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Geopolitics Matter: The Future Of The Transatlantic Alliance
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Foreign and Security Policy Conference in Budapest. A Joint Event of the Danube Institute and the AJTK.

Geopolitics Matter: The Future of the Transatlantic Alliance

Date: 4 December 2018
Venue: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Grand Hall, 1051 Budapest, 9 Széchenyi István Square
The multi-layered relationship between global and great powers has been changing at an unprecedented pace over the previous one hundred years. The “changing world order" has become a widely-discussed theme within the prevailing political discourse, and thus needs to be addressed at the highest academic levels. Our conference will explore the role of the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on the global scene, by fostering a sharing of ideas between distinguished American scholars of transatlantic affairs and geopolitics. 
Our second panel, building on the former’s conclusions on the current state of the world order and the transatlantic alliance in it, will analyse the challenges of NATO and the role of geostrategy in the 21st Century from different European perspectives. While technology is also advancing at an unprecedented rate, we propose that geopolitics will not be less relevant, but even more complex and more deeply interactive with other societal factors. We undertake the academic inquiry of the issue at hand with the firm belief that understanding the global geopolitical dynamics of the past, present, and future are key to developing the most appropriate national strategies for the countries of Central Europe and the NATO as a whole.
The conference will be held in English and Hungarian interpreting will be provided.
Preliminary Programme
9am Opening Remarks: Péter Antall Director, Antall József Knowledge Centre
9:10am-9:30am Keynote Speech: HE János Martonyi Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
Keynote Title: Flag and Trade in the Transatlantic Relations
9:30am-10am Keynote Lecture: Lieutenant General Steven M Shepro, Deputy Chairman of the Military Committee, NATO
10am-11am Panel I: US Foreign Policy and the Transatlantic Alliance
HE Matthew Bryza Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center and Global Energy Center, The Atlantic Council
Bruno Lété Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Moderator: Tamás Péter Baranyi, Head of Research, Antall József Knowledge Centre
11am-11:30am Coffee Break
11:30am-12:45pm Panel II: The Challenges of NATO and the Role of Geopolitics in the 21st 
Prof Ludger Kühnhardt Director, Center for European Integration Studies
Dr Gerald Brettner-Messler Advisor for External Affairs to the Secretary General, Federal Ministry of Defence, Republic of Austria
Moderator: Zsolt Csepregi, Head of the Security Policy Office, Antall József Knowledge Centre
12:45pm-1:30pm Buffet Lunch
1:30pm-2pm Keynote Lecture: George Friedman, Chairman and Founder, Geopolitical 
2pm-2:45pm Keynote Lecture: Rt Hon David Davis, Former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, United Kingdom
2:45pm-3:00pm Closing Remarks

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