War and Peace in the 21st Century “A Global Discussion on Strategic Autonomy: the EU and the Transformation of International Politics”

This edition of CIDOB’s conference “War and Peace in the 21st Century” will provide a global discussion on strategic autonomy and test its validity as a structuring and effective objective of the EU’s global role.

12 March 2022 - 09:30h
LOCATION: Palau de Pedralbes, Diagonal 686, Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB in collaboration with EsadeGeo, with the support of “la Caixa” Foundation and the institutional board members

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Objective

Current transformations of the global order demand a stronger role of the European Union if it still wants to play its part. Originally circumscribed to the fields of security and defence, the concept of “strategic autonomy” must today evolve to cover multiple areas of the EU’s external action, from geoeconomics and trade to digital and technological transformations, global health, climate policies, cybersecurity, or artificial intelligence. For the EU, it is not enough to regulate internally and export global standards, in line with its normative power, but must also acquire the capabilities, align its strategic priorities, and enhance the political will to act as a global player in all these fields. Strategic autonomy has become a global objective, but the EU still underperforms, both internally and externally, when it comes to aligning its policies to foster strategic autonomy and to speak on an equal basis to the rest of global powers. 

The seminar “A Global Discussion on Strategic Autonomy: the EU and the Transformation of International Politics” will unfold in two main directions. First, it will unpack the EU’s narrative on strategic autonomy to explore the capacity of this concept to become a guideline for multiple areas of EU action. Second, it will bring together several international voices to understand how other global actors perceive the effort to structure the EU's international role along the lines of strategic autonomy. By adopting an internal and external outlook to strategic autonomy, this edition of CIDOB’s conference “War and Peace in the 21st Century” will provide a global discussion on strategic autonomy and test its validity as a structuring and effective objective of the EU’s global role.

 

War and Peace in the 21st Century “A Global Discussion on Strategic Autonomy: the EU and the Transformation of International Politics”

By invitation only