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5pm: Doors open.

5:30-6:30pm: Vincent Briscoe Lecture.

6:30-7:30pm: Free drinks reception.


Mircea Geoană, NATO Deputy Secretary General, explores how the nature of competition between the world’s great powers is evolving in response to disruptive technologies. In an era of artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and synthetic biology, how and where do the great powers compete with one another? What are they competing for?

He will consider the opportunities that disruptive technologies present to great powers in shaping the parameters of such competition, and the challenges international bodies such as NATO face in navigating these fast-shifting political landscapes.

The Vincent Briscoe Lecture will open with a Welcome Talk from Imperial College London President, Professor Hugh Brady, and will be followed with a drinks reception that is open to all attendees.

Please indicate when registering whether you will be able to join us for the drinks reception.

Doors will open at 5pm and the talk will start promptly at 5:30pm so please arrive in plenty of time.


About Mircea Geoană

Mircea Geoană became NATO Deputy Secretary General in October 2019, after a distinguished domestic and international career. He is a strong advocate of transatlantic integration and has held a number of international positions, including OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in 2001 and personal representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for Georgia in 2005.

Mr Geoană also served in various capacities as a diplomat and politician, including Ambassador to Washington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of Romanian Senate, and, in 2009, his party’s candidate to be President of Romania. He is also the founder of the Aspen Institute Romania and has published extensively on domestic and international affairs.

Mr Geoană is the first Deputy Secretary General from Romania, and the first from any of the countries that joined the Alliance after the end of the Cold War.


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