Din23Apr201912:00Het Pand, Zaal Vermeylen
China-Russia lecture café 1: Europe and the (Other) Great Powers: A Strategy towards China, Russia, and the US
Sven Biscop (UGent)
The course of world politics is determined by the interaction between great powers. Those powers are the US, the established power; Russia, the declining power; China, the rising power; and the EU, the power that doesn’t know whether it wants to be a power. If the EU does not just want to undergo the policies of the other powers it will have to become one itself, but it should differ in its strategy. 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.