The National Conservatism Conference: The Future of the Nation-State in Europe

NatCon brings together public figures, journalists, scholars, and students who understand that the past and future of conservatism are inextricably tied to the idea of the nation, to the principle of national independence, and to the revival of the unique national traditions that alone have the power to bind a people together and bring about their flourishing.

Conference Schedule

23/3Wednesday
8:00am Registration Opens
9:00am WELCOME ADDRESS
Chris DeMuth, "The Nation is the Heart of the Matter"
9:20am PLENARY ADDRESS
H.E. Vsevolod Chentsov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, “Security Assessments in Our Common House – Europe”
9:45am Panel 1: War in Ukraine: Facing the Russian Aggression

Attila Demkó, "The European Need for Steel and Spirit to Face the Russian Threat"
Anna Fotyga MEP, "The Polish Assistance to Ukraine"
Piotr Naimski, “Energy is Security”
Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, "France After the Russian Invasion"
Brigadier Geoffrey Van Orden CBE, "The EU's Weakening of the West"

Moderator: Robert Tyler

11:00am Coffee Break
11:30am PLENARY ADDRESS
H.E. Judit Varga, Minister of Justice of Hungary, “The Values we Share: Constitutional Identity in the European Union”
11:50pm Panel 2: National Conservatism and the Nation State

Balazs Orban, "National Sovereignty vs. Empire and International Government"
Ofir Haivry, “National Self-Definition and the War in Ukraine”
John O’Sullivan CBE, “Ukraine and the National Idea”
Josh Hammer, “Transatlantic Lessons in Migration and National Identity”

Moderator: Richard Milsom

1:10pm Lunch Break
2:00pm Panel 3: European Security in the Contest Between China and the United States

Fatmir Mediu, "The Three Seas Initiative as a Counter to China and Russia"
Earl of Dartmouth, "Confronting China: The State of Europe"
Charlie Weimers MEP, "Principled Realism to Counter China and Russia"
Lucio Malan, “China has a Plan for Europe. What is our Plan for China?”

Moderator: Alvino-Mario Fantini

3:15pm PLENARY ADDRESS
Yoram Hazony, “Ukraine and the Brotherhood of Nations”
3:40pm Coffee Break
4:10pm Panel 4: The Future of Faith, Family & National Culture

David Engels, “European Renewal Through National and Cultural Patriotism”
Stephen Bartulica MEP, “The Traditional Family”
Father Benedict Kiely, “The Forgotten Christians”
Eva Vlaardingerbroek, “Reject Globalism: Embrace God”

Moderator: Ellen Kryger Fantini

5:25pm PLENARY ADDRESS
Rod Dreher, “Culture, Christianity, and the Fate of the West”
5:50pm END OF DAY ONE
24/3Thursday
9:00am WELCOME
Anna Wellisz
9:15am PLENARY ADDRESS
Päivi Räsänen, “Defending the Foundational Rights in Europe”
9:40am Panel 1: Redefining European Values

Henry George, “Unreal Liberalism in an Unreal World”
Gregor Puppinck, “The Capture of Human Rights by Supranational and Progressivist Private Groups”
Alex Kaschuta “Men and Women at the End of History”
Rodrigo Ballester, “Redefining European Values: It's None of EU's Business”

Moderator: Johan Wennström

10:55am Coffee Break
11:25am Panel 2: Challenges to National Independence

Francesco Giubilei, “The Centrality of the Concept of Sovereignty for European Nations”
Juan Ángel Soto Gomez, “Waking up to Perennial Threats”
Baroness Foster of Oxton DBE

Moderator: Jorge González-Gallarza Hernández

12:40pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki
1:00pm Lunch Break
2:00pm Panel 3: EU Institutions vs the Nation State

Balázs Hidvéghi MEP, "The Corruption of Liberal Democracy"
Gladden Pappin, “After the End of Globalization”
Lorcan Price, “International Institutions and National Legal Systems, the Case for Sovereignty”
Prof. Werner Patzelt, “Why the EU Needs Nation States as its Building Blocks”

Moderator: Ágnes Zsófia Magyar

3:15pm PLENARY ADDRESS
Andrew Roberts, “Winston Churchill and the Nation State”
3:40pm Coffee Break
4:10pm Panel 4: EU as a Sovereign

Hermann Tertsch MEP, "Social Democracy in Europe"
Constantinos Bogdanos MP, "Is Europe Prepared to Defend Itself?"
David Campbell Bannerman, “Chairman of the Freedom Association”
Rob Roos MEP, “A Strategy for Conservative Cooperation”

Moderator: Hélène de Lauzun

5:20pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Janša
5:40pm FAREWELL ADDRESS
Yoram Hazony, "Closing Remarks: The Bible, Nations, and Peace"
6:00pm END OF CONFERENCE

SAFE TRAVELS!

The NatCon conference in Rome was like a long-hoped-for stream of fresh air in the stuffy atmosphere of today’s Europe.
Ryszard Legutko Polish philosopher, politician, and professor

NatCon 2021 in the media

The New Right’s Grim, Increasingly Popular Fantasies of an International Nationalism
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January 6, 2022
NatCon2 and the Plan to Save America
Adam Ellwanger
December 10, 2021
Why the Right Needs a More 'Muscular' and 'Masculine' Conservatism
Josh Hammer
December 3, 2021
A New Agenda For a New Right
Bradford Littlejohn
November 23, 2021
The Terrifying Future of the American Right
David Brooks
November 18, 2021
Why America Needs National Conservatism
Chris DeMuth
November 13, 2021
Exclusive: What is National Conservatism and Why Should You Care?
Anders Hagstrom
November 10, 2021
What the New Right Must do Next Time it Earns Power
Rachel Bovard
November 4, 2021
Among the National Conservatives
Nate Hochman
November 1, 2021


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