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Power and Power Games Europe, the US, China and Russia

Foreign policy, Security and Defence
Date: Friday, 15 June 2018 08:30 - 13:00

Venue: Contact organisers for location details  |  City: Brussels

On invitation only

Our concerns about the foreign policy of the US, the ambition of China, and the strategy of Russia demonstrate that History certainly has not come to an end. We are witnessing a new power game, between great powers.

At the same time, the European Union is once again at a key moment in its existence. Confronted with major challenges such as Brexit, internal divisions, and the rise of populism, the Union has shed its skin.

Recent developments in the area of defence, in particular Permanent Structured Cooperation, the financing of defence research, and the European Parliament resolution in favour of a “DG Defence”, show the will to transform the EU and provide it with real capacity in the fields of innovation and defence.

In that context, can the EU (re)affirm its leadership? Which part can it play in the new power game? Which is its view of its military power, and its level of ambition?

Participation by invitation only – the Chatham House Rule applies.

Working languages English and French with simultaneous translation.



08.30–09.00   Registration

 09.00–09.30  Welcome & introduction

  • Gen. Bernard de COURRÈGES D’USTOU, Director of the Institut des hautes études de défense nationale (IHEDN), Paris
  • Amb. Johan VERBEKE, Director-General of the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations, Brussels

09.305–11.00  Panel 1: Which part for the European Union in the new power game?

Chair:  Ms Marie-France CHATIN, Producer and journalist – Radio France Internationale, Producer of the radio program “Géopolitique, le débat”

  • Prof. Nicole GNESOTTO, Professor at the CNAM, Holder of the Chair on the European Union, Chair of the board of Directors of the IHEDN, Vice-president of the Institut Jacques Delors
  • Prof. Dr. Sven BISCOP, Director of the Europe in the World Programme at Egmont, Professor at Ghent University
  • Ms Sylvia HARTLEIF, Team Leader Foreign policy, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission, Brussels

11.00–11.30   Coffee break

11.30–13.00   Panel 2: Which European view of its military power?

Chair: Brig-Gen. (Ret.) Jo COELMONT, Senior Associate Fellow, Egmont;  

  • Eric DANON, Deputy Director for Political Affairs  and Security , French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
    Mr Tomasz HUSAK, Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska Head of Cabinet, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
  • Mr Gustav LINDSTRÖM, Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies


13.00-13.10    Conclusion

  • Amb. Johan VERBEKE
  • Gen. Bernard de COURRÈGES D’USTOU




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