The 2017 Europe’s Strategic Choices Conference will take place on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December at the Ritz Carlton, Berlin.

Europes Strategic Choices 2016: Agenda

The 2017 Europe’s Strategic Choices conference will explore the major challenges facing Europe today, assessing contemporary and potential future threats to Europe’s security, the attacks on multilateralism and free trade, as well as the future of the European Union. It will examine how European countries can best respond, individually and collectively, to these challenges.

THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER 2017 | RITZ CARLTON, BERLIN

0815-0900Registration and Refreshments
0900-0915WELCOME
Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House
Professor Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel
0915-0930OPENING REMARKS
Dr Dietmar Woidke, Minister President, Federal State of Brandenburg, Germany
0930-1045PLENARY SESSION ONE | UNCERTAIN UNION: THE FUTURE OF EUROPE
Lord Peter Ricketts, UK Ambassador to France (2012-16) and Strategic Adviser, Lockheed Martin
Zoltán Kovács, Government Spokesman, Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister, Hungary
Chair: Quentin Peel, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
1045-1115Refreshments
1115-1245BREAK-OUT SESSIONS - ROUND ONE
A | Rocky Road Ahead? Brexit and the Future of the UK-EU27 Relationship

Caroline Wilson, Director, Europe, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK
Michael Schmidt, President, British Chamber of Commerce in Germany
Chair: Thomas Raines, Research Fellow and Programme Manager, Europe Programme, Chatham House  

B | The Data Dividend: Balancing Promise and Privacy
Susanne Dehmel, Member of the Executive Board, BITKOM
Sandro Gaycken, Director, Digital Society Institute, European School of Management and Technology

C| Europe and a Resurgent Russia
Dimitar Bechev, Research Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Non-resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Director, European Policy Institute
Dr Lilia Shevtsova, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Andreas Umland, Fellow, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kiev
1245-1345Lunch
1345-1445IN CONVERSATION | CRISIS IN NORTH KOREA: THE NUCLEAR PROVOCATION
Dr Brad Roberts, Director, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Prof Dr Robert Schmucker, Technical University Munich
Dr Sarah Kirchberger, Head of the Center for Asia-Pacific Strategy and Security, ISPK
Dr Ben Schreer, Head of Department, Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University
Chair: Professor Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel
1445-1515Refreshments
1515-1645BREAK-OUT SESSIONS - ROUND TWO
A | The Old Becomes New: Re-Industrializing Europe
Kristin Schreiber, Director for SME policy and the COSME Programme, European Commission
Andreas Schell, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG
Nicholas Brüning, Head of Governmental Relations, Berlin Office, BMW Group

B | The Future of Free Trade: Multilateral, Bilateral, Regional, Protectionist?
Claudia Schmucker, Head of Program, Globalization and World Economy, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

C | Old Threats, New Challenges: Changing Security Perceptions in Northern Europe
Lt Gen Frank Leidenberger, Commander DEU Elements MN Corps and Basic Military Organization, Germany
Francis Kearney, Director Customer Business – Europe, Middle East and Africa, Rolls-Royce Defence
Daniel Keohane, Senior Researcher, Center for Security Studies, ETZ Zurich
Pauli Järvenpää, Senior Research Fellow, International Center for Defence and Security, Tallinn
Chair: Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security Department, Chatham House
1645-1700Short Break
1700-1815PLENARY SESSION TWO | STABILIZING THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: NORTH AND SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
Mark Bryson-Richardson, Stabilisation Unit Director, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK
Michael Köhler, Director Neighbourhood, Directorate-General for Development Cooperation, European Commission
Mats Karlsson, Director, Swedish Institute of International Affairs
1815-1915End of day one and drinks reception
1915-2130CONFERENCE DINNER AND KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER 2017 | RITZ CARLTON, BERLIN

0845-0930Refreshments
0930-1045PLENARY SESSION THREE | ONE YEAR IN: TAKING STOCK OF THE TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONSHIP
Sir Simon Fraser, Deputy Chairman, Chatham House; Adviser, Europe Programme
Jan Techau, Director, Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for the Study of Diplomacy and Governance, American Academy, Berlin
Richard Burt, Managing Director, McLarty Associates; United States Ambassador to Germany (1985-89)
Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Chair: Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, Foreign Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)
1045-1115Refreshments
1115-1230

BREAK-OUT SESSIONS - ROUND THREE
A | Bitter Medicine? Migration: Need vs Want in an Ageing Europe
Frank Laczko, Director, Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, International Organization for Migration
Nicola Clase, Coordinator for Migration and Refugee Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Thorben Albrecht, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany
Uta Dauke, Vice-President, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees in Nuremberg (BAMF)

B | NATO and the 2% Goal: Keep Calm and Spend Wisely
Martin Michelot, Deputy Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
Lt Gen Jörg Vollmer, Chief of the German Army
Fritz Felgentreu, MdB, Deputy Spokesman for Defence Policy for Social Democratic Party of Germany 
Chair: Professor Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel

C | Beyond Carbon: Europe’s Energy Outlook Beyond 2020
Annalena Baerbock, MP, Alliance 90/the Greens
Chair: Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Chatham House

1230-1330Lunch
1330-1430KEYNOTE CONVERSATION
1430-1500CLOSING REMARKS
Professor Dr Joachim Krause, Director, Institute for Security Policy, University of Kiel
Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House
1500END OF CONFERENCE