The Centre for International Studies at Iscte – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (CEI), in partnership with OBSERVARE/UAL, is organizing the fifth edition of the International Conference “Europe as a Global Actor”, on May 4-5, 2020. 

While celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Schumann Declaration (1950) and the 11th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty (2019), the EU is going through deep challenges, as it prepares for the consequences of the Brexit process. The fifth edition of the international conference “Europe as a Global Actor” seeks to debate the EU’s current and envisioned role in the world in the context of a new legislature, a new European Commission, and a new High Representative. We seek to debate the EU’s ontological security, its greater focus on the global climate crisis, as well as its responses to increasing right-wing anti-immigration populist movements, and to the apparent waning of a ‘western’ normative dominance in global affairs – where issues like the upcoming US elections and growing international tensions have been taking centre stage. As in previous editions, the EU’s relationship with other major players – including the USA, China, Turkey, or Russia – will also be debated. 

The Conference Program 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 program also includes the presentation of communications by international researchers and practitioners. 

 The call is open until March 6, 2020.