Past eventInvitation Only

The Future of Europe: Cooperation, Conflict or Chaos? The Role of Think Tanks In Shaping Europe’s Future

2 March 2017 17:00 to 3 March 2017 18:00

Day 1: Chatham House, 10 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LE
Day 2: British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH



Populism, nationalism, nativism and protectionism are rising around the world and challenging conventional wisdom and the existing political, economic and social order. Understanding these undercurrents and their implications are critical to shaping future policies and avoiding problematic consequences.

Think tanks have a key role to play in these turbulent times by shaping a constructive response to the economic and political fallout currently challenging the post-war economic and security architecture. Donald Trump's stunning victory, the success of the Leave Campaign and the rise of other populist movements in Europe require that we collectively generate new thinking on how to make national, regional and global governance more effective and efficient and create policies that respond to the needs of those who have not benefited from globalization.

The 2017 European Think Tank Summit in London will explore these complex and evolving dynamics and identify strategies and programs to address them with discussion focused on:

  • Populism, Public Policy and Governance: National, Regional and Global Perspectives.
  • Ideas and Analysis vs. Personality Politics and Provocative Tweets.
  • Policy Dilemmas, Partisan Politics and Parliamentary Paralysis: Think Tanks, Needed Now More Than Ever Before.
  • The Future of Europe: Cooperation, Conflict or Chaos?
  • The Role of Think Tanks In Shaping Europe’s Future.

Full Agenda

Conference starts
17:00 - 2 March 2017 – Chatham House
07:45 - 3 March 2017 – British Academy

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.


Summit Organizers

Chatham House (United Kingdom)
Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program University of Pennsylvania (United States)

Summit Host and Partner

McKinsely Global Institute (United Kingdom)


Bruegel (Belgium)
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Germany)
Institute for International Political Studies (Italy)
Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael (Netherlands)


Location 2 March 2017

Chatham House
10 St James’s Square
Tel: +44 (0)20 7314 3623

5 minute walk: Piccadilly Circus station (Piccadilly Line, Bakerloo Line)
10 minute walk: Green Park station (Victoria Line, Piccadilly Line, Jubilee Line)

Location 3 March 2017

British Academy
10-11 Carlton House Terrace
St. James's
Tel : +44 020 7969 5200.

5 minute walk: Charing Cross station (Northern Line, Bakerloo Line)
10 minute walk: Piccadilly Circus station (Piccadilly Line, Bakerloo Line)

Tube Map

Arrival in London – Air and Rail

You are likely to arrive in London via one of the five airports serving the city or at St Pancras International Station by Eurostar. There are rail/underground, bus and taxi options from each arrival point and further information can be found in the links below:

City Airport
Gatwick Airport
Heathrow Airport
Luton Airport
Stanstead Airport
St Pancras International


Chatham House has organized a discounted rate at Flemings Hotel for 2 nights for participants subject to availability.

The contact at the hotel is:

Jan Yung Kuen Hui, reservations manager
Telephone +44 (0)20 7499 0000
Email: [email protected]

Flemings Hotel
7-12 Half Moon Street

Other hotels near the venues but without a discount rate include:
The Cavendish, 81 Jermyn Street, Mayfair, London, SW1Y 6JF
Sofitel St James’s, 6 Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4AN
Every Hotel, Coventry Street, London, W1D 6BZ
The Z Hotel Piccadilly, 2 Orange Street, London, WC2H 7DF


16:30 – 17:00 - 2 March 2017 – Chatham House
07:15 – 07:45 - 3 March 2017 – British Academy

The conference registration desk will be open from 16:30 on the 2nd March and from 07:15 on the 3rd March where conference documentation and badges will be issued.


The registration staff will be available throughout the conference to handle enquiries and take messages for delegates.


Average March temperature is 9C/48F (Av High 10C/50F, Av Low 4C/39F) with a 50% chance of rain.

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Passport Requirements

If you require a visa please click the following link


Matthew Cadoux-Hudson
Chatham House
T +44 (0) 20 7389 3273