American restraint, European responsibility?


12 March 2015


Egmont Palace

Conference with Prof. Barry Posen (MIT).   As the focus of American strategy is pivoting from Europa to Asia, the question is what the implications are for the European security architecture. A great many, according to Barry Posen, who advocates that the US force Europe to take care of its own security by showing radical restraint in its overseas deployments. At the invitation of Egmont and the RHID, Prof. Posen will discuss his ideas with a select panel of Brussels experts.

09.30 – 10.00  Registration

10.00 – 10.15  Welcome and Introduction by Prof. Sven Biscop (Egmont)

10.15 – 10.45  Keynote Speech by Prof. Barry Posen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), author of Restraint – A New Foundation for US Grand Strategy (

10.45 – 11.30  Reactions by Mr Bert Versmessen (European External Action Service),  Captain (N) Christophe Eugène (Office of the Chairman of the EU Military Committee), Mr. Robert Bell (US Mission to NATO) and Prof. Luis Simón (Institute for European Studies, VUB)

11.30 – 12.15  Debate

12.15 – 12.30  Conclusion by Col. GS Guido Maene (Director-General, RHID)

Please register before 9 March