Youth & Leaders Summit: “Wars and Peace” (Day 1)

The 6th edition of the Youth & Leaders Summit will be dedicated to Wars and Peace: Solving Conflicts, Building Human Security and will be held online over three days on 18-19-20 January 2021.

Over 50 distinguished guest speakers from all over the world will participate, including diplomats, practitioners and academics.

World leaders and students of Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) will tackle this overarching issue of Wars and Peace through a range of keynote speeches and panel discussions covering the vast array of issues at stake today in the world.



  • Opening Session. Welcome Remarks by Frédéric Mion, President, Sciences Po and Enrico Letta, Dean, PSIA, Sciences Po; former Prime Minister, Italy. (12:00-13:30)

Keynote Speech: “NATO 2030 – Safeguarding Peace in an Unpredictable World” by Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General, NATO; Former Prime Minister of Norway.

Watch the Opening Session Live here

Panel 1: The Changing Nature of Armed Conflicts (13:45-14:45)

Chaired by Thierry Balzacq, Sciences Po. Student Greeter: Mathea Bernhardt, PSIA student.

Guest speakers: Niagalé Bagayoko, Jean-Michel Betran, Angela Kane, Nadine Machikou Ngameni, Peter Maurer.

See detailed programme and register for Panel 1

  • Panel 2: Waging War in the Markets: How to Sustain Economic Peace (13:45-14:45)

Chaired by Natacha Valla, Sciences Po. Student Greeter: Martha Fiehn, PSIA student.

Guest speakers: Taeho Bark, Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Merit Janow, Pascal Lamy, Stefan Maukner.

See detailed programme and register for Panel 2

  • Panel 3: Soft Power as a Lever for Peace: the Case of Arts, Culture and Sports (13:45-14:45)

Chaired by Frédéric Ramel, Sciences Po. Student Greeter: Jakob Brunnengraeber, PSIA student.

Guest speakers: Danka Bartekova, Alioune Diagne, Jyoti Hosagrahar, Kate Mosse, Mareike Peschau.

See detailed programme and register for Panel 3

  • Keynote Speech (16:15-17:00)

“Can the European Union become a global actor?” by Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; former President of the European Parliament; former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain.

Chaired by Steven Erlanger, The New York Times

  • Closing Address (17:00-17:30)

By Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, France.

Chaired by Enrico Letta, Dean of PSIA.

Register for the Keynote Speech and Closing Address

See Youth & Leaders detailed programme (18-19-20 January)

PSIA thanks Microsoft for their support of the Youth & Leaders Summit and The New York Times for their media partnership.

Monday 18 January 2021 12h00 à 17h30
Organized bySciences Po Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA)

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