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The Future of Europe

2024 Global Conference

The Future of Europe

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM PDT

While the European-US alliance proved durable for much of the 20th century, today that bond is under strain as it faces geopolitical challenges as profound as any of the last century. This session delves into the questions shaping the future of Europe and its relation to the US. Will Europe be a bridge connecting competing civilizations and spheres of influence? Or, faced with the unbridgeable divide between Western hegemony and its autocratic challengers, will it choose the side of liberal democracy? Can Europe put collective interest ahead of narrower national concerns, or will a lack of cohesion result in it being sidelined? This conversation will explore the choices Europe faces, including ways to build and maintain the agency needed to exercise strategic autonomy. Key issues addressed will include the challenges posed by an aging population, potential new sources of economic dynamism and growth, and the commitments of collective defenses. Join us for an insightful conversation with prominent thought leaders, policymakers, and regional experts as we explore the potential trajectories that will shape the future of Europe and the broader Western alliance. 

Suzanne Lynch
Global Playbook Author and Associate Editor, Politico
Benedetta Berti
Head of Policy Planning, Office of the Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Benedikt Franke
Vice-Chairman and CEO, Munich Security Conference
Michael Spence
Professor and Dean Emeritus, Stanford Business School
Kinga Stanislawska
Founder, European Women in VC