20 years without the Berlin Wall, but are we free from fear?
International Seminar on Traditional and Emerging Security Concerns

Turin, 24 June 2009. To mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, UNICRI, in collaboration with the University of Turin, is to hold an International Seminar on the topic of traditional and emerging security concerns. The discussion will invite us to consider ways of tackling these threats by reflecting on how the fall of the Berlin Wall has affected the fields of political and international relations, international criminal justice, as well as transatlantic defense and security cooperation. The seminar will take place on July 8th at 5pm in UNICRI’s newly inaugurated Sérgio Vieira de Mello building, Turin.

The panel will feature an impressive line-up of experts and practitioners including Mette Skak, author of ‘From Empire to Anarchy. Post-communist Foreign Policy and International Relations’; Hans-Jörg Albrecht, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law; James Henry Bergeron, Political Advisor, Striking Force NATO; and Fausto Pocar, Judge and Former President, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The debate will be moderated by Edoardo Greppi, Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Turin.

The seminar comes at a decisive moment in the history of global security. On the 9th of November, 1989 the iron curtain fell, announcing a new era of international relations which opened new channels between economies and peoples worldwide. Yet with new prospects come new perils, and 20 years after this monumental triumph for freedom and security, many people throughout the East and West face new fears.

Rapid breakthroughs in communications technology which have brought the world together also threaten to divide us. New perpetrators are constantly emerging in the fields of terrorism and organized crime, posing new challenges for intelligence and security forces worldwide. The menace of weapons of mass destruction and the risks of environmental degradation have reached a critical level, threatening the future of humankind.

Along with traditional security concerns, today, such rapidly adapting new threats call for dramatic new strategies and policies. In the face of such demand, the international seminar aims to contribute to the establishment of more effective structures to protect our mutual security, advance our common humanity and achieve freedom from fear.

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