The fifth edition of the international conference “Europe as a Global Actor” seeks to discuss the EU’s current and envisioned role in the world (and Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Asia in particular) in the context of UK’s departure from the EU, the re-configuring of EU-US relations, and the increasing challenge to the EU’s role as a global actor posed by China, Russia, and Turkey’s growing assertiveness.

We aim to debate the EU’s capacity to act, its physical and ontological security, and its resilience, in light of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU and the priorities of the current Trio of Presidencies (Germany, Portugal, Slovenia). 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. As in previous editions, the EU’s relationship with other major players and with local actors in shared neighbourhoods will also be discussed.

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. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s conference is planned to take place in a mixed format (both physical and digital).