Call for Papers | International Conference: Europe as a Global Actor

CEI-Iscte, in partnership with OBSERVARE/UAL, is organising the fifth edition of the International Conference “Europe as a Global Actor”, on 10 and 11 May 2021.


The fifth edition of the international conference “Europe as a Global Actor” seeks to discuss the EU’s current and envisioned role in the world (and Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Asia in particular) in the context of UK’s departure from the EU, the re-configuring of EU-US relations, and the increasing challenge to the EU’s role as a global actor posed by China, Russia, and Turkey’s growing assertiveness.

We aim to debate the EU’s capacity to act, its physical and ontological security, and its resilience, in light of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU and the priorities of the current Trio of Presidencies (Germany, Portugal, Slovenia). 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. As in previous editions, the EU’s relationship with other major players and with local actors in shared neighbourhoods will also be discussed.

The Conference Program includes thematic panels, round tables with keynote speakers, as well as plenary sessions on the challenges of European security and defence, diplomacy, climate change, and other relevant subjects. As such, in addition to the presence of several invited scholars and practitioners, the program also includes the presentation of communications by international researchers and practitioners. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s conference is planned to take place in a mixed format (both physical and digital).


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

  • The EU’s capacity to act: strategic sovereignty, autonomy, resilience
  • The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU and the priorities of the trio
  • The EU’s role in crises, development, Human Rights promotion and fight against climate change
  • The EU’s engagement in shared neighbourhoods
  • The EU’s relations with organizations and mechanisms of global and regional governance
  • The re-configuration of Transatlantic relations
  • The EU’s relations with other prominent actors (China, Russia, Turkey, India, Japan, Brazil)
  • Key threats to the EU’s security and the EU’s Strategic Compass
  • The future of the CFSP, the CSDP, and PESCO
  • The EU’s management of and recovery from COVID-19

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Notification of acceptance will be communicated until March 20, 2021

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CEI-IUL (Centre for International Studies) is a university-based multidisciplinary research center at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL). CEI-IUL aims at promoting interdisciplinary research in Social Sciences, International Relations and Economy, focusing in its areas of geographic specialisation: Africa, Asia, Europe, and Transatlantic Relations.

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