Professor Schmidt’s presentation explored the impact of the COVID-19 recovery strategy on the potential reorientation of European Union economic governance and whether this leaves room to maneuver and implement progressive social reforms as well as increase the democratic legitimacy of the EU (in contrast to the Eurozone Crisis of 2011)
In her featured remarks, Professor Schmidt discussed the complications related to the EU’s ‘actorness’ in the global arena, the question of EU legitimacy, and the major challenges facing the EU today.
Among the world’s Muslim majority countries, Indonesia has been the most successful in transitioning to a functioning and fair electoral democracy as well as upholding a tradition of multiethnic and multireligious citizenship; this is something the whole world can learn from.
The all-day conference brought together leading global intellectuals and practitioners to look back on 50 years of work at IIASA and discuss today’s most pressing global issues.
Professor Schmidt joined Herman van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council (2009-2014), to discuss the clash of ‘big ideas’ – neo-liberalism, populism, and progressivism – the critical elections in France that occurred on April 24, 2022, and their potential impact on Europe.
Dean Najam discusses the importance of putting citizens at the center of national security considerations, noting that it is important to remember that not all issues of human development are issues of human security.
Professor Hefner’s remarks echoed the findings of his recent paper, which analyzes the causes and consequences of the “conservative turn” in Indonesian Muslim politics in democratic Indonesia.
Professor Schmidt examines the resilience of ordo-liberal and neoliberal ideas with regard to Eurozone governance, then considers the impact of such ideas on European economies.
Dean Najam highlights that, because of the failures of the world’s richest and polluted countries, the harsh realities of climate change are now actively affecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries
According to Ambassador Garčević, both the EU and the Western Balkans states have failed to deliver what they agreed on in Thessaloniki in 2003: the Western Balkan has failed to deliver comprehensive democratic reforms, the EU failed to remain politically committed to enlargement.
Drawing on lessons learned from the Pardee Center’s “World After Coronavirus” series, Dean Najam highlighted that COVID has alerted us to constantly interrogate the meaning of ‘normal’ and that the world before COVID was itself full of challenges and turmoil that have, in many cases, taken on new dimensions because of the pandemic.
Professor Hefner addresses the question of how you measure the progress of human civilization in the current age, the balance and collaboration between religion and democracy, as well as lessons that the world can learn from Indonesia.
During Professor Woodward’s Connect: ID Conference panel, subject matter experts discussed emerging issues in facial recognition, public perceptions of the technology, facial recognition in government use cases, and policy concerns.
The EU has neglected Europe’s South-East corner, thereby granting opportunities for other global actors to make strategic gains in the region, further jeopardizing the prospects for EU membership for countries of the Western Balkans.
Dean Najam argued for a “global social contract” rooted in truly global norms and deeply global values.
Over 50 scholars, scientists, government officials, law enforcement officers, and students gathered for the conference.
Prof. Robert Hefner attended a recent conference on “The Islamic Case for Religious Freedom,” in Jakarta, Indonesia.
USAF (Ret) Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein spoke at the 2019 Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES) Conference on Cybersecurity and Geopolitics.
The Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs hosted a conference entitled “Muslim Communities in Europe and North America: Contemporary Developments and Challenges.”
Prof. Igor Lukes presented a paper entitled “The Year 1989 as a Miracle in the History of the Cold War.”