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Europe in the World

At the heart of the Institute’s mission, this stream of work includes projects that focus on Europe’s capacity to engage cohesively and strategically in the international arena. This area of ISD’s programming works at the highest levels with policy and industry chiefs exploring innovative approaches to Europe’s relations with its border regions and  with global strategic players including the United States and China. ISD also increasingly seeks to engage young leaders and different voices in the search for new answers to some of Europe's key challenges.

This area of work includes the following projects and initiatives:

The Club of Three

ISD’s longest-standing initiative is the Club of Three, a high-level Franco-British-German forum founded by ISD President Lord Weidenfeld constituting a yearly stocktaking of the European landscape.

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Engaging Turkey Initiative

This project focuses on strengthening European and US relations with Turkey, a key player on the global stage.

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UANI-ISD Initiative

The UANI-ISD Initiative (UANI-ISD) is dedicated to combating the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and includes research, education, policy, and action initiatives in Europe. 

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Europe-China Media Exchange

ISD has launched a Europe-China Media Exchange initiative, aimed at creating opportunities for senior journalists from Europe and China to gain an informed insight into each other’s societies

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European Leaders Series

ISD’s European Leaders Series seeks to introduce key UK audiences to leading political figures from Europe, fostering increased understanding and creating important international linkages.

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EUCERS/ISD/KAS - Energy Talks

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue has entered into a partnership with the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) to deliver the 3rd Energy Talks workshop series, which aims to explore the changing political and economic dynamics of global energy flows. The workshop series, hosted by EUCERS (King’s College London) will feature five separate panel discussions on the following topics:

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Europe-Turkey Media Forum

The Turkish media landscape is complex. With a wide variety of periodicals on offer to its 76 million or so inhabitants, the country has a burgeoning and highly developed media industry. Ownership of these outlets has traditionally been concentrated in the hands of a relatively small number of media organizations, yet in recent years there has been an influx of new media outlets that are controlled by holdings that operate in completely different sectors. This has in turn raised questions about the nature of the relationship between business, political parties and the media, as well as concerns about the freedom of the press in Turkish society.  

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Club of Three Special Sessions on Defence

These sessions bring together leading figures from the defence industry and government primarily from France, the UK and Germany to address Europe’s defence requirements in the face of evolving global threats.

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This initiative (America-Europe-Russia) was launched in 2001 to facilitate the normalisation of diplomatic, economic and cultural relations through structured high-level dialogue between America, Europe and Russia.

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Frontiers of Europe

This initiative worked with the business community, policy makers and experts to further discussions on Europe's border regions amongst Western governments.

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European-Israeli Dialogue

This project sought to foster discussion for stability and peace in the Middle East, including long-standing work on relations between Europe and Israel.

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Recent Events

Club of Three Fireside Chat with Minister Radek Sikorski
Fireside Chat with Minister Radek Sikorski
20 June 2014


Club of Three Working Session
28 May 2014


Europe - Turkey Media Forum
10 - 11 May 2014


EUCERS/ISD/KAS 2nd Energy Workshop
Ukraine: Crimea - Is Shale Gas from the U.S. an alternative?
30 April 2014


All Europe in the World events

Research and Policy Papers

Exploring New Vehicles for a Strategic European Engagement with Russia

Lord Owen, March 2009

In this paper, the former UK Foreign Secretary and EU peace negotiator argues that, in dealing with the EU's relationship with the Russian Federation, it might be beneficial to to ask ourselves how we envision that relationship in 2020.

America and Europe: Moving Towards 2020

Sir Stephen Wall and Professor James Goldgeier, February 2007

These essays and commentaries were prepared as part of an international conference held in Washington DC in February 2007, organised by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, ISD and the Europaeum.

Summary Reports

Europe-China Media Exchange, external report, 2013

20-27 November 

Nanjing, China

This report summarises the events and activities of the Nanjing leg of the Europe-China Media Exchange, which took place in October 2013.

A New Sort of Europe, a New Sort of World? - The 19th Plenary Meeting of the Club of Three

The report summarises the discussions that took place during the 19th Plenary Meeting of the Club of Three. 

Participants gathered to discuss the financial, institutional and geostrategic challenges facing contemporary Europe.

The Europe-China Media Exchange: ‘Inside Europe’ Pilot Exchange Tour

March 2013

This report summarises the events and activities of the inaugural “Inside Europe” leg of the Europe-China Media Exchange, which took place in London, Frankfurt and Berlin in November 2012.

The Club of Three and China: The China-Europe Beijing Forum Summary Report

September 2012

This report summarises the events and discussions of the China-Europe Beijing Forum -an extension of the Club of Three and China initiative- which took place in May 2012.

The Europe-China Media Exchange: ‘Inside China’ Pilot Exchange Tour

February 2012

This report summarises the events and activities of the inaugural “Inside China” leg of the Europe-China Media Exchange, which took place in Chengdu (Sichuan Province) in October 2011.

Leading activists from pro-democracy movements in the Middle East, speaking at a Weidenfeld Debate, February 2012
Vik Muniz, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Contemporary Art, May 2014
Midori, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education, October 2013
Alastair Campbell, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media at the University of Cambridge, November 2013
Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Drama 2012-2013
Kelly Reichardt, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Film and Television, May 2014
Dr Suraya Dalil, Afghan Minister of Health, speaking at the Weidenfeld Debate, Oxford, May 2013
Louise Arbour, President, International Crisis Group, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, February 2014
Journalists Edward Lucas, Deborah Rayner and Nabila Ramdani talking to ISD's Weidenfeld Scholars, June 2012
The 14th Policy Planner’s Network Conference, September 2013, Helsinki, Finland,
Gretchen Daily, Inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in Sustainability Studies, October-November 2013
Michael Govan, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Museums, Galleries and Libraries, May 2014
Ian Bostridge, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education, 2014-2015
Humanitas Visiting Professor in Women's Rights, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, University of Cambridge, March 2013
Humanitas Visiting Professor in the History of Art, Philippe de Montebello, University of Cambridge, November 2012
Lynn Hunt, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Historiography, May 2014
The Oxford–Weidenfeld Prize is for book-length literary translations into English from any living European language.
Humanitas Visiting Professor in Chamber Music 2012, Robert Levin, University of Cambridge, October 2012
Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Media, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman Google, January 2013

Club of Three Fireside Chat with Minister Radek Sikorski

20 June 2014

Club of Three Working Session

London, 28 May 2014

Europe - Turkey Media Forum

Istanbul, 10 to 11 May 2014

Club of Three: A Franco-British-German Leadership Network for a Strategic Europe 2013-2014

Berlin, Germany, 7 November 2013

Europe-China Media Exchange Tour

Nanjing, 20 to 27 October 2013

Europe-China Media Exchange

ISD, London , 9 September 2013

US Consultation

Washington D.C., 27 to 29 June 2013

Club of Three 19th Plenary Meeting

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, 17 to 18 May 2013

Meeting of the Turkey Task Force

Istanbul, 12 to 13 April 2013

Meeting of the Energy Expert Group

London, 15 March 2013

Europe-China Media Exchange Tour: ‘Inside Europe’

London, Frankfurt, Berlin, 11 to 17 November 2012

The Club of Three and China: The China-Europe Beijing Forum

Beijing, 25 to 26 May 2012

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