A Fulcrum of Strategic Change
Ensuring Stability, Building Resilience, Harnessing Opportunity
For this year’s edition of the Forum, we see three overarching objectives at a critical moment for the West: strategic stability, resilience and opportunity.
Three overlapping territorial angles: European, regional and transatlantic with the traditional Bucharest Forum’s East-West nexus reading.
Major challenges: a Western societal crisis expressed by both Brexit and the rise of nationalist populism in Europe and the US; divided societies and a lack of answers to the profound economic, social and cultural changes in our societies including economic and social justice, territorial development, migration, intercultural and inter-confessional dialogue; a European institutional crisis showing the limits of the current integration model; external challenges from the east and south brought about by Russia’s current engagement strategy and continuos crisis in the Middle East.
Important opportunities: new possible openings created by the Iranian nuclear deal, the need for East-West strategic cooperation on the Syrian and anti ISIS files, an ambitious new European Global Strategy, the launch of an equally ambitious NATO-EU cooperation agenda.
Topics for discussion for the fifth edition of the Bucharest Forum:
Keywords: Security, inclusion, climate, energy, technological revolutions, governance, sustainable and just economic growth, european cohesion, productivity, stability
The perennially shifting target in the south-eastern and eastern European region:
Moving from reassurance to deterrence on the Eastern flank:
How do we get to more and better Europe: