Upcoming conference: Stuck in the Middle with You: Transatlantic Security from Syria to Ukraine


Date: 12-13 October 2016
: Hotel Leopold, Rue du Luxembourg, 35-1050 Brussels

At the juncture of an ongoing conflict in Syria, porous borders on Europe’s outer fringe and continued instability in Ukraine, Europe is more unstable than ever since the end of the Cold War.
The British June Referendum to exit the European Union adds fuel to the fire of uncertainty, especially when it comes to European defence cooperation and the EU defence component. Wedged between these ongoing challenges, NATO sceptics on either side of the Atlantic are running or will be running for elections in important allied countries such as the United States and later in Germany and France.

Stuck in the middle of a world defined by crises, we take a transatlantic look at the challenges ahead and what can be done, from Brussels or Washington, to help navigate an increasingly unstable transatlantic security environment.

Register: https://goo.gl/forms/5KwGBEBFQoGn6n8k2


9h00 Welcome by

  • Susanne Hartig, Executive Director, European Liberal Forum, Germany
  • Hans Stein, Director European and Transatlantic Dialogue, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Germany

9h15 North Atlantic involvement in a post-Arab Spring Middle East

  • Stefanie Babst, Head, Strategic Analysis Capability to the NATO Secretary General and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Germany
  • Michal Baranowski, Director of the German Marshall Fund of the United States in
    Warsaw, USA
  • Florence Gaub, Senior Analyst at European Union Institute for Security Studies, Germany (tbc)

Moderated by Havard Sandvik, Marshall Memorial Fellow, Norway

10h45 Coffee break

11h15 EU Defence and Security after Brexit: Is Germany Ready to Lead?

  • John R. Deni, Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College,
  • Alexander Graf Lambsdorff MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament ,
  • Brooks Tigner, EU/NATO Defence Analyst, Jane’s Defence, UK
  • Tim Vandenput, Member of Parliament, Belgium

Moderated by Karlijn Jans, Analyst, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, The

13h00 Networking Lunch

14h30 Offensive Cyber Capabilities: The Next Frontier?

  • Patrik Maldre, Cyber security expert and entrepreneur, USA
  • Jarno Limnéll, Professor of Cyber Security at Aalto University, Finland
  • Bart Groothuis, Head of Cybersecurity Bureau, Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands (tbc)

Moderated by Björn Bonsdorff, Research Associate, European Liberal Forum,

16h00 End of event


An event organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF). Supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Liberaal Kennis Centrum. Co-funded by the European Parliament.