Upcoming Events

May
25
Wed
2022
The evolving relationship between geo-economics, innovation and national security @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
May 25 @ 9:00 am – May 26 @ 6:00 pm
The evolving relationship between geo-economics, innovation and national security @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia

This research workshop examines the relationship between geo-economics, innovation, national security, and great power strategic competition at a time of deepening and accelerating change to the global security order. The primary long-term national security challenge between the United States, China, and Russia and other major powers is strategic competition. The features of this twenty-first century strategic competition are significantly different from previous eras of great power rivalry, especially the US-Soviet Cold War in the second half of the twentieth century. Key factors include:

• Blurred domains: Many areas of competition now cross domains, the boundaries of which have become increasingly indistinct and porous. The most obvious are the military-civilian divide, the role of the state versus private actors in foreign investment, and gray-zone confrontations below the threshold of war. More broadly, however, the problem can also be seen in the ways that economic competition affects defense capabilities. This blurring of domains poses major challenges for the United States and its alliance partners as much of the current international security architecture, such as export control regimes, is antiquated and inadequate to cope with these changed circumstances. Moreover, the US system is designed to be specialised, with institutional safeguards that protect the independence of different agencies, which may make it more difficult to cover blurred domains.

• Economic interdependence: The economies of the great powers have become increasingly enmeshed with each other, especially those of the United States and China. Although this may mitigate some types of risks, interdependence may provide benefits to strategic rivals, and it makes the costs of the breakdown of cooperation higher.

• The primacy of geo-economics: Geo-economics, which can be defined as the use of economic instruments to promote and defend national interests and to produce beneficial geopolitical results; and the effects of other nations’ economic actions on a country’s geopolitical goals, is arguably the primary arena of great power competition, especially between the United States and China.

• Technology and innovation: One of the central areas of competition is for global technological and manufacturing supremacy, especially with the emergence of new and potentially revolutionary technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, and high-performance computing.

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Jun
1
Wed
2022
Who constitutes the people? Southeastern Europe between narratives and laws @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Who constitutes the people? Southeastern Europe between narratives and laws @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Who constitutes the people, how and why are questions that have shaped the scholarship on Southeastern Europe across the disciplines of legal studies, political science, anthropology and history. Historical narratives and their contemporary iterations create the – often contested – frames of nationhood that set the discursive boundaries of who ‘the people’ are, vindicating why some groups are left outside of the parameters of the nation. In a similar vein, constitutions and citizenship laws delimit who are those who are formally accepted as ‘the people’ and what rights they have, excluding those who – for a range of reasons – do not conform to the political vision of the national community. Drawing on examples and experiences of the post-Yugoslav states and Albania, this seminar establishes an interdisciplinary dialogue on how narratives and laws are used to create ‘the people’.

Organiser: Jelena Dzankic (EUI – Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies)

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Jun
8
Wed
2022
Security politics and European defense: Ukraine and the EU series @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia and Online
Jun 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Security politics and European defense: Ukraine and the EU series @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia and Online
Join Stephanie Hofmann for another of the EGPP special series on the Ukraine crisis

EU and NATO member states have made big announcements after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Some who are not members of NATO, debate whether to join the military alliance. Others declare a significant increase in their defense budget and yet others again, who had opted out of the EU’s security policy, now will hold a referendum to join it. And the EU has converted institutional structures to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine. In this session, we will discuss these initiatives and asses what kind of change they signify and to what possible effect.

Speaker: Prof. Stephanie Hofmann (EUI – Schuman Centre / SPS)

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Jun
13
Mon
2022
Empirical investigations in services trade: fourth biennial conference @ Ankara, Turkey
Jun 13 @ 9:00 am – Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm
Empirical investigations in services trade: fourth biennial conference @ Ankara, Turkey
The theme of the conference is economic analysis of trade and investment in services

We welcome submissions related to any aspect of international trade and investment in services, including empirical analyses of digitalisation, sectoral policy and regulation, trade and investment agreements, international regulatory cooperation (e.g., on data privacy and data fows), labor market effects of internationalisation of services activities, and the role of services in value chains, offshoring and multinational production. We encourage submission of papers dealing with the role of services firms, foreign investment and direct and indirect trade in services in economic development, structural transformation and combating climate change.

Accommodation: Expenses will be covered for one author per paper. Participants who are interested in attending must fund their own travel expenses as only limited funding is available. The meeting is open to attendees who are not presenting papers, subject to space constraints.

Conference format: The venue for the conference is TED University in Ankara, with hybrid option available if needed. The programme will include 10-12 papers, with one hour per paper devoted to presentation, discussant remarks, and open discussion.

Submissions: Abstracts should be submitted by 14 February 2022. Selections will be made and authors will be notifed by February 28. Completed papers will be due on May 1. A final conference schedule will be posted on the conference website by mid-May. Abstract and papers should be submitted electronically, in PDF format, to trc@tedu.edu.tr

Organisers:

Nazire Nergiz Dinçer (TED University)

Joseph Francois (University of Bern and World Trade Institute)

Bernard Hoekman (European University Institute)

Ayça Tekin-Koru (TED University)

 

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Jun
17
Fri
2022
Contestations of citizenship in contexts of democratic backsliding: lessons from post-communist Europe @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
Jun 17 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Contestations of citizenship in contexts of democratic backsliding: lessons from post-communist Europe @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
This event is based on a collaborative CIVICA project and brings together EUI, LSE and CEU, together with associates from other institutions.
While post-communist European countries have been the site of stalling democratisation and rising backsliding, the consequences of backsliding on the evolution of citizenship regimes have remained largely unexplored. This event is based on the collaborative CIVICA project on Contestations of citizenship in contexts of democratic backsliding: lessons from post-communist Europe, and brings together EUI, LSE and CEU, together with associates from other institutions. Case-studies and comparative interdisciplinary research unpack how citizenship regimes change when democratic governance becomes a façade veiling populist and authoritarian political objectives.
Jun
22
Wed
2022
Carl Schmitt’s concept of Volk and China’s nationalism @ Cappella, Villa Schifanoia
Jun 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Carl Schmitt's concept of Volk and China's nationalism @ Cappella, Villa Schifanoia
Join Roberto Orsi who will explore the potential and limits of the Schmittian concept of Volk in this early 21st century Chinese context.
Chinese scholars have developed a strong interest in Carl Schmitt’s political and legal theories since the late 1990s. Schmitt has been discussed primarily with regard to the problems of sovereignty, constitutional limits to the suspension of laws, and the role of the CCP. However, Schmitt also dedicated a significant amount of writing to the concept of Volk (improperly translated as ‘nation’), and such concept has been the subject of a very limited secondary literature. The semantic area of Volk is highly relevant for Chinese nationalism, especially in the context of Xi Jinping’s policy (“The great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”). I, therefore, explore the potential and limits of the Schmittian concept of Volk in this early 21st century Chinese context.

Speaker: Roberto Orsi

Jul
7
Thu
2022
Firms, labour markets, and development @ Conference Room, Via La Fonte
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am – Jul 8 @ 6:00 pm
Firms, labour markets, and development @ Conference Room, Via La Fonte
A workshop aiming to promote new research in the field of development economics and its intersections with industrial organisation, international trade, labor economics, and migration.

This workshop seeks to promote the exchange and dissemination of new research in the field of development economics and its intersections with industrial organisation, international trade, labor economics, and migration.

It is planned as an in-person event. Should travel restrictions bind by the time of the conference, we will allow speakers to participate online if needed.

The workshop calls for papers covering, but not limited to structural transformation, servicification and digitalisation, productivity and growth, access to foreign markets, firms in hostile environments, technology adoption, learning, and diffusion; entrepreneurship; fabor Market Frictions, refugees and internally displaced persons.

Speaker: Eric Verhoogen

Organisers:

Francesco Amodio | McGill University

Michele Di Maio | Sapienza University, Roma

Bernard Hoekman | European University Institute and CEPR

Mariapia Mendola | University of Milano Bicocca and LdA

Marco Sanfilippo | University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto

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Sep
23
Fri
2022
World Trade Forum 2022 @ World Trade Institute
Sep 23 – Sep 24 all-day
World Trade Forum 2022 @ World Trade Institute
This year the World Trade Forum will focus on the shift from multilateral to a mix of plurilateral and unilateral approaches to managing systemic challenges.

The 2022 World Trade Forum, which is scheduled to take place from 23-24 September 2022, will bring together trade policy researchers and practitioners to discuss recent developments in global trade and investment.

The main themes of the conference will include the shift from multilateral to a mix of plurilateral and unilateral approaches to managing systemic challenges like climate change; the turn towards industrial policy; changes in value chain-based production and trade in response to COVID-19; policy dimensions of the digitalization of trade; and the state of play in multilateral governance of the global trading system.

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Oct
13
Thu
2022
Global order, international organisations and organisational options @ Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm
Global order, international organisations and organisational options @ Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana
This workshop will focus on international (global and regional) organisations, European / regional foreign policies, regional integration, and power transition/rivalries.

Academics and pundits alike are currently debating the world order in which we live, and its future, with a striking focus on global and regional international organisations. These organisations are the sites of competition, rivalries, and cooperation as well as friendships, coalitions of the willing and strategic alliances – both on individual and group levels.

This workshop seeks to promote debate on the future of the world order through the exchange and dissemination of new research in research programs of international (global and regional) organisations, European / regional foreign policies, regional integration, and power transition/rivalries. The workshop will aim to address – although not exclusively – questions such as:

– What strategies do global (e.g. WTO, IMF, UN) and regional (e.g. ASEAN, AU, EU) organisations and their member states have available to navigate different – and possibly hostile – institutional settings?

– How do international organisations adapt when dealing with competition between big powers?

– What role do informal and smaller auxiliary institutional forms play in larger multilateral settings?

– Have diplomatic practices and negotiation styles as well as their content changed over time?

– Does partisan politics play a role in organisations, and if so, how?

– What is the role of associated countries in sustaining or disrupting organisational activities?

– What are the distinctive roles of non-state actors, including economic actors, in the midst of these intergovernmental bodies?

The workshop will be held on 13 – 14 October 2022 at the Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Italy.

To apply, please electronically submit an abstract of maximum 300 words using the link below by 26 May 2022. Applicants will be informed of the results of the selection process by 30 June 2022. If selected, we will ask you to submit a memo of 5,000 words by 6 October 2022.

The EUI will contribute to expenses related to travel and accommodation for all participants.

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