Europe without defense. Strategic implications of Europe’s declining defense capabilities

Scenarios after the December 2013 European Council

Link Campus University,  Via Nomentana 335, Roma – 25 November 2013 –  9:30-17:30

The seminar will be held in English, under the Chatham House rule.
The event is co-organized by Link Campus University, the Gino Germani Research Center, and the Air Press monthly journal, with the support of the public policy magazine Formiche. Participants will include government and think tank experts and analysts, university researchers, and defense industry representatives from various European countries.

The seminar will explore the following key issues:
1) Scenarios and options for European defense architecture after the December European council.
2) Challenges of institutionalizing Common European Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), and how various EU states perceive CSDP .
3) The strategic implications of Europe’s declining defense capabilities, and the options for reversing this decline at a time of shrinking budgets.
4) The implications for European security of the US “pivot” towards the Asia-Pacific region, the challenge of keeping the US bound to European security, and the possible impact of EU defense structures on the transatlantic strategic alliance.
5) Trends in European defense industry and options for EU defense industrial policy.


Morning session 9:30-13:00
Introductory remarks
Vincenzo SCOTTI , President of Link Campus University of Rome; Luigi Sergio GERMANI , Director, Gino Germani Research Center, and coordinator of Link University’s Master’s program in intelligence and security studies; Paolo MESSA, Founder of Formiche monthy magazine .

Vincenzo CAMPORINI, Vice-President of IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali)
“Why We Cannot Afford Continuing Business as Usual”
Giovanni BRAUZZI, Deputy Director General, Central Director for Security, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy.
“ Keep Calm and Carry on: Challenges and Opportunities for European Defense”
Julian RICHARDS, Center for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS), University of Buckingham, UK.
“Broad not Deep: British Perspectives on European Defense Strategy and Policy”
Marcin TERLIKOWSKI, Acting Coordinator of the International Security Program, Polish Institute of International Affairs (Polski Institut Spraw Międzynarodowych), Warsaw.
“ Poland and European Defense: From Denial to Leadership”
Giovanni CARAVELLI, Chief of the 2nd Division ( Information and Security) of the Defense General Staff (Italy)
“The EU Military Intelligence framework: a future challenge in a challenging environment”
Giancarlo GRASSO, Senior Advisor, Finmeccanica.
“The Evolution of European Defense Industry”

Panel discussion and brainstorming session.

Afternoon session 14:30- 17:30
Stefano SILVESTRI, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)
“European Defense and Industrial Policy”
Jean DUFOURCQ, Chief Editor, Revue Défense Nationale, Paris.
“An Alternative Approach to a Military Europe”
Nicolai VON ONDARZA, Senior Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs-SWP (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik), Berlin.
“Regional Clusters: the Way Forward in EU Capabilities Cooperation after the December Summit”
Andrea GRAZIOSO, Senior Civil Servant, Cabinet of the Minister of Defense, Italy.
“For a European Connected Defense”
Marco CIACCIA, Formiche
“Why Europe Must Believe in Herself. 2013 as a Turning Point?”

Panel discussion and brainstorming session.

The seminar is co-sponsored by SBS Consulting Group (Rome).
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