Online Registration for the 2019 Seminar has begun

Online Registration for the 2019 Seminar has begun

Start: 2019-01-27 | End: 2019-01-29
Location: Bonn, Germany

Warfare 2030 – Technology, Policy, Ethics

 

Three Technological Trends: Autonomous Devices, Internet of Things, PsyOps

 

Please register for the event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-cior-seminar-tickets-48929890620:

  1. Select the type and amount of tickets for the event and click “Register Now” – Note: bus tickets for transportation to the CIOR Mid-Winter-Meeting in Brussels are available through this site as well
  2. Complete the registration form and click “Proceed to Payment Options” – Note: there is a checkbox which allows you to copy your details for all tickets selected
  3. Select “Invoice” as method of payment and click “Proceed to Finalize Registration”
  4. Scroll down to the payment overview section and click on “View Invoice”
  5. Transfer the total amount to the bank account, stating your registration code(s), both given on the invoice

Please note that the fee of 250 EUR will cover accommodation and meals. Cheaper Day passes are also available (meals included in the day passes).

We will provide you with more details on the event upon completed registration.

 

Please do not hesitate to forward this information to likeminded colleagues and comrades. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Bonn in January!

The 2018 Seminar – First Impressions

The 2018 Seminar – First Impressions

The 2018 CIOR Seminar has successfully been concluded – find some first impressions here:

The 2018 Seminar – First Impressions

The 2018 Seminar – First Impressions

The 2018 Seminar – First Impressions

The 2018 Seminar – First Impressions

The 2018 Seminar – First Impressions

The 2018 Seminar – First Impressions

The 2018 Seminar – First Impressions

Read the 2017 After Action Report

Read the 2017 After Action Report

The 2017 CIOR Seminar, assembling Reserve Officers from some 15 countries, most of them NATO members, took its participants from an opening shock statement through an intellectual exercise to a conceptual training and released them on the last day with the well-deserved satisfaction of having done something useful for the security and future well-being not only of the seminar participants but of the societies represented by Reserve Officers.

“Sudden knock-out or eventual points loss – How our security state will lose the fight” is the shock statement with which the Seminar’s theme was introduced.

 

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Participants welcome evolution of the CIOR Seminar

Participants welcome evolution of the CIOR Seminar

This year’s CIOR Seminar on IS brought together a diverse audience and speakers from a wide range of subjects and professions, allowing for energetic discussions in which opinions were constructively challenged and scrutinised.

This traditional CIOR Seminar atmosphere and the introduction of small-group workshops was designed to offer an environment which merged diverse perspectives of NATO member conferees to address an issue of great contemporary importance.

The current Seminar-survey shows that these goals were met: 100 percent of the survey’s participants rated this year’s topic as highly relevant, and three quarters considered this year’s seminar to be excellent. The evolved schedules – allowing for more frequent breaks in which to further discuss and digest the presentations – and the introduction of smaller workshops were widely seen as welcome additions to the seminar.

This positive evaluation was shared by the speakers – 90 percent of whom would like to stay in touch with the seminar.

The West’s Potential Military Response to Russia’s New Status and Direction

The West’s Potential Military Response to Russia’s New Status and Direction

Dr. Guillaume Lasconjarias, Research Advisor at the NATO Defense College in Rome, argued that the current crisis in the Ukraine was in fact just one challenge for NATO on a list of many. Nevertheless, he found that the crisis so close to NATO’s borders would ideally serve as a “wake-up-call” for the Organization in terms of rapid response.

NATO’s Readiness Action Plan (RAP) ensures that the Alliance is ready to respond swiftly and firmly to new security challenges and is the most significant reinforcement of NATO’s collective defense since the end of the Cold War. The NATO Response Force (NRF) and especially the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) are foreseen to answer to all threats within 30 days and 48 hours respectively. However, the challenge is more of a financial and thus political nature as high readiness is very expensive. Given that only three states actually fulfill NATO’s requirement of a minimum spending of 2% of a nation’s GDP on its military forces, we should remain skeptical if the RAP can be fully implemented, however, Dr. Lasconjarias argued.

Possible consequences for relationship and interference between USA-China-Russia-NATO

Possible consequences for relationship and interference between USA-China-Russia-NATO

Dr. Matthew Rhodes, Professor of National Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies gave an overview of relations between the West (NATO, EU, USA) and the East (Russia, China).

With regards to Russia, Dr. Rhodes looked at NATO enlargement and identified it as a possible contributor to conflict, even though the enlargement was initiated by these states and not NATO itself. While there is absolutely no common ground and hence no room for negotiation with regard to the Ukraine conflict, Russia and the West at least share mutual interests in Afghanistan. Russia’s foreign policy aims that the country is again recognized as a (regional) super power even though its power in terms of GDP, population or defense spending do not support this.

The US decision to rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific-region in 2012 is mainly due to China, which is surrounded by “a ring of conflict”. The country, which annually increases its annual defense budget by 15-17%, is testing its power (and its limits). Both NATO and the EU have limited roles in the region and the focus remains on the US, Dr. Rhodes argued.

While there are limiting factors to cooperation between China and Russia, the Ukraine crisis has certainly brought the two countries closer together and lead to an increase in trade relations and energy cooperation.

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