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Contestation and Polarization in Global Governance: European Responses in Post-Corona Times

EUCROSS Closing Conference

Fri, February 26, 2021     11:00 AM – 6:00 PM CET


First Part (11 CET): From Polarization and Contestation to Cooperation and Global Governance in Times of Crisis: Actor Perspectives

This first panel focuses on polarization and contestation, by using an international actor perspective, focusing on the ambitions and objectives of key players in global governance. By doing so, this panel brings together practitioners and researchers who will provide a careful assessment of the global landscape through the perspective of selective counterparts of the EU in the world (the US, Russia, China, Brazil and (West-) African States), and answer the question how these actors position themselves towards cooperation and global governance in various issue areas.

Mike Smith, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Nadia Arbatova, Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russia

Matthieu Burnay, Queen Mary University, United Kingdom

Eduardo Svartman, Universidad do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Joëlle Hivonnet, Minister Counsellor, EU Delegation to Guinea-Bissau, European External Action Service

- Chair: Julien Chaisse, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Second Part ( pm CET): European Contributions to Global Governance – Understanding the EU’s Strategizing, Legitimation and Policy-Making in Times of Crises

If global governance is in crisis given ongoing contestation and polarization of international actors, how then does the EU respond to such challenges? To answer this question, this panel will focus on the strategic changes and continuities of the EU in times of crisis and the way how the EU legitimizes its objectives and policy-making in times of crisis. By bringing together practitioners and experts from the EU, the US and the United Nations, this panel aims to assess the EU’s latest efforts to engage in global governance.

- Asad Beg, Adviser to the Ambassador at Large for Connectivity, European External Action Service

Michelle Egan, American University, Washington , United States

Kolja Raube, KU Leuven, Belgium

Magdalena Gora, Jagiellonian University, Poland

Alexander Stutzman, Senior Advisor, Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly, United Nations

- Chair: Katja Biedenkopf, KU Leuven


Third Part (5:00 – 6:00 pm CET): Keynote Lecture on Global Governance and the new US Administration under President Biden

Miles Kahler, American University, Washington , United States

- Chair: Jan Wouters, KU Leuven

Participation is free and the online conference can be joined from anywhere in the



26 Feb 2021 @ 11:00 am

26 Feb 2021 @ 06:00 pm

Duration: 7 hours




Organised by

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

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