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Challenges for the Security and Stability of Cyberspace and their Impact upon Global Stability

Thursday 2 May 2019
Schouwburgstraat 2
2511 VA The Hague
Auditorium A0.06


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About the lecture

Former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges and new director of the EU Satellite Centre, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, will give a guest lecture for students on the “Challenges for the Security and Stability of Cyberspace and their Impact upon Global Stability”.

Discussant: Prof. Joachim Koops, Scientific Director of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs.

Moderator: Dr. Vlad Niculescu-Dinca

Ambassador Sorin Dumitru Ducaru

About the speaker

Ambassador Sorin Dumitru Ducaru is a Romanian career diplomat with a longstanding experience in trans-Atlantic and International Relations and a particular expertise in the field of emerging security challenges and the impact of new technologies upon security. Ambassador Ducaru’s professional background reflects a quite rare blend of technical and political studies. Holding degrees both in computer-studies (Bucharest - Polytechnic University) and political science (University of Amsterdam), he has been intensely engaged intellectually and professionally bridging the technology-policy gap and the impact of technology upon security.

Ambassador Ducaru held the post of NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges from September 2013 to November 2017. In this capacity he was the head of the Emerging Security Challenges Division at NATO-HQ, Chair of the Cyber Defence Committee and also coordinator and manager NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme. He has been leading the work on NATO cyber policy development and implementation in a period of most dynamic developments for the Alliance in this field. He has provided expert input and chaired Allied negotiations on NATO’s Enhanced Policy on Cyber Defence (adopted at the Wales Summit in 2014), on NATO’s Cyber Defence Pledge and the Alliance’s Recognition of Cyberspace as Operational Domain (both adopted at the Warsaw Summit in 2016). As Chair of NATO’s Cyber Defence Management Board, he has been in charge of supervision NATO Cyber Action Plan implementation. Ambassador Ducaru has championed the cyber multi-stakeholder approach and the development of NATO’s cyber partnerships with partner countries, international organizations, industry and academia, displaying at the same time a strong support for the development of international norms of responsible behavior and confidence building measures in cyberspace as important instruments to strengthen stability in cyberspace.

Ambassador Ducaru is currently a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC and a Special Advisor to the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. He has been recently selected as the Director of the European Union Satellite Centre (SATCEN), a responsibility which he will take starting with June 2019.”

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