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Sep
28
Fri
2018
World Trade Forum 2018 @ European University Institute - Badia Fiesolana
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm

 

 


Trade, Development and Sustainability

The multilateral trading system is under stress. Unilateral trade restricting actions by the US and retaliatory responses are one major sources of tension. Another is the refusal by the US to agree to new appointments to the WTO Appellate Body, threatening the ability of WTO members to settle trade disputes. In May 2018 President Macron called for major trading powers to reflect on desirable WTO reforms. Underlying many trade tensions are national policies motivated by economic development objectives. How to reconcile the need for governments to be able to pursue development goals with possible adverse effects on trading partners has long been a key challenge for the global trade regime. Another key challenge is to ensure trade is sustainable.

The 2018 World Trade Forum brings together leading trade practitioners and scholars, government officials, and representatives of international and nongovernmental organizations. Sessions will address the state of play in the WTO and global trade policy trends, external trade strategies of the EU, China and the United States, links between international integration and sustainable trade, measurement of sustainability and recent trade policy research. Every year, a book related to the World Trade Forum is published with Cambridge University Press. For 2018, the book project is managed by Cosimo Beverelli (WTO), Jürgen Kurtz (EUI) and Damian Räss (WTI).

Programme

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Oct
1
Mon
2018
China’s global ambitions in the age of Xi Jinping: envisioning multiple scenarios @ Villa Schifanoia
Oct 1 – Oct 3 all-day

Executive Training Seminar, 1-3 October 2018

in collaboration with the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) Image result for t.wai logo

 

Scientific Coordinators

Giovanni Andornino | University of Torino, Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) and European University Institute

Giorgia Giovannetti | European University Institute and University of Florence

 

This Executive Training Seminar brings together European and Chinese scholars with robust experience in strategic foresight to explore the most salient political and socioeconomic trends currently defining China’s domestic transformations as well as Beijing’s increasingly ambitious international posture. It offers outstanding graduate students, young scholars and professionals an intimate setting that encourages informal interaction and hands-on learning through scenario-making techniques. Over the first two days of training participants will be exposed to a variety of perspectives on the strategic outcomes of the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party, including its implications for China’s foreign policy and for the next cycle of domestic reforms envisaged to enhance the country’s competitiveness. Special attention will be devoted to the Belt and Road Initiative and the ‘Made in China 2025’ programme. Scholars will reflect on how President Xi Jinping’s stated goal of moving China to the global centre stage by 2049 will reverberate on security dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, on world trade and global macroeconomic stability, and on international development. In pursuit of a learning experience that generates actionable knowledge for participants, the Executive Training Seminar then culminates in a half-day scenario-building exercise. In a very interactive session, participants identify and assess relevant macro-variables, isolate mega-trends and critical uncertainties, articulate alternative ‘futures’, and discuss appropriate policies to steer from the ‘official future’ to their preferred scenario.

 

DRAFT PROGRAMME

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Speakers

Giovanni Andornino | University of Torino, Torino World Affairs Institute and European University Institute, Italy
Paolo Costa (TBC) | former Preseident of the Venice Port Authority, Italy
Giorgia Giovannetti | European University Institute and University of Florence, Italy
Jean-François Huchet | INALCO, France
Zhang Jian | Beijing University, China
Ellis Mathews (TBC) | European External Action Service, Belgium
Katherine Morton | University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

 

APPLICATIONS

Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 2 September 2018.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 2 September 2018.

 

BACK TO BACK

Kindly note that this Executive Training Seminar, offered by the Academy of Global Governance in collaboration with the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai), will be held back to back with three other ETS in the days after:

Beyond Bretton Woods: China and the changing landscape of international development finance (4-6 October 2018)

Harmony in diversity? India’s new role in the “one world family” (8-10 October 2018)

The resilience of Russia’s global outreach: challenges and opportunities (11-13 October 2018)

Should you be interested in attending more or even all of them, we will need you to apply separately, however. Deadline for all training courses of that period is 2 September 2018.

Oct
4
Thu
2018
Beyond Bretton Woods: China and the changing landscape of international development finance @ Villa Schifanoia
Oct 4 – Oct 6 all-day
Executive Training Seminar, 4-6 October 2018

in collaboration with the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) Image result for t.wai logo

 

Scientific Coordinators

Giovanni Andornino | University of Torino, Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) and European University Institute

Giorgia Giovannetti | European University Institute and University of Florence

 

This Executive Training Seminar brings together officials and scholars from Europe and China who have been spearheading the operations of – and research on – the new institutions currently changing the landscape of international finance for development. It offers graduate students, young scholars and professionals an intimate setting that encourages informal interaction and facilitates access to senior officials.

Participants will be exposed to multiple perspectives on China’s ambitious endeavours in the realm of international institution-building, among the most consequential expressions of Beijing’s increasingly proactive foreign policy. The seminar will look especially at new finance for infrastructure, focussing on two multilateral banks initiated by China – the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the New Development Bank -, and on one domestic financial instrument, the Silk Road Fund. These emerging players have been cast as complementary, rather than alternative, to the Bretton Woods institutions traditionally operating in this policy realm. However, while they have significantly contributed to the resource pool for investment in infrastructure across Eurasia, concerns have also been raised on their operations, including the role that China wants to play in (and through) them, and debt sustainability for poor recipients in the region.

Through a set of highly interactive sessions, this seminar will explore (1) what the rationale behind these new institutions is and how they work in practice, (2) how they are impacting on the existing institutional framework for development finance centred around the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, (3) the extent to which they contribute to improving project origination, efficiency and sustainability, and (4) whether these new players are generating fresh investment opportunities for companies outside China, based on a level-playing field.

 

DRAFT PROGRAMME

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Speakers

Giovanni Andornino | University of Torino, Torino World Affairs Institute and European University Institute, Italy
Gregory Chin | York University, Canada
Alberto Cogliati | Italian Ministry of the Economy and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China
Camillo-Georg Freiherr von Müller | Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany
Giuseppe Gabusi | University of Torino and Torino World Affairs Institute
Wang Jianye | NYU Shanghai, former Executive Director, Silk Road Fund, China
Yu Zheng (TBC) | City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 

APPLICATIONS

Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 2 September 2018.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 2 September 2018.

 

BACK TO BACK

Kindly note that this Executive Training Seminar, offered by the Academy of Global Governance in collaboration with the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai), will be held back to back with three other ETS in the days around:

China’s global ambitions in the age of Xi Jinping: envisioning multiple scenarios (1-3 October 2018)

Harmony in diversity? India’s new role in the “one world family” (8-10 October 2018)

The resilience of Russia’s global outreach: challenges and opportunities (11-13 October 2018)

Should you be interested in attending more or even all of them, we will need you to apply separately, however. Deadline for all training courses of that period is 2 September 2018.

Oct
8
Mon
2018
Harmony in diversity? India’s new role in the “one world family” @ Villa Schifanoia
Oct 8 – Oct 10 all-day
Executive Training Seminar, 8-10 October 2018

in collaboration with the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) Image result for t.wai logo

 

Scientific Coordinators

Giovanni Andornino | University of Torino, Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) and European University Institute

Giorgia Giovannetti | European University Institute and University of Florence

 

This Executive Training Seminar brings together scholars and policy analysts from Europe, India and the United States to unpick the domestic and regional dynamics underlying India’s increasingly manifest profile as a rising power. Over three days of hands-on learning in an intimate setting, participants will engage in intensive discussions on the complex socio-political, regional and economic topography of India, as well as on the changing contours of Delhi’s foreign policy. As India gears up for the 2019 general elections, what themes will dominate the national conversation? How resilient and sustainable is the current growth level, and to what extent can it be attributed to Prime Minister Modi’s “Gujarat model”? Can simmering communal tensions and pervasive Hindu nationalism be reconciled with a “one world family” foreign policy narrative, and the claim of India’s democratic diversity as a linchpin in an unstable world?

In pursuit of a learning experience that generates actionable knowledge for participants, the Executive Training Seminar then culminates in a half-day scenario-building exercise. Participants are led to identify and assess relevant macro-variables, isolating mega trends and critical uncertainties in order to articulate alternative “futures” and discuss appropriate policies to steer from the “official future” to the preferred scenario.

 

DRAFT PROGRAMME

APPLY HERE

 

Speakers

Giovanni Andornino | University of Torino, Torino World Affairs Institute and European University Institute, Italy
Ugo Astuto (TBC) | Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy
Giorgia Giovannetti | University of Florence and European University Institute, Italy
Jayanta Roy | World Bank, United States
Deepshika Shahi | University of Delhi, India
Ashley Tellis | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, India

 

APPLICATIONS

Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 2 September 2018.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 2 September 2018.

 

BACK TO BACK

Kindly note that this Executive Training Seminar, offered by the Academy of Global Governance in collaboration with the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai), will be held back to back with three other ETS in the days around:

China’s global ambitions in the age of Xi Jinping: envisioning multiple scenarios (1-3 October 2018)

Beyond Bretton Woods: China and the changing landscape of international development finance (4-6 October 2018)

The resilience of Russia’s global outreach: challenges and opportunities (11-13 October 2018)

Should you be interested in attending more or even all of them, we will need you to apply separately, however. Deadline for all training courses of that period is 2 September 2018.

Toward European Citizenship Law? Citizenship Governance in the European Union @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Oct 8 all-day

Scientific Organisers: Liav Orgad | European University Institute, IDC Herzliya and WZB Berlin Social Science Center and Jules Lepoutre | European University Institute

The European Union has not developed thus far a coherent framework of common criteria for immigrant admission into EU citizenship, nor a common integration policy for newcomers. This state of affairs creates difficulties since policies, adopted based on national interests, are likely to affect all Member States without necessarily taking into account a European (or other states’) interests.

The Workshop will examine the pros and cons of adopting an EU Directive on Citizenship from a historical, comparative, and legal perspective. Should the Union develop European standards for the acquisition and loss of Union citizenship? What could be the normative justifications, conceptual principles, and institutional functions of a European citizenship regime? And what should the relations between national sovereignty and EU law be under such a regime?

The event is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Grant Agreement No 716350).

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Oct
11
Thu
2018
The resilience of Russia’s global outreach: challenges and opportunities @ Villa Schifanoia
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day

Executive Training Seminar, 11-13 October 2018

in collaboration with the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) Image result for t.wai logo

 

Scientific Coordinators

Giovanni Andornino | University of Torino, Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai) and European University Institute

Giorgia Giovannetti | European University Institute and University of Florence

 

This Executive Training Seminar brings together scholars and policy analysts from key Russian, European, and American institutions for an intensive programme combining insights into Russia’s current socio-political dynamics, foreign policy, and international political economy.

Over the first two days of activities, participants will be exposed to multiple perspectives on the state of the Russian economy and industrial sector, the political economy of sanctions, the evolution of the official rhetoric of Russia as a civil state with a distinct system of cultural values, and the shifting topography of Russia’s global projection – with a focus on its relations with China, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

In pursuit of a learning experience that generates actionable knowledge for participants, the Executive Training Seminar then culminates in a half-day scenario-building exercise. Participants are led to identify and assess relevant macro-variables – chiefly of a political and economic nature –, isolating mega trends and critical uncertainties in order to articulate alternative “futures” and discuss appropriate policies to steer from the “official future” to the preferred scenario.

 

DRAFT PROGRAMME

APPLY HERE

 

Speakers

 

Giovanni Andornino | University of Torino, Torino World Affairs Institute and European University Institute, Italy
Irina Busygina | St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Russia
Giorgia Giovannetti | European University Institute and University of Florence, Italy
James Goldgeier | American University Washington, United States of America
Sergei Guriev (TBC) | European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United Kingdom
Andrey Kortunov | Russian International Affairs Council, Russia

 

 

APPLICATIONS

Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 2 September 2018.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 2 September 2018.

 

BACK TO BACK

Kindly note that this Executive Training Seminar, offered by the Academy of Global Governance in collaboration with the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai), will be held back to back with three other ETS in the days after:

China’s global ambitions in the age of Xi Jinping: envisioning multiple scenarios (1-3 October 2018)

Beyond Bretton Woods: China and the changing landscape of international development finance (4-6 October 2018)

Harmony in diversity? India’s new role in the “one world family” (8-10 October 2018)

 

Should you be interested in attending more or even all of them, we will need you to apply separately, however. Deadline for all training courses of that period is 2 September 2018.

Oct
22
Mon
2018
European Security: Old Trends and New Realities @ Villa Schifanoia
Oct 22 – Oct 24 all-day

Scientific Coordinators:

Prof. Ulrich Krotz | European University Institute

Dr. Richard Maher | European University Institute

Dr. Robin Markwica | European University Institute

 

This Executive Training Seminar will examine the broad range of security risks and challenges currently facing the European Union (EU) and its member states. Europe’s security environment is increasingly complex and uncertain. Some of the challenges that the EU encounters today are ones that it has faced for many decades, such as concern over Russia’s power and intentions and the credibility of the U.S. security commitment to European defense. Others are of more recent vintage, such as Arctic security, spillover effects from the “arc of instability” that runs along the EU’s southern and southeastern borders, and how best to deter potential Russian encroachment in Eastern Europe and the Baltics. Bringing together academic specialists, policymakers, and think tank experts, this three-day seminar offers an in-depth overview of the scale and scope of the security challenges facing Europe. It outlines possible measures that the EU and its member states could take to address these challenges. Topics include counter-terrorism, cyber security, EU initiatives to build independent security and defense capabilities, and appraisals of the various security risks and threats facing the EU’s northern, southern, and eastern flanks, respectively. Through presentations, case studies, and simulations, attendees will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of how security risks in Europe could evolve, combine, and interact, and the policy responses that will be needed to manage the forces at play.

 

details to follow soon

Nov
6
Tue
2018
Beyond Migrants and Refugees: A Model International Mobility Convention @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
Nov 6 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Roundtable with  Michael W. Doyle | Columbia University 

Organised by  Liav Orgad and Jean-Thomas Arrighi  |  EUI

After nearly two years of study and debate convened by the Columbia Global Policy Initiative’s International Migration Project, the Model International Mobility Convention (MIMC) represents a consensus among over 40 academics and policymakers in the fields of migration, human rights, national security, labor economics, and refugee law. The MIMC provides a holistic and rights-based approach to international mobility that integrates the various regimes that seek to govern people on the move. In addition, it fills key gaps in international law that leave many people unprotected by establishing the minimum rights afforded to all people who cross state borders – whether as visitors, tourists, students, workers, residents, entrepreneurs, forced migrants, refugees, victims of trafficking, people caught in countries in crisis and family members – and defines their relationships to their communities of destination, origin, and transit.

Michael W. Doyle is a University Professor of Columbia University and former director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative. He is affiliated with the School of International and Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science, and the Law School. His research interests include international migration, international relations theory, international law, international peace-building and the United Nations.

His most recent book is the Question of Intervention (Yale University Press, 2015). From 2006 to 2013, Doyle was an individual member and the chair of the UN Democracy Fund, a fund established in 2005 by the UN General Assembly to promote grass-roots democratization around the world. Doyle previously served as assistant secretary-general and special adviser for policy planning to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In the 1990’s he served as a peacekeeping adviser to High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata and in 2002 prepared a report on migration governance in the UN system for SG Kofi Annan. He has received two career awards from the American Political Science Association for his scholarship and public service and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy for Political and Social Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He has an A.B. and Ph.D from Harvard University and an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Warwick (UK).

The event is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Grant Agreement No 716350)

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Mar
20
Wed
2019
Cultural Pluralism in Cities of the Global South Conference @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Mar 20 – Mar 22 all-day

Call for Papers 

Organised by: Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou, European University Institute, Florence, Italy | Prof. Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, Boston, USA.

We invite submissions of papers for the Cultural Pluralism in Cities of the Global South conference. This conference focuses on cities that are emerging (or striving to emerge) as regional centres of power in the Global South. We focus on capital cities and major urban centres in Asian, African, and Latin American countries at different stages of the nation building process. We ask what terms like ‘urban’, ‘diversity’, and ‘cultural pluralism’, actually mean in these contexts. We do so by adopting a critical approach that questions official discourse, documents and policy programmes and compares them to how relevant stakeholders understand the ‘city’, the ‘nation’, and ‘the global’.  We want to unpack the power relations within the city and the ways in which the city projects itself beyond the national scale and positions itself both at a wider regional level and within global cultural hierarchies.

Before application, please consult the Cultural Pluralism in Cities of the Global South – Call for Papers for further information. 

The conference will take place on 20-22 March 2019, at the European University Institute, in Florence, Italy.

The conference includes selected speakers that will cover some of these cases but we also invite interested researchers to submit a paper proposal (1000 words) outlining the scope of the paper, its methodology and its (expected) results, along with a short biographical note (500 words) to anna.triandafyllidou@eui.eu and plevitt@wellesley.edu by 25 September 2018. We are interested in papers that explore individual or comparative case studies of cities in the global south and which critically engage with cultural policy and cultural pluralism at the urban scale.

Selected participants will be notified by mid-late October 2018. We have a limited number of travel grants to cover for the participation of scholars from countries outside Europe and North America.

 

References

Amin, A. (2002). Ethnicity and the multicultural city: living with diversity. Environment and planning A, 34(6), 959-980.

Robinson, J. (2002). Global and world cities: a view from off the map. International journal of urban and regional research26(3), 531-554.

Roy, A., & Ong, A. (2011). Worlding cities. Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global. Malden: Blackwell Publishers.

Sassen, S. (2001). The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo. Princeton University Press