Bucharest Forum 2017

Bucharest Forum
Sixth Edition
October 4-6, 2017

- Cercul Militar National -

Jointly organized by the Aspen Institute Romania and GMFUS office in Romania, Bucharest Forum enjoys the key support of the Romanian Government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania and the Ministry of National Defence of Romania. It benefits from a diverse participation of foreign and Romanian government representatives, political figures, experts, media and think tank representatives, as well as business leaders.

The sixth edition of the Bucharest Forum takes place between 4-6 October, 2017, at critical times for the region and Europe. The current international context is in flux, as on both shores of the Atlantic national politics is driven by new agendas and discourses, imprinting a consequent dynamics to international relations, and affecting economic trends at national, regional and international levels. Brought to the fore by grievances of a plurality of citizens who feel left out of mainstream politics and economy, the new political trend and its economic philosophy are generating antagonistic approaches and actions of various actors, leading to numerous clashes of interest, intention and outcomes. Indeed, the main feature of the current context is the numerous clashes being either in incubation phase or out in the open.

Bucharest Forum 2017 offers a platform for the various actors to meet and discuss their interests, approaches and goals, analyze potential and existing clashes, their implications and results, and look for ways to maximize the potential benefits of diverging views and mitigate the consequent negative impact.

The agenda of the Forum is structured around an overarching theme, Center and Periphery – Bridging the Divide, and the discussion will focus on its economic, financial and societal implications. The themes brought forward by this year’s Bucharest Forum are:

  •      Investment climate in Central and Eastern Europe
  •      Energy Union – a Fractured Market and an Elusive Goal
  •      The Future of Energy, the Energy of the Future
  •      A Transatlantic Defense Industry?
  •      CEE – Losing Its Sense of Direction or Being Pushed off the Cliff?
  •      Populism Trumping Democracy
  •      Building New Economies in Old Countries
  •      Financial Markets – New and Old
  •      Free Trade in the Age of The Deal
  •      New Generation of Investments
  •      Competing for Talent and Skills in the Workforce
  •      Offshore/onshore Security at the Black Sea
  •      Digitropolis
  •      Air and Space Industry
  •      Smart Cities and a Connected World
  •      Creating a Culture of Entrepreneurship

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  • Florin Pogonaru

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  • Roberto Musneci

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