NATO and the Euro-Atlantic region in general face the problem of dynamic structural changes of risks and challenges in global security. The experience of Ukraine demonstrates the acute need of quick and effective response on the transformation processes in contemporary security environment. Today, more than ever, the world order is conscious of the need in: conceptual re-evaluation of new challenges in the global and regional security; adaptation of the Euro-Atlantic security structure, in particular NATO, as a key security institution; development of the quick response concept with the aim of prevention and resolving crisis of different types as well as armed conflicts. The elaborated non-traditional methods of struggle, which include so called “Hybrid” warfare, use of irregular combat structures, terrorism, etc. point to the need of transformation of security thinking in political, military and civil circles.
The proposed “NATO in New Risk Environment: Current and Future Challenges” Summer Academy is an educational event aimed at eliciting and conceptualizing the evolving role of the North Atlantic Alliance in a new risk environment. The Academy will build on a series of highly successful NATO Academies held at the Faculty of International Relations of the Ivan Franko National University in previous years. The Summer Academy 2015 will bring together prominent academicians, researchers, security experts, political and military professionals, competent in the subject matter. The Academy is principally intended for undergraduate and graduate students from top-ranking universities from Ukraine and several other NATO member and non-member states. The participants’ anticipated active part during presentations, discussions and simulation game as well as direct communication and exchange between participants from different countries and backgrounds will be an additional value of the Academy.