4 – 10 June 2017, Smolyan, Bulgaria
ACB’s youth organization, the Bulgarian Euro-Atlantic Youth Club, supported by NATO, organized a one-week international NATO Summer School in the period June 4 – 10 2017, in Smolyan, Bulgaria, on “NATO challenges and concerns in the eve of 2017 Summit”.
This 2017 edition of the seminar focused on addressing NATO’s priority actions, necessary for the Alliance’s adaptation to the new security environment. The key topics included: Current Security Challenges in the Black Sea Region; The Ongoing Migration Crisis; Bulgaria’s Membership and Priorities in NATO; European Security after Brexit; Terrorism and Its New Face; NATO-Russia Relations after Ukraine; Post-Soviet Frozen Conflicts; NATO’s Cyber Defence Policy and the Role of Social Media; Gender Issues within the Context of NATO; and The Alliance after 2018. The Summer Shcool was in the form of numerous discussions, panel debates, workshops and group activities. It involved direct contact between young people, representatives of NGOs, media, government representatives, experts, professors and competitive speakers. In addition to attending a number of intriguing lectures, the participants were welcomed to take part in fun social activities.