Lajcak: Conflicts in Neighbourhood, Events Like GLOBSEC Needed

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Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak. (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, May 26 (TASR) – The 12th annual GLOBSEC international security conference was opened in Bratislava on Friday by Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak, who in his speech noted that the event is taking place in challenging times with many armed conflicts.

“[Conflicts] aren’t only taking place in distant countries, but also in our immediate neighbourhood. This is why we need such an event as GLOBSEC,” said Lajcak.

“Where diplomacy fails, figures from the defence industry must take the stage,” said Lajcak, adding that many positive ideas could emerge at GLOBSEC.

The main topic of the conference running until Sunday is ‘Adapting (to) the Future’. GLOBSEC president Robert Vass said earlier that the forum doesn’t only focus on security issues any more; its attention is being shifted in a more strategic direction. This year’s conference is divided into four main areas – the fourth industrial revolution, global changes and trends, the future of the West and western institutions and globalisation versus protectionism.