Balancing Values, Geopolitics and Geoeconomics In a Fragmenting World.


 A Conversation with Sir Michael Leigh and Ambassador Dr. Len Ishmael

Venue:  The Press Club, Froissartstraat 95, 1000 Brussels

Date: Thursday June 6th 16:00-18:30

Speaker: Sir Michael Leigh, Academic Director, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna

Host: Ambassador Dr. Len Ishmael, Head Expert Groups & Global Affairs, BDA

This event is the second in a three-part series examining this era of crises – a global pandemic and wars in Europe and the Middle East against the backdrop of a climate crisis – and the ensuing geopolitical tensions which are deepening divides between the West and the rest of the world. The Western-led liberal world order which presided over decades of stability, is being challenged. Free trade, open markets, global supply chains are being disrupted and the continued benefits of globalization are uncertain, as geopolitics and geo-economics collide. Mature Western democracies are facing their own period of internal upheaval and strife. 

This second conversation will explore how this period of crises is affecting Europe’s geopolitical and geo-economic position relative to the USA, China, Russia, Middle Powers and the Global South, and how current tensions affect Europe’s capacity to address present and future challenges. With the rise of populism in the EU itself, among other challenges, important questions arise regarding Europe’s ability to sustain its role as a provider of good governance and effective regulation – and its influence and power as a global actor. The third session (July 9th) will examine the implications of this period of Great Power Rivalry on globalization and trade and what this means for countries of the Global South for whom trade is an important tool of development.

We hope that you will join us!


Please confirm attendance to: by Wednesday June 5th, 4PM CET. Brussels

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