Taking Stock of Global Security Trends


8 March 2024




Residence Palace, rue de la Loi 155; 1040 Brussels

Type of Event

High-Level Seminar


Egmont - the Royal Institute for International Relations and The Belgian Ministry of the Interior

The last two years has seen a resurgence of armed conflict in Europe and the Middle East as well as a new wave of coups in Africa, reinforcing the current authoritarian trend on the continent. At the same time international institutions have been paralyzed by the current global power competition, leading to a crisis of multilateralism and a challenge to an international rules-based order. The new armed conflicts have changed international relations more broadly, and the security context specifically. They have taken place in a rapidly shifting global security environment characterised by a proliferation of armed non-state actors and a rapid expansion of transnational organised crime. These trends intersect with increased inequality along both economic and gender dimensions, while all are influenced to different degrees by the transversal effects of climate change and an exponential demographic growth in certain regions. Due to these shifting global trends, external and internal security forces have seen their roles broaden over the past few years, at times taking on completely new responsibilities, at times improving and expanding existing capabilities. This High-level breakfast seminar, hosting leading security actors in key positions in Belgium and Europe, will reflect on some of these global security trends and discuss current challenges and responses on a European and a Belgian level.



Introductory Remarks by Minister Hadja Lahbib, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Federal Cultural Institutions followed by a panel discussion with

  • Annelies Verlinden, Minister of the Interior, Institutional Reform and Democratic Renewal
  • Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol
  • Ine Van Wymersch, National Drug Commissioner
  • Beate Gminder, Acting Director-General in charge of the “Task Force Migration Management” in DG Migration and Home Affairs (HOME) of the European Commission.

Chair:  Prof. Nina Wilén, Egmont Institute


The working language will be English

Please register before 5 March.