FIT TO LEAD:   
Renewing the Transatlantic Alliance in a Contested World
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Welcome

Larry Hirsch, Chair, Board of Directors, Center for European Policy Analysis
Alina Polyakova, President and CEO, Center for European Policy Analysis


Opening Keynote 

H.E. Maia Sandu, President, Republic of Moldova 

Keynotes | Leading with our Values 

The Hon. Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator for Maryland, U.S. Senate
H.E. Anže Logar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia
Storytellers | Fighting for Democracy in the Face of Authoritarianism
 
Anne Applebaum, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
James Lamond, Director, Democratic Resilience, Center for European Policy Analysis
Edward Lucas, Senior Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis
Craig Newmark
, Founder, Craig Newmark Philanthropies


Featuring:
Rushan Abbas, Founder and Executive Director, Campaign for Uyghurs
Maksim Bogretsov, Activist, 
Belarus
Anastasia Karimova, Activist and Co-Founder of ReForum.io, Russia
Valyarna Kustava, Poet and Activist, Belarus
Rahima Mahmut
, Director, World Uyghur Congress 
Alexander Solovyev, Youth Activist, Russia
Panel | State of the World (Dis)order

Bobo Lo, Senior Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis
H.R. McMasterFouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Daniela Schwarzer, Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia, Open Society Foundations

Moderator: David Herszenhorn, Chief Brussels Correspondent, POLITICO Europe
Conversation | A Life in Service
 
Carl Gershman, Former President, National Endowment for Democracy
In conversation with: Alina Polyakova, President and CEO, Center for European Policy Analysis

Featuring: James S. Denton Memorial
Keynotes | Leading with our Values
 
H.E. Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Latvia
H.E. Gabrielius Landsbergis, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania
Freedom Fighter Award 2021 | Women of Belarus
 
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Leader, Democratic Belarus
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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Welcome
 
Alina Polyakova, President and CEO, Center for European Policy Analysis
Opening Keynote | From the Euro-Atlantic to the Indo-Pacific: Collective Defense in a Competitive World
 
General Tod D. Wolters, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO; Commander, U.S. European Command
Keynotes l Transatlantic Cooperation for a More Secure World
 
H.E. Mariusz Błaszczak, Minister of National Defence, Republic of Poland
The Hon. Joni Ernst
, U.S. Senator for Iowa, U.S. Senate
Storytellers | The Ethics of Tomorrow’s Tech-Enabled War
 
James Stavridis, Vice Chair, Global Affairs and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

Featuring:
Brian Michelson, Senior Fellow, Defense Tech Initiative, Center for European Policy Analysis
Joanna van der Merwe, Fellow, Defense Tech Initiative, Center for European Policy Analysis
Conversation | Harnessing Tech to Enhance Shared Security
 
Joe Robinson, CEO Defence & Security, Improbable
Ben Hodges
, Pershing Chair, Center for European Policy Analysis

Moderator: Jacqueline Feldscher, Senior National Security Correspondent, Defense One
Panel | NATO’s Next Strategic Concept: Building Blocks for the Future
 
Simona CojocaruState Secretary and Chief of the Department for Defence Policy, Planning and International Relations, Romania
A. Wess Mitchell, Vice Chairman of the Board
Center for European Policy Analysis

Moderator: Lauren Speranza, Director, Transatlantic Defense and Security, Center for European Policy Analysis
Conversation | Entering a New Era of Transatlantic Defense 
 
The Rt Hon. Ben Wallace, Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom 

In conversation withEdward Lucas
, Senior Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis
Storytellers | What NATO Means to Me

Tania Lațici, FellowTransatlantic Leadership Program, Center for European Policy Analysis
James Foggo, Distinguished Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis
Kurt Volker, Distinguished Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis
Julian Wieczorkiewicz, James S. Denton Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis
Transatlantic Leadership Award 2021 | Jens Stoltenberg
 
H.E. Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, NATO
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Thursday, September 30, 2020
Welcome
 
Alina Polyakova, President and CEO, Center for European Policy Analysis
Opening Keynote

H.E. Kaja KallasPrime Minister, Republic of Estonia
Conversation | Is the West Fit to Lead in Technology?
 
Eric Schmidt, Co-Founder, Schmidt Futures; Former CEO and  Chairman, Google

In conversation withAlina Polyakova, President and CEO, Center for European Policy Analysis
Storytellers | Geopolitics of Technology

Kara Frederick, Research FellowCenter for Technology and Policy, The Heritage Foundation
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Distinguished Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis
José Ignacio Torreblanca, Head, Madrid Office, European Council on Foreign Relations
Panel | Ensuring a Democratic Digital Domain

Karan Bhatia, Vice President, Government Affairs &
Public Policy
, Google

H.E. Dita Charanzová, Vice-President, European Parliament (Renew Europe – Czech Republic)
Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator, Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University
The Hon. Adam Kinzinger, U.S. Representative for Illinois for the 16th District, U.S. House of Representatives

Moderator: Alina Polyakova, President and CEO
, Center for European Policy Analysis
Conversation | The Innovator
 
Markus Villig, Co-Founder and CEO, Bolt

In conversation withGeysha González, Senior Director, Programs and Strategy, Center for European Policy Analysis
Storytellers | Democratic Cooperation on Digital Innovation

H.E. Mark Boris Andrijanič, Minister for Digital Transformation, Republic of Slovenia
H.E. Carme Artigas, Secretary of State for Digitization and Artificial Intelligence, Kingdom of Spain
H.E. Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister for Digital Transformation, Hellenic Republic
H.E. Margarete Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs, Republic of Austria
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