Château Béla 2020 Central European Strategic Forum
Château Béla Central European Strategic Forum is an exclusive conference that annually brings together high-profile political figures and experts from the Visegrad region, Europe and the United States. In this way, the Forum ensures relevant discussions on the current and future disruptions facing Central Europe and the world. The Forum keeps intimate format with limited number or representatives invited to encourage and allow lively, interactive, and substantive debates, ensuring an open-minded and intensive intellectual exchange among all participants. Forum guests are expected to contribute to policymaking and policy-shaping in Central Europe and beyond which will then be outlined in the Top Takeaways report. Château Béla brings together leading political representatives, key decision makers, experts from influential think tanks and academia who significantly contribute to developments in international affairs. The limited number of participants stimulates open conversations and helps to build long-lasting relationships between guests. Over the years, the list of participants has included Miroslav Lajčák, Gen. John Allen, Anne Applebaum, Radek Sikorski, Sec. Michael Chertoff, Martina Larkin, Laura Rosenberger, Amb. Alexander Vershbow, Réka Szemerkényi, Damon Wilson, Philippe Étienne, Amb. Kurt Volker and many others. The 2020 event will provide a regional perspective on several challenges shaping the political and security agenda way beyond Europe. The world of today experiences major disruptions of the traditional paradigms of international politics in many fronts. After a prolonged period of economic prosperity, Central and Eastern Europe will seek to identify the consequences of the impending slowdown to determine responses to prevent their intensification.