Security and Defence 2018
New realities, new rules
With the security implications of recent political transitions becoming more apparent, stakeholders are currently taking stock in a new and uncertain environment. While some recent political changes may prove to be local and transitory, others seem to reflect structural shifts in international power.
What is new, and how have things really changed? How can states and other actors adapt to the increasingly layered and multidirectional conflicts? How are relationships evolving, and where is there potential for greater cooperation?
The annual Chatham House Security and Defence conference will bring together policy-makers, industry leaders and academic experts to assess this new reality, with discussions focusing on:
- The changing security landscape and nature of conflict
- The shifting significance of different actors and institutions
- Regional stances and their continuing responses to emerging threats
- Evolving norms and their implications for future engagement
- New alliances and the future of multilateralism in defence
The Chatham House Rule
To enable as open a debate as possible, this conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.
Monday 12 March
Session One | Overview
This session will set the scene by considering general trends in international security across different regions and whether international security is experiencing a ‘sea change’.
- How much has really changed in the security landscape over the past year? How much is the same? What are the most significant developments?
- How has the character of conflict changed? How far have combatants and the wider international community adapted?
- What types of actors are driving international developments in security? To what extent has there been a reversion to traditional actors and state-led environments?
- Is multilateralism in decline? Is there a shift towards bilateral security arrangements? Is this a good thing?
- How is the Western wave of populism affecting defence policy? Is there a gulf between elite and public attitudes regarding security and intervention?
Session Two | New Relationships, New Alliances
This session will assess the shifting stances of global powers and their implications for existing security relationships.
- Who now shapes US security policy, and to what ends? How should allies and rivals view conflicting unilateralist and multilateralist messages?
- What are the alternatives to the US security guarantee?
- How is China’s security policy changing? How will it balance its regional concerns with its global interests?
- What does the North Korea crisis say about international responses to tension? What are the key factors?
- To what extent are regional powers re-evaluating their security relationships? What alliances are strengthening in response to recent incidents, and what is the potential for increased multilateral cooperation?
Session Three | New Patterns of Intervention
This session will look at the new actors and new methods of intervention, the evolving norms and perceptions, and the implications for future conflict.
- Who are the new leaders of military interventions? Do the actions of Saudi Arabia and Russia represent a significant shift? What are the drivers and norms?
- Are the days of large-scale Western military deployments over? How effective are new models of supporting local actors, or using non-military means?
- What different dynamics are driving public opinion on intervention in different countries? What do the publics in non-Western countries feel about intervention?
- How has the terror threat changed, and is foreign military intervention needed to counter it?
Session Four | Nuclear Reality
This session will evaluate emerging nuclear threats around the world and the continuing effectiveness of arms control, non-proliferation and deterrence.
- How are nuclear weapons states and potential proliferators making use of their nuclear status today? To what extent does this represent a new reality in international security? How far does it threaten world order and stability?
- What does this new reality mean for existing approaches to arms control and non-proliferation while considering crisis management?
- Can multilateralism work effectively in nuclear non-proliferation regimes? Why has multilateralism not been effective so far against North Korea? Do states need to change their approach?
- What can recent experiences tell us about the effectiveness of nuclear weapons as a deterrent? How can this inform future policy?
Tuesday 13 March
Session Five | New Approaches for European Security
This session will explore international relationships in European defence, how they will continue to evolve and the region’s continuing role in international security.
- How is Brexit affecting European security relationships? Will there be new Franco-German leadership on European defence?
- What sort of security role will the EU have in the future? Is there a credible European alternative to US leadership, in NATO or through the EU?
- What are the external and internal threats to European democracy? How can European non-military tools foster political and social resilience within Europe?
- Are NATO and the EU still the ‘only games in town’? What are the alternatives for multilateral or bilateral cooperation?
- What are the implications of Russia’s attempts to build new partnerships? Does this inevitably mean new competition within Europe, or is there a potential route to stable coexistence?
Session Six | New Relationships in Defence Capability
This session will assess how changes in business, public opinion and the threat picture are altering capability requirements and procurement.
- What are the prevailing public attitudes regarding security and defence spending? How will this continue to affect procurement strategies? How will economic austerity continue to impact capability and procurement?
- What challenges exist regarding international cooperation in procurement for defence, given ongoing political transitions? How will Brexit reshape EU defence-industrial policy?
- What is the outlook for non-Western markets and businesses? How globalized is the international defence market?
- How can public and private stakeholders cooperate more effectively in procurement, to meet capability requirements and take advantage of technological developments?
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© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2017
General Philip M. Breedlove
Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO (2013 - 16)
Jorge Domecq (tbc)
Chief Executive, European Defence Agency
Sir Julian King
European Commissioner for the Security Union, European Commission
Pricing and booking information
Register by Friday 12 January 2018 to benefit from the early booking rate.
Ways to book:
- Phone: Call Georgia Dalton on +44 (0)20 7314 2785
- Online: Click here to complete the online registration form
EARLY RATE (+VAT):
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AFTER 12 JANUARY
|Partners and major corporate members|
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|NGOs and academics||£440||£540|
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- Lunch and refreshments
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