- Opening DAY 1
12:30 – 13:00
GLOBSEC Chat: U.S. and Europe Still in it Together?
The US and Europe are unlikely to part ways any time soon. The advantages of NATO are too great to walk away, and transatlantic security too valuable to be put to the test. The very fact that China and Russia are gaining influence would strengthen the partnership between the US and Europe. A rexamination of trade relations and institutions is necessary, not just between the US and Europe, but also across the globe
Criticism without engagement can lead to estrangement.
We have different threat perceptions and we always had. And that is what the alliances, and events like this (GLOBSEC), are all about – exchanges perceptions of threats
15:00 – 16:00
Partners, Competitors and Rivals: The Future of Global Order
The future of global order has a myriad of moving factors and influences, but general consensus is that we are unlike to see the fall of US leadership any time soon. The forces of trade, nationalism, globalisation, national security, and technological advancement are all challenges within the current order, but as the potential exists to revise the system itself, it is unlikely it will be overthrown. The will to overthrown the system can only be found in Russia, as China is actually one of the biggest winners of the current system and is not interested in discarding it. Once institutions and regulation regarding new technology are updated to fit the changing world, the system may very well settle back down. This process of renegotiation however is the political and cooperative challenge of our time.
“We share with Europe values which we don’t share with Russia and China” – Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
“International order is in peril, and some international organizations are falling apart” – Hongjun Yu
“Europe will be never be a centre of the world, let‘s be realistic.” – Martina Larkin
“We need to demonstrate that liberal democracy Is not only most virtuous but also most effective.” – Bobo Lo
“Problem with American exceptionalism is that it encourages exceptionalism of another world powers.” – Bobo Lo
15:00 – 16:00
5G: Geopolitics of the Network
There are significant security and economic issues at stake in relation to the 5G network. The Chinese firm Huawei, a key player in the network’s development, will be a means for Beijing to increase its strategic power. The debate surrounding 5G’s rollout, and Huawei’s role in it, will intensify as state and non-state actors consider how states ought to behave.
“Telecommunications was used by many powers as an asset and it will continue to be used in this way.” – Timo Koster
“In the wifi world you could connects to hundreds of sensors, in wifi world to thousands, in 5G to millions of them.” – Margaret Peterlin