ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The sixth edition of the international conference “Europe as a Global Actor” will focus on discussing the EU’s current and envisioned role in the world (and Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America, in particular) in the context of internal challenges of populism, East-West and North-South divides, and external challenges of China, Russia, and Turkey’s growing assertiveness, with a focus on shared neighbourhoods.

We aim to debate the EU’s capacity to act, its physical and ontological security, its resilience in light of the priorities of the current Trio of Presidencies of the Council of the EU (France, Czech Republic, Sweden), and the adoption of the EU’s Strategic Compass. Furthermore, we are interested in addressing how the EU has and can respond to key threats to its security, maintain internal cohesion, and act as a leader in tackling the global climate crisis.

The Conference Programme includes thematic panels, round tables with keynote speakers, as well as plenary sessions on the challenges of European security and defence, diplomacy, climate change, and other relevant subjects. As such, in addition to the presence of several invited scholars and practitioners, the programme also includes the presentation of papers by international researchers and practitioners. The conference will take place in a hybrid (both physical and digital) format. The authors of selected  contributions will have the opportunity of publishing them in a peer-reviewed publication.

CONFERENCE TOPICS

We welcome papers covering the general theme of the conference – “Europe as a global actor” –, namely within these broad topics:

  • The EU’s capacity to act: strategic sovereignty, autonomy, resilience
  • The EU’s role in crises, development, Human Rights promotion, and fight against climate change
  • The priorities of the current Trio of Presidencies of the Council of the EU
  • The EU’s relations with organizations and mechanisms of global and regional governance
  • The re-configuration of Transatlantic relations within the new strategic concept and EU-NATO cooperation
  • The EU’s relations with other prominent actors (China, Russia, Turkey, India, Japan, Brazil)
  • Key threats to the EU’s security, including hybrid warfare, attacks on cyber, energy and public health targets, and the weaponisation of migration flows
  • The publication of EU’s Strategic Compass and future of the CFSP, the CSDP, and PESCO
  • The EU’s management of and recovery from COVID-19
  • The Conference on the Future of Europe

THE CALL IS EXTENDED UNTIL 7 MARCH 2022. 

The conference fee is 30€. Notification of acceptance will be communicated until 21 March 2022.