The London Conference

The London Conference 2018 - Risks and Opportunities in the Era of Global Competition

The 2018 Chatham House London Conference will, through a diversity of regional, political and professional perspectives, assess the drivers of global change, locate the risks and identify the current opportunities for governments, business and NGOs.

Agenda

Risk and opportunity are inherent to change. At the global level, change is currently manifest in the emergence of more explicit geopolitical competition and increased risk of conflict. It can be seen in the challenges to established trade relationships and greater disorder in global economic governance.  Hitherto robust international norms, institutions, alliances and regimes are under pressure.  The global political scene features the advance of authoritarian systems, the rise of assertive identity politics and polarisation within established democracies.  All of these trends pose risks to security, prosperity and to the basic policy coordination needed to address the shared interests and vulnerabilities that arise from inescapable  interdependencies.     

But change also provides the requirement and opportunity for innovation. Among the questions at issue are:  whether and where transnational civil society can develop forms of cooperation that compensate for state rivalry; how the technological revolution can be mobilised to address international policy challenges; and how best practices in governance might be reconceived to better respond to domestic demands and external exigencies. 

THURSDAY 21 JUNE 2018 | ST PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL

0800 – 0850Registration and Refreshments
0850 – 0900

WELCOME FROM CHATHAM HOUSE

0900 – 0930BRAIN STORM | WHAT RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES ARE ON YOUR MIND?
0930 – 1015KEYNOTE | THE NEW ERA OF GLOBAL CHANGE: RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM
1015 – 1045Refreshments
1045 – 1145PLENARY SESSION ONE | STEMMING THE SPREAD OF CONFLICT:  STRATEGIES AND INSTRUMENTS FOR DEALING WITH GEOPOLITICAL COMPETITION
1145 – 1245PLENARY SESSION TWO | VIBRANCY AND DISORDER: A GLOBAL ECONOMY PULLING IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS
1245 – 1345Lunch
1345 – 1500

BREAKOUT SESSIONS - ROUND ONE

Session 1 | The New China: Visions of Global Order

Session 2 | Europe: Between Atrophy and Renewal?

Session 3 | Africa: Technological Innovation for Change

1500 – 1530Refreshments
1530 – 1645

BREAKOUT SESSIONS - ROUND TWO

Session 4 | The Future of Deterrence: Increasing Complexity

Session 5 | Artificial Intelligence: Developing Responses

Session 6 | The Middle East and North Africa: Divergent Economic Trajectories

1645 – 1700Short Break
1700 – 1800

PLENARY SESSION THREE | FILLING THE GAP:  CAN CIVIL SOCIETY DRIVE GLOBAL COOPERATION?

1800Close of Day One
  

FRIDAY 22 JUNE 2018 | ST PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL

0815 - 0830Registration and Refreshments
0830 – 0945

OPEN BREAKFAST ROUNDTABLES: CHATHAM HOUSE IDEAS

A | Risk and Resilience: Insights from the Simulation Centre

B | Prevention or Management? Credible Responses to Conflict

C | Decoupling Resource Use and Growth Strategies: Hoffman Centre Solutions

D | Strategies for Leadership: Lessons from the Queen Elizabeth II Academy

0945 - 1000Convene in Hansom Hall

1000 – 1115

PLENARY SESSION FOUR | GOOD GOVERNANCE: BEST PRACTICES FOR A VARIEGATED WORLD

1115 – 1145Refreshments
1145 - 1245PLENARY SESSION FIVE | A NEW CONNECTIVITY:  TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNATIONAL POLICY
1245 - 1345Lunch
1345 – 1415PLENARY SESSION SIX | A TEST FOR THE FUTURE: LAND AS THE NEXT STRATEGIC RESOURCE
1415 – 1515A CONVERSATION:  DISUNITED STATES:  CAN AMERICA REGAIN ITS BALANCE?
1515 – 1545

CLOSING SESSION | ‘SO WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?’ CONCLUSIONS AND ACTION PLANS

1545End of Conference
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