What should Europe's compass be? Takeaways from Clingendael's State of the Union Conference
14 Nov 2023 - 14:00
Source: Clingendael State of the Union Conference 2023

On November 9th, we organised our annual State of the Union Conference, a full day of keynotes and panels discussing how Europe should chart a new course to promote its security, prosperity, and stability. We were delighted to have the Dutch outgoing Minister of Defence Kajsa Ollongren, Swedish Minister for Defence Pål Jonson and Robert Serry, former UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process as keynote speakers. 

More than 120 people attended at Clingendael, 1000 people watched online and 35 excellent speakers shared their insights.

The topics covered were: Europe's defence investments and cooporations, EU enlargement and reform, the role for Europe in the Indo-Pacific, de-risking EU-China relations, sovereignty in defence, the Eurozone, the transatlantic relationship, organising reconstruction in Ukraine, migration, the war in Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas war.

Watch highlights, keynotes and panels on YouTube




In the media

Read and listen to the insights shared by the speakers during the conference published by several Dutch and international news outlets and organisations:


Impression of the State of the Union Conference 

Revisit a few moments through the photos.

Left to right: Senior Research Fellow at Clingendael Rem Korteweg, Clingendael General Director Monika Sie Dhian Ho, and Dutch Minister of Defence Kajsa Ollongren.


Swedish Minister for Defence Pål Jonson during his keynote speech.


Former UN Middle East Special Coordinator Robert Serry, and Monika Sie Dhian Ho in conversation. 


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Clingendael publications 

Check out some of our experts' publications related to the topics discussed during the conference: