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A Regional War at the Gates: What Went Wrong with Regime Change?
9 December 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30     

From a phase when the US doctrine of regime change in Iraq seemed to have spread the seeds of revolt against autocratic regimes across North Africa and the Middle East, the dream of the democratisation of the region has rapidly turned into the nightmare of a regional war. Radical Islamic groups are gaining influence and military successes across the whole region, from Libya to Iraq, bringing a huge number of casualties and political disarray at the gates of Europe. Is there a regional war ongoing in the MENA? Is the current turmoil a result of US policies in the region or rather of their growing strategic disengagement? What type of actors should be supported on the ground? How can regional powers such as Saudi Arabia and Iran be engaged in regional stabilisation? Will it be possible to stop radical Islamism without compromising with autocratic regimes such as Syria?   

Citizen’s Controversy with Mattia Toaldo, Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Florence Gaub, Senior Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies.  

The debate will be moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

The debate will be held in English.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us on: +32 (0) 2 209 62 10.

Participation fee: €10 / Students: €3. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided from 12:30 onwards

 
Impérialisme judiciaire ou fin de l'impunité financière? L'extraterritorialité au temps de "BNP Paribas vs USA"
5 Decembre 2014, Bruxelles, 13:00 - 14:30

BNP Paribas, première banque française, consent à payer une amende de 8,9 milliards de dollars aux autorités américaines pour violation des embargos contre l'Iran, le Soudan et d'autres pays. La somme record de l'amende fait ressortir des questions sur le thème de l'extraterritorialité, qui est rendu d'autant plus complexe du fait que les autorités des Etats-Unis semblent traiter de façon beaucoup plus sévère les groupes financiers étrangers que les groupes nationaux. Cette application de justice extraterritoriale constitue-t-elle une tentative de finalement mettre fin à l'impunité de la finance globalisée ou doit-t-elle etre considérée plutot comme un "imperialisme judiciaire" visé à relancer une hégémonie en déclin dans le système international? En revanche, l'Europe devrait-elle en tirer une leçon, compte tenu de ses difficultés de s'attaquer à la mauvaise conduite des acteurs financiers et aux abus des paradis fiscaux?    

Une Controverse citoyenne avec Benoit Frydman, Président du Centre Perelman de philosophie du droit de l'ULB, et Mireille Delmas-Marty, Professeur honoraire au Collège de France. 

Le débat sera modéré par Pierre Defraigne, Directeur éxécutif de la Fondation Madariaga-Collège d'Europe.

Le débat se tiendra en Français.

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Frais de participation: €10 / Etudiants: €3. Un buffet-sandwiches sera disponible à partir de 12h30.

 
Has the US' War on Drugs Been Lost and what Lessons Should Europe Heed?
26 November 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30

With a greater number of casualties than the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns combined, and very meagre results, the US is starting to reconsider the "War on Drugs", waged since the '70s. The paradox of the "repressive-only" approach - the tougher the government acts, the more profitable the drug trade becomes - is being increasingly exposed by the media, opinion leaders, and politicians. Does Europe have an approach, and is it any more effective than the American one? Should European policies on the matter be more coordinated in tackling the societal challenges which are the causes and consequences of drug use? What is the record of countries that have adopted a decriminalisation approach? Is the "War on Drugs" part of the US' global responsibility, and is it also likely to change as a result of power shift and American global disengagement?     

Citizen’s Controversy with Dana Spinant, Head of Unit for Anti-Drugs Policies at the European Commission, and Martin Jelsma, Coordinator of the Drugs and Democracy Programme of the Transnational Institute (TNI).  

The debate will be moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

The debate will be held in English.

To register, please send your name, title and the name of your organisation to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by fax to: +32 (0) 2 209 62 11.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us on: +32 (0) 2 209 62 10.

Participation fee: €10 / Students: €3. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided from 12:30 onwards

 
NATO after the Wales Summit: Assessing the Costs of a Free Ride
18 November 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30     

The Emergence of instability alongside the European Neighbourhood raises, once again, uncomfortable questions about Europe's strategic dependence on the US, institutionalised by NATO. On the one hand, the collective defence pact remains a source of tension between Europe and Russia, and an incentive for European governments to free ride on security issues in order to make budgetary savings. On the other hand, NATO seems to remain the only source of security for Europe, given the reluctance of European countries to organise the EU as a political actor on the global stage. Has this persistent dependence cost the EU the current crisis with Russia and its potential exacerbation? At what price will the US keep bearing their transatlantic responsibility, accounting for 75% of NATO budget? How is the institutional architecture of NATO likely to evolve, and to serve what purpose, in the current political environment?   

Citizen’s Controversy with Olivier De France, Director of research at the Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS), and Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni, Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge.  

The debate will be moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

The debate will be held in English.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us on: +32 (0) 2 209 62 10.

Participation fee: €10 / Students: €3. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided from 12:30 onwards

 
The EU and The Emerging Powers 2015: Cooperation and Competition in Knowledge and Technology

 

Call for Papers

 

The Eu and the emerging powers 2015:

Cooperation and competition in knowledge and technology

 The Political Sciences Louvain-Europe Institute of the Université catholique de Louvain,

the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven,

the Center for International Relations Studies of the Department of Political Science of the University of Liège,

the Department of Political Science of Ghent University,

the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles,

the Institute for  European studies of the Saint Louis University Brussels

and the Madariaga College of Europe Foundation

 

 invite experts to contribute a paper which focuses on the relations between the European Union and emerging powers. The papers will be presented at an International Conference that will take place in Brussels in the last week of April 2015. 

 

Deadline for Submission of Paper Proposals: 10th of November 2014

Registration & Abstract Submission at: http://www.usaintlouis.be/iee/1735.html 

 

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Call for Papers

The EU and the Emerging Powers 2015: Cooperation and Competition in Knowledge and Technology

Deadline for Submission of Paper Proposals: 10 November 2014

Registration & Abstract Submission at: http://www.saintlouis.be/iee/1735.html

The papers will be presented at an international Conference that will take place in Brussels in the last week of April 2015 

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