kas_74840-1624-2-30_50The XII Forte de Copacabana International Security Conference will discuss the possibilities of cooperation for international security and the common challenges between Brazil and the European Union. The event takes place in Rio de Janeiro tomorrow (08/10) and brings together top government officials, politicians, members of civil society and academia. The conference is organized by Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) – a traditional partner of EUBrasil – and by the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI), with the support of the Delegation of the European Union in Brazil.

The opening panel will discuss the core values that underlie the world politics of security, and how they contribute to order in international relations; what values, principles and norms do Europe and Brazil promote and preserve and why do certain values tend to be prioritized over others. The moderator will be Professor Alfredo Valladão, representing the EUBrasil Association.

“In a world increasingly interdependent, fragmented and dangerous, cooperation on security and defense (S&D) between states and regions that share democratic values it is a vital necessity. The annual conference of the Forte deCopacabana, held for over a decade to promote dialogue between Europe and South America in the field of S&D is the most important bi-regional non-governmental forum mutual under focused on promoting the understanding of these issues and encouraging concrete joint actions”, Valladão said.

The European Union’s approach to the world politics of security will be the topic of the inaugural address, which will see the participation of João Gomes Cravinho, EU ambassador to Brazil. The Brazilian approach to the world politics of security will be the topic of the keynote speech that will close the Conference. Brazil will address its own position within the international system, its aspirations regarding the ongoing changes in the world order, and the way the country envisions its regional and global activities in the medium and long term.

“The Conference aims to bring together experts from a wide range of private-sector, academic and government backgrounds to discuss current security-related issues which are of interest to the partners on both sides of the Atlantic. It will be open to the public and the audience is encouraged to actively engage in discussions”, says Gregory Ryan, Project Coordinator for International Relations.

The program will also include discussions on the international security system, the outlook for joint global efforts regarding security policies and regional threats to energy security and possible common solutions.

To access the programme, click here. The event can be live streamed through here.