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Monday, 7 Feb


Event: 4th Conference "Reckoned with: asserting Europe’s distinctive power in a multipolar world"

Organised by European External Action Service


In a complex and changing world, it is important to understand how the European Union aligns its values and interests with humanity’s common global challenges.

The 2021-2022 conference cycle will address the main international political, economic and cultural challenges of the XXI century and the creation of a common European Union strategic culture through open dialogue with eminent scholars and highly-qualified panellists from various cultures and regions of the world.

This conference cycle is jointly organised by the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium and the European External Action Service, under the patronage and effective participation of Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission.

The conference cycle is co-chaired by Didier Viviers, permanent Secretary of the Academy, and Professor Mario Telò, who, as scientific director, will introduce the 2021-2022 programme.

Session 4 : “Reckoned with: asserting Europe’s distinctive power in a multipolar world” will take place on February 7th, 2022, from 5 to 7 pm (Brussels time) - ONLINE ONLY

The event will be livestreamed on LinkedIn (link to follow)

What means to be a global power in the 21st century? The multipolar order is shifting from multipolarity towards a bifurcation between China and USA affecting security, politics interests, alliances, and culture. Security dilemmas also affect EU-Russia relations. On the one hand, according to both HRVP Josep Borrell and the French rotating presidency, the surrounding threats and the data on general rearmament are pushing the European defense on the current political agenda, including an open transatlantic discussion about NATO’s future. On the other hand, coping with internal diversities is urgent. How? The open debate focuses on alternative ways. And the overarching question is: how can the EU open strategic autonomy make concrete steps ahead while containing this major risk of becoming the playfield of alternative interests?

Prof. Didier Viviers, Secrétaire perpétuel de l’Académie des sciences de Belgique.

Dr. Rosa Balfour, Director of Carnegie Europe.

Dr. Nicole Gnesotto, Vice-president of the Jacques Delors Institute, Paris, and Professor emeritus at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers.

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