Foreign Policy and ESDP

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François Godement
IIEA28th July 20171min

In his address to the IIEA, Professor Godement discussed the re-emergence of China, and its increasingly prominent role on the global stage. He examined what he sees as China's interest-driven view of the global order, and explored the implications of this trend for the European Union, particularly in light of the “America First” policy position of President Trump and his administration.

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Thomas Wright
IIEA25th July 20171min

In his keynote address, Mr Wright drew on his new book, entitled All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power, in which he claims that great power competition has returned following two decades of unprecedented cooperation between the major global players. He argued that the great powers all seek to avoid a major war with each other but will compete with all measures short of that, including cyber war, economic war, proxy war, and coercive diplomacy.

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Eóin O’Keeffe18th July 20175min

In a joint statement, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch claim that thousands more refugees and migrants could be at risk of dying in the Central Mediterranean, if the European Commission’s plan for a Code of Conduct for NGOs is improperly conducted. The Code of Conduct for NGOs was first announced by the European Commission on 6 July 2017, as part of an EU Action Plan, which aims to support Italy and reduce migratory pressure of illegal migrants along the Central Mediterranean Route. In the first six months of 2017, Italy received over 82,000 migrants, which has stretched its capacities to the limit.

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Joan Clos
IIEA5th July 20172min

The recognition of the transformative power of urbanisation as an engine for sustainable development is a historical paradigm shift initiated by Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Dr Clos argued that cities provide a unique opportunity to effectively address many of our problems today: social inequality, economic development, climate change and resilience to natural and man-made disasters. At this critical junction in our global history, innovative solutions are required to meet the most pressing challenges faced by our cities. The New Urban Agenda is an action-oriented plan which sets global standards for sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities, contributing to prosperity, employments and development.

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Timo Soini
IIEA4th July 20171min

In his address, Minister Soini discussed the importance of enhanced cooperation in the area of security and defence, and what this means for the future of the EU 27. The Minister’s speech follows the publication of the European Commission’s recent White Paper and subsequent reflection paper on security and defence policy. These papers are designed to stimulate debate in the Member States on the future of the EU 27. Minister Soini’s speech is part of the Institute’s contribution to this process – a series of high level reflections by EU 27 foreign ministers.

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Petra Bendel
IIEA24th May 20171min

In her address, Professor Bendel discussed the enormous impact of the migration crisis on politics and society in EU member states in 2015 and 2016. She outlined the risks of further division of interests between and within EU Member States, but also highlighted the opportunities to rethink and refocus on the basic principles of human rights and the values of the European Union.

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Constanze Stelzenmüller
IIEA18th May 20171min

In her address, Dr Stelzenmüller discussed the implications of the Trump administration‘s geopolitical approach for Europe and Germany’s future relationship with the US. President Trump’s inconsistent statements and criticisms regarding the European Union come at a time when the United Kingdom, the United States’ closest ally within the EU-28, is preparing for negotiations for withdrawal from the EU, which has led to more vocal calls for Germany to become more actively involved in shaping the future of transatlantic relations.