Workshop: The EU and Canada in the Face of Changing US Global Policy

March 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location:To be confirmed Residence Commons

The Jean Monnet Network on EU-Canada Relations is pleased to host a one-day policy workshop, The EU and Canada in the Face of Changing US Global Policy.

Until the present time, the EU-Canada strategic partnership has always taken place in the shadow of the United States, the EU’s larger transatlantic partner. Although the Canadian-EU partnership has taken on a path-breaking role with the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), in general, the relationship between the EU and Canada has been heavily reliant on domestic and foreign policy agendas in the US. This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss, assess and confirm (or not) the reality of an intuitive feeling that many experts share at the moment: that both the EU and Canada will need to place increasing emphasis on seeking and activating alternative multilateral partnerships, provided that the US moves forward with its isolationist agenda.

This process of re-evaluation and reflection occurs at the same time that there is a widespread perception that a broader reconfiguration of global alliances and distribution of global influence is under way, given the rising influence of the BRICS countries, increasing tensions between Russia and the West, and the emergence of new alliances. The workshop panelists will consider the degree to which the EU-Canada strategic partnership can provide a foundation for such an effort through examining areas of congruence and possible tensions in interests and priorities in the field of diplomacy, foreign affairs and security policy.

A draft agenda is now available and more details will be coming soon. Registration will be required to attend the workshop. Registration will be available in early January 2019.

Welcoming Comments

Panel 1: The International Financial Order, Trade, and Economics

Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt, Technical University of Munich (confirmed)

Dane Rowlands, Carleton University (confirmed)

Coffee break

Panel 2: Environment, Migration, and Development Aid Regimes

Miranda Schreurs, Technical University of Munich (confirmed), Environment

Siegfried Schieder, University of Heidelberg (confirmed), Development policy

Oliver Schmidtke, University of Victoria (confirmed), Migration


Panel 3: European and Transatlantic Security Issues

David Long, Carleton University (confirmed), The Changing Diplomatic and Normative Environment

Steve Saideman, Carleton University (confirmed), Security issues: Canadian perspective

Sven Biscop, Egmont Institute, Brussels (confirmed), Security issues: European perspective

Sean Kay, Ohio Wesleyan University (confirmed): Security issues: American perspectives on the EU and Canadian roles in security policy

Coffee break

Panel 4: The European Neighbourhood, Russia and the Middle East

Constanza Musu, University of Ottawa (confirmed)

Toms Rostoks, University of Latvia (confirmed)

(Third speaker to be confirmed)

This workshop is supported by the Jean Monnet Network on EU-Canada Relations, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, by Carleton University and by partner universities.