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The Future of Europe in the Context of Sino-American Competition

Under the patronage of the President of French Republic. Conference on the occasion of Ifri's 40th anniversary. April 10th 2019, Grand Amphithéâtre de la Sorbonne.

At the geopolitical level, the coming decades will be dominated by China's ambition to become the world's foremost superpower, while the United States is sure to do everything in its power to maintain its current status. The future of the European Union, and the European continent more broadly, will be written in this context, with crucial consequences for the world at large.

Founded in 1979 by Thierry de Montbrial, IFRI is ranked (for the second consecutive year) as the 2nd most influential think tank in the world and number 1 in Europe, according to the 13th edition of the Global Go-To Think Tanks Index Report of the University of Pennsylvania.



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09:00 - 09:30

Opening session with Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance

09:30 – 09:45

The world of yesterday and tomorrow

Thierry de Montbrial, Founder and Executive Chairman of Ifri

09:45 - 10:45

To which hope can Europe respond in the world of tomorrow?

Franziska Brantner, Member of the Bundestag

Jean-Louis Bourlanges, Member of the National Assembly, Vice-Chairman of the European Affairs Committee

Bernardino Leon, Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, former Special EU Representative for the Southern Mediterranean Region

Igor Yurgens, President of the Institute of Contemporary Development (Moscow)


Moderator : Christine Ockrent, Journalist and Writer

10:45 – 11:15

Europe and Africa

Conversation between Louise Mushkiwabo, General Secretary of the International Organization of La Francophonie, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda, and Thierry de Montbrial, Founder and Executive Chairman of Ifri

11:15 – 12:00

The future of Europe from the point of view of the United States and Asia

John Allen, president of the Brookings Institution

Kishore Mahbubani, Senior Advisor and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore [debate in English].


Moderator: Sylvie Kauffmann, Editorial Director, Le Monde

12:00 – 12:45

The major challenge of cyber threats

Jean-Louis Gergorin, former Director of Policy Planning Staff (Centre d’Analyse et de Prévision, CAP) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, co-author of the book Cyber. The Permanent War. Editions du Cerf, November 2018

Thomas Gomart, Director of Ifri


Moderator: Marc Hecker, Director of Publications, Ifri

12:45 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:45

The future of think-tanks

Thomas Bagger, Director of Foreign Policy in the Office of the Federal President (Germany)

Thomas Gomart, Director of Ifri

Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House

Daniela Schwarzer, Director of DGAP (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik)


Moderator : Bassma Kodmani, Director of the Initiative Arab Reform

14:45 – 15:30

The industrialists face of the new protectionisms

Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal

Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total


Modérateur : Thierry de Montbrial, Founder and Executive Chairman of Ifri

15:30 – 17:00

New global challenges and European security

Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, member of the high-level council on mediation of the UN (New York) and adviser of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (Geneva), former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations

Wolfgang Ischinger, President of the Munich Security Conference

Nathalie Tocci, Special Advisor to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Hubert Védrine, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, France


Moderator : Nicole Gnesotto, President of the IHEDN (Institute for Higher National Defence Studies)

17:00 – 17:30


Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs



Grand Amphithéâtre de la Sorbonne 47 rue des Ecoles 75005 Paris


Metro : Cluny La Sorbonne (ligne 10), Saint-Michel et Odéon (ligne 4)

Bus : lines 21, 27, 38, 47, 63, 85, 86, 87

RER B : Station Luxembourg / RER C : Station Saint-Michel

Parkings : Ecole de médecine, Soufflot Panthéon et Lagrange-Maubert


Contact the organizers: 


Information / contact :
Doïna Romanenko,
directrice de Cabinet du président de l'Ifri

Accréditation presse :
Natacha Crance, responsable de la communication


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