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ERC Securing Europe, Fighting its enemies, 1815-1914


28 June 2016
15:00 - 17:00
Leiden University Campus The Hague, Schouwburgstraat 2, The Hague

Beatrice de Graaf at ECFR Annual Council Meeting


ECFR SquareThe European Council on Foreign Relations is delighted to bring the Annual Council Meeting to The Hague in June 2016 for two days of intense discussions on Europe’s future. On June 28th, a discussion on ‘The State of our Union’ will take place with ECFR Council Members Carl Bildt, Beatrice de Graaf and Mark Leonard.

In this vital discussion, the panellists will provide their assessment of the state of our Union, taking in Europe’s response to the ongoing refugee crisis and humanitarian conflict in Syria; the results of the UK referendum, and – depending on the outcome – what happens to the UK-EU relationship now?; and the forthcoming US elections – what does Europe want from the next US President, and could Europe do business with President Trump?

Admission: Free, please register online.


Carl Bildt2Carl Bildt has served as both Prime Minister (1991-1994) and Foreign Minister (2006-2014) of Sweden. During the first period his government negotiated and signed membership agreement with the European Union. He also  served in international functions with the EU and UN, primarily related to the conflicts in the Balkans. He was co-chairman of the Dayton peace talks on Bosnia and became the first High Representative to the country. Later, he was the Special Envoy of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to the region.

Beatrice de Graaf is professor of History of International Relations & Global Governance at Utrecht University. She heads the European Research Council Consolidator Grant project “Securing Europe, fighting its enemies”, in which an international team of historians researches the development of European security regimes between 1815 and 1914. De Graaf also conducts several research projects into terrorism and safety in the 21st century. De Graaf was co-founder of the Dutch Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism and regularly appears on national television and radio to comment on current affairs linked to terrorism. Earlier in 2016 she gave a nationally televised lecture on terrorism in historical perspective for popular Dutch talkshow De Wereld Draait Door (DWDD).

Mark LeonardMark Leonard is co-founder and director of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He writes a syndicated column on global affairs for Reuters.com and is Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-economics. As well as writing and commenting frequently in the media on global affairs, Leonard is author of two best-selling books,  Why Europe will run the 21st Century, and  What does China think? He is the creator and editor of Everyday Europe, an interactive project involving Britons sharing their experiences of Europe, including newspaper articles and a future book.