David Chochua, Atlantic Council of Georgia
Georgi Kamov, Bulgarian School of Politics, Bulgaria
Daniel Korski, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR London
Nickolay Mladenov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria
Mladen Nakic, PhD., Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Croatia
Adri Nurellari, Director, Albanian Liberal Institute
Alexandros Papaioannou, Policy Adviser, Policy Planning Unit, Office of the NATO Secretary General
Valeri Ratchev, Ambassador, Bulgaria
Adam Daniel Rotfeld, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland & Member of Expert Group
Vladimir Shopov, Head of Sophia Analytica, Bulgaria
Vessela Tcherneva, Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria
Dejan Hinic, Director of the Partnership for Peace Directorate, MFA, Serbia
Yannis-Alexis Zepos, former Permanent Representative of Greece to NATO & Member of the Expert Group
Avgustina Tzvetkova, Counsellor to the Minister, MFA, Bulgaria
The Sofia Next Generation NATO event was part of a joint project between the European Council on Foreign Relations and Carnegie Europe with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, which aimed to help the alliance engage a younger generation of security policy specialists from the region.
“Next Generation NATO” was an initiative aimed at bringing younger analysts together for events in a number of cities, to look at concrete issues and produce short, memo-style input to the NATO Secretary-General, the Experts Group and the North Atlantic Council.
ECFR and Carnegie Europe organized two highly successful events – one in Dubai for the Middle East and one in Moscow for a Russian audience. The idea for the Sofia event was to bring a group of upcoming specialists from the Western Balkans and the Black Sea Region to Bulgaria to discuss the challenges NATO faces and their perspectives on the alliance’s future.