminar 2013 with attached presentations : NATO’s Challenges Following the Chicago Summit

The 24thannual CIOR Pre-Midwinter Seminar has taken place at the conference center of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), SchlossEichholz, Wesseling, between Cologne and Bonn, Germany, from January 27 to 30, 2013. The general topic was about “NATO’s CHALLENGES FOLLOWING THE CHICAGO SUMMIT”.

55 delegates from 19 Nations, members of the Confederation attended the seminar. Among them, several members from the Council and about one third new participants. This year’s edition included, as speakers, of CIOR President Commander (R) Richard ROLL, a Russian academic, Professor Alexander NIKITIN from Moscow and Salam KAWAKIBI, native from Syria and deputy director of the Paris office of the Arab Reform Initiative. Also, for the first time we had one of CIOR VPs among the speakers: BG (Ret.) Haldun SOLMAZTÜRK.MG (Ret.) Ashok HUKKU from India faithfully honored the seminar for the fourth time. The speakers were from 8 different countries: NATO officials, academics, former military and research directors from various think tanks. All of them fascinated the audience with their presentations which are here put on line.

We all regretted the absence of Colonel (Ret.) Steve COCHRANE, the founder and “father” of the seminar,who could not make it this year to Wesseling and to whom we wish a quick recovery. Special thanks have to be addressed to Michael SEIBOLD, our secretary and treasurer as well as to Ana SANCHEZ-PRIETO. I took over the steering and the animation of the seminar with the help of Colonel (Ret.) Klaus BURKHARDT from the Konrad Adenauer (KAS).

The conference center being put on sale by the KAS foundation, CIOR will not be able to hold the seminar next year at SchlossEichholz. Therefore another location has been searched and found south of Bonn and a new cooperation agreement established between KAS and the Gustav-StresemanInstitut which owns and runs excellent facilities in Bad Godesberg where the seminar could take place in 2014 from 3rd to 6th February.

Enjoy reading the attached presentations of the speakers of this year’s CIOR Seminar and see you next year in Bad Godesberg!

Please click on this link in order to download presentations.

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