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The Emerging Powers and the Rising Rivalries: 

The European Union in the Post-Pandemic World

Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Faculty of Political Science and Journalism

6-7th of December 2022

“There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organised peace”

Woodrow Wilson

Disclaimer

Beyond Europe Organisation Committee understands that there are important concerns regarding the public health issues at this moment due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The safety and well-being of participants and conference staff have always been of the highest priority.

With that in mind we are please to announce that the Organisation Committee has decided that this year’s edition of the conference will take place in a hybrid form (some panels will be held online). 

Prof. Radosław Fiedler

Head of Organisation Committee, Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at Adam Mickiewicz University

Dear Colleagues!

With great pleasure, we announce the 6th edition of Beyond Europe: the international conference organised annually at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan. Every year we gather scholars, experts, and diplomats to join us in the discussion about various aspects of international relations including current and future trends in politics, culture, economy, technology, and society. This year’s edition is dedicated to the recent changes in the international environment that unfold before us. Among the multitude of topics related to the problem of ongoing rivalry in the international system, we would like to pay special attention to the role of the European Union and its future in the post-pandemic era of uncertainty. 

The current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine has brought new geopolitical dynamics and has shown the need for united cooperation in the field of EU foreign and security policy. These changes in the geopolitical environment pose substantial challenges to the EU’s external policies and its position in the world. The European Union is in the process of constant change, facing – more and more intensively – dynamic developments in its neighbourhood as well as the new global order that is emerging nowadays. Strengthening the position of China, G7 reconstructing its geopolitical position go alongside the post-pandemic crisis, the war in Ukraine, and instability in the Middle East and North Africa. As a key player in an unstable global landscape, European Union is currently facing many challenges. 

In the following conference, we plan to analyse and explain among other phenomena the European Union’s role in international politics. The key objective of the conference is to enhance understanding of the European Union’s role in international politics, European solidarity and responsibility, which are all rooted in the current and changing nature of the international environment as well as deeply settled in the various levels of development strategies, from communitarian to national ones. One of the aims of this edition is to investigate how the socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine affect the European Union (as a regional organisation and the functioning of its foreign policy), and the changing world in general. 

With the war in Ukraine taking place right at the borders of the EU, we find it appropriate to focus our attention on the particular tool in economic statecraft. We would like to engage our guests on the problem of international sanctions, asking questions about their effectiveness, their influence and mechanisms that allow targets to evade the most drastic consequences of economic and political coercion. 

We are also going to review the most important developments in the international system on the regional scale and see how the changing tide of international rivalry. 

We traditionally ask the following questions: how do the state, corporate, and non-state actors or international institutions respond to those challenges? What does strategic competition mean in practice? What patterns of cooperation or competition are emerging? How should we think about major-power competition in the twenty-first century? What are the nations competing for? How has the Covid-19 pandemic influenced the earlier trends? How deeply the world system would be transformed in the post-pandemic period?

Traditionally, the conference’s scientific board is composed of internationally recognized scholars who specialize in different fields of international affairs. All panels are held in English and each one will be coordinated by the moderator and discussant. We offer an opportunity to publish your papers in peer-reviewed journals.   

We recommend that the maximum length of a presentation is 15 minutes, and then comments by a discussant (within 10 minutes) which is followed by an open discussion. 

We introduced some crucial changes in terms of participation. Everyone interested in taking part in our event is kindly asked to submit an abstract (approximately 400 words) to allow sufficient time for discussants to get familiarized with it. The aforementioned abstracts should have the aim, main thesis and conclusions highlighted clearly. We hope that this will ensure a lively and fruitful discussion. All the papers will be uploaded onto the Conference website, where they will be password-protected and circulated only among the symposium participants. 

Hopefully see you in Poznań very soon! 

Discussion panels

Topics of interest for abstracts submissions include:

RENPET Roundtable: Teaching about foreign policy in time of COVID-19 and war in Ukraine 

  • What experiences have shaped our thinking of academic and professional work in a positive and negative way, that we want to keep and further professionalize? 
  • What existing academic structures trends have been aggravated during the past three years? 
  • What has been lost or profit in academic and professional life during the past three years? What are the elements of our new interactions that we can replicate in the future? 

The session is proposed by the Jean Monnet network RENPET to foster academic dialogue on key professional issues and trends.  

The role of Sanctions in International Politics

  • The IR’s theoretical reflection on sanctions and its impact;
  • The role of sanctions as a coercive instrument of foreign policy;
  • Preconditions for imposing effective sanction policy;
  • Strategies of adaptation to the pressure;
  • Sanctions and humans costs and its justification amid Covid-19 pandemic.

The Changing Nature of Competition and Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

  • QUAD and FOIP strategy;
  • Role of Japan, USA and China in regional initiatives;
  • Small and middle powers’ position on Indo-Pacific regionalism and rivalry;
  • How other states outside the region, most notably the EU, are responding to Indo-Pacific initiatives?
  • How has the pandemic affected regional initiatives?
  • What does the strategic competition mean in practical terms for Indo-Pacific?
  • Weaponized interdependence in the IP.

The Middle East and North Africa: New Hopes, Old Challenges?

  • The Arab Spring revisited;
  • Toward a new regional balance of power?
  • Regional conflicts and disputes;
  • New peace initiatives;
  • Global powers and the MENA region;
  • The Belt and Road Initiative and the MENA region: A threat or an opportunity?
  • The Iranian nuclear program: What’s next?
  • The COVID-19 and its course in the region.

Authoritarianism, Declining Democracy, and Geopolitical Tensions between Democracies and Their Enemies

  • Geo-digital competition and nexus between democracies and autocracies;
  • Disinformation, meddling, and hybrid interference directed against democratic elections;
  • Democratic vulnerability;
  • Global authoritarian turn and reinforcing authoritarianism;
  • Democratic backsliding;
  • Political regimes and contentious politics;
  • The pandemic-induced political regression.

International Challenges for the post-Soviet Region

  • The post-Soviet region as an area of influence of the Russian Federation;
  • The post-Soviet region as an area of international rivalry between the Russian Federation, China and the United States (political, economic and military dimensions);
  • The European Union policy towards the post-Soviet region;
  • The great powers policy towards integration projects in the post-Soviet area;
  • The great powers policy towards regional conflicts in the post-Soviet area;
  • The area of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as a source of potential threats to international security (such as Islamic fundamentalism, terrorism, drug smuggling or illegal immigration);
  • Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the former USSR area.

System and Change – Theories of IR

  • The idea of the system and its implications;
  • Theories of change of international system;
  • Debates on globalization and climate change
  • The problem of hegemony and war in the theory of IR;
  • Mechanisms of change in the global international system;
  • Historical contingency and historical determinism in the global international system;
  • The agent–structure problem and its implications for understanding the global international system.
  • Philosophy of IR: is there any?

Beyond Lecture – Students and PhD Candidates Panel

  • Strategic competition in the world and in the given regions;
  • Globalization and its consequences in the modern world;
  • The geopolitical aspect of hegemonic struggle;
  • Leadership and its impact on the shape of the international system;
  • Human security in the globalised world;
  • Economic challenges of the globalised world.
  • Climate change and the quest for international cooperation;

The Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia: New Challenges, International Cooperation and Competition

  • The Era of Covid 19 – Pandemic Challenges in the Region;
  • The North Korean Nuclear Program;
  • Prospects for a Revival of United States-North Korea Dialogue;
  • The Future of South Korea-North Korea Dialogue;
  • Peace and Security in Northeast Asia: Political and Military Cooperation;
  • Relations between the United States and the Republic of Korea;
  • Foreign Policy Perspectives on the Korean Peninsula.

 

Scientific Board

Prof. Andrzej Stelmach

Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism. He graduated in Political Science at the Institute of Political Science and Journalism of Adam Mickiewicz University where he also got his PhD and professorship. He is a Head of Department of Political Systems. Prof. Stelmach is a member of Central Board of Polish Political Science Association (PTNP) and editor in Chief of Mid-European Political Studies Journal issued by FPSJ. He is member of Scientific Boards of several journals including ones issued by University of Szczecin and Ukrainian Black Sea State University i Mihkolayev. He is especially interested in contemporary Polish and European political systems and parties as well as Russian politics and elections. Author of number of papers and monographies.

Prof. Beata Przybylska-Maszner

An Associate Professor at the Department for European Integration Research of the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Executive Editor of “European Integration Yearbook”. Vice-director of the European Documentation Centre. Member of the European Commission network of experts in European studies ‘Team Europe Poland’. Author of over seventy academic articles. Guest lecturer in the field of European studies. Participant of projects: Jean Monnet Center of Excellence “EU External Actions in the contested global order – (in)coherence, (dis)continuity, resilience”, Jean Monnet Chair “Theoretical concepts of differentiated integration” and Jean Monnet Module “EDUPOL -The European Integration Process. The double reunification through the EU Education Policies 1948-2012”. Since 2016, a coordinator of project “The European Council in the process of shaping its formal and informal powers within the scope of EU external actions(grant obtained by the National Centre for Science in Poland, no. 19/B/HS5/00131). Her academic interests focus around the themes of the institutionalisation process of the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, in particular its influence on EU relations with specific states and regions.

Prof. Sang Chul Park

Sang-Chul Park has received PhD degrees in political science in Aug. 1993 in Germany and economics in Feb. 1997 in Sweden. His dissertations discussed Technopolises in Japan. He also passed a habilitation examination (full professorship) in political science in Nov. 2002 in Germany as well as a docent evaluation (Swedish habilitation) in economics in Sep. 2004 in Sweden. He is currently a Full Professor at Graduate School of Knowledge based Technology and Energy, Korea Polytechnic University and Adjunct Professor at Center for Science-based Entrepreneurship, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea. He was Visiting Scholar at Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan in Oct. 2014. His research interests concern industrial policy and regional development and studies on innovation systems and on science parks and innovative clusters in particular. Currently his research areas are expanded toward energy policy, sustainable development strategy, high technology ventures and international business and trade.

Prof. Przemysław Osiewicz

Secretary of Research Committee RC-18 of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). Member of the International Studies Association (ISA). Member of Polish Political Science Association. Board member of Polish International Relations Association (Poznan) and Asia&Pacific Association. Visiting professor at Selçuk Üniversitesi (Turkey, 2010), Linneaus Univerisity (Sweden, 2011), Konya Üniversitesi (Turkey, 2011), Hogeschool Ghent (Belgium, 2012), the Ministry of Interior (Cyprus, 2012), the Institute for Political and International Studies (Iran, 2013), the University of Nicosia (Cyprus, 2014), University of Nevada in Reno (USA, 2016), Cleveland State University (USA, 2016), Texas State University (USA, 2017), Ilisagvik College Barrow Alaska (USA, 2017); Georgetown University, Washington D.C. (USA, 2015, 2016-17); National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan, 2019).

Prof. Tomasz Brańka

He is a holder of PhD in political science. He studied in Poland and Sweden. Currently working at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan Faculty of Political Science and Journalism in Poznań. Author of over 40 academic works published in Poland, Sweden, Germany, Czechia, and Russia. Guest lecturer in the field of political and European studies at numerous universities in Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, Spain, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and USA. His main research interests focus on autonomous solutions in contemporary international relations and non-sovereign entities in international relations.

Prof. Beata Bochorodycz

Associate professor at the Institute of Oriental Studies of Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznan. She holds MA (Japanese studies) from AMU and MA (political science) from Kyushu University in Japan, a PhD and habilitated PhD (dr hab.) from the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw. Recipient of scholarships from the International Rotary Club, Japanese Ministry of Education, Japan Foundation, and Fulbright Foundation. She worked and researched at the Graduate School of Law Department of Kyushu University, Yokohama National University, Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University in Washington D.C., School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo. Her research focuses on the foreign and domestic policy of Japan, the US-Japan relations and Okinawa issue, decision-making process in public administration, civil society, social movements.

Conference fee

Conference Fee for PhD’s – 50 Euro

Conference Fee for PhD students – 30 Euro

Conference Fee for Graduates and Undergraduates – 10 Euro

All fees should be paid to:

Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

ul. Wieniawskiego 1, 61-712 Poznań

Account no: BZ WBK 77 1090 1362 0000 0000 3601 7903 

Transfer title: K00000709 and Your Name

All Fees should be paid at least a week before the Conference takes place.

Schedule

  • 1st of September – Registration opens

  • 13th of November – Registration is closed

  • 20th of November – Last day for accepting conference fee

  • 21st of November – Detailed plan of the conference is published

  • 6-7th December – The conference takes place


Contact us!

Department of Non-Euoropean Political Studies
Faculty of Political Science and Journalism 
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań 

ul. Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 5
61-614 Poznań  
Poland 

email: beyondeurope.amu@gmail.com
phone: +48 618296593

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