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The Return of Geopolitics to Europe

Thursday May 16, 2024, at 18:30
Sala d’Actes, CaixaForum Macaya, Passeig de Sant Joan, 108, 08037 Barcelona

Rosa Balfour (Carnegie Europe), Oriol Costa (UAB-IBEI). ModeratorCarme Colomina (CIDOB)

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The Western world won the Cold War, but it lost the peace. This is a recurring idea. The European Union has lost its solidity: the values of the Union are challenged from within and its policies are rejected from without. The Russian attack on Ukraine has generated responses that were unimaginable a few years ago. Enlargement fatigue has given way to support for a rapid enlargement up to the borders of the Caucasus. Once peacemakers far beyond our frontiers, we are now situating rearmament in the framework of European integration. Where do the borders of the European Union lie? How will be the future of NATO in Europe?

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🎙️  Language: Catalan, Spanish and English with simultaneous translation

📍   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)


23 May, 18:30 CEST

Alliances, Conflicts and Geopolitics in the Middle East


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30 May, 18:30 CEST

Connectivity in the Global World


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