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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. 

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2014

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

January 2015 to December 2016

The programme for the next two years is designed to reflect a focus on three specific themes, as well as the existing concentration on the big issues in Asia. Not all the conferences can reflect these themes, since there needs to be space for individual major international issues too, but the aim is to have a number of related conferences, usually three over a two-year period, for each theme. The three themes for the coming period are:

1.    Energy, climate and resources
2.    Finance and trade
3.    Challenges of a digital world

The conferences are tagged accordingly.

2015

The future of democracy in the world: Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Conference
29-31 January, Chair: The Rt Hon. The Lord Judge QC
In cooperation 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 (1)
16-18 April, Chair: Mr Tom Burke CBE

Intelligence, security and privacy (3)
In partnership with the American Ditchley Foundation
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

Pacific Trade and Investment or The Arctic (TBC)
In partnership with the Canadian Ditchley Foundation
(Conference to be held in Vancouver, Canada)
18-20 September, Chair: TBC

Britain and the EU: heading for the exit? Or
The rise and rise of the federal state: lessons from what works

(Final decision to be taken after the UK General Election in May 2015)
29-31 October, Chair: TBC

Free trade and investment: why are we losing the arguments?  (2)
November 19-21, Chair: TBC

The digital economy: power and accountability in the private sector (3)
10-12 December 10-12, Chair: TBC

2016

Nuclear energy: the future or the past? (1)
January, Chair: TBC

Future uses of space: is there an international plan?
February, Chair: TBC

The future of the euro (2)
March, Chair: TBC

South Asia: is future prosperity possible without security cooperation?

April, Chair: TBC

Turkey and its neighbours
May, Chair: TBC

Natural resources and the emerging economies: how important are commodity markets? (1)
June, Chair: TBC

AGM and Annual Lecture
July, Lecturer TBC

Possible theme: ‘Immigration in the 21st Century: how can we manage the flows?’
In partnership with the American Ditchley Foundation
(Conference to be held in US)
September, Chair: TBC

ASEAN: the key to East Asia’s future?
October, Chair: TBC

Will we still have a single global internet in 2020? (3)
November, Chair: TBC

Investment in Africa: new frontier v old insecurities (2)
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.