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Security Defence 2018 Conference

Security and Defence 2018 will bring together policy-makers, industry leaders and academic experts to assess this new reality, with discussions focusing on:

  • The changing security landscape and nature of conflict
  • The shifting significance of different actors and institutions
  • Regional stances and their continuing responses to emerging threats
  • Evolving norms and their implications for future engagement
  • New alliances and the future of multilateralism in defence

Who should attend?

NDI members and non-members

Why attend?

With the security implications of recent political transitions becoming more apparent, stakeholders are currently taking stock in a new and uncertain environment. While some recent political changes may prove to be local and transitory, others seem to reflect structural shifts in international power.

What is new, and how have things really changed? 

How can states and other actors adapt to the increasingly layered and multidirectional conflicts?

How are relationships evolving, and where is there potential for greater cooperation?


  • General Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO (2013 - 16)
  • Howard Bromberg, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Lockheed Martin
  • Jorge Domecq (tbc), Chief Executive, European Defence Agency
  • Rear Admiral Alan Goh, Group Chief of Policy and Strategy, Singapore Ministry of Defence
  • Elena Gomez Castro, Director General of Policy and Strategy, Ministry of Defence, Spain
  • Yuichi Hosoya, Senior Fellow, The Tokyo Foundation
  • Ambassador Tacan Ildem, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, NATO
  • Sir Julian King, Commissioner for the Security Union, European Commission
  • Andrey Kortunov, Director General, Russian International Affairs Council
  • Claudia Major, Senior Associate and Program Director, International Security, German Institute for International and Security Affairs
  • Wendy R. Sherman, Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group; Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, US Department of State (2011-2015)
  • Sir Adam Thomson, Director, European Leadership Network
  • Kurt Volker, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations; Executive Director, The McCain Institute for International Leadership
  • Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization


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Monday 12 March

Session One | Overview 

This session will set the scene by considering general trends in international security across different regions and whether international security is experiencing a ‘sea change’.

Session Two | New Relationships, New Alliances  

This session will assess the shifting stances of global powers and their implications for existing security relationships.

Session Three | New Patterns of Intervention 

This session will look at the new actors and new methods of intervention, the evolving norms and perceptions, and the implications for future conflict.

Session Four | Nuclear Reality

This session will evaluate emerging nuclear threats around the world and the continuing effectiveness of arms control, non-proliferation and deterrence. 

Tuesday 13 March 

Session Five | New Approaches for European Security

This session will explore international relationships in European defence, how they will continue to evolve and the region’s continuing role in international security.

Session Six | New Relationships in Defence Capability 

This session will assess how changes in business, public opinion and the threat picture are altering capability requirements and procurement.

1330 End of conference

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