The course of world politics is determined by the interaction between great powers. Those powers are the United States, the established power; Russia, the declining power; China, the rising power; and the European Union, the power that doesn’t know whether it wants to be a power. If the EU does not just want to submit to the policies of the other powers it will have to become one itself, but it should differ from them in its strategy. In his newly published book titled European Strategy in the 21st Century: New Future for Old Power, Professor Biscop argues that the EU has the means to pursue a distinctive great power strategy, a middle way between dreamy idealism and unprincipled pragmatism, and can play a crucial stabilizing role in this increasingly unstable world. Europe, through the European Union, should act as a great power in the 21st century.


Presentation of the speaker

Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop obtained his degree in Political Science at Ghent University (Belgium) in 1998, winning the best thesis award for his work on European defence. Subsequently awarded the Paul-Henri Spaak PhD scholarship of the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders, he defended his dissertation in Ghent in 2002, published as Euro-Mediterranean Security: A Search for Partnership (Ashgate, 2003).

Currently Sven is the Director of the Europe in the World Programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, which he joined in 2002, and a Professor at the Ghent Institute for International Studies (GIIS) at Ghent University. His research and teaching focus on the strategies of the European Union, NATO and their Member States.



Monday, 24 June 2019 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm

University of Luxembourg, Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance
Weicker Building, Conference room B 001 (Ground floor)

4, rue Alphonse Weicker – L-2721 Luxembourg

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