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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.

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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 Daniel Soulez-Larivière, Avocat auprès du cabinet Soulez-Larivière & Associates. 

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.

 
What East Asian countries can learn from China’s economic policies?
1 December 2014, 12:30 - 14:00, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation

In his recent book “How Asia Works”, Joe Studwell analyses the development patterns of nine economies in East Asia.  He notes that until nations have achieved a certain technological self-sufficiency, they cannot possibly succeed with a neo-classical economic model. Moving away from the 10-step Washington consensus, Studwell proposes a three-step recipe for success, which he calls “the economics of learning”: land reform to maximise high-yield household farming, focus on export-orientated manufacturing to produce globally competitive goods, and strict capital control or financial repression. As these steps echo policies implemented by China over the last few decades, we can ask ourselves if a new development paradigm is emerging. How have development ideas and models spread back and forth from certain Asian countries to others? Is there a “Chinese lesson” for South-East Asian countries? Which kind of political leadership does this development model require? How are good governance and democratic governance articulated in this framework?

A lunch-debate with:  

Joe Studwell, journalist, public speaker and author of “How Asia Works”

- Jean-Christophe Defraigne, professor in Economics at FUSL (Brussels) and visiting Professor at the Louvain School of Management and at Zhejiang Da Xue in China

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

The debate will be held in English.

Sandwiches and drinks will be provided from 12:00 onwards.

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


 

 
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 Marco Giuli, Research Fellow, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

The debate will be held in English.

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

 
China’s new consumption patterns
20 November 2014, Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation, Brussels, 09:00 - 18:00

China is expected to account for about 20 percent of global luxury sales in 2015, and in less than a decade, more than three-fourths of China’s urban households will approach middle-class status on a purchasing-power-parity basis. Over the last three decades of economic reforms and opening, collectivism and egalitarianism have slowly given way to a stress on individuals both at ideological and broader social levels. The dynamics of the relationship between the state and markets have been shaping specific patterns of desires and consumption in post-Mao China. The Chinese way of life is changing rapidly but significant economic and demographic differences across China persist.

Consumer empowerment and activism are on the rise, e-commerce and social media platforms play an increasingly crucial role, while president Xi Jinping has launched “luxury and anti-extravagance” campaigns as part of the fight against corruption. Many of the following trends are typical of rapidly industrialising countries: rising incomes, urban living, better education, postponed life stages, and greater mobility. However, other factors, such as the one child policy and marked economic imbalances between regions, make China a case for itself.

How are class and social stratification related to consumption practices and patterns? Which are the economic, societal, and demographic changes that are shaping Chinese consumer profiles and spending habits? 

It is indeed key that European companies, and all actors concerned, understand the challenges ahead, in order to be able to seize the opportunities offered by China’s demographic and socio-economic transition.

The workshop program presented a mix of plenary and interactive sessions with experts from different backgrounds (academic, industry) who shared their views and knowledge on the evolution of consumption practices in China. The workshop offered a comprehensive sociological and market oriented analysis of recent and future developments of Chinese consumers habits. 

This workshop has been organised by the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation, the Confucius Institute at the University of Liège, Interface Entreprises-Université de Liège and Awex.

The event was held in English.

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Deadline for Submission of Paper Proposals: 10 November 2014

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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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