Econopolis Economic Encounter

The Geography of current conflicts: Ukraine, Taiwan and other hotspots

"A masterclass in Geopolitics from Tim Marshall"

  • What are the geopolitical hotspots today, and what are underestimated hotspots for tomorrow?
  • How could the conflict in Ukraine come to a peaceful end, or not? 
  • Iran, Turkey and S-Arabia: regional powers that are a threat or an opportunity for Europe?


Wednesday 14th December 2022
Registration and welcome at 3:45 p.m.
The conference starts at 4:20 p.m. sharp.


Tim Marshall is a British journalist, writer and broadcaster, best known for his reporting of Foreign News and International Diplomacy.  He is the former Diplomatic Editor and Foreign Correspondent for Sky News.

He has reported from over thirty countries including 12 wars and conflict zones and has published six books on international relations. His third book, Prisoners of Geography, became an iconic New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller with over 2 million copies sold worldwide.
His other books include Worth Dying For – The Power & Politics Of Flags, Divided – Why We Are Living In An Age Of Walls, and The Power of Geography. His upcoming book Space explores the geopolitics of space. 

In recent years, he has covered the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria. Tim has been shot with bird pellet in Cairo, bruised by the police in Tehran, arrested by Serbian intelligence, detained in Damascus, declared persona non grata in Croatia, hit over the head with a plank of wood in London, bombed by the RAF in Belgrade, and tear-gassed all over the world.


3:45 p.m. Registration
4:20 p.m. Welcome 
by Dr. Alexander W. Wehr, President & CEO BMW Group Belux
4:25 p.m. Welcome 
by Geert Noels, Founder & Chief Economist Econopolis
4:35 p.m.

by Baron Frans Van Daele,  former private secretary of His Majesty's Cabinet

4:50 p.m.

The Power of Geography
How geography explains the conflicts of today and tomorrow

by Tim Marshall, forrmer Diplomatic Editor and foreign correspondent for Sky News, author of i.a. The Power of Geography and Prisoners of Geography

5:20 p.m.

Debate with panelists:

  • Tim Marshall
  • Professor Steven Van Hecke,
    Associate Professor in Comparative and EU Politics (KU Leuven)
  • Professor dr. David Criekemans
    Associate Professor in International Relations (University of Antwerp)

Moderator: Isabel Albers - General Editor-in-chief De Tijd

5:50 p.m. Closing words
by Geert Noels
6:00 p.m. Reception


BMW Group Belux
Lodderstraat 16
2880 Bornem


Register (On invitation only and each person separately)


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