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Conference

Security and Defence

Rising Powers and the Future of Defence Cooperation

23 Feb 2015 - 09:00 to 24 Feb 2015 - 13:30

Chatham House, London

Emerging powers are shifting the global military balance. In order to strengthen security, approaches to defence cooperation must reflect this new reality. 

This conference will assess what capabilities are required to respond to the global security landscape and consider how governments, industry and multilateral institutions can work together to respond to the world’s paramount security concerns. 

International policy-makers and business leaders will assess the challenges and opportunities for future defence cooperation in the light of the changing nature of global military spending, emerging national priorities and the impact of new technologies.  

Key questions for discussion will include: 

  • How is the changing global military economy affecting the global defence industry? 
  • What political, economic and technical factors are causing national armed forces to be more interconnected? 
  • Is the export and import of defence- related hardware and systems effectively regulated?  
  • What are the unique threats posed by space security and what can be learned from recent efforts to ensure cooperation between emerging and established powers?
 

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Pricing

Register by Tuesday 23 December 2014 to benefit from the early booking rate.

For any questions about which rate applies to you, please call +44 (0)20 7314 2782. 

                       FULL RATE
 EXCL. VATINCL. VAT
Major corporate member rates  
All organizations£625£750
Corporate member rates  
Commercial organizations£1,360£1,632
Government departments£795£954
NGOs and academics£525£630
Standard rates  
Commercial organizations£1,495£1,794 
Government departments£895£1,074
NGOs and academics£580£696

Monday 23 February
Day One 09:00

Chair
Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House 

Opening Keynote Addresses
Celso Amorim, Minister of Defence (2011-14), Brazil (on the record)
Questions and discussion 

Ian King, Chief Executive, BAE Systems (on the record)
Questions and discussion 

Overview Session
10:00-11:45

  • Are regional political rivalries or international terrorism the world’s main security concern?
  • To what extent have recent conflicts, disruptive technologies and the global financial crisis changed the size and allocation of defence budgets?  
  • Is the West’s role in the defence sector in permanent decline? What are the consequences for industry and for international security? 

Moderator
Bronwen Maddox, Editor and Chief Executive, Prospect Publishing

Panellists
Sir David Omand, Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King's College London

Dr Sam Perlo-Freeman, Senior Researcher and Head of Project on Military Expenditure, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute  (SIPRI) 

James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, NATO

Questions and discussion

Refreshments

Session One | Rising and Declining Powers and the Future of Defence
11:45-13:15 

  • How has the security landscape of key regions changed in the last ten years and are new types of partnerships required to ensure stability and security in the future?
  • To what extent are emerging powers reshaping the global military balance? 
  • What are the geopolitical factors dictating Russia's defence priorities? 
  • How far have the partnerships between established, rising and declining powers changed to reflect the changing geopolitical landscape? 

Chair
Professor Audrey Kurth Cronin, Research Associate, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford (Department of Politics and International Relations)

Speakers
Dr Timothy D Hoyt, Professor Co-Chair, Indian Ocean Regional Studies Group, Strategy & Policy, US Naval War College 

Dr Wang Yiwei, Professor of the School of International Relations & Director of the Center for the Center for European Studies, Renmin University of China

Dr Dmitri Trenin, Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment and Director, Carnegie Moscow Center 

Questions and discussion

13:15-14:30   Lunch 

Session Two| Changing Forces and the Changing Relationship between Industry and Government
14:30-16:15 

  • How far do both established and rising powers need ‘full spectrum capabilities’? What investment is required to achieve these? 
  • What are the risks and benefits of alternative approaches, such as an emphasis on special forces and unmanned systems?
  • Is an increased reliance on contractors changing the nature and operating model of advanced armed forces?   
  • Can pooling and sharing counter the effects of national defence cuts?

Chair
Deborah Haynes, Defence Editor, The Times 

Moderated Panel Discussion
Air Vice-Marshal Sue Gray, Director, Combat Air, Defence Equipment and Support, Royal Air Force, UK 

Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director, Programmes and Support, BAE Systems

Jan Pie, Secretary General, AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe

Questions and discussion

Refreshments

Session Three | National Priorities in an International Market
16:15-18:00 

  • How should national policy-makers determine sovereign capabilities for the 21st century?  
  • What are the political, economic and technical factors causing national armed forces to be more interconnected? What are the consequences for national sovereignty and security? 
  • How is the global defence industry responding to shifting patterns in defence spending? 
  • How are different countries regulating the export and import of defence related hardware and systems, and how is this reshaping the defence industry? 
  • Does current regulation effectively balance policy with ethical and economic interests? 
  • What is the future for collaborative defence projects?

Chair
Alexander Nicoll, Senior Fellow for Geo-economics and Defence, International Institute for Strategic Studies

Keynote Address
Philip Dunne MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, UK (on the record)

Moderated Panel Discussion
Panellists
Katrina G McFarland, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Department of Defense, United States 

Dr John Louth, Director, Defence, Industries and Society, Royal United Services Institute 

David Chinn, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Questions and discussion

18:00 Close of day one and drinks reception hosted by Chatham House

Tuesday 24 February
Day Two 09:30

Session Four | Cooperating in Space Security
09:30-11:15 

Moderated Panel Discussion

  • Space is a congested, contested and competitive domain. What are the key natural and manmade threats in space and how might they affect global security?
  • What international cooperation is required to develop norms and policies that contribute to space security?
  • To what extent are emerging powers challenging traditional approaches to space security?  

Moderator
Dr Patricia Lewis, Director, International Security, Chatham House  

Panellists
Dr Xavier Pasco, Senior Research Fellow,  Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique

Dr Joan Johnson-Freese, Professor, National Security Affairs, US Naval War College

Dr Stuart Eves, Lead Mission Concepts Engineer, Airbus Defence and Space

Questions and discussion

Concluding Session | Towards a New Model of Defence Cooperation
11:15-13:30 

  • How does the current pattern of international defence cooperation need to change?
  • How can states balance the need for greater international defence integration with domestic interests and accountability? 
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of multilateral organizations in contributing to international security? 
  • How can industry, multilateral institutions and established and emerging powers ensure that the changing pattern of defence relationships strengthens rather than challenges global stability and security? 

Chair
James de Waal, Senior Fellow, International Security, Chatham House 

Keynote Address
Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary-General, Gulf Cooperation Council  (on the record)
Questions and discussion

Moderated Panel Discussion
Panellists
Major General Obed Boamah Akwa, Commandant, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana

Professor Michael Cox, Associate Fellow, Americas Programme, Chatham House 

Dr Patrick Cronin, Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)  

Questions and discussion

13:30 End of conference and lunch

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2014

Keynote Speakers

Speakers

Major General Obed Akwa

Commandant and Executive Director, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre

James Appathurai

Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy; Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, NATO

David Chinn

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Professor Michael Cox

Associate Fellow, Americas Programme, Chatham House

Professor Audrey Cronin

Research Associate, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford (Department of Politics and International Relations)

Dr Patrick Cronin

Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security

Dr Stuart Eves

Lead Mission Concepts Engineer, Airbus Defence and Space

Air Vice-Marshal Sue Gray

Director, Combat Air, Defence Equipment and Support, Royal Air Force, UK

Deborah Haynes to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence in Europe 2016 conference

Deborah Haynes

Defence Editor, The Times

Dr Timothy Hoyt

Professor Co-Chair, Indian Ocean Regional Studies Group, Strategy & Policy, US Naval War College

Dr Joan Johnson-Freese

Professor, National Security Affairs, US Naval War College

Dr David Lai

Research Professor, Asian Security Studies, Strategic Studies Institute, The US Army War College

Dr Patricia Lewis

Research Director, International Security, Chatham House

Dr John Louth

Director, Defence, Industries and Society, Royal United Services Institute

Bronwen Maddox

Editor and Chief Executive, Prospect Publishing

Katrina G McFarland

Assistant Secretary of Defense Acquisition, US Department of Defence

Dr Robin Niblett

Dr Robin Niblett

Director, Chatham House

Alex Nicoll

Senior Fellow for Geo-economics and Defence; Editor of Strategic Survey; Editor of Strategic Comment, International Institute for Strategic Studies

Sir David Omand

Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King's College London

Dr Xavier Pasco

Senior Research Fellow, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique

Dr Samuel Perlo-Freeman

Head of Military Expenditure Project, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Jan Pie

Secretary General, AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe

Dr Dmitri Trenin

Director, Carnegie Moscow Center

Dr Wang Yiwei

Professor of the School of International Relations & Director of the Center for the Center for European Studies, Renmin University of China

James de Waal

Senior Fellow, International Security, Chatham House

Nigel Whitehead

Group Managing Director, Programmes & Support, BAE Systems

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