Though now considered one of the biggest security conferences in the world, the Globsec forum originated as an idea by a few students in 2005, the year after Slovakia joined NATO and the European Union.
"At the time, many politicians thought that all big decisions were made in Brussels, and that Slovakia had no voice and had to be part of some bigger group," says Globsec President Robert Vass.
"As young people, we were having none of that. We wanted to show that even a small country has what it takes to form a global or international discussion. Maybe we were a little bit naive back then, as evidenced by the name—GLObal SECurity. But we were consistent, always tried to include a wider community and institutions," Vass recollects, adding that the diplomats they surrounded themselves with saw their spark and decided to ignite it.