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ENIUGH Roundtable: The Pasts, Presents and Futures of Multilateralism – A View from The Hague

Friday 30 June 2023
Schouwburgstraat 2
2511 VA The Hague

Confirmed participants
Mirjam de Bruijn (Leiden University), Madeleine Hosli (Leiden University), Jan Aart Scholte (Leiden University), Caecila Wijgers (Ambassador Designate of the Netherlands to Mali), Niels van Willigen (Leiden University).

Multilateralism, the idea of formally institutionalized intergovernmental cooperation, as a concept, policy and practice has been an integral feature of global history. It has come in many forms. From nodes of interaction to networks of cooperation to nodules comprising relationships, politics and policies, multilateralism has a rich and storied practice. This roundtable discusses these varied views of multilateralism’s historical currents, examining how its different characterizations have shaped the present moment of crisis. This is inherently informed by Europe’s history and global role. These historical dimensions of the concept have become more relevant than ever in discussions of dealing with the current challenges to multilateralism given their often-determining influence on issues including the relations with the Global South, the limits of cooperation, the shifting of traditional positions around neutrality, and the ways in which European multilateralism shapes and is shaped by wider processes. Developing a view from The Hague, as a centre of multilateralism, internationalism(s) and a UN city, experts from academia and from practice will discuss the historical roots, the present problems and the possible futures of multilateralism at a moment of crisis.

The Roundtable is sponsored by the Global Transformations Global Challenges Programme of Leiden University.

To attend the roundtable and participate in the conference, please register here.

Website European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH)

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