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Future Programme

An outline sketch of each conference can be found by clicking on the links below.  These are constantly under review and may be updated from time to time. 

Ditchley conference participants occasionally submit background material which may be of interest particularly to fellow participants.  Please click on the relevant link below to read any material that may have been submitted, but note that the content is not endorsed by The Ditchley Foundation.  You may wish to check again closer to the date of the conference as additional material may be added.


France’s European and global role: can she lead?
23-25 October, Chair: Mrs Christine Ockrent

Post-NATO Afghanistan: neighbours and friends
20-22 November, Chair: Mr Francesc Vendrell CMG

Future military capabilities and their uses
11-13 December, Chair: General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB, CBE, DSO


The future of democracy in the world: Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Conference
29-31 January, Chair: The Rt Hon. The Lord Judge QC
In partnership with the Magna Carta Trust 800th Committee *

European Security and the Ukraine crisis: a post-Helsinki world?
26-28 February, Chair: Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG

Global ambitions and local grievances: understanding political Islam
19-21 March, Chair: Ambassador Akbar Ahmed

Climate and energy risk
16-18 April, Chair: Mr Tom Burke CBE

Intelligence, security and privacy
14-16 May, Chair:  Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE

China: economic growth and political reform
18-20 June, Chair: The Lord Powell of Bayswater KCMG

AGM and Annual Lecture
11 July, Lecturer: TBC

* The Ditchley Foundation actively seeks financial support from other organisations sympathetic to the Foundation’s aims and objectives.  Any such funding is accepted on the basis that the sponsor or funding institution gains no influence over the direction of the conference programme or individual conferences, though their support will be fully acknowledged in appropriate ways.