Today’s multilateral system is in crisis. Born amid post-war hopes of cooperation, the system has gradually expanded and deepened. However, exacerbated by chronic legitimacy problems and a resurgence of great power competition in recent years, the international community’s commitment to the principles and institutions of multilateral regimes has seemingly weakened.
European democracy has long been an avid proponent of multilateralism but Europe is now faced with the challenge of reinvigorating the system and encouraging multilateral cooperation while simultaneously needing to address its internal cohesion issues.
How has Europe engaged with multilateralism in the past?
In an international environment increasingly marked by complicated and evolving geopolitical dynamics what can Europe realistically do now to defend and renew the multilateral system?
How can European efforts lead to reforms that make the system more reflective of the interests and concerns of all parties involved?
And to what extent is Europe’s success in promoting international cooperation dependent on cohesion and agreement between EU member states?
This event is based on the recent article Listen to Cassandra in The World Today by Vassilis Ntousas, as part of a series of articles that looks at key themes in European political discourse from the last century.