The European Conference 2018 "Europe: Winds in the Sails"


Friday, March 2, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, March 4, 2018 (All day)


John F. Kennedy School of Government, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA


The European Conference 2018 is the sixth edition of an event dedicated to Europe. It is presented by graduate students at Harvard, MIT Sloan and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. On its sixth annual occasion, this student-led conference , the largest of its kind in North America, will bring together a thrilling and unique combination of policy, academic and business leaders to explore what, going forward, the “European way” might be: its challenges, opportunities, and specifics. Refer to the Conference Agenda for details on panels and speakers.

The 2018 Conference will address the following issues: European Defense in the Making; Europe: Flagship of Free Trade; Rights of the Roma Child: The Struggle to Combat School Segregation in the EU; Europe’s Energy Innovation - Technology, Business, and Policy; Exploring the Territorial Limits of the European Union; International Journalism: A Case Study of Catalonia's Referendum Coverage; Adaptive Solutions to Combat Climate Change; The Future of Europe: Multi-Speed Integration

In addition to a program of world-class speakers including European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, Ambassador of the EU David O’Suilivan, and Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe, the conference program also features a cocktail reception at the Harvard Art Museum, and a closing piano recital with world-renowned virtuoso Simon Ghriachy.

eu_conference_2018Among the speakers of this edition we can mention: Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition; David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States; Thomas Greminger, Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ; David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States; Marina Kaljurand, Chair of the Global Commission for the Stability of Cyberspace, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia; Robert Bell, Former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment, CEO of National Security Counsel; Patrick de Rousiers, Général d'armée aérienne, French Air Force general, former chairman of the EU Military Committee

Sponsors: RCC; The Bertelsmann Foundation; Future of Diplomacy Project at Belfer Center; Center for Public Leadership; The Fares Center; HKS Student Government; Harvard Graduate Council; Kennedy School Student Government; American Modern Opera Company