Europe and its Neighbourhood – Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management in the 21st Century

14/11/2016 @ All Day –

The second annual conference on Europe’s Changing Neighbourhood, organised in partnership with Chatham House and International Crisis Group, will assess the effectiveness and external perceptions of Europe’s collective and national-level responses to the crises in its neighbourhood. It will also consider how Europe can use its political and social capacity to manage the current crisis environment.


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Europe’s ability to manage and contribute to the peaceful resolution of a number of crises in its southern and eastern neighbourhoods has been an increasingly urgent concern since the outbreak of the Arab uprisings in 2011. Security worries alongside alarm at rising trends in irregular (and other) migration have fused notions of what constitutes foreign policy on the one hand, and domestic on the other. Further complicating already volatile dynamics is an environment in which European countries are increasingly mired in preoccupying internal debates. In that regard, the referendum decision by the UK to leave the EU heralds a prolonged period of uncertainty, exposing fault lines on co-operation and raising questions about institutional legitimacy.

The second annual conference on Europe and its Neighbourhood, organized in partnership with International Crisis Group and Chatham House, will assess the effectiveness and external perceptions of Europe’s collective and national-level responses to the crises in its neighbourhood. It will also consider how Europe can use its political and social capacity to manage the current crisis environment.

 

Agenda

14 November 2016

08:00 Registration and refreshments
09:00 Welcome and chair’s opening remarks
Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House
09:10 – 10:30 Session One | The Challenges Facing Europe Today
Europe faces multiple, overlapping problems, exacerbated by political uncertainties and national anxieties. The unresolved conflict in Syria and the resulting humanitarian crisis, the spectre of violent extremism, a resurgent Russia, legacies from Iraq and Libya, political tensions within Turkey, combined with economic concerns and rising populism within Europe, all conspire to suggest a weak continent, vulnerable to centrifugal forces and increasingly inward-looking. In this context this opening discussion will consider key questions, including:

      • How do people in Europe’s neighbourhood view Europe and its institutions? What are their expectations of Europe as a contributor to regional stability?
      • What are the next steps that European institutions can take to resolve ongoing conflicts and their humanitarian consequences?
      • How can Europe, and the EU, co-ordinate more effectively to address common challenges?
      • What effect might Brexit have on Europe’s collective approach to its own, and its neighbourhood’s, security?
      • How can Europe manage changes in its external relations? Is there a need to reset relationships between Europe and its allies?

        Moderator
        Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House

    • Panellists
      Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, United Nations
      Wadah Khanfar, President, Al Sharq Forum
      Elizabeth Collett, Founding Director, Migration Policy Institute Europe
      Sylvie Bermann, Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Embassy of France
      Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance, London School of Economics
10:30 – 11:45  Session Two | The New UN Secretary-General’s In-Tray: Where to Start?
The incoming Secretary-General faces a daunting security agenda: protracted conflicts in Africa and the Middle East; growing humanitarian tragedies; a peacekeeping system under stress; fraying international norms; and a Security Council increasingly riven – most glaringly over Syria – by geopolitical and regional tensions. In a job where reality and pursuit of the ideal rarely make for comfortable bedfellows, what room does the new Secretary-General have to address these challenges decisively? To what extent, beyond rhetoric, is the UN important to Europe?

Moderator
Richard Gowan, Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

Panellists
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations (2006)
Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (2004-08)
Natalie Samarasinghe, Executive Director, United Nations Association UK
Mehdi Eker, Vice President and Chairman of Foreign Affairs Commission of the AK Party, Turkey

 11:45 – 12:15  Refreshments
Pre-lunch breakout discussions
12:15 – 13:30 Discussion A | Europe, Russia and the Spaces in Between
Dealing with Moscow’s interests and strategies in the neighbourhood it shares with Europe is critical for a better overall and long-term relationship. With the regime in its present mood and Western political will on the wane, this is easier said than done. The war in Ukraine, disenchantment in the Caucasus, future potential hotspots in Belarus and Moldova, the prospect of instability in Central Asia – all require careful yet innovative policies to even begin to resolve fundamental areas of disagreement. Can the EU’s Eastern Partnership help or is a new construction needed? What are the limits of the possible with the current regime in Moscow and what might be possible under a different leadership?

Moderator
Quentin Peel, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House

Panellists
Giles Portman, ‎Head of East Stratcom Task Force, European External Action Service
Magdalena Frichova-Grono, Director Europe and Central Asia, International Crisis Group
Colonel General Ihor Smeshko, Advisor to the President of Ukraine 
Elena Donova, First Secretary, Press Attache, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to NATO 

 12:15 – 13:30 Discussion B | Intelligent and Effective Countering of Violent Extremism
Countering – or preventing – violent extremism has become a new security imperative, both domestic and foreign. Identifying tactics and strategies to effectively address violent extremism that poses a genuine threat remains crucial for both Europe and its neighbourhood. To what extent do current approaches serve as a useful means of preventing and resolving conflict? Do movements like Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda drive conflict themselves or are they taking advantage of already existing wars? Are there dangers for countries in using an extremism lens to define threats to their stability? What are the challenges for discerning the difference between real violent extremism threats and the use of the extremism rhetoric to punish and silence opponents?

Chair
Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House 

Panellists
Richard Atwood, Director of Multilateral Affairs, International Crisis Group
Dr Elisabeth Kendall, Senior Research Fellow in Arabic, Pembroke College Oxford
Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow, US Relations with the Islamic World, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution
David Hearst, Editor, Middle East Eye 

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
  Post-lunch breakout discussions
14:30 – 15:45 Discussion C | Navigating the Southern Mediterranean
In North Africa the underlying societal, political and economic tensions that led to the Arab uprisings remain, in some cases complicated by subsequent events. Tunisia is making delicate progress towards a more democratic system. In Egypt, polarization and a repressive leadership have created an exclusionary new order. Libya’s deterioration threatens more violent conflict with potential regional spill over. In Algeria and Morocco, cautionary lessons from the region’s tragedies have bought time for their leaders, but how the authorities make use of it is now what matters. How can Europe, with its considerable stake in the political stability of the southern Mediterranean, assert a positive influence in the region?

Moderator
Issandr El Amrani, Project Director, North Africa, International Crisis Group

Panellists
Professor Emad Shahin, Distinguished Visiting Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University 
Nicola Pedde, Director, Institute for Global Studies
Walter Posch, Senior Fellow, National Defense Academy, Austria
Ellen Lust, Founding Director of the Programs on Governance and Local Development, Yale University and University of Gothenburg

 14:30 – 15:45 Discussion D | Europe and Turkey and a Collapsing Regional Order
The European Union and Turkey’s mercurial relations have entered particularly febrile times. At odds over how to manage the refugee crisis, and with divergent approaches to the conflict in Syria, relations between Brussels and Ankara have entered a new phase in which problems rather than progress dominate the narrative. Is Turkey an ever more volatile partner? What will the failed coup mean for Turkey’s future direction, foreign relations and regional role? Is the EU imposing unfair demands, particularly as regards Turkey’s security concerns and ability to handle the refugee influx, without accepting its own share of the burden? How serious are these tensions for the overall health of Euro-Turkish relations? What can be done to overcome these hurdles and place dynamics on a more positive track? What is needed to develop common EU–Turkey positions in response to the failed states and civil wars in neighbouring regions that could lead to new channels for cooperation?

Moderator
Hugh Pope, Director of Communications & Outreach, International Crisis Group

Panellists

Fuat Keyman, Director, Istanbul Policy Center, and Professor of International Relations, Sabancı University
Nigar Göksel, Senior Analyst, Turkey, International Crisis Group 
Sylke Tempel, Editor in Chief, Internazionale Politik
Simon Mordue, Director for Strategy and Turkey, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission

15:45 – 16:15 Afternoon refreshments
16:15 – 17:45 Session Three | Soft Power versus Hard: Does Europe Have the Right Balance?
This closing discussion will assess the right balance for Europe in seeking to both protect its borders and effectively manage conflict abroad, exploring questions including:

  • To what extent is the ‘ideal’ of Europe a positive influence on its neighbours?
  • Does Europe use its considerable development budget to maximum effect? If not, how might it do so more effectively?
  • Founded on a basis of economic strength and a commitment to the rule of law, to what extent have recent years squandered the EU’s reputation in these areas, particularly in the context of the UK’s vote to leave the EU?
  • As its region changes, how can Europe achieve an effective balance between its reliance on traditional tools of diplomacy and its military capacity? Does the EU have the capacity to achieve a consensus on the use of hard power, and navigate the uncertainties generated by the outcome of the UK referendum on its membership?

Moderator
Deborah Haynes, Defence Editor, The Times 

Panellists
General Jean-Paul Paloméros, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO (2012-15)
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President & CEO, International Crisis Group
Galip Dalay, Research Director, Al Sharq Forum
Xenia Wickett, Head, US and the Americas Programme; Dean, The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, Chatham House
David Harding, Founder and CEO, Winton

Questions and discussion

17:45 Close of conference and reception


Royal Society of Arts, London

In partnership with Chatham House and International Crisis Group

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule (unless otherwise indicated), which states: “When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

Speakers

Louise Arbour to speak at the Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2016 conference Louise Arbour
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (2004-08)
Richard Atwood to speak at the Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2016 conference Richard Atwood
Director of Multilateral Affairs, International Crisis Group
Elizabeth Collett to speak at the Chatham House Banking Revolution conference Elizabeth Collett
Founding Director, Migration Policy Institute Europe
Virginia Comolli to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2016 conference Virginia Comolli
Research Fellow for Security and Development, The International Institute for Strategic Studies
Galip Dalay to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference Galip Dalay
Research Director, Al Sharq Forum
Staffan de Mistura to speak at the Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2016 conference Staffan de Mistura
Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, United Nations
Elena Donova to speak at the Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference Elena Donova
First Secretary, Press Attache, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to NATO
Issandr El Amrani to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference Issandr El Amrani
Project Director, North Africa, International Crisis Group
Magdalena Frichova-Grono to speak at Chatham House's Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2016 conference Magdalena Frichova-Grono
Director, Europe and Central Asia, International Crisis Group
Nigar Göksel to speak at the Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference Nigar Göksel
Senior Analyst, Turkey, International Crisis Group
 Richard Gowan to speak at the Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference Richard Gowan
Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations
Jean-Marie Guéhenno to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference Jean-Marie Guéhenno
President & CEO, International Crisis Group
Shadi Hamid to speak at Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference Shadi Hamid
Senior Fellow, US Relations with the Islamic World, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution
David Harding to speak at the Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference David Harding
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Winton
 Deborah Haynes to speak at the Chatham House Security and Defence in Europe 2016 conference Deborah Haynes
Defence Editor, The Times
David Hearst
Editor, Middle East Eye
Dr Elisabeth Kendall to speak at the Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference Dr Elisabeth Kendall
Senior Research Fellow in Arabic, Pembroke College Oxford
Fuat Keyman to speak at Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference Fuat Keyman
Director, Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations, Sabancı University
 Wadah Khanfar to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference Wadah Khanfar
President, Al Sharq Forum
Lina Khatib to speak at the Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood conference Lina Khatib
Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Pierre Vimont to speak at the Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference Pierre Vimont
Senior Associate, Carnegie Europe, and Executive Secretary-General, European External Action Service (2010-15)
Jean Paul Paloméros to speak at the Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference

General Jean-Paul Paloméros
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO (2012-15)

 Intissar Kherigi to speak at the Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2016 conference Intissar Kherigi
Programmes Director, Jasmine Foundation
Mark Malloch-Brown to speak at Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2015 conference Mark Malloch-Brown
Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations (2006)
 Simon Mordue, Director for Strategy and Turkey, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission Simon Mordue
Director for Strategy and Turkey, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
Dr Robin Niblett Dr Robin Niblett
Director, Chatham House
 Nicola Pedde to speak at the Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood conference Nicola Pedde
Director, Institute for Global Studies
Quentin Peel
Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Giles Portman to speak at Chatham House's Europe's Changing Neighbourhood conference Giles Portman
‎Head of East Stratcom Task Force, European External Action Service
Natalie Samarasinghe to speak at Chatham House's Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference Natalie Samarasinghe
Executive Director, United Nations Association UK
Walter Posch to speak at the Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference

Walter Posch
Senior Fellow, National Defense Academy, Austria

Xenia Wickett to speak at the Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference

Xenia Wickett
Head, US and the Americas Programme; Dean, The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, Chatham House

 Professor Emad Shahin to speak at the Chatham House Europe's Changing Neighbourhood 2016 conference Professor Emad Shahin
Distinguished Visiting Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University
Colonel General Ihor Smeshko to speak at the Chatham House Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference Colonel General Ihor Smeshko
Advisor to the President of Ukraine
 Sylke Tempel to speak at Europe and its Neighbourhood 2016 conference Sylke Tempel
Editor in Chief, Internazionale Politik
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Vice President and Chairman of Foreign Affairs Commission of the AK Party, Turkey
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