The End of the West: The once and future Europe
Tuesday 29 November 2011, 6.30pm-8.00pm, followed by a reception
Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
Panel Discussion jointly hosted by the British Academy and Princeton University Press
The panel will look at how Europe should respond to the dramatic changes taking place in the global balance of power. It will also consider how the European Union might resolve the ongoing ambiguities in its construction, focussing on key issues such as:
- What is the ultimate goal of the union – federation vs confederation?
- Elite vs Mass Politics and the issue of democratic legitimacy
- Ethnicity – how have the original assumptions of homogeneity been challenged? What has been the effect of these challenges on both the integration and disintegration of member states?
Professor David Marquand FBA. After eleven years as a Member of Parliament and two years as an official of the European Commission he held professorships of politics in the universities of Salford and Sheffield. From 1996-2002 he was Principal of Mansfield College in the University of Oxford. He has authored eight books on British politics and European integration. In 2001 he received the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for a Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies. He retired in 2002 and is now a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University.
Rt Hon. Professor Shirley Williams is Co-founder of the Liberal Democrats and has been a member of the House of Lords since 1993, where she was spokesperson on Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 1998 to 2001 and Leader of the party from 2001 to 2004. From 1964 to 1979 and 1981 to 1983 she was an MP, and for five years a member of the Cabinet. She is Professor Emeritus of Elective politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She was adviser to the Prime MInster the Rt Hon. Gordon Brown MP on issues of nuclear proliferation. She is a member of the International Commission on Nuclear Non Proliferation and Disarmament, which is co-chaired by the former joint Foreign Secretaries of Australia and Japan. She was Co-President of Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), 2002-2006.
Professor Paolo Pombeni (Bolzano, 10 September 1948) is currently full Professor of History of European Political Systems at Bologna Univeristy, Faculty of Poltical Sciences. He is also Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna, Director of the Italian German Historical Institute (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento), and Director of the website www.europressresearch.eu analysing the trends of European public opinion about the European identity. He is also one of the columnist's of the newspaper II Messaggero (Rome). His most recent book is La ragione e la passione. Le forme della politica nell 'Europa contemporanea (Bologna: Il Mulino 2010). His complete CV and the list of his publications can be found at http://didattica.spbo.unibo.it.pais/pombeni/index.html
Professor Christopher Hill FBA is Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations, within the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge. From 1974-2004 he taught in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was the Montague Burton Professor from 1991. He has published widely in the areas of foreign policy analysis and general International Relations, among his books being The Changing Politics of Foreign Policy (Palgrave, 2003), The European Union in International Relations (edited with Michael Smith, 2005; 2nd edition 2011), and (edited with Reuben Wong), National and European Foreign Policies: towards Europeanisation (2011). He is a past Chair of the British International Studies Association, and has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2007. He has been a Team Leader and/or major participant in the EU-funded research programmes FORNET, CONSENT and MERCURY. He is currently working on a book on the relationship between foreign policy and variants of multiculturalism.
Chair: Mr Petros Fassoulas
Petros is the chairman of the European Movement UK. He is also the editor of The European, the EM’s monthly EU affairs journal. Petros comments often on EU affairs for the British media and writes and speaks on EU related matters.
Petros is also ACCA’s Head of Policy for Europe and Americas where he is responsible for the organisation’s government affairs and policy work. His previous role was EU affairs adviser at the UK’s Financial Services Authority with responsibility for policy advice on EU financial services legislation and the EU decision making process.
From 2006 to 2008 he was policy adviser to the EU Select Committee of the House of Lords, responsible for EU economic and financial affairs, EU monetary integration, international trade and Single Market policy. He also worked for 2 years as EU affairs consultant in Brussels, after spending 2 years working for the European Commission and 1 year at the Committee of the Regions.
Petros holds a BSc (Econ) in International Politics and Europe from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and an MSc (Econ) in European Studies from the London School of Economics.