Security and defence 2022

How should NATO nations and their allies adapt to meet the threat of an unpredictable security environment? Join senior policymakers, military officials and security experts for this unique two-day knowledge and networking conference.

28 September 2022 TO 29 September 2022 — 9:30AM TO 1:00PM
Chatham House and Online
Military helicopters flying into the sunset.

Reimagining transatlantic security

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upended the post-Cold War transatlantic order. European countries have been forced to re-evaluate the security of their neighbourhood. Meanwhile, the crisis has compelled the US to reconsider its role in Europe, in the context of a broader pivot towards Asia.

But beyond the immediate response, both sides of the Atlantic will need to work together to develop a sustainable strategy that effectively addresses a new, uncertain and highly dangerous security environment.

This annual conference returns as an in-person event and simultaneously broadcast on our LIVE virtual event platform.

Why attend?

  • Understand the transformed security landscape and changing nature of conflict.

  • Explore how European countries are enhancing and rebuilding defences.

  • Discuss the future of transatlantic security and the role of ‘Global Britain’.

  • Network in-person with senior policy makers, military officials and security experts.

Who attends

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The venue

Chatham House is a trusted forum for debate and independent analysis. Our conferences provide access to thought leadership, market insight and influential ideas by bringing together policymakers, world leaders, senior business executives and sector specialists.

Join us at our world-famous Grade II listed home in beautiful St James Square, London.


Wednesday 28 September (timings subject to change)

Understanding a transformed security landscape

Which strategies are most effective for transatlantic allies in assessing the threats from the war in Ukraine? How has the conflict interplayed with challenges elsewhere in the transatlantic neighbourhood, such as the South Mediterranean, Middle East, and Western Balkans? What role should the US have on the continent?

Iulian Chifu, 
Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, Republic of Romania
Marcin Przydacz, Undersecretary of State for Security, the Americas, Asia and Eastern Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland
Hanna Shelest, Security Studies Program Director, Foreign Policy Council ‘Ukrainian Prism’
Chair: Patricia Lewis, Acting Deputy Director, Research Director, Conflict, Science and Transformation; Director, International Security Programme, Chatham House


Networking break


Strengthening Europe's defences

What should the main priorities be for European countries as they seek to rebuild their armed forces? How have attitudes to NATO membership and defence spending changed by a renewed threat of nuclear, chemical and biological attacks? How can the transatlantic community continue to manage the threats to European security?

General Philip Breedlove USAF (Ret.), Supreme Allied Commander Europe (2013-2016), NATO
Jonathan Hoyle CBE, CEO and Vice-President, Europe, Lockheed Martin
Simona Soare, Research Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Chair: Alice Billon-Galland, Research Fellow, Chatham House


Networking lunch break


New frontiers of conflict: Cyber as a domain of conflict

This session will commence with a keynote address from Lindy Cameron, CEO, NCSC before moving onto a discussion on the topic of how do cyber considerations reshape transatlantic security thinking.

Lindy Cameron, 
CEO, National Cyber Security Centre
Madeline Carr, Professor of Global Politics and Cyber Security, University College London
Heli Tiirma-Klaar, Director of Digital Society Institute, ESMT Berlin
Chair: Jamie Shea CMG, Associate Fellow, International Security Programme, Chatham House


Networking break


New frontiers of conflict: The role of big data and artificial intelligence in warfare

How does big data and AI transform warfare and cause a fundamental rethink in military organization and support?

Ulrike Franke, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations
Margarita Konaev, Deputy Director of Analysis and Research Fellow, Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Georgetown
Lt Col Kitty Small, Member, Army Advanced Development Programme, British Army
Chair: John Paul Rathbone, Defence and Security Correspondent, Financial Times


End of day one


Thursday 29 September (timings subject to change)

Re-evaluating the character of conflict

Armed forces need to prepare for a diverse range of conflicts from the re-emergence of major state-to-state warfare to the continuing demands of counter insurgency and capacity building. How is the character of conflict in the 21st century evolving? What challenges does it pose for transatlantic strategic thinking and planning? What are the key lessons learnt from previous interventions, such as in Afghanistan and the Sahel?

Major General James Bowder, Director, Army Futures
Jannie Lilja, Director of Studies, Peace and Development, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos, Senior Researcher, Institut de Recherche pour le développement
Nils Schmid MdB, Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, SPD
Chair: Armida van Rij, Research Fellow, International Security Programme, Chatham House


In conversation: Reforming Europe's strategic architecture

What do the outcomes of NATO’s June summit in Madrid mean for the future direction of the alliance? How will the new Strategic Concept shape the agenda moving forward? What is the significance of the EU’s Strategic Compass? Are such initiatives complementary or in competition with NATO?

Vice-Admiral Hervé Bléjean, Director General and Director of Military Planning and Conduct Capability, European Union Military Staff
Angus Lapsley CMG, Assistant Secretary General, Defence Policy and Planning, NATO
Chair: Sir Adam Thomson KCMG, Director, European Leadership Network


Networking break


Britain's evolving role in international security

What should be the UK’s role in ensuring transatlantic security? How can the UK best cooperate with European partners and institutions to ensure transatlantic security? How has the invasion of Ukraine influenced the UK’s tilt towards the Indo-Pacific?

Ashlee Godwin, Senior Specialist, National Security and International Policy, UK House of Commons
Anisa Heritage, Senior Lecturer, Defence and International Affairs Department, Faculty for the Study of Leadership, Security and Warfare, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Christian Hirst, Minister-Counsellor Political, Economic and AUKUS, Australian High Commission
Chair: Andrew Dorman, Editor, International Affairs, Chatham House


End of day two



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