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President of the Republic of Bulgaria (2012-2017) visits the GCSP

‘We must make a distinction between wise leaders and strong leaders.’

On 22 May, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) welcomed Mr Rossen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria between 2012-2017, to the Maison de la Paix.

Mr Rossen Plevneliev has gained unique insight not only in the word of politics, but also into the private sector. His journey into office, first as a mathematician, a CEO and eventually as President of the Republic of Bulgaria, resonated deeply with the GCSP as the centre aims to promote a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary challenges.

‘We must make a distinction between wise leaders and strong leaders,’ said Mr Plevneliev. He continued, highlighting the importance of international norms, rules and good institutions in what he describes as a ‘transition period’ occurring within the global order. He reiterated his confidence in a strong European Union.

Following his speech, Mr Plevneliev engaged in an exchange with participants from the New Issues in Security Course, Fellows  and staff members. This dynamic interaction was facilitated by Ambassador Christian Dussey. It included questions related to geopolitics in Europe, various emerging security issues, such as artificial intelligence as well as the changing global order.

Stay tuned for our upcoming interview with Mr Rossen Plevneliev!

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