War and Peace in the 21st Century “China and the US: Can Bipolar Confrontation Be Avoided?”

This edition of CIDOB’s conference “War and Peace in the 21st Century” will analyse the conflict relations between great powers and outline areas where cooperation can emerge, while promoting constructive relations for global public goods.

PERFORMED ACTIVITY
11 March 2023 - 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

COLLABORATORS (2):

Objective

In the last quarter of 2022, China and the United States faced two decisive political moments. On the one hand, in mid-October China held the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party, in which Xi Jinping was re-elected as Secretary General for a third term, and the main lines of domestic and foreign policy were drawn up. On the other hand, in early November the US held mid-term legislative elections, in which the management of the Biden Administration was evaluated. Both milestones could mark a turning point for the internal and international politics of the two great global superpowers at a time when the relationship between them has been marked by a growing logic of rivalry and confrontation. Simultaneously, revisionist powers such as Russia are seeking to shape the international order based on spheres of influence and the European Union is advancing its discussions on strategic autonomy and trying to increase its geopolitical profile, while moving towards greater levels of integration, as a result of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. The logic of a new bipolar confrontation between China and the US also threatens global governance, multilateral institutions and globalisation as we have known them during the last decades. Against this backdrop, protecting global cooperation and public goods is of utmost importance. The recent pandemic, the climate and energy crisis, food security and the impact of new technologies are challenges that require greater doses of international cooperation, solidarity, and the establishment of governance frameworks that favour agreements between great powers. No block will be able to handle international challenges alone, and interdependence will continue to be a fundamental element of the global order. The conference “China and the US: Can Bipolar Confrontation Be Avoided?” will analyse the conflict relations between great powers and outline areas where cooperation can emerge, while promoting constructive relations for global public goods.

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Participants

SPEAKERS

Laia Bonet

Laia Bonet

Third Deputy Mayor, Barcelona City Council

Judy Dempsey

Judy Dempsey

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe; Editor in Chief, Strategic Europe

Cristina Gallach

Cristina Gallach

Special Commissioner for the Alliance for the New Language Economy; former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Government of Spain; and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

Bonnie S. Glaser

Bonnie S. Glaser

Managing Director, Indo-Pacific Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Corinna Hörst

Corinna Hörst

Advisory Board Member, Women in International Security - Brussels

Mikko Huotari

Mikko Huotari

Executive Director, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

Homi Kharas

Homi Kharas

Senior Fellow, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution

Michael Kovrig

Michael Kovrig

Senior Adviser for Asia, International Crisis Group

Shivshankar Menon

Shivshankar Menon

Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP)

Pol Morillas

Pol Morillas

Director, CIDOB

Antoni Segura

Antoni Segura

Chairman of the Board, CIDOB

Javier Solana

Javier Solana

Honorary Chairman of the Board, CIDOB; President, EsadeGeo

Yan Xuetong

Yan Xuetong

Dean, Institute of International Relations, Tsinghua University

War and Peace in the 21st Century “China and the US: Can Bipolar Confrontation Be Avoided?” PERFORMED ACTIVITY

09:30h Opening

Laia Bonet, Third Deputy Mayor, Barcelona City Council

Antoni Segura, Chairman of the Board, CIDOB

09:45h Introduction

Javier Solana, Honorary Chairman of the Board, CIDOB; President, EsadeGeo

10:00h Geopolitical tensions and global rivalry

A discussion between:

Bonnie S. Glaser, Managing Director, Indo-Pacific Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Yan Xuetong, Dean, Institute of International Relations, Tsinghua University

Shivshankar Menon, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP)

Judy Dempsey, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe; Editor in Chief, Strategic Europe 

Chaired and moderated by:

Cristina Gallach, Special Commissioner for the Alliance for the New Language Economy; former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Government of Spain; and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information 

Followed by a debate between the speakers

11:15h Coffee break

11:45h How to advance global public goods in a renewed framework of multilateral governance

A discussion between:

Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution

Mikko Huotari, Executive Director, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

Michael Kovrig, Senior Adviser for Asia, International Crisis Group

Chaired and moderated by:

Corinna Hörst, Advisory Board Member, Women in International Security - Brussels
Followed by a debate between the speakers

13:00h Debate with the audience

13:30h Closing Remarks

Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB