World in Focus – warsaw international gathering

Idea

Do you know how the modern world works? What mechanisms rule it? Who holds the cards?

Do you realize that events from other corners of the world can affect what is happening right next to you? Do you know how together, we can save the world from ecological disaster? These are not all the questions we will be looking for answers to. Much more is needed to understand current global changes and to answer your questions .

Come to the University of Warsaw on 29th and 30th November to “The World in Focus.  Warsaw International Meetings” and find the answers to your questions.

The meetings are open to everyone who shares our fascination with the world and concern for its future.

The World in Focus is a series of meetings and debates held not only with experts but also with the inhabitants of Warsaw. Joining these two groups together, we present for common reflection and discussion current events and scenarios for the future of international relations. For the fourth time, we will take a trip across countries and continents, always referring to questions about Poland’s participation in global processes and challenges.

This year, we will take a closer look at alliances in an era of change and instability. From time to time, there are reshuffles in the global arena. Long-standing players lose their dominant position; new actors grow into significant competitors. It forces us to look for new allies. Some want to defend the existing international order, while others want to turn the tables. We will therefore ask:

Do international organizations like the UN still fulfill their role?

What will the new deal look like in the EU?

What alliances do we need to maintain international order?

Who can save the planet, and through which alliances can this be done?

 

November 29th and 30th, Collegium Politicum at the University of Warsaw, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28.

Free entry!

Themes in Focus

Please check themes of the current edition below.

Alliances

The world order is changing right before our eyes. Old divisions are disappearing; the arrangement of dominant players such as the EU, US, China and Russia is changing. How is the balance of power evolving and do international institutions such as the UN still reflect it? What could the effects of “alliances” of Western democracy with the Kremlin be, and where is the limit of the influence of foreign states on internal policy? What non-obvious agreements about our own interests do we need to save our planet? Along with invited experts, we will look for answers to crucial questions about who influences the current and future shape of international relations, who they do it with and how and why they do it.

Climate

The issue of climate change permanently appears on the political agenda and in everyday conversations/discussions/small talk of Poles. They know more and more about this matter and also experience it more – it is enough to mention another year of drought and heat waves. Lack of rapid and extensive climate protection will result in a global, financial and humanitarian crisis. Experts warn that there is less and less time to save the planet from this impending disaster. What can each of us do about this? What is the significance of consumer choices in this matter, and what are the systemic changes in the economy, industry and services? Where should we look for a common denominator in different needs and divergent interests?

 

Poland

We are now three decades after the turn of 1989, with 20 years of participation in NATO and 15 years of EU membership. This is the perfect moment to reflect on Poland’s position within the both the local and global community. It is a time of huge internal change, a “return to Europe” and rebuilding of relations with the East. This is a constant lesson in the functioning of democracy, pluralism, peaceful neighborhoods and international compromises. During the closing debate of this year’s “World in focus”, foreign and domestic journalists will share their views on both the successes and challenges facing Poland so far. Together we will try to answer the question: What kind of Poland do we see today in what kind of Europe, and which one do we want to see in the future?

 

Europe

The European Parliament elections in May clearly showed mixed moods among the citizens of the European Union: out of fear and hope, Europeans voted in unusually large numbers, sending a diverse and divided delegation to Strasbourg unlike any seen before. In the autumn we will know the composition and priorities of the new European Commission. Her first decisions will help to assess the moving spirit of this institution over the next five years. At the same time, the European Union will (most likely) bid farewell to one of its member countries, Great Britain, for the first time in its history. Will France and Germany remain the driving force of European integration? What surprising alliances and difficult compromises will result from the new distribution of power? How do Europeans see themselves on the global stage?

World

What is the world moving towards? This question has accompanied man for a long time. We are living in an era of transformations in the international order and tensions between global players, such as the USA, Russia and China. We look on as the climate disaster fast approaches. Are we just witnessing the collapse of the current world order? In whose hands will global leadership be? What is the future of international organizations? What will the new balance of power be and where will Europe be in it? Are we ready for global political, economic, ecological and technological challenges?

New solutions

In the face of the climate crisis, a changing international order and growing social problems, courage in thinking and openness to new ways of acting become necessary. Will the introduction of a feminist view on international relations bring the expected change for the better? How can we combine the divergent interests of many groups and entities for the benefit of one common planet? What are Europe’s ideas that respond to change and how can they be implemented?

 

 

Tekst końcowy – EN

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