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Tuesday 15 June

  • Official Welcome

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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  • Keynote Remarks: Building Back Better

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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  • Video Address by His Holiness Pope Francis

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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  • Keynote Remarks

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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  • Keynote Remarks

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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  • Global Trade - Optimism Restored?

    Are we on the brink of a new chapter in global trade? What could the new emerging trade map between the USA, Europe and Asian countries look like?

    International trade has made a significant contribution to the expansion of the global economy and has been a vital instrument for inclusive economic growth and sustainable development. But the multilateral trading system was already facing acute challenges before COVID-19, and the pandemic has wreaked havoc on trade and supply chains, erasing years of economic gains in some cases.

    The silver lining is the renewed political impetus for both, global economic governance and international economic cooperation, that comes with new US political leadership. How can this momentum be seized to restore and rebrand the WTO and its decision-making body for a strong, transparent, and fair multilateral trading system and enhance trust among Members?

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
  • Raising the Bar: Towards a New EU-US Digital Agenda

    How to address the tension between the privacy rights of EU citizens and the US national security policy? Is an overhaul of US domestic privacy laws a likely possibility?

    How can the USA and the EU work together to become standard-setters in the area of tech policy? Which are the key areas of common interest, and where are they likely to diverge? With data transfers being at the heart of the transatlantic economy, what should be the core provisions of a future transatlantic digital trade deal? (substitute for the cancelled Privacy Shield)

    Habsburg
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    Grand Hotel River Park
  • Global Perspectives on Fighting COVID-19

    What is the current rate of vaccination in Europe? What are the lessons learnt of applied restrictive measures? Could ‘mini Schengen in times of pandemic be efficient and help to fight the virus without endangering the transborder life/trade?

    While the global distribution of vaccines is essential, how can we make sure that the shortage of the vaccines and the race to procure them is not abused for geopolitical purposes? How to make sure the populations around the world are not held hostage to vaccine “holders” and have equitable assess to this global good?

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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  • Precious Space: A String of Satellites and the Future for Influence

    Where is the future of innovative satellite design heading? How can the international community mitigate further space junk to avoid satellite damage? What are the major problems facing the satellite industry?  What role does the private sector have to play to overcome them? What does the democratization of the satellite industry resemble?

    Habsburg
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    Grand Hotel River Park
  • Titans of Technology: Winning the Future of Defence

    How can the international community strengthen the regulatory frameworks when it comes to the ethical use of AI in theatre operations? Should some emerging tech weapons, like strategic nano weapons, be categorized as weapons of massive destruction? How much research and development should be allotted by governments to human augmentation / human-machine teaming?

    Habsburg
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    Grand Hotel River Park
  • European Defence Cooperation: Defining the Resilient Europe

    How to find a comprehensive coherence between NATO and European defence initiatives like PESCO? Is the EU’s Strategic Compass concretising the essential role of European defence cooperation as a collective security provider? What are the risks and opportunities of the common defence and security strategy for European allies in the 2030 horizon?

    How to improve the defence procurement policies of CEE countries in order to establish themselves as a competitive player in the European market? What role and responsibility do larger EU Member States have in helping build a pan-European defence industry to reduce material dependency on the United States? How can organizations like the European Defence Agency better spur more technological innovation?

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
  • Democracy in the Digital Space: An Alliance for a Healthy Infosphere?

    How to create a safer digital space and protect the fundamental rights of citizens online? How to prevent the misuse of data? How to empower citizens and build more resilient democracies across the Transatlantic area in the digital age? What is, and what should be the role of the private sector in strengthening democracy?

    Habsburg
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    Grand Hotel River Park
  • The EU Economic Reboot: On Track Towards Resilient Economies?

    Will the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) suffice as the main vehicle for a post-COVID19 recovery, and what are some other instruments key to recovery? What are the cornerstones of national strategies for post-COVID19 recoveries? History has shown that successful recovery spending – at the EU level and at home – is a high-stake challenge: how can the implementation bottlenecks be overcome to place the region of Central Europe on the trajectory towards sustainable, green and intelligent growth?

    The policy response to the pandemic has been hotly debated among EU capitals since spring 2020. A shared solution materialized a rescue package five times larger than the Marshall Plan, with the aim of providing relief and increasing EU economies’ resilience. EU capitals have been hard-pressed to submit detailed recovery plans with implementation milestones to Brussels to access their fund allocations and begin rebuilding. The hope has been that by pushing through unpalatable reforms together with sizeable funds underwritten by 27 member states, that the EU economy can be jumpstarted. Twelve months fast-forward, the jury is out to openly evaluate progress made towards the coveted resilient EU.

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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Wednesday 16 June

  • The Great EU Soul-searching: What Spot on the New Global Power Map?

    How should EU foreign policy look like to ensure that collectively, Europe is a relevant and impactful player at the global stage? What are the necessary ingredients that could galvanize the EU into a more confident, sovereign, and powerful global player? How can the EU strengthen its capacities to act on the global stage? How to reform internal cooperation between the Member States for the EU to acquire a much stronger and much more agile capacity to act globally?

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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  • Lessons Learned from the Pandemic: Re-designing Health Care Systems

    How to increase the capacity of healthcare systems? How to finance healthcare innovatively? How has the health crisis catalysed innovation in the health sector? How to make this innovation sustainable, safe, available and affordable for all? How to integrate tech into healthcare solutions to increase their efficacy and provide better and more affordable healthcare?

    Habsburg
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    Grand Hotel River Park
  • Towards the EU that Delivers

    What concrete initiatives should the EU pursue on multilateralism that would help to deliver tangible results for EU citizens? What should it avoid? (for example COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) and its COVAX facility, OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on Base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), digital taxation?) When it comes to strategic autonomy, what action should it prioritise? Data, digital infrastructure, resilience? How will citizens benefit from European strategic autonomy?

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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  • Strategic Autonomy vs. Global Supply: How to Secure Value Chains

    Besides political appeal, is there economic merit to compressing international supply chains, and/or bringing them closer to ‘home’? Are we witnessing the end of stretched, cost-driven value chains – a prime feature of globalization – or their transformation? How can value chains be secured for greater robustness and resilience, and how can policy help?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges for supply chains globally. Multiple national lockdowns have led to labour bottlenecks and have disrupted the flow of raw materials and finished goods, dragging on manufacturing, and sending customers in a waiting mode.

    These developments have compelled observers to ponder decoupling from China, value chain localization/regionalization, even ‘nationalization’ of selected strategic industries, closely linked to the concept of EU strategic autonomy, the idea of a more economically self-sufficient EU.

    Habsburg
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  • Geopolitical Europe at Crossroads: Western Balkans in the Post-COVID-19 Era

    What are the regional and geopolitical consequences of the EU and the Western Balkan countries losing commitment to one another? Are the tools at the EU’s disposal sufficient for reverting external influence in the region amidst the enlargement fatigue, and for improving the post-COVID-19 recovery? Is there a way for the EU to show that ‘phasing in’ to EU programmes is a long-term endeavour that will foster pro-EU orientation of WB6?

    The devastating impact of the pandemic once again laid bare the economic, social and political concerns in the Western Balkans. Primarily China and Russia have recently been engaged in the region while the EU has been consistently aiming at cementing its presence in the Western Balkans by going beyond what other actors have provided. The EU, however, has not been a leading force in buttressing the continuous transformation in the region. While some perceive the EU as a panacea, others might turn to other non-EU alternatives. Therefore, today, Europe needs to address these developments in its own backyard more than ever before.

    Maria Theresia
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  • Big-Tech & European Regulations

    How to create a Europe-wide innovation ecosystem to increase the competitiveness of European companies against global rivals? What are the areas to invest in, if Europe wants to further boost the tech capabilities driving its competitive advantage? (semiconductors, e-batteries, AI etc. ) How to make sure that tech regulation (data privacy, AI, DSA) doesn´t stifle innovations in the tech sector while protecting the interest of consumers?

    What are the next steps we need to take to design and establish a functional and forward-looking system of regulation of tech heavyweights that ensures a competitive market and adherence to democratic norms?

    Habsburg
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    Grand Hotel River Park
  • Climate Change & Global Security: A Closer Relationship Than One Might Think?

    How can the defence sector best contribute to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions? How do industry and military come together to reduce the carbon footprint of major deployment operations? How should Western countries better incentivize larger emerging countries to be more accepting of more green-oriented military policies? Should the armed forces assess the training of future soldiers to integrate more civilian applications to better respond to climate disasters?

    Habsburg
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    Grand Hotel River Park
  • Cities in Lockdown

    What has the pandemic shown us in terms of the capacities of cities in handling fast-changing and evolving crises? How did cities perform and how have their performances impacted the level of trust of people in their respective local institutions? What communication strategies are better suited for local governments and how do these foster trust in local institutions over national governments?

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, local governments, municipalities, and cities were faced overnight with new challenges that had not occurred for several generations. While central governments had so far assumed the lion’s share of management responsibilities and governance, the pandemic highlighted central government shortfalls in dealing with local clusters of infections and a fast-evolving health crisis. In some places, this triggered a shift in population trust from central state authorities to local governments.

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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  • GLOBSEC Talk: Human Brain-Scale Artificial Intelligence: Coming to Us Soon

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
  • Growing the Digital Economy in CEE

    How can CEE best grasp the opportunity to benefit from tech-driven growth? How can the EU Recovery plan help grow the digitalization efforts in the region? What are the most likely areas for strengthening regional cooperation in the digital area?

    Digital technology is at the centre of today’s economic debate due to its wide use during the COVID-19 outbreak. While technological advancements were already changing the world over the past two decades, the pandemic has further amplified the adoption of new technologies. In the CEE region, the lockdown-induced digital acceleration was particularly visible during the first months of the coronavirus crisis, with the rate of growth of the digital economy being almost twice as high as the year-on-year change observed in 2017–2019.

    Synchronized with the EU’s recovery plans and strategic priorities, it is already clear that the future growth model for CEE should be based on digital and green technologies. At the same time, the region’s digital transition is an opportunity to grow not only its economic future but also its political influence within the EU and in the transatlantic relationship.

    Maria Theresia
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  • Political Extremism Goes Virtual and International

    Why is the far-right movement growing in popularity in Europe and in the U.S.? Are the reasons for these trends interrelated? What is the role of social media in propagating extreme right narrative in Europe and in the United States? How significant are international networks and connections in the world of right-wing extremism? What are the political reasons to employ the far-right narrative and what are the mechanisms that could be useful to counter this narrative?

    Habsburg
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  • Winners & Losers of the Pandemic

    Who are the winners and losers of the pandemic – internationally, within countries, and within sectors? Apart from the clear winners and losers, what should policy do about the ‘in-betweens’ to facilitate a potent, sustainable, equitable recovery?

    Recessions and shocks change the structure of the economy, accompanied by the flourishing of some sectors and shrinkage of others. Like other crises, the COVID-19 crisis seems to be creating winners and losers across economies, sectors, and employment.

    The lockdown shock inhibits physical commerce and jobs in sectors, such as high street retailers, office property, fossil fuels, travel, entertainment, accommodation, and food services but also reallocating vast resources into industries, such as pharmaceuticals, e-commerce, tech manufacturing, renewables, fintech and digital entertainment.

    Habsburg
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    Grand Hotel River Park
  • A View from Central Europe: Future of the EU

    How can the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe help the Union in this vital process of self-reflection and adaptation after the pandemic? What are key reforms are necessary to make the Union more resilient and effective? Are we ready for the health Union? What new ideas for European governance should be tested?

    The COVID-19 crisis has put the EU and its member states under enormous pressure, raising new challenges and exacerbating existing ones. But the EU and the Member States are working hard on a fair and inclusive recovery that will repair the economic and social damage caused by the pandemic while investing in green and digital future. The EU has also just embarked on the journey to conduct one of the biggest exercises in deliberative democracy on the Continent, the Conference on the Future of Europe that aims at giving the voice to the Europeans on what future EU they want.

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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  • US-EU Digital Marketplace: Bridging the Gap

    As digital business is one of the fastest-growing areas internationally, will the economic stakes prove just as important as the political ones? Will the rapid growth of the digital economy become a decisive factor in finding a common ground in the digital policy between the EU and the US? (on transatlantic data flows, but also other issues such as AI regulation, anti-trust cases against big tech etc.) What should be the key principles behind the next generation of laws ruling the digital sphere?

    While data transfers are at the heart of the transatlantic economy, they have long been plagued by Europe’s doubts about privacy protections in the US. In July 2020, the EU Court of Justice ruled that the EU-US Privacy Shield did not offer adequate protection for data of EU citizens when shipped overseas because of the intrusive nature of the US surveillance laws.

    The verdict heavily affected the $7.1 trillion data transfer relationship between the US and the EU. The ruling touched more than 5,300 companies whose business models were based on data transfer from the EU, including many tech giants.

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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  • The New Transatlantic Agenda: Trumped No More

    How will the Biden leadership shape the Alliance? How can Europe get its house in order to become a more equal partner to the USA and what needs to be done for it to get on a more equal footing? What leverage does the EU have in relations with the USA and what can the Europeans offer to their transatlantic partner? What will be the key areas where Europe and America need to cooperate?

    Maria Theresia
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  • EU Climate Diplomacy Leadership and the Carbon Border Tax

    Since the carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) was first introduced as a key pillar of the European Green Deal, how has the EU consultation process reshaped the perceptions and priorities of EU institutions? What are the main stumbling blocks between the Member States? How are industries responding? How will the CBAM be reconciled with the EU emissions trading scheme during the transitional period? How has the EU progressed in dialogue with key trading partners? What is the path forward within and outside of multilateral trade institutions as part of the wider international climate dialogue?

    Habsburg
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    Grand Hotel River Park
  • Václav Havel Transatlantic Dialogues: The Russia Challenge - Where to Now?

    How can the EU recalibrate its policy towards Russia so it represents all member states voices? What else, beyond the already-existing sanctions format, can the EU use as leverage and deterrent for future attacks? What does the Russian policy by the new US administration, including a possible meeting between Presidents Biden and Putin mean for the EU? How can the EU work with the US on shaping their policies towards Russia? How can the Transatlantic community hold Russia accountable, while keeping the dialogue open and constructive?

    Recent developments have strained EU-Russia relations further. Navalny’s poisoning, the unveiling of Russian involvement in a 2014 attack on a Czech munition depot, the blacklisting of EU diplomats by Russia in retaliation for EU sanctions, and the most recent alarming deployment of thousands of Russian troops towards Ukraine all indicate the Kremlin does not seek a constructive dialogue with the EU bloc.

    Habsburg
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    Grand Hotel River Park
  • Bridging the Rift and Restoring Trust in Politics and Societies

    How to reconcile increasingly polarised societies – divided along the lines of politics, social groups, and economy? How to make sure that we have a common ground and a shared path forward nationally and internationally? What is the role of public trust towards institutions and governments, and how to rebuild it after the pandemic? How to reshape public-private partnerships to maximize both economic efficiencies and trust?

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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Thursday 17 June

  • Strategic Foresight for Resilience: the EU and NATO in a Post-Pandemic World

    How can the complementarity between foresight and resilience building of EU and NATO be ensured? Which capability and capacity gaps need to be addressed to meet pressing challenges? Drawing on the lessons learnt: what did we learn from past crisis to manage and anticipate challenges in the future?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated trends already in motion and brought about new challenges. NATO and the EU need to adapt to the new realities and increase the resilience of both their members and the organizations as a whole to act and shape a positive future. Strategic foresight offers the means to do that. Thinking forward while acting now is the main challenge of the two institutions, and setting in motion processes to adapt, act and anticipate has become of paramount importance.

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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  • GLOBSEC Chat: AI in Cybersecurity - A Blessing or a Curse?

    What are the benefits and limitations of using AI in cybersecurity? What needs to be done to prevent AI from being manipulated, or to ensure that biometric data are not used for surveillance? AI systems are increasingly used in critical sectors (transportation, health, law enforcement, and military technology) – what should be the key priority for policymakers to ensure the security of these systems?

    Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of cyberattacks has increased dramatically. With data security compromised more than ever, more and more companies are turning to AI for digital protection. A new wave of AI-powered solutions can keep malicious actors on their toes while giving IT teams much-needed relief. However, AI is far from being an invincible solution for all security-related incidents in the digital space. This is due to the inherent limitations of AI at the current stage, as well as the fact that malicious actors are increasingly using AI themselves to carry out attacks.

    Maria Theresia
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    Grand Hotel River Park
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  • A 5G Future: Not Just Smoke and Mirrors

    What are the necessary and urgent next steps to build out nationwide full 5G networks in Europe? What benefits will the full 5G coverage bring to Europe’s citizens and businesses? What needs to happen so that 5G becomes a thriving platform for innovation and competitiveness across Europe?

    Ensuring all European businesses and citizens have timely access to 5G coverage is vital to ensure a well-functioning and competitive single market. This is due to fact that connectivity will be an increasingly critical input for economic innovation and social wellbeing. However, building a 5G network only for coverage is not enough. Europe needs a mid-band deployment allowing for full 5G performance. This is the way leading markets are deploying 5G today. At the same time, if Europe wants to lead in the Edge Cloud technologies, high performing 5G networks are a prerequisite.

    Maria Theresia
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  • Defeating the Infodemic?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by a huge flood of disinformation surrounding the virus and the fight against it. The Information chaos wreaked on societies through the accelerated dissemination of misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracy theories has been labelled as an ‘infodemic’ by the WHO. Still, some countries managed to have a successful vaccination strategy with both a fast pace of vaccination and a willingness to get vaccinated. Good strategic communication can save lives.

    How to secure trust in vaccinations in a world flooded with disinformation and conspiracy theories? What have been the biggest challenges observed in preparing the societal trust in vaccination and what can we learn from them for the future?

    Habsburg
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  • Regenerating Democracies Worldwide: Presentation of GLOBSEC Trends 2021

    Maria Theresia
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  • Regenerating Democracies Worldwide

    How can we rejuvenate the democratic way of governance to boost its efficiency and increase the trust of the populations? How can the global community of democracies work together to deliver on the worldwide quest for better governance, free participation, and a stronger rule of law? How should the global democratic renewal agenda encompass? What can and should the leading world democracies do to strengthen the rule of law and democracy at home and abroad?

    Maria Theresia
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  • Democratic Change in Russia: How to Increase the Odds

    State authorities in Russia, but also in other countries around the world, are severely limiting space for civil society, political expression, and independent media. What are the prospects for reverting these trends? How can democratic transition happen in countries where authorities in place refuse to acknowledge the public desire for change? What can other countries and international organizations do to support peaceful democratic transition?

    Habsburg
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  • The United States, Central Europe, and Global Democratic Agenda

    Maria Theresia
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  • Great Power Competition in East Asia

    Competition of systems is in full swing. China is emerging in a more competitive shape and more self-confident out of the pandemic in the economy, controlling the virus, tech dominance or military. With the Chinese growing dominant position in the global arena, how are future relations with China going to look like? With the US announcing China to be the biggest challenge of the century, how can the US and Europe work together to face the threat? On what issues can the cooperation with China be successful, and what alliances can be formed?

    A growing number of Nations are openly challenging China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea, including EU nations (France, UK, Germany), Japan, and the United States. How can freedom of trade and navigation be protected and the rule of law and internationally accepted norms in the high seas of the South China Sea be upheld? How are like-minded nations cooperating to protect freedom of navigation and trade security in the South China Sea and what more can be achieved?

    Habsburg
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  • What has NATO overlooked when trying to prepare for the next black swan event? How can the private sector and NATO better collaborate to understand emerging geopolitical and technopolitical challenges? How should the findings of the NATO 2030 report be applied to strengthen NATO’s position vis-à-vis China and Russia?

    Expert's insights by:

    • Amb. Christopher Heusgen, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations
    • Katharina Mulligan, Director, National Security, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.
    • Ambassador Baiba Braže, Assistant Secretary-General for Public Diplomacy, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
    • Led by: Rachel Rizzo, Adjunct Fellow, Center for a New American Security, Washington, D.C.

    Followed by a panel discussion:

    What is NATO’s role in helping support Allies foster innovation ecosystems to quickly adopt new technologies? How can NATO and its Allies protect and embed our values in new standards for the safe and ethical use of emerging disruptive technologies? Against the backdrop of the ongoing transatlantic economic hardships, how can Allies better pool resources and maintain fair burden-sharing? What does future transatlantic collaboration between the public sector and private sector resemble when it comes to addressing long-term challenges?

    • H.E. Jaroslav Naď, Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic
    • H.E. Tibor Benkő, Minister of Defence of Hungary
    • H.E. Radmila Šekerinska, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia
    • Led by: Kim Dozier, CNN Global Affairs Analyst, Washington, D.C.

    Maria Theresia
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  • Political Leadership in Climate Change: United We Stand?

    What recent changes in international cooperation, collaboration, and competition in the realm of climate action can be observed or expected in the near future? What can we expect and cautiously hope for as the world comes together again in Glasgow, to get the Paris Agreement back on track?

    Expectations for this year’s COP 26 are high. While pre-pandemic global challenges remain, transatlantic unity around the issues of climate change has been restored with willing and able climate champions on both sides of the Atlantic. After a hiatus, the US Administration re-joined the Paris Agreement this year and placed climate change back at the top of its domestic political agenda. This is a momentum to capitalize on, along with the once-in-a-lifetime stimulus funding on the table. With less margin for error than ever, the world now needs to focus on the global imperative of recovering better inclusively, digitally, and sustainably.

    Habsburg
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  • Closing Remarks

    Maria Theresia
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