The State of our Union: Europe in 2016
- 28 June 2016
2511 VA The Hague
On June 28th, the European Council on Foreign Relations would like to invite you to take part in a discussion on ‘The State of our Union: Europe in 2016’ with ECFR Council Members Carl Bildt, Beatrice de Graaf and Mark Leonard.
As part of the discussion, there will be a dedicated question and answer session in which you can put your questions to the speakers.
Europe in 2016
In this vital discussion, the panellists will provide their assessment of the state of our Union, taking in Europe’s response to the ongoing refugee crisis and humanitarian conflict in Syria; the results of the UK referendum, and – depending on the outcome – what happens to the UK-EU relationship now?; and the forthcoming US elections – what does Europe want from the next US President, and could Europe do business with President Trump?
We also want to hear from you: What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Europe today? What should Europe’s role be on the world stage? As part of the discussion, there will be a dedicated question and answer session in which you can put your questions to the speakers.
- Carl Bildt, Former Prime Minister and Former Foreign Minister of Sweden
Carl Bildt has served as both Prime Minister (1991-1994) and Foreign Minister (2006-2014) of Sweden. During the first period his government negotiated and signed membership agreement with the European Union. He also served in international functions with the EU and UN, primarily related to the conflicts in the Balkans. He was co-chairman of the Dayton peace talks on Bosnia and became the first High Representative to the country. Later, he was the Special Envoy of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to the region.
- Beatrice de Graaf, Professor for the History of International Relations & Global Governance at Utrecht University
Beatrice de Graaf is professor of History of International Relations & Global Governance at Utrecht Univer sity. She heads the European Research Council Consolidator Grant project “Securing Europe, fighting its enemies”, in which an international team of historians researches the development of European safety regimes between 1815 and 1914. De Graaf also conducts several research projects into terrorism and safety in the 21st century. De Graaf was co-founder of the Dutch Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism and regularly appears on national television and radio to comment on current affairs linked to terrorism. Earlier in 2016 she gave a nationally televised lecture on terrorism in historical perspective for popular Dutch talkshow De Wereld Draait Door (DWDD).
- Mark Leonard, Co-Founder and Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations
Mark Leonard is co-founder and director of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He writes a syndicated column on global affairs for Reuters.com and is Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-economics. As well as writing and commenting frequently in the media on global affairs, Leonard is author of two best-selling books, Why Europe will run the 21st Century, and What does China think? He is the creator and editor of Everyday Europe, an interactive project involving Britons sharing their experiences of Eu rope, including newspaper articles and a future book.