Challenging Europe: internal divides and external challenges
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
With Brexit, tension between the EU and member states such as Poland and Hungary, the possibility of a political stalemate in Italy, but also a revamped German-French political axis, the EU is up for exciting times. Add to this the continuous debates about migration, trade and the role of the EU therein, and there are enough questions for European citizens and policy-makers to rack their brains over. During the fourth Challenging Society Session on 17 April, we introduced the theme ‘Challenging Europe’ with keynote speaker Prof. Jacques Rupnik (Sciences Politique) and UvA Challenger Prof. Luiza Bialasiewicz.
Europe is in unchartered territory because internal divisions (East/West, North/South, populist/anti-populist…) interact in multiple ways with external challenges (migration/Russia/terrorism/Trump/Brexit…). More than ever, the political future is unpredictable. However, based on his extensive work on the development of the EU, democracy and its new ‘illiberal variant’ and geopolitics, Jacques Rupnik has charted for us the interaction between internal divisions and external challenges may create new dynamics. Jacques Rupnik is the director of the institute Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), based at the renowned institute Sciences Politique in Paris.
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About the keynote speaker Prof. Jacques Rupnik
Rupnik is Director of the research institute Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), based at the renowned institute Sciences Politique in Paris. He holds degrees in history from the University of Paris I-Sorbonne and politics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP), a Master’s in Soviet Studies from Harvard University (1974) and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Paris I - Sorbonne (1978). Rupnik is a highly esteemed scholar and advisor for his views on geopolitics of Europe, and the new ‘illiberal variant’ of democracy in Europe.
Rupnik has published a number of books and scholarly articles like Le Nouveau Continent (with D.Moisi, 1991), L’Europe des Vingt-Cinq (with Ch.Lequesne, 2004) and edited volumes such as Totalitarismes (1984), Czech and Slovak Roads to the European Union (2003), 1989 as a Political World Event: Democracy, Europe and the new international system, with an introduction by Vaclav Havel, London, Routledge, ( 2013).
About the UvA Challenger Prof. Luiza Bialasiewicz
Luiza Bialasiewicz is a political geographer and Jean Monnet Professor of EU External Relations in the Department of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin since 2013, where she teaches a course on European geopolitics. Her work focuses on the political geographies of European foreign policy and EU geopolitics, with a particular focus on the EU's external borders and the out-sourcing of migration management. Her most recent research is focussed on the changing spatialities of European humanitarian assistance and migrant reception within urban spaces.