Conference

Security and Defence 2017

The challenges of changing politics and shifting alliances

6 Mar 2017 - 09:30 to 7 Mar 2017 - 13:30

Chatham House, London 

Many countries are facing significant challenges to their established domestic political order, with major implications for their approach to security policy and to international security cooperation. Defence policy is also being questioned, given recent difficult experiences with military intervention in conflict zones. At the same time, popular disaffection with established security and defence norms, new and emerging threats, and new political, economic and technological developments present further challenges for defence and security policy.  

What exactly are the drivers behind these developments, which specific security cooperation arrangements are being called into question and what are the potential alternatives?  What are the future challenges in security and defence, and what capabilities are required to meet them?  

This conference will bring together policy-makers, industry leaders and academic experts to examine these questions, with discussions focused on: 

  • Current and emerging challenges in international security
  • Significant political transitions and what they mean for defence
  • Cooperatively combating terrorism and violent extremism
  • The continued effectiveness of international organizations versus bilateral arrangements
  • Changing attitudes and their institutional implications
  • Cooperation in international defence markets and procurement 

The Chatham House Rule 
To enable as open a debate as possible, this conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

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Monday 6 March
0930

Session One | The Changing Security Landscape 
09:30 - 11:00

This session will consider the major challenges to existing patterns of international cooperation in security and defence.

  • What are public expectations of international security cooperation, and to what extent have they been met? Do elites, experts and the public have similar priorities?
  • Are there now major differences between traditional security partners? Are global trends pushing partners in different directions?
  • How will the US election result affect potential avenues for cooperation in security and defence?
  • Where and how have recent military interventions strengthened, or weakened, international cooperation?
  • What has been the effect of economic austerity? How will this continue to affect security policies and capacities?

Welcome and chair’s opening remarks
Ritula Shah, Presenter, The World Tonight

Keynote speakers
Thomas Ahrenkiel, Permanent Secretary of State for Defence, Denmark
Dr Ralf Brauksiepe, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany
Stephen O’Bryan, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Rotary and Mission Systems, Lockheed Martin 

Questions and discussion

11:00 - 11:30 Refreshments 

Session Two | Political Transitions and their Implications
11:30 - 12:45

This session will analyse regional political transitions and their implications for future cooperative efforts in international security.

  • What are the most significant ongoing global political challenges affecting defence and security? Is there an international wave of populism, and what does this mean for the sector?
  • What does Brexit suggest – if anything – about wider European trends? What is the direction of EU security policy, at both an institutional and national level?
  • What does the US election say about public and elite attitudes to security and security cooperation? How similar are the security approaches of the US to those of its allies?
  • What approach will the Trump Presidency adopt towards international security issues?
  • How are non-Western powers changing their approaches to cooperation with each other, as well as with Western powers? 

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

Speakers
Janne Kuusela, Director General, Head of the Defence Policy Department, Ministry of Defence, Finland
Claudia Major, Senior Associate International Security, German Institute for International and Security Affairs 
Valery Solovey, Dean, Moscow State Institute for Foreign Affairs
Jana Puglierin, Head of Programme, German Council on Foreign Relations 
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme

Questions and discussion    
    
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch 

Session Three | International Organizations versus Bilateral Agreements
13:45 - 15:30

This session will examine changing attitudes towards traditional models and existing arrangements for cooperation and their capacity to meet emerging crises.

  • Can NATO adapt fast and far enough to be effective? Is there a real consensus among members about what needs to be done?
  • What is the future for EU defence and security cooperation post-Brexit? What will future relationships with the UK look like?
  • How are other regions organizing their security cooperation? What can the transatlantic community learn from them?
  • How will the US election result likely affect existing arrangements and the continuing significance of international institutions in defence?
  • Are bilateral or multilateral relationships the way forward? Can these work if the United States is not one of the partners?

Chair 
Quentin Peel, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House 

Keynote speakers
Øystein Bø, State Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Norway
Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General, NATO 

Questions and discussion

Speakers
Professor Dr Sven Biscop, Director, Europe in the World Programme, Egmont - Royal Institute for International Relations
Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, Director, Paris Office, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Questions and discussion 

15:30 – 16:00 Refreshments 

Session Four | Evolving Threats and Violent Extremism
16:00 - 17:45

This session will evaluate the nature of emerging and changing threats, the specific capabilities required to meet them and the need for international cooperation to do so.

  • How far is there international agreement on the nature and origin of security threats? Do terms such as terrorism and extremism help or hinder cooperation?
  • ​Is there a difference between Western and non-Western perceptions of terrorism? If so, what are the reasons for this?
  • Why are states still finding it difficult to cooperate against violent extremism?
  • What military capabilities are required to meet evolving threats and modern terrorism? How can states and businesses work together to meet these requirements internationally? 

Chair
Leslie Vinjamuri, Director, Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice, SOAS 

Keynote speakers
Sir Julian King, EU Commissioner for Security Union, European Commission
Paddy McGuinness, Deputy National Security Adviser, Cabinet Office​

Questions and discussion

Speakers
Rt Hon Julian Lewis MP, Chair, Defence Select Committee, United Kingdom
Thomas Rid, Professor of Security Studies, Kings College University 
Farah Pandith, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations 

Questions and discussion

17:45 Close of day one and reception

 

Tuesday 7 March
0930

Session Five | The Future of Military Intervention
09:30 - 11:15

This session will explore recent experiences in international military intervention and lessons for future cooperative efforts internationally.

  • Who supports military intervention, and for what reasons? How do views differ among intervening powers? What do people in conflict regions want?
  • Recent Western interventions have combined national and international efforts. Can this ever be successful?
  • How do interventions by non-Western powers differ? Are they more successful? How can Western alliances more effectively cooperate with them?
  • Is there a future for military humanitarian intervention? How is this likely to be shaped by past experiences?

Chair
Sir Adam Thomson, Director, European Leadership Network

Ministerial address
HE Nizar Al Khairallah, Deputy Foreign Minister, Republic of Iraq

Questions and discussion

Speakers
Hugo Slim, Head of Policy, International Committee of the Red Cross 
Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor, Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security, University of Birmingham​
Constanze Stelzenmuller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Kurt Volker, US Permanent Representative to NATO (2008-09)

Questions and discussion     

11:15 – 11:45 Refreshments  

Session Six | International Markets and National Procurement in Defence
11:45 - 13:15

This session will assess how stakeholders can work together to match capabilities to specific crises in multilateral security environments, and opportunities for cooperation in the context of political shifts.  

  • How can industry work with governments to increase agility and match capabilities to threats in multinational and asymmetrical security environments?
  • Will national defence interests and priorities diverge, and will there be a return to industrial protectionism? What might this mean for international defence industrial cooperation?
  • What is the impact of continuing budgetary austerity? How can regional cooperation help?
  • How can governments and industry work together to take advantage of the latest technology trends, for security and defence in the perceived absence of long-term budget stability? 

Chair
Jonathan Beale, Defence Correspondent, BBC 

Ministerial address
Harriett Baldwin MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Procurement, United Kingdom 

Questions and discussion

Speakers
Professor Matthew Uttley, Chair in Defence Studies, Kings College London
Jonathan Hoyle, Vice President Europe, Lockheed Martin International
Steen Lynenskjold, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Terma 

Questions and discussion 

13:15 End of conference

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2017

Keynote speakers

Speakers

Jonathan Beale

Defence Correspondent, BBC

Professor Dr Sven Biscop to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Professor Dr Sven Biscop

Director, Europe in the World Programme, Egmont - Royal Institute for International Relations

Ertharin Cousin to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Ertharin Cousin

Executive Director, World Food Programme

Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer

Director, Paris Office, German Marshall Fund of the United States

James de Waal

Senior Fellow, International Security, Chatham House

Jonathan Hoyle to speak at Chatham House Security & Defence in Europe 2016 conference

Jonathan Hoyle

Vice President Europe, Lockheed Martin International

Patrick Keller to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Patrick Keller

Coordinator of Foreign and Security Policy, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Janne Kuusela to speak at Chatham House Security & Defence 2017 conference

Janne Kuusela

Director General, Head of the Defence Policy Department, Ministry of Defence, Finland

Rt Hon Julian Lewis MP to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Rt Hon Julian Lewis MP

Chair, Defence Select Committee, United Kingdom

Steen Lynenskjold to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Steen Lynenskjold

Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Terma

Claudia Major to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Claudia Major

Senior Associate, International Security, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Farah Pandith to speak at Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Farah Pandith

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Quentin Peel

Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House

Jana Puglierin to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Jana Puglierin

Head of Programme, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies, German Council on Foreign Relations

Thomas Rid

Professor of Security Studies, King’s College University

Paul Schulte to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Paul Schulte

Honorary Professor, Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security, University of Birmingham

Ritula Shah to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Ritula Shah

Presenter, The World Tonight

Hugo Slim to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Hugo Slim

Head of Policy, International Committee of the Red Cross

Valeriy Solovey to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Valery Solovey

Dean, Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Constanze Stelzenmller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Constanze Stelzenmüller

Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Sir Adam Thomson to speak at Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Sir Adam Thomson

Director, European Leadership Network

Professor Matthew Uttley to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Professor Matthew Uttley

Chair in Defence Studies, Kings College London

Leslie Vinjamuri to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Leslie Vinjamuri

Director, Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice, SOAS

Kurt Volker to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

Kurt Volker

US Permanent Representative to NATO (2008-09)

Pricing and booking information 

Ways to book:

  1. Online: Click here to complete the online registration form
  2. Phone: Call Dora Rencoret on +44 (0)20 7314 2785
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RATE (+VAT)
 

  
Partners and major corporate members 
All organizations£645
Standard corporate members 
Commercial organizations£1,390
Government departments£820
NGOs and academics£540
Non-members 
Commercial organizations£1,535
Government departments£920
NGOs and academics£595

Your delegate pass includes:

  • Conference attendance
  • Documentation
  • Lunch and refreshments

Travel and accommodation are not included. View a list of recommended hotels here.

Headline Sponsor

Lockheed Martin to sponsor the Chatham House Security and Defence 2017 conference

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If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact
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Venue

Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK
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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7314 2785
Fax: +44 (0)20 7957 5710

If you wish to book the venue for your own event please phone +44 (0)20 7314 2764

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.

Map

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 £195 + VAT

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London - SW1Y 6JF

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

Standard Single £205 + VAT

Book The Cavendish online

The Stafford London 
St James's Place
London - SW1A 1NJ

Tel: 020 7518 1125
Fax: 020 7493 7121

Standard Single £235 +VAT

The Savoy London
Strand
London - WC2R 0EU

Tel: 020 7836 4343
Fax: 020 7240 6040 

Standard Single £250 +VAT

Press registration

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Information for journalists.

Press can request a press pass.