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.
The programme is designed to reflect a focus on three specific themes, while allowing space to explore other major international issues. The three themes for the coming period are:
1. Energy, climate and resources
2. Finance and trade
3. Challenges of a digital world
The relevant conferences are tagged accordingly.
Investment in Africa: new frontier v. old insecurities (2)
In partnership with The Brenthurst Foundation
26-28 January, Chair: President Olusegun Obasanjo
Drones, remote weapons and other robots: the military, commercial, legal and ethical implications
16-18 February, Chair: General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE
Which way is West and is the West still best? What do President Trump, Brexit and the technological revolution mean for the future of the West?
16-18 March, Chair: TBC
Non-state actors and the changing nature of conflict
In partnership with the United Nations University
6-8 April, Chair: Dr David M. Malone
Saudi Arabia: regional influence and national renewal
In partnership with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
18-20 May, Chair: TBC
The Arctic at the crossroads: cooperation or competition? (1)
In partnership with the Canadian Ditchley Foundation (conference to be held in Canada)
9-11 June, co-Chairs: The Hon Jean Charest PC and Mr Duane Smith
AGM and Annual Lecture
Governing the international financial system: time for change? (2)
In partnership with the American Ditchley Foundation
8-10 September, Chair: TBC
Russia's role in the world
16-18 November, Chair: TBC
Artificial intelligence: brave new world or the seeds of our own destruction?
In partnership with the Vodafone Group
7-9 December, Chair: 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.