The first day of the 12th Georgia Defence and Security Conference was concluded with the discussion on the changing security environment in the Euro-Atlantic area. The third panel - Challenges to the Euro-Atlantic Community – Adapting to the Changing Security Environment was hosted by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). The session was moderated by RUSI’s Senior Research Fellow Ewan Lawson.

Speakers at the panel included the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, Minister of Defence of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis, Deputy Minister of National Defence of Turkey Yunus Emre and the Director of International Security Policy at the UK Ministry of Defense Nick Gurr.

All the speakers of the session agreed that in order to overcome the existing challenges to Europe the unity and adequate adaptation is necessary. For this aim, the peaceful world should establish common approach and employ deterrence by dialogue and diplomacy. It was noted that after the Warsaw Summit, the fight against hybrid challenges has been named as one of NATO’s priorities.

The representatives of Turkey, Lithuania and the United Kingdom once again expressed an unwavering support to Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic integration and underlined Georgia’s role and commitment in the stability and security of the region.