A Security Strategy for the 21st Century: Britain and Belgium


10 March 2022

On the occasion of the recent adoption of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (UK) and the National Security Strategy (Belgium), the seminar will assess how states adapt to the highly competitive multipolar world. Keynote speeches on both strategies will be followed by a panel discussion on their implementation, including the role of the armed forces.



14.15-14.30     Welcome

  • Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop, Egmont & Ghent University, seminar chair
  • Ambassador Martin Shearman CVO

14.30-15.45     Keynote Speeches

Chair: Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop

  • Sophie Guelff LVO, Deputy Director, Strategic Advantage Cell at the Cabinet Office
  • Koen Vervaeke, Chair of the Drafting Committee of the NSS

15.45-16.15     Coffee

16.15-17.45     Panel Discussion

Chair: Prof. Dr. Nina Wilén, Egmont & University of Lund

  • David Hogan-Hern, Director of the Euro-Atlantic Security Policy Unit, MOD
  • General Frederik Vansina, Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategy
  • Sven Van Loo, Advisor on Security and Defence, Private Office of the Prime Minister
  • Dr. Andrew Dorman, Chatham House & King’s College London
  • Dr. Alexander Mattelaer, Egmont & Brussels School of Governance, VUB

17.45-18.00     Conclusion

  • Theodora Gentzis, President of the Management Board, FPS Foreign Affairs (tbc)

18.00-19.00     Reception


Location: University Foundation, Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels


Participation by invitation only – Working language English

The Chatham House Rule applies


COVID-19 Certificate required


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