With the rise of China and Russia's war against Ukraine, the question of how democracies shape their relationship with autocracies has become a highly topical issue. There is much talk of regime rivalry, which gets reduced to a polarized conflict between democracies and autocracies in certain areas of academic and political debate. The reality, however, is much more complex: Relations between democracies and autocracies can take on extremely different forms.
The PRIF Annual Conference 2023 "Dealing with Autocracies in a Fragmented World" will discuss from an empirical and normative perspective how democracies can and should deal with autocracies in the current multipolar world. The focus will be on climate and energy policy, international development and infrastructure policy, international democracy promotion, and international security. The conference is aimed at academics, students and representatives of politics and the media. Its goal is to deconstruct simplistic, dichotomous views of world politics and provide nuanced views of contemporary international relations.
Roger Mac Ginty will receive the Czempiel Award on 12 October, 6:15 pm. The political scientist from Durham University, United Kingdom, is being honored for his innovative monography "Everyday Peace: How So-Called Ordinary People Can Disrupt Violent Conflict."
If attending in person is not possible, please feel free to join us via live stream. All panels except the one on the MENA region will be available.
For October 12, please use the link youtube.com/live/TaSZrid7XtQ,
For October 13 it is youtube.com/live/cTNemWyG1NA.
When: 12-13 October 2023
Where: Baseler Straße 27-31, 60329 Frankfurt and via Livestream.
The conference will be held in English. Please register via email@example.com by October 4, 2023.
Please find the program for PRIF's Annual Conference 2023 below.
Thursday, 12 October 2023
1.30–2 p.m. Welcome & Opening Statements
2–3.45 p.m. Panel 1: Dealing with China in International Development and Infrastructure Policies
Chair: Pascal Abb, PRIF
- Pascal Abb, PRIF
- Zhang Hong, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge (MA)
- Wrenn Yennie Lindgren, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo
Discussant: Marina Rudyak, Institute for Sinology, Heidelberg University
3.45–4.15 p.m. Coffee Break
4.15–6 p.m. Panel 2: Dealing with Autocracies in the MENA Region in Climate and Energy Policies
Chair: Irene Weipert-Fenner, PRIF
- Imane Boukhatem, Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (ZNES), Europa-Universität Flensburg / Irene Weipert-Fenner, PRIF
- Yana Popkostova, European Centre for Energy and Geopolitical Analysis (ECEGA), European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris
- Benjamin Schütze, Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute (ABI), Freiburg
Discussant: Hannes Warnecke-Berger, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kassel
6.15–7.15 p.m. Czempiel Award Ceremony
Friday, 13 October 2023
9–10.45 a.m. Panel 3: Dealing with Autocracies in Democracy Promotion
Chair: Jonas Wolff, PRIF
- Christine Hackenesch, German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), Bonn
- Michelle Pace, Roskilde University, Roskilde
- Richard Youngs, Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, Carnegie Europe, Brussels
Discussant: Marianne Kneuer, Professor of Comparative Politics, TUD Dresden University of Technology
10.45–11.15 a.m. Coffee Break
11.15 a.m.–1 p.m. Panel 4: Dealing with Russia in Europe and at the Global Stage
Chair: Jonas Driedger, PRIF
- Nicole Deitelhoff, PRIF
- Yevgeniya Gaber, Atlantic Council in Turkey
- Sofia Oliynyk, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Kyiv
Discussant:Stefan Kroll, PRIF
1–2 p.m. Light Lunch
2–3 p.m. Final Discussion
Chair: Jonas Wolff, PRIF
- Marianne Kneuer, TUD Dresden University of Technology
- Marina Rudyak, Heidelberg University
- Hannes Warnecke-Berger, University of Kassel
- Stefan Kroll, PRIF
- Regime Competition in a Fragmented World: Consequences for Peace and Conflict, PRIF-Blog-Series since 19 April 2023.