The EU as a Global Actor - Crisis Talks in Brussels

The EU as a Global Actor and the Crisis of International Security Cooperation

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The liberal international order seems to be in crisis. The most visible symptoms are the increasing emphasis of national interests as well as the alleged relativization of both the rule-based international order and multilateral forms of cooperation. This applies in particular to the field of international security. Therefore, the upcoming Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union has identified effective multilateralism in the context of the Common Foreign and Security Policy in line with the EU's Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy and Permanent Structured Cooperation as one of the priority themes. . Against this background, the 8th Crisis Talk will focus on the discussion of the conditions under which multilateralism can continue to be effective. Furthermore, we are interested in the potentials and consequences of engaging in mini- and bilateral formats as well as the role of informal cooperation, such as in the G7/G8 or the Normandy format, which as well have fulfilled important functions as forums for international security in the past.

In the European Union crises have always been an important driver for change and progress. Crisis situations allow the heterogeneity of European politics to be transcended through a common perception of a situation as critical and urgent and, therefore, emphasize the need for cooperation. Does the historical experience that crises lead to deeper integration still hold true? The Crisis Talks lunchtime lecture series, organized by the Leibniz Research Alliance Crises in a Globalized World, addresses how the European Union deals with crises and what we have learned from previous crisis situations.

When? Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 12.30pm – 14.30pm
Where? Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU, Rue Montoyer 21, 1000 Brüssel

Welcome
Friedrich von Heusinger, Director of the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU
Rebecca Caroline Schmidt, Managing Director of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”

Keynote
Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff, Leibniz Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

Panel Discussion
Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff, Leibniz Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
Oliver Rentschler (angefragt), Deputy Head of Cabinet of Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Mag. Alexander Kmennt, Austrian Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the EU Political and Security Committee

Moderator
Rebecca Caroline Schmidt, Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”