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Connectivity in the Global World

Thursday May 30, 2024, at 18:30
Sala d’Actes, CaixaForum Macaya, Passeig de Sant Joan, 108, 08037 Barcelona

Cristina Gallach (GWL Voices), Luis Simón (Real Instituto Elcano - Vrije Universiteit Brussel). ModeratorEsther Barbé (UAB-IBEI).

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The single connected world was the reference for the 21st century, the image of the future. However, the connectivity of trade or technology, a source of wealth and development, has given way to a perception of insecurity and unrest. In the European Union we went from talking of value chains to strategic autonomy. International organisations were there to solve problems.  China and the Global South present us with a new reality with regard to global governance: the à la carte world. Alliances have become liquid and not even the sturdiest gauges, such as NATO in Europe or the US Pacific Fleet, appear to be immune to geopolitical uncertainty. . Is the world simply fragmented or are we on our way towards several closed worlds? Will the European Union be a passive spectator or, on the contrary, a main character that is going to tip the scales one way or another?

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🎙️  Language: Spanish

📍   VenueSala d’Actes, CaixaForum Macaya, Passeig de Sant Joan, 108, 08037 Barcelona · Google Maps

✏️ Attendance is free, previous registration is required. The registration is available here

📄  Those who attend the whole series of conferences can request an attendance and achievement diploma delivered by the Observatori Social de la Fundació "la Caixa" and IBEI.

Roundtables: Geopolitics of a Liquid Fragmented World

16 - 30 MAY, 2024

The international order created in the wake of the Second World War is showing signs of obsolescence, and rather than affording any glimpse of an alternative world order, competition among the major powers and the strengthening of non-state actors point towards an order that is not only more complex but also more fragmented. The aim of this roundtable series is to analyse how the liquid world and geopolitics coexist in terms of three concentric circles: Europe, its neighbours and global connectivity.

This roundtable series is co-organized with The Social Observatory - "la Caixa" Foundation

Academic Coordinator: Esther Barbé (UAB-IBEI)


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