The London Conference

Agenda

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.

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; how best practices in governance might be reconceived to better respond to domestic demands and external exigencies; and how can the international system find a way to accommodate different political systems to ensure peace and shared prosperity.

THURSDAY 21 JUNE 2018 | ST PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL

0800 – 0850Registration and refreshments
0850 – 0900

WELCOME FROM CHATHAM HOUSE
Dr Robin Niblett,
Director, Chatham House

0900 – 0930BRAIN STORM | WHAT RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES ARE ON YOUR MIND?
Dr Robin Niblett,
Director, Chatham House
0930 – 1015KEYNOTE | THE NEW ERA OF GLOBAL CHANGE: RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM
1015 – 1045Refreshments
1045 – 1145PLENARY SESSION ONE | STRATEGIES AND INSTRUMENTS FOR DEALING WITH INCREASED GEOPOLITICAL COMPETITION

Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands
Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign & Commonwealth Secretary, UK
Dr Dov Zakheim, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya
Chair: Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme; Member of Council, Chatham House
1145 – 1245PLENARY SESSION TWO | VIBRANCY AND DISRUPTION: A GLOBAL ECONOMY PULLING IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

Douglas L Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of S&P Global
Manisha Singh, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, US State Department
Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University
Chair: Evan Davis, Presenter, Newsnight, BBC
1245 – 1345Lunch
1345 – 1500

BREAKOUT SESSIONS - ROUND ONE

Session 1 | The New China: Visions of Global Order
This breakout session will take place in ‘Hansom Hall’

Jennifer Lind, Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth
Kevin Rudd, Senior Adviser, Chatham House; Prime Minister of Australia (2007-10, 2013); Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia (2010-12)
Ambassador Su Ge, Chairman, China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation
Eric Li, Founder and Managing Partner, Chengwei Capital
Chair: Dr Champa Patel, Head of Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House

Session 2 | Europe: What Crisis?
This breakout session will take place in ‘The Ladies Smoking Room’

Aart De Geus, Chairman Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Daniela Schwarzer, Director, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Konrad Szymański, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Poland
Heather Grabbe, Director, Open Society European Policy Institute
Chair: Hans Kundnani, Senior Research Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House

Session 3 | Technological Innovation in Africa: From Local Innovation to Global Influence
This breakout session will take place in ‘The Exchange’

Alakanani Itireleng, Founder, Satoshicentre Botswana
Carlos Lopes, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

1500 – 1530Refreshments
1530 – 1645

BREAKOUT SESSIONS - ROUND TWO

Session 4 | The Future of Deterrence: Increasing Complexity
This breakout session will take place in ‘Hansom Hall’

Akiko Yamanaka, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan (2005 – 2006)
Micah Zenko, Whitehead Senior Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House
Kori Schake, Deputy Director, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Chair: Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House

Session 5 | Artificial Intelligence: Developing Responses
This breakout session will take place in ‘The Exchange’

Bernice Lee OBE, Executive Director, Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy
Dr Joanna Bryson, Associate Professor, Department of Computing, University of Bath
Dame Henrietta Moore, Director, Institute for Global Prosperity
Chair: Kenneth Cukier, Senior Editor, Digital, The Economist; Co-author, ‘Big Data’

Session 6 | The Middle East and North Africa: Divergent Economic Trajectories
This breakout session will take place in ‘The Quarters’

Dr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Chatham House
Dr Hamza Meddeb, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
Chair: Dr Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Session 7 | Global Trade: A System in Transition
This breakout session will take place in ‘The Ladies Smoking Room’

Marianne Schneider-Petsinger, Geoeconomics Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House

1645 – 1700Short Break
1700 – 1800

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

Orysia Lutsevych, Manager, Ukraine Forum, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Mark Goldring, Chief Executive, Oxfam Great Britain
Elif Shafak, Author, Turkey
Shaista Aziz, Journalist and Writer

1800Close of Day One and Drinks Reception
  

FRIDAY 22 JUNE 2018 | ST PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL

0815 - 0830Registration and Refreshments
0830 – 0930

BREAKFAST ROUNDTABLES: CHATHAM HOUSE IDEAS
 

A | THE IMPACT OF #METOO ON POWER AND MASCULINITY
This roundtable will take place in ‘The Exchange’

  • Can the momentum of the #MeToo campaign (and its international variants) be translated into substantive societal change?
  • Are governments engaging effectively with the #MeToo movement? How should they be doing so?
  • After #MeToo, what comes next?

Host: Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House

B | THE GLOBAL MEDIA CRISIS: TRUSTING ‘NEWS’ IN A MISINFORMATION ERA
This roundtable will take place in ‘ The Ladies Smoking Room’

  • How can principles of media freedom be protected against attempts to exert undue influence?
  • Given the trend for more concentrated media ownership, is pluralistic commentary in traditional media a thing of the past?
  • How can traditional media organizations engender trust in an increasingly competitive news and attention cycle?

Hosts: Keith Burnet, Director of Communications and Publishing, Chatham House, and Alex Spillius, Director, Foreign Desk Ltd, former foreign correspondent and editor, Daily Telegraph

C | GREENING THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE: HOFFMAN CENTRE SOLUTIONS
This roundtable will take place in ‘The Ladies Smoking Room’

Host: Bernice Lee OBE, Executive Director, Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy

D | FACING THE FUTURE: QUEEN ELIZABETH II ACADEMY FELLOWS ON LEADERSHIP
This roundtable will take place in ‘The Paxton'

  • What do the next generation of leaders see as the immediate and longer-term challenges facing their regions and sectors?
  • How do they intend meeting these challenges and could they be turned into opportunities to realise lasting positive change?
  • What knowledge and skills do leaders need now and into the future to be effective in a complex, competitive and divergent world?

Host: Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Dean, The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs and Andrew Swan, Assistant Head, The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs

E | CHATHAM HOUSE UNDERCURRENTS PODCAST: HOW ARE POLITICAL ELITES ENGAGING WITH THEIR PUBLICS?
This roundtable will take place in ‘The Quarters’  It will also be recorded live as part of the Chatham House Undercurrents podcast series

  • Are political elites really out of touch?
  • How are social media and other digital channels changing the way that politicians engage with the public?
  • Should we be worried about the impact of digital on democracy?
  • What role do traditional media have left to play?

Hosts: Agnes Frimston, Deputy Editor, The World Today, and Ben Horton, Digital Marketing Coordinator, International Affairs

0930 - 0945Convene in Hansom Hall

0945 – 1045

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

Ngaire Woods, Dean, Blatvanik School of Government, Oxford University
Michael Posner, Co-director, NYU Stern School for Business and Human Rights
Robert Barrington, Chief Executive, Transparency International UK
Chair: Bronwen Maddox, Director, Institute for Government

1045 - 1130IN CONVERSATION
Misha Glenny,
Author, McMafia
1130 - 1200Refreshments
1200 - 1300

PLENARY SESSION FIVE | A NEW CONNECTIVITY:  TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNATIONAL POLICY

Shumeet Banerji, Senior Adviser, Chatham House; Director, Reliance Jio and Director, HP’
Lord Clement-Jones, Consultant, DLA Piper; C0-Chairman, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence
Vicky Ford MP, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford
Dr Carl Benedikt Frey, Co-Director and Oxford Martin Citi Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment
Chair: Elizabeth Linder, Founder and CEO, Conversational Century

1300 - 1400Lunch
1400 – 1500

PLENARY SESSION SIX | A TEST FOR THE FUTURE: LAND AS THE NEXT STRATEGIC RESOURCE

Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, Board of Governors, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
Olav Kjørven, Chief Strategic Officer, EAT Foundation
Dr Djimé Adoum, Executive Secretary, Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS)
Lise Johnson, Head: Investment Law and Policy, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
Professor Tim Benton, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Energy Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Chair: Rob Bailey, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

1500 - 1515Short break
1515 – 1615

A CONVERSATION | CAN AMERICA REGAIN ITS BALANCE?

John Zogby, Founder, ‘Zogby Poll’
Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs, New York City
Jeff Flake, United States Senator for Arizona

1615 – 1630

CLOSING SESSION | ‘SO WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?’ CONCLUSIONS AND ACTION PLANS
Dr Robin Niblett,
Director, Chatham House

1630End of Conference
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