Discover NATO Academy 2023, a three-day course uniting academic insight and professional experience in an intercultural setting. Join young professionals from NATO Member States to explore deterrence and defence in the 21st century, while networking with like-minded individuals and immersing in Hungarian culture. Do not miss the chance to gain insights into NATO’s 360-degree security approach and the Allieance’s future-proofing strategies! 📌


NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division (PDD) is part of the International Staff at NATO Headquarters. PDD runs communications and public diplomacy programmes to foster awareness and understanding of NATO, its values, policies, and activities, and to increase the level of debate on peace, security, and defence-related issues. To this end, the Division conducts, supports and co-sponsors a wide range of public diplomacy activities, including conferences, seminars, and other outreach projects, designed to engage with audiences around the world.

The Youth Atlantic Treaty Association of Hungary (YATA Hungary) was established in 1995 as the youth section of the Hungarian Atlantic Council. In 1996, YATA Hungary became full member of the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association International (YATA International) network. Its basic principle is to promote the values of Atlanticism among Hungarian youth – including secondary school students, university students and young professionals.

Youth Atlantic Treary Association International (YATA International) is the youth wing of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA), bringing together over 33 YATA National Youth Organizations comprising young professionals. Its main focus is circled around to strengthen the transatlantic bond and promote the values of security, democracy, and the rule of law by fostering debate and education, and increasing youth visibility and influence. Since its establishment 1996 ago , YATA has remained committed to educating and promoting cooperation among youth in NATO and partner countries to develop future leaders dedicated to the values of the North Atlantic Treaty and understanding current and future security challenges.

The Institute for American Studies (IAS) is a Budapest-based non-profit educational and research institute affiliated with Hungary’s University of Public Service within the Eötvös József Research Center. Complementing the rich and diverse faculties of the University, the Institute brings together scholars, practitioners and career professionals in their fields to make available an array of multidisciplinary research tools and information resources on contemporary political, economic, and national security developments in the United States.

The International Republican Institute (IRI) is an American nonprofit organization founded in 1983 and funded and supported by the United States federal government. Most of its board is drawn from the Republican Party. It is committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process, including women and youth. It was initially known as the National Republican Institute for International Affairs.


4 October

All day long
Arrival of participants
18:10 (Meeting Time)
Departure to Stefania Palace
19:00 – open ended
Optional informal night owl session

Fireside chat about the vitality of deterrence with informal networking

5 October

Moderator: Gábor Csizmazia, PhD – Research Fellow, Institute for American Studies
08:30 – 09:15
9:30 – 10:15
Opening ceremony
10:15 – 11:15
Panel I. – Deterrence Theory & Practice
11:15 – 12:00
Deterrence and Self-Deterrence: Lessons From the Ukraine War Crisis
12:00 – 13:15
13:15 – 14:45
Panel II. – The Role of Deterrence in Preventing Conflict
14:45 – 15:15
Coffee Break
15:15 – 16:30
Panel III. – Nuclear Modernization and the Future of Deterrence
16:30 – 18:00
18:00 – 18:15
Family Photo
18:15 – 19:45
19:45 – Open ended

6 October

8:30 – 9:15
9:30 – 11:00
Panel IV. – Technology & Deterrence
11:00 – 11:45
Cuban Missile Crisis: Information Asymmetries and Changing Deterrence
11:45 – 12:30
Cyber Deterrence and Defence in the Euro-Atlantic Area
12:30 – 14:00
14:15 – 14:45
Panel V. – Societal Ramifications of Deterrence
“Dr. Strangelove, or How We Learned the Truth about the Bomb”
15:00 – 15:40
Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:00
Panel VI. – Expanding Deterrence Theory
17:00 – 18:00
18:10 –
Departure to Kálvin Square
18 :30 – 20:30
Guided Downtown Walkaround
20 :30 – 22:00

7 October

8:30 – 9:15
Breakfast & Registration
11:15 – 12:00
Guided Tour at the Hungarian Parliament
12:30 – 14:00
Farewell Lunch
14:00 –
Departure of Participants