2017 Think Tank Summit Report: The Future of Europe: Cooperation, Conflict, or Chaos? The Role of Think Tanks in Shaping Europe's Future
The theme of the 2017 Europe Think Tank Summit is: Cooperation, Conflict or Chaos? The Role of Think Tanks In Shaping Europe’s Future. Populism, nationalism, nativism and protectionism are rising around the world and challenging conventional wisdom and the existing political, economic and social order. Understanding these undercurrents and their implications are critical to shaping future policies and avoiding problematic consequences. Think tanks have a key role to play in these turbulent times by shaping a constructive response to the economic and political fallout currently challenging the postwar economic and security architecture. Donald Trump’s stunning victory, the success of the Leave Campaign and the rise of other populist movements in Europe require that we collectively generate new thinking on how to make national, regional and global governance more effective and efficient and create policies that respond to the needs of those who have not benefited from globalization. The national and global disorder requires that we develop new and better ways to address income stagnation and growing inequity and develop a response to the security challenges that flow from a period marked by protracted conflict and increasing instability in world politics. The Summit will explore these complex and evolving dynamics and identify strategies and programs to address them.