On the 25th of May, simultaneously with the NATO summit in Brussels, we organise an alternative conference. Several international guests will delve into NATO and the problems related to this trans-atlantic organisation.
The counter summit will start with a plenary session in which four experts will be talking about various issues such as NATO military interventions, military spending, the tensions with Russia and nuclear weapons.
Afterwards it is possible to join workshops, in the morning and in the afternoon, which will involve the public closely in the debate. There are also two 'special sessions'. During the morning panel, four international guests will analyse the impact of NATO on their country. In the afternoon, the panelists will talk about the strategies of the peace movement.
We will also be screening the documentary Shadow World, followed by a discussion.
In the closing plenary session, five guests will discuss the strategies of the peace movement against NATO.
To maintain an overview about the number of participants at the conference, please use the registration form.
If you are joining the conference, please write down your name and email address in the fields provided.
If you would like our help to find accommodation in Brussels, please mention it in the second question.
We can recommend you a several hotels or we can bring you in contact with locals who provide a spare room (couch surfing).
The participation fees (coffee and a small lunch included) are €10/pp and €7/pp students and solidary tarif . This will have to be paid at the entrance.
Institut libre Marie Haps - Aarlenstraat,11 - 1050 Brussels- Belgium
Metro: Lijn 2 & 6 - stop Troon
Bus : E – AUDERGHEM Herrmann-Debroux – stop Ixelles Luxembourg
& Bus 34, 38, 80, 95 – stop Luxembourg
9:00 | Registration
9:30 | Opening of the Conference : Welcome by Naïma Regueras & Kate Hudson
9:45 | Plenary Session: Why we need a world without NATO?
1. Wars of Nato Global Nato
Nils Anderson (Author, FR)
2. NATO, EU militarisation, confrontation with Russia.
Djordje Kuzmanovic (Spokesman La France Insoumise for Defence & International Relations, FR)
3. NATO, Military spending & the Arms Industry - A Political Economy of the New Cold War?
Kees Van Der Pijl (Oorlog is geen Oplossing, NED)
4. Nuclear arms & UN Treaty to ban nuclear arms
Arielle Denis (ICAN, FR)
5. NATO and 'The war on terror'
Maz Saleem (Stop the war Coalition, UK)
11:15 | Break
11:30 | Workshops I
A.1. NATO Enlargement
Introduction: Marko Milacic (Resistance to Hopelessness, MO) & comments: Joe Lombardo (UNAC, US)
Modertator: Claudine Pôlet (CSO, BE)
B.1. EU-NATO relations
Introduction: Reiner Braun (IPB – NtN)
Comments: Christian Pierrel (PCOF, FR)
Moderator: Nicolas Bárdos-Féltoronyi (CNAPD, BE)
C.1. NATO, economic interests, arms industry, arms trade
Introduction: Luc Mampaey (GRIP, BE)
Comments: Eric Brune Eric Brune (CGT, FR)
Moderator: Bram Vranken (Vredesactie, BE)
D.1. Woman and NATO
Introduction by Ana Azaria (Femmes et Egalité, FR)
Comments: Kristine Karch (No to War, No to NATO, DE)
Moderator: Maggi Poppe (NVR, BE)
11:30 | Special Session I: US Nuclear arms in Europe: Nuclear Weapons and how to abolish them?
Part I: General analysis of situation – Panel
Lucas Wirl (INES, DE), Arielle Denis (IPD, FR), Susi Snyder (Pax, US)
Moderator: Dave Webb (CND, UK)
11:30 | Special Session II: 2% military investment norm: analysis and strategies in different countries
Part I: What does 2% mean for different countries and populations? Panel
Ingeborg Breines (IPB, NO), Jordi Calvo (Center for Peace Studies JM Delàs, ES), Tobias Pflüger (former EP member, DE)
Moderator Ludo De Brabander (VREDE vzw, BE)
11:30 | Movie Session "Shadow World"
Part I: screening of film. More information: Shadow World
13:00 | Lunch
14:15 | Workshops II
A.2. NATO and Russia - Do we need Helsinki II?I
Introduction: Wolfgang Gehrcke (Parlementslid Die Linke, DE)
Comments: Yves-Jean Gallas (MVTPAIX, FR)
Modertator: George Spriet (VREDE vzw, BE)
B.2. NATO, militarization in the Mediterranean & the refugee crisis
Introduction: Mark Akkerman (Stop Wapenhandel, NED)
Comments: Wali Ahmad (Afghanistan)
Moderator: Carla Goffi (MCP, BE)
C.2. Military interventions & the peace movement
Introduction: George Berghezan (CSO, BE)
Comments: Doug Weir (ICBUW,UK)
Moderator: Ria Verjauw (ICBUW, BE)
D.2. Media & War
Introduction: Lode Vanoost (Journalist DeWereldMorgen, BE)
Comments: Leo Gabriel (WSF, AT)
Moderator: Rachida Aziz (Le Space, BE)
14:15 | Special Session I: US nuclear arms in Europe: Nuclear Weapons and how to disarm them?
Part II: Strategy and campaigns in the countries – Panel
Marion Küpker (Büchel Atombombenfreis, DE) Pieter Teirlinck (VREDE vzw, BE), Jean Toschi Visconti (IT), Kate Hudson (CND, UK)
Moderator: Dave Webb (CND, UK)
14:15 | Special Session II: 2% military investment norm: analysis and strategy of different countries
Part II: Strategies and actions of peace movements – Panel
Ingeborg Breines (IPB, NO), Jordi Calvo (Center for Peace Studies JM Delàs, ES), Edith Boulanger (MVTPAIX, FR), Chris Nineham (Stop The War Coalition, UK), Coralie Mampaey (CNAPD, BE)
Moderator: Ludo De Brabander (VREDE vzw, BE)
14:15 | Movie Session "Shadow World"
Part II: Discussion on international arms trade and global arms industry with Andrew Feinstein (Former MP ANC/Author of Shadow World, ZA)
15:45 | Break
16:00 | Final Session: How to delegitimize NATO? Towards a new strategy of the peace movement?
Panel discussion with representatives of the peace movement:
Ann Wright (Veterans for Peace, US), Chris Nineham, (StopTheWarCoalition, UK), Piotr Ikonowicz (New Left, PL), Reiner Braun (IPB No to war,No to Nato, DE), Claudine Pôlet (CSO, BE), Francis Wurtz (MVT Paix, FR)
Moderator: Kate Hudson (CND, UK)
17:30 | Closing Remarks
Ludo De Brabander VREDE vzw, BE) en Claudia Haydt (European Left, DE)
18:00 | Reception
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