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Karen SMITH The difficult emergence of an EU’s common strategic culture par Karen E. Smith

Date : 17.01.2022 — Vidéo 91 min.

En collaboration avec l'European External Action Service (EEAS), et sous le patronage de Josep Borrell, Haut représentant de l'Union européenne pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité et Vice-Président de la Commission européenne, l'Académie proposera le 17 janvier 2022 de 17 h à 18 h 30 la troisième séance de son « Brussels International College ».

La troisième invitée sera Karen E. Smith.

Uniquement en visioconférence.

Conference cycle 2021-2022

In the context of a complex and changing world, it is important to understand how the European Union articulates its values and interests with the common global challenges of the human kind. The Conference cycle 2021-2022 will address the main international political, economic and cultural challenges of the XXI century and the construction of a European Union common strategic culture through an open dialogue with outstanding scholars and highly qualified discussants coming from various cultures and world regions.

This conference cycle is jointly organised by the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium and the European External Action Service, under the patronage and effective participation of Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission. The conference cycle is co-chaired by Didier Viviers, permanent Secretary of the Academy, and Professor Mario Telò, who, as scientific director, will introduce the 2021-2022 program.

Session 3 : “The difficult emergence of an EU’s common strategic culture”

January 17th, 2022, 5-6.30 pm.

Lecturer, Karen E. Smith

Discussants, Giovanni Grevi

Building a Common foreign and security policy needs the gradual construction of a shared strategic culture. Conflicting memories, diverse threat-perceptions, distinct national traditions, alternative conceptualization on national sovereignty or rule of law, different history of external action in the near and far abroad... are serious obstacles to common action. On the other hand, the rapidly changing external world urgently demand internal unity: what are the viable options to go forward?

- 5 pm - Moderator: TBC, welcoming words
- 5.10 pm - Lecture by Prof. Karen E. Smith, Director of the Department of International Relations, London School of Economics
- 5.45 pm - Discussant: Dr Giovanni Grevi, Visiting professor, College of Europe, BSoG and PSIA; Senior associate fellow, European Policy Centre, Brussels
- 6 pm - Floor open to the audience (in presence and online)
- 6.25 pm - Reply by Prof. Karen E. Smith

The Lecturer:
Karen E. Smith is Head of the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has written extensively on the common EU foreign policies. For over a decade she has also analysed EU-UN relations, and more recently has extended her research to the role of other political and regional groups in UN diplomacy. She is now working on projects on women in foreign policy-making and diplomacy, and on the role that emotions play in EU foreign policy-making. She teaches a course on the EU in the world, and supervises PhD students working on EU foreign relations.

The discussant:
Giovanni Grevi teaches European foreign policy and international affairs at the College of Europe (Bruges), Sciences Po (Paris) and the Brussels School of Governance. He is also a Senior Associate Fellow with the European Policy Centre (EPC) and ISPI. He has worked extensively on EU foreign and security policy, global governance, US foreign policy, foresight and EU politics and institutions.

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