June 2016

CyCon, Cyber Power and Security Strategy

By Patrik Maldre

The number of countries and non-state groups that are developing various types of cyber capabilities continues to rise. These skills and tools are also being integrated into the wider arsenal that these actors use to achieve their political objectives. Many also say there is now an ongoing “arms race” not only between cyber criminals and security companies but also between powerful nation-state competitors. At the same time, international law is developing slowly at best. Public attribution is limited by technical challenges, creating conditions for opacity and impunity. In this confusing context, is it possible to project power in and through cyberspace? If so, how, when, why and perhaps even where?

Bulgarian, Romanian PMs to ‘watch closely’ gas inter-connector project

By Clive leviev-Sawyer

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov met with Romanian counterpart Dacian Ciolos on June 1 to discuss a number of subjects, ranging from the gas inter-connector pipeline between the two countries to the continuing efforts by Sofia and Bucharest to join the Schengen area, as well as a joint position on the issue of Canadian visas.

Conference of NATO’s role in European Energy Security held in Warsaw

On 8th June, the conference „NATO‘s role in European Energy Security: the Maritime Dimension“ was held in Warsaw. During the conference, organized by NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence and Polish Naval Academy, more than 60 experts from around 10 countries discussed the importance of Maritime security in energy distribution, transition and its protection field.