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State of the Union Conference 2023


The 2023 edition of Clingendael’s annual State of the Union conference will reflect on the current geopolitical moment as we zoom in on some of the main challenges confronting Europeans. Bringing together some of the leading voices in the European foreign and security policy establishment we aim to help Europe identify new beacons and waypoints to promote its security, prosperity, and stability. 

The date we have chosen for our event is no coincidence. On 9 November we commemorate 34 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. That transformative moment heralded the prospect of a new Europe. Today, we are equally at an inflection point. New dividing lines are being drawn amid Russian aggression, Chinese geopolitical assertiveness, concerns about migration, the climate crisis and changing relations with the US, Europe needs to become stronger, more resilient and more coherent.


  • Monika Sie Dhian Ho (Clingendael Institute),
  • Kajsa Ollongren (Minister van Defensie)