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Europe's Changing Neighbourhood

Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management in the 21st Century

Chatham House, London

The changing crisis environment in which Europe finds itself has raised urgent questions about Europe’s role in the world. With turbulent peripheries in both its east and south, combined with an increasingly introverted domestic debate, internal challenges and a complicated set of external dynamics, Europe finds itself arguably in its most complex international environment in over a generation. This one-day forum explores external perceptions of Europe and will assess the nature of current crises and threats and Europe’s capacity to respond.

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Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference in partnership with ICG

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Al Sharq

Pricing 

Register by Wednesday 16 September 2015 to benefit from the early booking rate.

For any questions about which rate applies to you, please call +44 (0)20 7314 2785.

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Chatham House Major Corporate Members and ICG President's Council members    
All organizations£475£570£575£690
Chatham House Corporate Members and ICG International Advisory Council Members    
Commercial organizations£1,045£1,254£1,150£1,380
Government departments£595£714£680£816
NGOs and academics£365£438£445£534
Standard rates    
Commercial organizations£1,150£1,380£1,255£1,506
Government departments£655£786£725£870
NGOs and academics£425£510£495£594
 

Monday 16 November 

09:00 Welcome and chair's opening remarks

Session One | State of the World: Rise of Black Swans and the Pursuit of Peace
09:10 – 10:15

The opening discussion will look at the changing nature of conflict – including its increasing complexity, the emergence of violent extremism, and proliferating transnational qualities – amid a declining Western appetite for engagement and heightened regional activism. Are the eruptions of conflicts and crises becoming more difficult to predict? What inhibits the ability to anticipate and head off crises? How can these obstacles be more effectively overcome?
 
Chair
Michael Keating, Associate Director, Research Partnerships, Chatham House
 
Panellists
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President & CEO, International Crisis Group
Emma Bonino, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy (2013–14)
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, Minister of State for Africa, Asia and the United Nations (2007–09)
Wadah Khanfar, President, Al Sharq Forum

Session Two | The Nature of Current Crises and Threats
10:15 – 11:30

This discussion will explore the origin and nature of immediate crises in Europe’s neighbourhood, in North Africa, the Middle East, and its eastern borders, and how they are influencing European foreign and regional policies and prevention strategies.
 
Chair
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President & CEO, International Crisis Group
 
Panellists
Nader Mousavizadeh, Partner and Co-founder, Macro Advisory Partners
Karen E Smith, Professor of International Relations and Director, European Foreign Policy Unit, London School of Economics
Dr Helima Croft, Managing Director and Chief Commodities Strategist, RBC Capital Markets
Professor John Shattuck, President and Rector, Central European University
Basheer Nafi, Senior Fellow, Al Jazeera Center for Studies
 
11:30 – 12:00 Refreshments 

Pre-Lunch Concurrent Breakout Discussions
 
Discussion A | External Perceptions and Europe’s Continued Relevance
12:00 – 13:30

This discussion will focus on how Europe is perceived in its neighbourhood, a vital aspect in shaping a more effective European crisis management posture. Is Europe seen as a force for good or an increasingly fragile concept? How effective is the reach of Europe’s soft power? How can it engage more effectively with its peripheries?
 
Chair
Professor John Shattuck, President and Rector, Central European University
 
Discussants
Intissar Kherigi, Programmes Director, Jasmine Foundation
Vladimir Milov, Founding Leader and Chairman, Democratic Choice, and President, Institute of Energy Policy, Russia
Tina Fordham, Managing Director and Chief Global Political Analyst, Citi
Professor Dr Richard G Whitman, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Jamal Khashoggi, General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, Al-Arab News Channel 

Discussion B | The Sahel – a Sandstorm Coming?
12:00 – 13:30

This discussion will assess the political, security and economic challenges of Sahelian Africa on the cusp of a population explosion. It will also focus on the potential implications for Europe, particularly in relation to the current migration crisis, and how best these challenges can be addressed.
 
Chair
Dr Giovanni Grevi, Director, FRIDE
 
Discussants
Dr Comfort Ero, Programme Director, Africa, International Crisis Group
Dr Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani, Chairman, Reform Now Movement, Sudan
Dr Georg Klute, Professor Anthropology of Africa, University of Bayreuth
Dr Lotte Pelckmans, Researcher International Security, Danish Institute for International Studies
 
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch 

Post Lunch Concurrent Breakout Discussions
 
Discussion C | Ukraine, Russia and the Future of European Security
14:30 – 16:00

This discussion will focus on the potential for international confrontation and violent conflict arising out of the ongoing tensions from Russia’s military and political involvement in Ukraine. What are the risks for the stability of other neighbouring countries and what new strategies will be needed to deal with this? Are large alliances like the EU and NATO capable of leading the response?
 
Chair
James Nixey, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
 
Discussants
Paul Quinn-Judge, Senior Adviser on Ukraine and Russia, International Crisis Group
Oleksiy Melnyk, Co-director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes, Razumkov Centre
Dr Nadia Arbatova, Head of European Political Studies Department, Institute of World Economy and International Relations
Stephen Covington, International Affairs Adviser to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO 

Discussion D | North Africa
14:30 – 16:00

This discussion will assess Europe’s response to the challenges confronting North Africa, from helping to preserve stability in Tunisia, to the increasing quagmire in Libya, and the authoritarian drift in Egypt and confronting growing violence in the Sinai. How effective is Europe in helping to mitigate immediate security risks, as well as addressing the deep-seated drivers for instability? Do current approaches require a rethink?
 
Chair
John Hamilton, Director, Cross Border Information
 
Discussants
Roula Khalaf, Foreign Editor, Financial Times
Issandr El Amrani, Project Director, North Africa, International Crisis Group
Dr Claire Spencer, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Fahmy Howeidy, Author and Journalist, El-Shorouk, Egypt
 
16:00 – 16:30 Afternoon refreshments 

Session Three | European Security Policy: An Impossibility or Potential Reality?
16:30 – 18:00 

This discussion will assess European approaches to security and defence and the potential for European neighbours to adopt a more co-ordinated strategic response to extant and emergent security threats.

Chair
Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House
 
Panellists
Sir Robert Cooper, Visiting Professor, LSE Ideas, London School of Economics
Professor Michael Clarke, Director General, RUSI
Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance, London School of Economics
Galip Dalay, Research Director, Al Sharq Forum
 
18:00 Close of conference and drinks reception
 

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2015

Speakers

Issandr El Amrani to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Issandr El Amrani

Project Director, North Africa, International Crisis Group

Nadia Arbatova to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Dr Nadia Arbatova

Head of European Political Studies Department, Institute for World Economy and International Relations

Dr Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Dr Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani

Chairman, Reform Now Movement, Sudan

Emma Bonino to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Emma Bonino

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy (2013 – 2014)

Michael Clarke to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Professor Michael Clarke

Director General, RUSI

Robert Cooper to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence in Europe 2016 conference

Sir Robert Francis Cooper

Visiting Professor, LSE and Former Counsellor, EEAS

Stephen Covington

International Affairs Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO

Helima Croft to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Dr Helima Croft

Managing Director and Chief Commodities Strategist, RBC Capital Markets

Galip Dalay to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Galip Dalay

Research Director, Al Sharq Forum

Comfort Ero to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Dr Comfort Ero

Programme Director, Africa, International Crisis Group

Tina Fordham to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Tina Fordham

Managing Director and Chief Global Political Analyst, Citi

Giovanni Grevi to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Dr Giovanni Grevi

Director, FRIDE

Jean-Marie Guéhenno to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

President & CEO, International Crisis Group

Mary Kaldor to speak at Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Mary Kaldor

Professor of Global Governance, London School of Economics

Fahmy Howeidy to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Fahmy Howeidy

Author and Journalist, El-Shorouk, Egypt

Michael Keating to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Michael Keating

Associate Director, Research Partnerships, Chatham House

Wadah Khanfar to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Wadah Khanfar

President, Al Sharq Forum

Jamal Khashoggi to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Jamal Khashoggi

General Manager and Editor in Chief, AlArab News Channel

Intissar Kherigi to speak at the Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2016 conference

Intissar Kherigi

Programmes Director, Jasmine Foundation

Dr Georg Klute to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Dr Georg Klute

Professor of Anthropology of Africa, University of Bayreuth

Mark Malloch-Brown to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Mark Malloch-Brown

Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations (2006)

Oleksiy Melnyk to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Oleksiy Melnyk

Co-director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes, Razumkov Centre

Vladimir Milov to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Vladimir Milov

Founding Leader and Chairman, Democratic Choice, and President, Institute of Energy Policy, Russia

Nader Mousavizadeh to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Nader Mousavizadeh

Partner and Co-founder, Macro Advisory Partners

Basheer Nafi

Senior Fellow, Al Jazeera Center for Studies

Dr Robin Niblett

Dr Robin Niblett

Director, Chatham House

James Nixey to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

James Nixey

Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

Dr Lotte Pelckmans to speak at Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Dr Lotte Pelckmans

Researcher, International Security, Danish Institute for International Studies

Paul Quinn-Judge to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 confernece

Paul Quinn-Judge

Senior Adviser on Ukraine and Russia, International Crisis Group

Professor John Shattuck to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Professor John Shattuck

President and Rector, Central European University

Karen E. Smith to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference

Karen E. Smith

Professor of International Relations and Director, European Foreign Policy Unit, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr Claire Spencer

Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Professor Dr Richard G Whitman

Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House

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Venue

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Directions
The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus which is on the Piccadilly and the Bakerloo Underground lines. From Piccadilly follow Regent Street southwards towards Pall Mall and take the first road on the right called Jermyn Street. Duke of York Street is the second road on the left and leads to St James's Square. Chatham House is immediately on your right.

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Accommodation
Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London - W1J 7BH

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817

Standard Single from £199 + VAT

The Cavendish London
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Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125

Standard Single £205 + VAT

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The Stafford London 
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Fax: 020 7493 7121

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