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The last few years have seen enormous changes in European and global politics - a generational shift is taking place, and the freedom movement has to find its place. From cultural issues, to managing the economy, from securing free society to educating the next generation, those who believe in freedom have to have answers.
At our third annual Think Tank Central meeting, we will endeavour to find answers to these major issues, by bringing together different pro-freedom voices from around the world.
Join us in Madrid on 21st-22nd of September as we advance freedom.
Think Tank Central
Eurostars Suites Mirasierra, C. de Alfredo Marqueríe, 43, 28034 Madrid, Espagne
Think Tank Central
Bus departure from the hotel
The bus will leave at 8:45 sharp
Opening Remarks / Welcome Address
Economics: Does Free Trade have a Future?
Meeting Room 2.5
Free Trade has long been a linchpin of Western economic policy. The free movement of goods around the world has long been seen as a driver of economic development, advancement of opportunity, and an accelerator for innovation. However, free trade has fallen out of favour. Are the critiques of free trade fair? And how can advocates for free trade better present their ideas?
This year, we have changed the format of Think Tank Central to put a greater emphasis on dialogue between participants. As such we have organised the event into Working Groups, in which two opening positions will be presented (Alex Chafuen, Arvid Hallen, Maxwell Marlow), followed by a roundtable discussion engaging all participants moderated by Robert Tyler.
Economics: Europe as a 'Regulatory Superpower'?
Entrepreneurship Meeting Room
The phrase ‘regulatory superpower’ has been used to describe the European Union, however is such a title a cause for Europe to be proud or embarrassed? As an ever-growing number of regulations are added to the statute books, is it possible that the EU is now doing more harm than good? Or should Europe lean into its position as a regulator?
This year, we have changed the format of Think Tank Central to put a greater emphasis on dialogue between participants. As such we have organised the event into Working Groups, in which three opening positions will be presented (Bill Wirtz, Michael Jäger, Edu Luina), followed by a roundtable discussion engaging all participants moderated by Barbara Kölm.
The Big Debate
Libertarianism and National Conservatism sit at two ends of the pro-freedom movement. But what, if anything do these two unique ideologies on the centre-right have in common? And how can those common points be expanded upon?
Coalition Meeting Lunch
Entrepreneurship Meeting Room
Americans for Tax Reform host a weekly meeting in Washington DC where conservative and classical liberal organisations gather to share their work, research, and campaigns. New Direction is pleased to team up with Americans for Tax Reform and the Tholos Foundation to host a very special ‘coalition meeting’ moderated by Lorenzo Montanari in which we invite you to present your organisation and its work.
Geopolitics: Conservative answers to Cold War II
Entrepreneurship Meeting Room
Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and John Paul II are all seen as conservative heroes of the last Cold War – who helped to defeat communism and defend the free world. The Wests dominance on the international stage is once again being challenged by external threats. With Iran, Russia, China, and other authoritarian states working together to undermine the international rules-based system, how can conservatives respond?
This year, we have changed the format of Think Tank Central to put a greater emphasis on dialogue between participants. As such we have organised the event into Working Groups, in which three opening positions will be presented (Liliana Śmiech, Joseph Humire), followed by a roundtable discussion engaging all participants moderated by Kostis Geropoulos.
Geopolitics: Boosting the Transatlantic Alliance
Meeting Room 2.5
China, Russia, and Iran are all now working to overturn the international rules-based system, their plan to do so poses an existential threat to both Europe and the Americas. Join the Heritage Foundation for this special discussion on the challenges faced to the global world order on both sides of the Atlantic, and how through the strength and resolve of the Transatlantic alliance we can face them.
This year, we have changed the format of Think Tank Central to put a greater emphasis on dialogue between participants. As such we have organised the event into Working Groups, in which three opening positions will be presented (Jorge Martín Frias, Dan Kochis, Mike Gonzalez), followed by a roundtable discussion engaging all participants.
Presentation of the European Confederalist Society
Entrepreneurship Meeting Room
During Think Tank Central, the “European Confederalist Society” is being launched. It aims to gather academics, writers and participants to the policy debate that support decentralisation in the European Union, respect for the ability of the EU’s 27 democracies to make their own choices, while opposing ever greater transfers of power to the central European Union policy level. During the event, its manifesto will be presented, with comments by some members of the new organisation’s patronage committee. “European Confederalism” provides an alternative to those supporting an exit from the European Union and those craving for “European federalism”, which has now come to signify ever more centralisation of power at the EU level. Launch hosted by Pieter Cleppe.
Culture: Is Culture Still Upstream of Politics?
Meeting Room 1.1
It has long been said that Culture is upstream of politics – that is to say that what is taking place in the cultural arena, will eventually play out in the political arena. However, with so much choice available in media, is it still possible for culture to have such an influence on the political debate?
This year, we have changed the format of Think Tank Central to put a greater emphasis on dialogue between participants. As such we have organised the event into Working Groups, in which three opening positions will be presented (Mike Gonzalez, Mario Fantini, Frank Furedi), followed by a roundtable discussion engaging all participants moderated by Rodrigo Ballester.
Culture: Never Forget - How to Remember the Crimes of Communism in Europe
Meeting Room 2.5
According the famous ‘Black Book of Communism’, 94 million people died under totalitarian socialist regimes. More recent estimates put that figure far higher. However, the question still remains, what can we do to remember the crimes of communism in Europe, and how can we be sure that they are never repeated again.
This year, we have changed the format of Think Tank Central to put a greater emphasis on dialogue between participants. As such we have organised the event into Working Groups, in which four opening positions will be presented (Krassen Stanchev, Ricardo Ruiz de la Serna, Marek Mutor), followed by a roundtable discussion engaging all participants moderated by Alex Chafuen.
Bus to the hotel
Departure from the hotel to the Gala dinner (by bus)
Margaret Thatcher Dinner
End of the dinner and bus to the hotel
Think Tank Central
Bus departure from the hotel
The bus will leave at 9:15 sharp
Coalition Building: Engaging the Next Generation
Meeting Room 2.5
Recent polling has shown than young people in Europe are increasingly turning to the right when it comes to elections. How can we as a movement better engage with the next generation of political activists and leaders? And more importantly, how do we give the next generation more opportunities to be a part of the movement?
This year, we have changed the format of Think Tank Central to put a greater emphasis on dialogue between participants. As such we have organised the event into Working Groups, in which three opening positions will be presented (Tamar Tarsaidze, Jorge Jraissati, Julian Kroon, Knut Skaug Haraldsen, Maicol Busilacchi, Guillermo Graíño), followed by a roundtable discussion engaging all participants moderated by Lorenzo Montanari.
Ideology: Can liberals and conservatives still get along?
Entrepreneurship Meeting Room
Throughout the last century, conservatives and liberals worked together to push back against the advancement of socialism. The policy of so called ‘fusionism’ was supported by UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and US President Ronald Reagan. Yet in recent years there has been a rift, which begs the questions – can liberals and conservatives still get along?
This year, we have changed the format of Think Tank Central to put a greater emphasis on dialogue between participants. As such we have organised the event into Working Groups, in which three opening positions will be presented (Peter Hefele, Harrison Pitt, Hannes Gissurarson), followed by a roundtable discussion engaging all participants moderated by Marko Milanovic Litre.
Education: Teachers vs Parents
Meeting Room 2.5
There are two pillars to a child’s upbringings, the informal education of the family at home, and the formal education received at school. However, what happens when those two pillars find themselves in conflict? What can we do in Europe to support parents in ensuring that their children receive the high quality education that they deserve?
This year, we have changed the format of Think Tank Central to put a greater emphasis on dialogue between participants. As such we have organised the event into Working Groups, in which three opening positions will be presented (Cynthia Bader, Gonzalo Sanz-Magallón, Anna Wellisz), followed by a roundtable discussion engaging all participants moderated by Ignasi Grau.
Migration: The challenge ahead
Entrepreneurship Meeting Room
Migration has long been a contentious point in European politics. Since 2014, millions of migrants have crossed into the European Union, placing a strain on public services, civil society, and political leaders. With the European Elections coming up, how will the debate over migration shape the outcome in 2024?
This year, we have changed the format of Think Tank Central to put a greater emphasis on dialogue between participants. As such we have organised the event into Working Groups, in which three opening positions will be presented (Simo Grönroos, Miguel Angel Quintana Paz, Bill Wirtz), followed by a roundtable discussion engaging all participants moderated by Rodrigo Ballester.
2024 – the Path Ahead for the Freedom Movement
With the European Elections set to take place in June 2024, the question of what the European freedom movement believes in has never been more central. What lessons can be learned and what ideas can we take forward into the next European Parliament?
End of the official agenda
Founded by Margaret Thatcher in 2009 as the intellectual hub of European Conservativism, New Direction has established academic networks across Europe and research partnerships throughout the world.
Austrian School of Economics
We are a politically independent research institute commited to disseminating the ideas of the Austrian School of Economics. We are convinced that creating and sustaining prosperity is based on individual freedom and personal responsibility.
CEFAS as a think tank brings together academics and experts, so that they can provide their experience and knowledge in favour of the ACdP. CEFAS aspires to become a point of reference and a meeting place for debate, reflection, training, dissemination and investigation of ideas designed to improve society.
Fundacion Disenso is a Madrid based think tank, focused on the promotion of conservative values in Spain, and the wider Iberosphere. Their aim is to open the debate about fundamental values, including equality, liberty, sovereignty, and the future of the Spanish nation.
The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is an ecumenical, nonprofit research organization that promotes the benefits of free enterprise to religious communities, business people, students and educators. With an international scope, Acton manages a robust publishing and events outreach that argues for a moral foundation to the market economy. Wholly independent, the nonpartisan Institute works across many faith traditions including Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Adam Smith Institute
The Adam Smith Institute is one of the world's leading think tanks. Independent, non-profit, and non-partisan, we work to promote neoliberal and free market ideas through research, publishing, media commentary, and educational programmes. The Institute is today at the forefront of making the case for free markets and a free society in the United Kingdom
Alumni For Liberty
Alumni For Liberty (AFL) is an international network of young leaders committed to advancing freedom in all aspects of society. We have over 10,000 members from 139 countries. Our members include elected officials, journalists, academics, think tank directors, businesspeople, presidents of political organizations, and other leaders committed to forming a truly global pro-liberty coalition.
Baltic Security Foundation
The Baltic Security Foundation (BSF) is a non-governmental promoter of security and defense of the Baltic Sea region. Based in Riga since 2019, the BSF gathers Baltic area experts and security analysts from the Baltic Sea region and beyond. The BSF team hosts discussions and runs research, facilitates expert networking and mobility, and promotes finding and advocating for solutions that lead to a stronger regional security in military and other areas. For that purpose the BSF has published six books, provided more than hundred articles and interviews worldwide, and involved more than 70 global experts in BSF international researcher mobility.
Bremen Democratic Research
BRE•DE•RE (Bremen Democratic Research) is a newly established think tank based in Bremen, Germany, that seeks to identify and counter threats to the liberty, comity and integrity of democratic societies (especially South Africa’s) through historical and comparative research.
BrusselsReport.eu is a website featuring news and analysis covering European Union policy, Eurozone affairs and investment, from a perspective in support of free market economics and decentralisation.
CEB Teaching & Learning
CEB Teaching & Learning provides coaching and curricular support to entrepreneurial educators creating innovative and student-centric educational models.
Center for a Secure Free Society
The Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS) is a next-generation, national security think tank advancing freedom and security worldwide. It is the first and only foreign policy and national security think tank in Washington D.C. with a sole focus on the Western Hemisphere and an emphasis on rebuilding transatlantic relations. SFS is the leading research center analyzing the 21st-century multi-polar authoritarian alliance of Venezuela, Russia, Iran, and China, and working actively to counter it through education, network-building, and policy proposals in the United States and throughout the Americas.
Center for Fundamental Rights
The Budapest-based Center for Fundamental Rights (Alapjogokért Központ) has been a Hungarian think tank dealing with political and legal analysis since 2013. The Center serves as the main organizer of CPACHungary, the only Conservative Political Action Conference on European soil. A key mission of our organization is to galvanize the cooperation of conservatives worldwide.
Center of Analysis of International Relations
Established in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2019 the Center of Analysis of International Relations (AIR Center) is a think tank, which provides strategic insights and policy recommendations on international affairs, thus making decision-makers, as well as experts in the field better equipped in analyzing outstanding issues. Our mission is to conduct a comprehensive analysis of global and regional processes and expand activities aimed at raising the international community’s awareness of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy priorities, particularly the Armenia-Azerbaijan post-conflict period and regional security.
Common Sense Society
Common Sense Society (CSS) was founded as a debating forum in 2009 by a group of American and European university students. The group aimed to explore the ideas, cultures, and geography that have shaped our history in order to best contribute to a future that fosters human flourishing. In doing so, CSS became a celebration of the political, intellectual, and cultural inheritance which constitute our shared civilization.
Consumer Choice Center
The Consumer Choice Center is a consumer advocacy group supporting lifestyle freedom, innovation, privacy, science, and consumer choice. The main policy areas we focus on are digital, mobility, lifestyle & consumer goods, and health & science. The CCC empowers consumers to raise their voices in media, the Internet, and on the streets and facilitates activism toward a more empowered consumer. The CCC represents consumers in over 100 countries across the globe. We closely monitor regulatory trends in Washington, Brussels, Geneva, and other hotspots of regulation and inform and activate consumers to fight for consumer choice.
Croatian Centre for the Renewal of Culture
The Croatian Centre for the Renewal of Culture (COK) was founded in 2009. The assumption behind its activity is that it is a country's culture, not just the parties and politicians who run public affairs, that ultimately matters. This culture needs to be renewed for and by each generation. Our culture must be founded upon the principles of Western civilization, which, themselves, have been shaped by Christianity.
The Edmund Burke Foundation
The Edmund Burke Foundation is a public affairs institute founded in January 2019 with the aim of strengthening the principles of National Conservatism in Western and other democratic countries. The Foundation pursues research, educational and publishing ventures directed toward strengthening the tradition of independent, self-governed nations as the foundation for restoring a proper public orientation toward patriotism and loyalty, religion and family, and reason and justice.
Edmund Burke Institute
The Edmund Burke Institute, commonly known as the EBI, is an educational charity dedicated to highlighting the benefits of market led policies and to promoting the civic and cultural values that allow those markets to function.
EPICENTER was launched in October of 2014. Since then, it has been active in the European policy debate, providing a free-market perspective on topics including the digital economy, trade policy, energy security and competition, financial regulation, free movement and welfare, and public health.
Euro-Gulf Information Centre
The Euro-Gulf Information Centre (EGIC) is an initiative that aims to build social, political, strategic, cultural and economic bridges between the people of Europe and the Arabian Gulf.
The European Conservative
The European Conservative is Europe’s leading conservative English-language publication of philosophy, politics, art, and contemporary affairs. Our news bureau, based in Brussels, aims to report on national and international events, and tell readers the other side of the story—the one that the conformist mainstream media won’t. Our print quarterly focuses on intellectual and theoretical matters, publishing a variety of materials that illuminate the different varieties of conservative, traditionalist, reactionary, and right-wing thought from across Europe and around the world. In everything we do, we believe in reasonable freedom of speech, civilized discussions, and vigorous debate as the best path to understanding.
Foundation for a Civic Hungary
Since its establishment, The Foundation for a Civic Hungary has been committed to the notion of a Europe based on sovereign nation-states, the ideas of subsidiarity, decentralization, and Christian values; these are the principles we represent and promote during our international activities. We are engaged in an active strategic partnership with a number of foreign conservative think tanks. We are constantly striving to cement and expand our Foundation’s already diverse network of external relations, and continue to seek out new potential allies.
The Grace Richardson Fund
The Grace Richardson Fund comes from a long tradition of conservative foundations working to address critical issues of the day. As climate change has ushered in a new type of threat, since 2016 GRF has convened hundreds of professionals, scholars and students in charrettes and workshops to develop Free Market Climate Policy - a suite of policies based upon low taxes, increased competition, innovation, property rights, intellectual property rights, and more. GRF supports and collaborates with its partners to pioneer these policies, and champion the goals of Freedom, and the Free Market. We are delighted to participate in this conference, and invite you to learn more about our work.
Henry Jackson Society
HJS is named for Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson, a Democratic US Senator who strongly supported civil rights and protecting the environment — while also maintaining a strong opposition to totalitarianism and Communism. A liberal on domestic issues who was also an ardent hawk on foreign affairs, Henry Jackson was a bulwark in the fight for democracy and freedom in the 20th century.
The Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation is building an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish. Heritage’s mission is to formulate and promote public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Heritage’s world-renowned experts—deeply experienced in business, government, the military, nonprofits, academia, and communications—spend each day developing innovative solutions to the issues America faces.
Institute of Economic and Social Studies
The Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS) began its activities in January 2006 as a non-governmental, independent & non-political civic association. Our vision is a Slovakia endorsing free enterprise, prosperity, individual liberty and peace, a country, where its citizens are aware of the functions and benefits of the market mechanism and the impact of government interventions in the economy.
Institute of Strategic Investment
Institute of Strategic Investment is established at the Faculty of Finance and Accounting at the University of Economics in Prague. Its purpose is to deliver a top-notch education from the Strategic Investments, Private Equity and Real Estate Industry to its students and provide a possibility of a high-profile subsequent education to the professional members in form of a public events, lectures and conferences.
Instytut Promyka is a Warsaw based think tank that brings together young professionals from across Poland to collaborate on research, policy, and publications.
Latvian Economists Association
The Latvian Economists Association stands as one of the oldest non-governmental organizations in the reestablished Republic of Latvia. Its primary mission is to cultivate economic thought and foster long-term economic development within the country. The association consistently defends the foundations of Latvian economic growth and competitiveness, which include an open economy, free business initiative, and inclusion in the European Union's free market. The main activities of the association consist of conducting economic research, organizing conferences and discussions, as well as evaluating economic programs and policies.
At a time of unprecedented political polarisation, MCC Brussels is committed to providing a home for genuine policy deliberation and an in-depth exploration of the issues of our time. It will provide an opportunity for intellectuals and experts to debate and assess the conceptual and normative status of European policy making. Drawing on MCC’s outstanding pool of expertise it will attempt to acquaint and influence European policy makers with its distinct approach towards the political, socio-economic and cultural issues of our time. The centre will offer a challenging and stimulating environment for visiting young students to acquaint themselves with the policy and decision-making process in Brussels. It will provide short educational courses and seminars on matters pertaining to European thought and EU policy making.
“National Conservatism” is a movement of 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.
Nazione Futura is a movement of ideas born in the spring of 2017 with the aim of encouraging political-cultural debate and the aggregation of various souls of civil society united by common values and ideals to improve Italy through concrete ideas and proposals. The think tank's activity is structured through the publication of a paper quarterly with in-depth political, economic and cultural information on a quarterly basis and an online newspaper.
Norwegian Association for All Conservative Students
Founded May 17th 2017, the association is an open forum for conservative students and alumni, unaffiliated with any political party. We host lectures, podcasts, debates, reading groups and most importantly social gatherings where ideas and good cheer are the order of the day. These events are the backdrop of a rich exchange of political, philosophical and theological perspectives among our student and alumni members. Among our recent endeavors is the magazine Føniks (Phoenix) which is now distributed at all major universities in Norway. In addition, the association has taken on a cultural focus, with traditional handicraft gatherings, where the beautiful art of older generations is taught and lives on. FAKS has grown rapidly and now has a nationwide presence in all the bigger cities and their places of learning.
Nova Perspektiva is a Croatian think tank led by Marko Milanović Litre, a Member of Parliament from the Croatian sovereignists party. Based in Zagreb, the organization focuses on a range of policy areas including economics, national security, and social welfare. A special emphasis is placed on the preservation of Croatian culture and national identity, aligning with the conservative ideals of its leadership. Nova Perspektiva collaborates with various institutions, relies on private funding, and engages the public through seminars and workshops. The think tank remains committed to offering innovative, well-researched solutions to Croatia's most pressing challenges on the national and EU level.
Oikos is the first and foremost conservative think tank in Sweden. Founded in 2020, it encompasses a broad church of conservative views, from liberal and social conservatism to national and cultural conservatism. Oikos, named for the ancient Greek word for home and household, strives to promote and defend Western civilization and its most precious traditions and ideas: community, family, sovereignty, democracy and patriotism.
Political Network for Values
The Political Network for Values is a platform of worldwide political leaders and representatives who actively promote and defend the values of family, life and freedom.
Prometheus on Campus
Prometheus on Campus is an educational charity working to promote philosophy for liberty and independence. We do this by organising events at university campuses across the UK, running educational programmes, and providing a platform for students and young professionals to network and grow.
Property Rights Alliance
Property Rights Alliance (PRA), an affiliate of the Tholos Foundation, stands as an advocacy organization dedicated to the protection of innovation, intellectual property rights, and physical property rights around the world. The International Property Rights Index (IPRI) is the flagship publication of PRA. The IPRI scores the underlining institutions of a strong property rights regime: the legal and political environment, physical property rights, and intellectual property rights. It is the world’s only index entirely dedicated to the measurement of intellectual and physical property rights.
Students For Liberty
Students For Liberty (SFL) is a global network of leaders advancing liberty in all aspects of society. SFL's mission is to educate, develop, and empower the next generation of leaders of liberty. As the largest pro-liberty student organization in the world, Students For Liberty has thousands of student coordinators worldwide, fighting hard to make their home countries freer. The organization is present in 105 countries, and organizes thousands of events every year. SFL's student coordinators are featured in Forbes 30 under 30 lists, take leading positions in national governments, start successful businesses, and inspire global movements for freedom. Students For Liberty is building a global network of young leaders passionate about liberty who will play an essential role in making the world a better and freer place.
Suomen Perusta Foundation is a Finnish political think tank. Our main focus areas are immigration/multiculturalism, European integration and economics, but we also analyse a variety of topics from wokeism to environmental politics in our publications. We produce high quality research on the impact of immigration on the Finnish public finances.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) was launched in 2004 to fight to reform taxes and public services, cut wasteful spending and speak up for British taxpayers. We believe in a pro-enterprise country with lower, simpler taxes funding better public services. As well as producing hard-hitting research, the TPA secures thousands of media hits every year, and has achieved major policy wins at local and national level through innovative campaigns.
Affiliated with Americans for Tax Reform, Tholos is a educational foundation originally founded in 1985 at the request of President Reagan. Our organization is named for the tholos on the ancient Athenian agora, where the Athenian Senate dined and met with prominent members of the community at large. Like the conversations that took place in the ancient Athenian tholos, our work is focused around coalitions and cooperation, both within and outside government structures.
The Warsaw Institute is a Polish-based geopolitical think tank. Its main areas of interests include international relations, energy security, defense, history, culture, and any other issues crucial for Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. We proudly support the Three Seas Initiative and transatlantic relations. The Warsaw Institute develops and provides innovative and practical recommendations based on rich experience of its over forty affiliated experts. The Warsaw Institute helps improve public policy and decision-making through research and analysis.The Warsaw Institute is an independent, non-profit, and nonpartisan organization supported by contributions from individuals.