International Conference Why we need a world without NATO?
Brussels 2017 Thursday May 25
(DRAFT to be discussed)
09:00 Welcome Coffee, registrations
10:00:00 plenary session Why we need a world without NATO?
Description: Three or four statements followed by questions and limited discussion (20’)
1. Wars of NATO/Global Nato
2. NATO, EU militarisation (connected to confrontation with Russia)
3. NATO, military spending & the MIC
4. Nuclear arms & UN Treaty to ban nuclear arms
11:30:00 workshops I Theme
Description: one/two short introductions by expert(s) followed by interactive discussion with participants A.1. Nato enlargement
C.1.NATO, economic intrests, arms industry, arms trade
D.1.militarisation of society versus culture of peace/sustainable development
E.1.Military interventions & the peace movement
11:30:00 Special Session US Nuclear arms in Europe: Nucleair Weapons and how to disarm them?
panel discussion with peace activists from B, NL, G, I, T & US Part I: Analysis of situation in each country
11:30:00 Movie Session Shadow World Film on arms industry
Part I: screening of film
14:30:00 workshops II Theme
A.2. NATO and Russia & Do we need Helsinki II?
B.2. NATO in the Mediterranean & how to demilitarise the refugee crisis
C.3. Military spending or social security
D.2. Woman and NATO
E.2. Media & War
14:30:00 Special Session US nuclear arms in Europe : Nucleair Weapons and how to disarm them?
Part II: Strategy and campaigns of each country
How to collaborate in the future
14:30:00 Movie Session Shadow World FIlm on arms industry
discussion with moviemakers Part II: Discussion with Andrew Feinstein & Johan Grimonprez on armstrade and MIC
16:00:00 plenary session How to delegitimize NATO? Towards a new strategy of the peace movement?
Panel discussion with peacemovement
17:30:00 closing remarks
Additional proposals for existing workshops or for new (special) workshops to be included:
– environmental consequences of military interventions (proposal by coalition to ban uranium weapons)
– A Political Economy of the New Cold War (proposol from the Netherlands – with speaker Kees van der Pijl)
“- E1 workshop should be more precise in its content with clear examples like the NATO wars in former Yougoslavia and Libya (proposal from CSOTAN with speakers Manlio Dinucci and Georges Berghezan)
Translations into Dutch, French, English for plenary sessions. We try to have translations in at least two of the five workshops as well. Other workshops in English