The European Conference 2018

Mar 02 2018 10:00 AM

Hosted by: Organizer: European Clubs of the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the European Affairs Society at The Fletcher School
Harvard University
Cambridge

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.


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.

Now that the European crisis seems largely passed, or so it would seem, where is the European Union headed? There are many reasons to be positive about the changes happening on the continent. Not only is growth back, but populism appears on the wane, pro-European leaders are elected, pro-European coalitions are structured, and overall confidence has made its way back within the European Institutions.

Where does the EU go from here? Societal, economic, defense and constitutional questions are quick to arise. The 2018 European Conference's panels will investigate these issues from multiple perspectives and whenever relevant, disciplines. Each panel will feature world class speakers in their field, including Thomas Greminger, Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, DavidO'Suillivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, and Professor Danuta Hubner, Member of European Parliament (Poland), Chair of the European Parliament Constitutional Affairs Committee, who contribute to shaping tomorrow's EU and transatlantic relationships. Their kind participation is a unique opportunity to shed light on some of the prime questions facing Europe today with ways of analyzing and offering solutions that may cross-fertilize U.S. approaches.

This year's program of events is our most diverse to date. It features a full-day negotiation simulation on Friday (sign up via this form, positions are limited), a black-tie Opening Reception on Friday at the Havard Art Museums featuring our opening Keynote Address by European Commission for Competition Margrethe Vestager, a full day of panels, and for the first time ever, the conference will conclude with a piano recital by virtuoso Simon Ghraichy.