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Program of the Conference

/ TUESDAY, APRIL 25

13.00-19.00 Arrival of participants, hotel check-in

14.00-15.00 Lunch at the Lobby Restaurant

19.00-20.30 Welcome cocktail hosted by the Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Alexander Fomin

/ WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26

08.00-09.15 Conference Registration

09.30-10.30 Opening of the Conference

> Welcome address by the leadership of the Russian Federation
> Statement by the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Army General Sergey Shoygu
> Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov
> Welcome address by the leadership of the United Nations

10.30-12.00 PLENARY SESSION

Global Security: challenges of the XXI century

> Shaping of a polycentric international system
> International terrorism as a global threat: objectives and countermeasures
> Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan – the «forefront» for counterterrorism
> Role of military forces in international relations
> Approaches to conflict settlement

12.00-12.20 Coffee break

12.20-14.00 PLENARY SESSION

European Security: prospects and trends

> Transformation of Euro-Atlantic security institutions
> NATO-Russia interaction: current status and prospects ahead
> OSCE capability in confidence building and mitigation of risks
> Prevention of incidents, openness and confidence measures in military dimension
> Coping with crisis: importance of military-to-military dialogue

14.00-15.00 Lunch

15.00-16.30 DISCUSSIONS

Middle East: modern objectives of counterterrorism and counterradicalism

> Radical groups: strength, sponsors, goals
> Best practices, results and effectiveness of military counterterrorist operations
> Political dialogue in Syria as a stage of post-conflict settlement
> Threats of terrorism merging with WMD

Security of information space and freedom of access: contradictory interrelation

> Safety of military-related information
> Information access right for mass media
> Finding solutions to dissensions in information and communications domain

16.30-16.50 Coffee break

16.50-18.30 DISCUSSIONS

BMD: implications for global and regional security

> US BMD posture in Europe: current capability and prospects for buildup
> US BMD in the Asia-Pacific: implications for regional security
> Deployment of missile defence assets and international arms control commitments
> US BMD posture in Europe: current capability and prospects for buildup

Security in Central Asia: Afghan factor

> Terrorist threat in the region: situation assessments and prospects
> ISIL and Taliban: links of the same chain?
> Role of International organizations in stabilization of the region
> Engagements of national defence agencies in containing terrorist threat
> Terrorist threat in the region: situation assessments and prospects

19.00-20.30 Formal reception hosted by the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Army General Sergey Shoygu

/ THURSDAY, APRIL 27

09.30-11.00 PLENARY SESSION

Asia-Pacific: balance of interests or a military standoff?

> Assessment of regional security threats
> Safety of maritime routes
> Military alliances and balance of military force
> Multilateral formats for security interaction
> Military-to-military dialogue as a factor of stability

11.00-11.20 Coffee break

11.20-13.00 PLENARY SESSION

Military-to-military engagements: regional aspects

> Problems of regional security and possible solutions
> Significance of military-to-military engagements in preventing major incidents
> Forms and modalities of military cooperation

13.00-13.15 Conference closing remarks

14.00-16.30 Lunch

Departure of conference participants 

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