THE PREMIER FORUM ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS

For twelve years already, GLOBSEC has been essentially contributing to shaping regional, European and wider transatlantic policy agenda. It has become an indispensable meeting place of stakehold­ers and everyone who contributes to foreign and security policy not only in Central and Eastern Europe, but also globally. In just a few years, GLOBSEC has risen from humble beginnings to become one of the top foreign policy forums worldwide, now adding a strong European dimension as well as even more strengthened presence of business to its core policy focus. Recent policy developments in the United States, Europe and other regions in the world only underline demand for a strong policy-making platform where solutions to the most urgent issues can be discussed and employed. Hundreds of most influential experts from leading European, transatlantic and Asian think-tanks, academia, politicians, business leaders and innovators will once again come to GLOBSEC to discuss issues that make headlines in the global media. Over the years, GLOBSEC’s guest list has included David Cameron, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Madeleine Albright, Donald Tusk, Ursula von der Leyen, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, John Allen, John McCain, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and other personalities. 

GLOBSEC 2017 KEY FEATURES

  • The world is now closely watching what the newly elected president of the United States will bring not only for the future of America, but also for transatlantic security and global stability. GLOBSEC will take a closer look on broader consequences of this crucial election on transatlantic cooperation;
  • European Union is finding itself at a critical point as the list of challenges we are facing is barely being shortened. With the United Kingdom making a decision to split from the European Union, our security weakened by numerous terrorist attacks and the newly introduced Bratislava roadmap on the table, we need to closely examine and carefully apply constructive solutions to this multidimensional test of our unity so that we can strengthen the Union politically, economically and security-wise;
  • Democracy and political institutions as we know them are heavily challenged by growing populism that is slowly gaining legitimacy and constitutes a grave challenge to traditional political powers. The phenomenon of conspiracy theories combined with nationalism and rising extremism all over Europe create a dangerous mix that needs a unified and strong reaction;
  • Critical situation in the Middle East will be one of cornerstones of GLOBSEC 2017 debates, wish special focus on the post - Daesh reality on the ground in Iraq, Syria and beyond;
  • GLOBSEC will widen its topical scope and aim to bridge foreign policy discussions with economic and financial challenges of the European community. Monetary Union, fiscal rules and stability of Eurozone, to name but a few, will be featured prominently in 2017 agenda of the Forum;
  • A new set of innovative discussion formats covering trendsetting business and technology topics will be introduced this year with the ambition to create even stronger bond of policy-making and business. Quest for sustainable solutions to global challenges offers a strategic opportunity for smart cities, internet of things, green business or secure cyber infrastructure to take the lead;
  • GLOBSEC will bring together heads of governments, foreign and defence ministers and influential policy-makers in order to generate new ideas, partnerships and solutions to issues of central concern to the GLOBSEC community.