Rethinking European security

The objective of this workshop is to spark fresh debate on the question: what does and should constitute the European security agenda today?

Research event, Workshop
24 November 2021 — 1:00PM TO 4:15PM

This event, organised by the Chatham House Europe programme in cooperation with Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, is an exploratory workshop aimed at developing a new way of thinking about European security by finding the right balance between ‘new’ risks and traditional threats. It is the first in a new project which will bring together a range of experts from the fields of economics, trade, migration, environment, digital and health policies, together with traditional security and defence experts.

Taking a critical look at the use of the term security in several policy areas, the objective of this project is to spark fresh debate on the question: what does and should constitute the European security agenda today? 

The first session, ‘Securitization and policymaking in 2021’, will introduce and explore the concept of securitization and allow participants to debate its current influence and use in their own policy fields. To what extent is the concept of security more broadly used in Europe today? How does securitization affect policymaking and policies? How distinctive is the current European approach? 

During the second session, ‘Securitization and economics/trade policy’, participants will explore the securitization of economic policy, including trade policy and industrial policy. Are we talking more about ‘economic security’ because there are economic shifts taking place? What are the consequences of looking at economic and trade issues through the security prism – if any? What are the potential risks and opportunities, especially in Europe?


Alice Billon-Galland, Research Fellow, Europe programme, Chatham House
Eva van de Rakt, Director, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union, Brussels
Hans Kundnani, Director, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Dr Benedetta Berti, Head of Policy Planning, Office of the Secretary General, NATO HQ
Dr Rita Floyd, Senior Lecturer in Conflict and Security, University of Birmingham
Pepijn Bergsen, Research Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Prof. Dr Amrita Narlikar, President of the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), and Honorary Fellow, Darwin College, University of Cambridge
Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)

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