Europe as a Global Actor – 2018

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Programme EGA 2018

May 24th

9h00 | Registration – Floor 2, Building II

09h30 | Opening Remarks (Aud. B203) – session in Portuguese

  • Keynote Speaker: Augusto Santos Silva, Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Helena Carreiras (Director, School of Sociology and Public Policies, ISCTE-IUL)
  • Luís Nuno Rodrigues (Director, Center for International Studies, CEI-IUL)

10h45 – 11h00 – Coffee Break

11h00 | Round Table I: CSDP: challenges and opportunities (Aud. B203)

Moderator: António Mateus (RTP)

  • Laura Ferreira-Pereira (Universidade do Minho)
  • Jochen Rehrl (EEAS – ESDC)
  • Ana Isabel Xavier (CEI-IUL)


12h30 – 14h00 – Lunch


14h00 – 15h45 | Parallel Sessions I

Panel 1 –The future of European Security and Defence (Room C201)

Moderator: Ana Isabel Xavier (CEI-IUL)

  • Stefano Loi (CEI-IUL): “The PESCO agreement and the future of the European common defence”
  • Lorinc Redei & Michael Mosser (University of Texas at Austin): “The European Union as a Catalyst in European Security”
  • Patricia Daehnhardt (IPRI-NOVA): “The EU and transatlantic relations: the end of the Euro-Atlantic security community?”


Panel 2 – The European policy on migration and asylum (Room C301)

Moderator: Giulia Daniele (CEI-IUL)

  • João Barroso (CEI-IUL): “The EU and the refugee crisis: a literature review”
  • Tommaso Emiliani (College of Europe): “EU Migration Agencies: More “Guarding”, Less “Support for Asylum”? An Assessment of How the European Board and Coast Guard and the European Asylum Support Office Pursue Their Relations with Third Countries in Light of the So-Called ‘Refugee Crisis’.”
  • Emellin de Oliveira (NOVA): “The Securitization of Migration through Technology: an analysis of the PNR Directive”


Panel 3 – The state of the Union and the future of Europe: reflections and scenarios (Room C302)

Moderator: Ana Lúcia Sá (CEI-IUL)

  • Luís Machado Barroso (CEI-IUL; IUM) & Marco António Ferreira da Cruz (IUM): “It is not enough to be… It needs to be seen”: the analysis of EUGS implementation 1st Year report”
  • Ricardo Alexandre (CEI-IUL): “The Western Balkans Euro-fatigue and the impact on EU of potential alternatives to integration”
  • Dina Sebastião (University of Coimbra): “The persistence of Portuguese Atlanticism as a block for a supranationalization of European defence policy”


15h45 – 16h00 – Coffee Break


16h00-18h00 | Round Table II – The EU & other global players (Aud. B204)

Moderator: Helena Tecedeiro (Diário de Notícias)

  • Thomas Diez (University of Tübingen)
  • Maria Raquel Freire (CES-UC, Coimbra)
  • Luís Tomé (Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa)
  • Bruno Cardoso Reis (CEI-IUL, Lisbon)


18h00 – 20h00 | Parallel Sessions II

Panel 4 –  Brexit (Room C401)

Moderator: Bruno Cardoso Reis (CEI-IUL)

  • Sanja Ivic (Institute for European Studies, Serbia): “The Question of European Identity in Light of Brexit”
  • Allan F. Tatham (Universidad San Pablo-CEU): “‘Breaking up is Hard to Do’: The evolution of the EU’s withdrawal criteria”
  • Christopher Pitcher (ISCTE-IUL): “‘I voted remain’ a look at the social and political divides within Brexit Britain through qualitative analysis of the narratives and attitudes of British citizens who voted remain”
  • Luana Lo Piccolo (ISPI – Milan): “Brexit: an increasing fragmentation of the international architecture”


Panel 5 – The EU and its Neighbourhood (Room C402)

Moderator: Cátia Miriam Costa (CEI-IUL)

  • Petar Georgiev (Council of the EU): “Pursuit of greener pastures in the Eastern neighbourhood: reconciliation of EU’s security interests and normative ambitions”
  • César García Andrés (Universidad de Valladolid): “The role of Ukraine within the European neighborhood policy and its effects on relations with Russia”
  • Mónica Canário (CEI-IUL): “Why do we need a real gender policy in the EU?”
  • Filipe Lima (CEI-IUL): “The EU and Israel and Palestinian Conflict”


Panel 6 – Transnational threats (Room C502)

Moderator: Ana Margarida Esteves (CEI-IUL)

  • Sofia Geraldes (ISCTE-IUL): “Digital Battlefields: Assessing the EU soft security actorness countering social media information warfare activities”
  • Marc de Carrière (Amarante International): “Going beyond NATO’s Article 5: A EU-NATO Blockchain to deter cyber warfare”
  • Davoud Gharayagh-Zandi (IRS; Shahid Beheshti University) & João Almeida Silveira (FCSH-NOVA): “The European Union security actorness within EU-Iran relations in the Post JCPOA Era”
  • Henrique Miguel Alves Garcia: “Radicalization in Belgium and EU security environment”


May 25th

10h00-12h00 | Roundtable III

Roundtable: State of the Union – Portuguese Members of the European Parliament (Aud. B203) – session in Portuguese

Moderator: Ricardo Alexandre (CEI-IUL; Journalist TSF)

  • Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar (EPP)
  • Carlos Zorrinho (S&D)
  • António Marinho e Pinto (ALDE)
  • João Ferreira (GUE / NGL)
  • Pedro Mota Soares (CDS-PP) (tbc)


12h00 – 14h00 – Lunch Break


14h00 – 15h45 |Parallel Sessions III

Panel 7 – Economy, Energy and Geopolitics (Room C201)

Moderator: Timea Pal (CEI-IUL)

  • Simon Schlegel (ISG) & Allison Nathan Araujo de Miranda (ISCSP): “EU Global Strategy 2020-2030: the Revival of the Franco-German Consensus-Engine in face of the EU-Lusophone Trade Relations”
  • Paloma Diaz Topete (College of Europe): “In Varietate Concordia or Divide et Impera? The Security Implications of Chinese FDI in EU Member States”
  • Natallia Tsiareshchanka (College of Europe; University of Kent): “Nord Stream 2: when geopolitical and commercial interests are at stake”
  • Zuzanna Gulczyńska (Adam Mickiewicz University, College of Europe, University Lille 2): “The energy cooperation between the EU and Algeria – what legal future?”


Panel 8 – Soft & Normative Power (Room C302)

Moderator: Ana Mónica Fonseca (CEI-IUL)

  • Idalina Conde (ISCTE-IUL): “Tables as metaphors. Europe in the World and cultural diplomacy”
  • Andrea Perilli (College of Europe): “Erasmus student or EU ambassador? People-to-people contact in the European Neighbourhood policy: the cases of Georgia, Ukraine and Tunisia”
  • Osman Sabri Kiratli (Bogazici University): “When do Voters Choose to Delegate?: Europeans’ Attitudes on Multilateral Aid”
  • João Espada Rodrigues (CEI-IUL): “EU and Democracy Promotion”
  • Nezka Figelj (University of Trieste): “EU not only a payer but also a player in the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA)”


15h45 – 16h15 – Coffee Break


16h15 – 17h45 |  Parallel Sessions IV

Panel 9 – EU and Crisis Management (Room C201)

Moderator: Diogo Lemos (CEI-IUL)

  • Csaba Toro (Karoli Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Hungary): “External institutional partnerships as vehicles of implementation in pursuit of effective and adaptive EU contribution to international crisis management”
  • Inês Marques Ribeiro (CEI-IUL): “A critical discourse analysis of the normative justification of the EU’s crisis management actorness”
  • Pablo Arconada Ledesma (Universidad de Valladolid): “European Union’s Missions In Somalia: Ten Years Of Successes And Failures (2008-2018)”


Panel 10 – Political Parties, Populism, Euroscepticism (Room C301)

Moderator: Riccardo Marchi (CEI-IUL)

  • Ewa Szczepankiewicz-Rudzka (Jagiellonian University, Krakow): “From Consensus to Skepticism?: Attitudes of Polish Society towards European Integration”
  • Ana Mónica Fonseca (CEI-IUL): “The SPD in government: a party in crisis”
  • Pedro Ponte e Sousa (FCSH-UNL & IPRI): “Portuguese foreign relations with the United States in the age of Trump: aligning with the superpower or supporting a European global stance?”
  • Teona Lavrelashvili (European Commission, KU Leuven) & Alex Andrione-Moylan (KU Leuven): “The populist playbook in the Western Balkans: Case of Serbia and Montenegro”


18h00 – 20h00 | Roundtable IV

Closing Roundtable The Future of Transatlantic Relations (Aud. B203):  

Moderator: Bárbara Reis (Público)

  • Sven Biscop (Egmont Royal Institute for Foreign Relations, Brussels)
  • Mike Haltzel (Center for Transatlantic Relations; Johns Hopkins University SAIS)
  • Carlos Gaspar (IPRI-NOVA)



Almost two years after the presentation of the EU Global Strategy and more than a year after Jean Claude Juncker’s white book on the future of Europe, the European Union still struggles with major challenges and threats that seem to undermine the stability of the security environment within its borders and in its neighbourhood. In addition, in the aftermath of Brexit and with the proximity of to the European Parliament elections in 2019, it is worth discussing the role the EU can play in the current global transformations, as well as the domestic and external obstacles it faces as a global actor.

To discuss the EU’s current challenges and opportunities, the Centre for International Studies at ISCTE-IUL (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa) is organizing the third edition of the international conference Europe as a Global Actor, to be held in Lisbon, in May 24-25, 2018.

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

  1. The future of the Common Security and Defence Policy
  2. The European policy on migration and asylum
  3. The state of the Union and the future of Europe: reflections and scenarios
  4. Global threats to EU’s security environment (Terrorism, organized crimes, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, climate change, hybrid warfare)
  5. The implementation of the EU Global Strategy
  6. The European Neighbourhood Policy and EU-Russia relations
  7. Transatlantic relations (EU-NATO cooperation and EU-US relations)
  8. The spread of populism and the changing trends in Europe’s politics and governance
  9. EU’s security actorness and regionalism (Africa, Latin America, Middle East..)
  10. Brexit