Cross-Cultural Dialogue in Euro-Atlantic Security and Defence

21 March 2011 - 8:45am to 6:45pm

Chatham House, London



A one-day roundtable event, organised by the International Security Programme at Chatham House, kindly supported by the British Council and Rodney Mitchell of the Mitchell Grroup.

The inaugural workshop of a major two-year policy research project on Cultural Dialogue in International Security, this one day roundtable event will address the shift in the current strategic environment from threats to a world of risks, and the resulting implications for decision-makers in the Euro-Atlantic area. Thought leaders from the policy, academic and private sector will meet to discuss the concepts of norms and values within the context of an internal cultural dialogue within the West, and also to the way in which the instruments employed to manage risks are increasingly constrained due to the ongoing global financial crisis and the rise of emerging powers on the global stage.

Over four sessions, participants will discuss the types of security risks Euro-Atlantic societies face today, and the instruments used to manage these risks; the future of soft power and development; the implications of a world of risk for European and transatlantic institutions; the conditions and possible framework for a cultural dialogue based on norms and values; the future of 'old' and 'new' Europe, and the compromise of values for geopolitical gain in Europe vis-à -vis Russia.

This will be a closed high-level forum of approximately 40 delegates, held under the Chatham House Rule in order to encourage frank and open debate. Each session will consist of a panel of speakers before discussion is opened to the floor for further debate.

For further information about the workshop, please contact Dr. Alexis Crow.