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PURPOSE

PURPOSE:

This year's topic of the international conference is dedicated to the extremely pressing issues related to the wave of illegal migration and other associated security risks faced by countries in Europe. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have shown that terrorism remains a threat of great concern for the European and international security. The title of the international conference is "Extremist Infiltration and Arms Smuggling in the Light of Migration Crisis in Europe".

 

Terrorism, extremism, radicalism, organized crime, illicit arms trafficking, illegal immigration and the protection of critical infrastructure are just a tiny fraction of the risks which the countries in Europe are facing on a daily basis. In this context, special burden falls on the countries located along the so-called Balkan smuggling route, as well as the countries which are the destination of the largest migratory wave.

 

The task of any democratic country is to take all necessary measures on its territory, through its national security system, for the safe and normal operation of the community. We are all aware that this is by no means an easy task. We live in a complex environment with an increasing dynamics of change and the associated security risks. The openness of a democratic society, which is based on the free movement of goods, services, people and capital, makes the task of integrated risk management even more demanding. When these factors are considered in the context of the development of modern technology, we can see that it is extremely difficult to provide security against those threats.

 

Concerted action of the authorities and services at national and international levels responsible for preventing terrorist threats is the basic requirement which can significantly contribute to a more effective response and minimisation of adverse effects. Undoubtedly, in most countries, the economic and financial crisis has brought a reduction of resources for the functioning of the national security system and hence a less effective functioning of its segments. On the other hand, every crisis can also be an opportunity to find solutions for a more efficient operation of the system as a whole and define the critical role of each segment on the national and international regional levels.

 

For a long time already, the international community has accepted the fact that an effective system of international response to threats to international security can only be successful as much as individual countries are successful, including those which are less well-prepared. From this point of view, the above-mentioned crisis can be an advantage, in the sense that we are forced to respond more efficiently to the structuring of the national security system and thus remove the obstacles for cooperation between individual ministries which, until recently, seemed insurmountable.

 

Special effort will need to be devoted to the social integration of migrants arriving in Europe. Up until now, experience with the marginalization of young people in European countries is reflected in the number of individuals who have become radicalised and whose extremist views represent the greatest threat to Europe. It is especially important to properly understand and above all restrict the return of persons who left Europe to go to the crisis areas in Syria. Recent examples of terrorist attacks show that ISIL is actively infiltrating these persons back to Europe, primarily with the basic objective of committing terrorist acts in Europe itself.

 

This year's international cooperation, 7th traditional International Conference organised in Slovenia by the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia, the U.S. Embassy and the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) in Monterey, is titled "Extremist Infiltration and Arms Smuggling in the Light of Migration Crisis in Europe". The event introduces additional qualities in the process of managing complex security risks. These qualities are reflected in the following aspects:

 

- Acquisition of new knowledge and experience in the field of ensuring international security.

- Mutual exchange of opinions and transfer of good practices.

- Identification of relevant experts from the academic and operational levels who expand the network of contacts necessary for successful international regional cooperation in countering terrorism, mass migration and related problems of radicalization and extremism.

- Assistance to security structures of European countries in the development and upgrade of national mechanisms for ensuring national security and coordination with international partners.

 

The focus of the conference will primarily be on the national and international mechanisms for the coordination and exchange of intelligence and good practices in relation to the prevention of extremism, radicalisation and the smuggling of illegal weapons. All these processes will be discussed in the framework of managing mass migration which is currently burdening Europe.

 

HONORARY BOARD OF THE CONFERENCE:

 

- Mrs. Andreja KATIČ – Minister of Defence (President of the Honorary Board) 

- Mr. Brent Robert HARTLEY – U S. Ambassador 

- Major General Alen GEDER – Deputy Chief of the General Staff

- Captain Tim DOOREY (retired) – Center for Civil-Military Relations Monterey (CCMR) 

- Colonel Vilibald POLŠAK – Commandant of the Military Schools Centre 

 

ORGANISATIONAL BOARD OF THE CONFERENCE:, ODC ZDA,

 

- VVU XIV (OF5) Denis ČALETA, Ph.D.

- Mrs. Irena ČUFAR – Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. Embassy

- LTC Matt MANNING, Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation

- Lt. Branko HARTMAN

- Mrs. Jelka KROŠELJ

- VVU XI. Katja VLAJ