Event Details


The seventh edition of the international conference “Europe as a Global Actor” will focus on discussing the EU’s current and envisioned role in the world (and Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America, in particular) in the context of internal challenges of populism, East-West and North-South divides, and external challenges of Russia, China, and Turkey’s growing assertiveness, with a focus on shared neighbourhoods.

We aim to debate the EU’s capacity to act, its physical and ontological security, and its resilience in the context of the Russo-Ukrainian war and the adoption of the EU’s Strategic Compass. Furthermore, we are interested in addressing how the EU has and can respond to key threats to its security, maintain internal cohesion, and act as a leader in tackling the global climate crisis.

The Conference Programme includes thematic panels, round tables with keynote speakers, and plenary sessions. In addition to the presence of invited scholars and practitioners, the programme also includes the presentation of papers by international researchers and practitioners. The conference will take place in-person only. The authors of selected contributions will have the opportunity of publishing them in a peer-reviewed publication should conditions allow for it.


We welcome papers covering the theme of the conference “Europe as a global actor”, namely within these topics:

  • The EU’s capacity to act: strategic sovereignty, autonomy, resilience
  • The EU’s role in crises, development, Human Rights promotion, and gender equality
  • The EU’s role in the fight against climate change and environmental degradation
  • The EU’s relations with organisations and mechanisms of global and regional governance
  • The re-configuration of Transatlantic relations, the new strategic concept, and EU-NATO cooperation
  • The EU’s relations with other prominent actors (China, Russia, Turkey, India, Japan, Brazil)
  • The EU’s security: hybrid and cyber attacks, critical infrastructure, and the weaponization of migration
  • The foreign policy and economic stability nexus: inflation, supply chains, energy sovereignty
  • The prospects for EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe
  • Digitalization, disinformation, and media literacy (with the support of CEI-Iscte project MEDIACTION: https://mediactionproject.com/)

Official site: https://europeglobalactor.cei.iscte-iul.pt