Diez at the 13th Pan-European conference on international relations
Thomas Diez gave a presentation on power transition in Europe at the 13th Pan-European conference on international relations in Sofia on 14 September 2019
13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations
A Century of Show and Tell: The Seen and the Unseen of IR
10-14 September, 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria
Organizer: European International Studies Association
In recent years, there has been an intense debate about the ongoing power transition and its ramifications for world order. This includes realist and liberal analyses of changes in the distribution of power, international leadership and the potential malfunctioning of international organizations. The panel will contribute to this debate and research agenda from an international society perspective. More precisely, we ask how the ongoing power transition – including the rise of China, the general dispersion of power and the waning of American hegemony – affect, and is affected by, the more fundamental or primary institutions of world order such as sovereignty, great power management, the balance of power, international law, trade, national self-determination, (humanitarian) intervention and environmental stewardship? For instance, can we identify changing practices of great power management and the balance of power, a new balance between sovereignty, human rights and humanitarian intervention, or (other) basic changes in international law? Such changes are likely to materialize in the social settings and formal machineries of international organizations including the UN, the EU, the WTO and regional organizations. This call for an international society approach to the study of the ongoing power transition, which conceives of it as a three-level game of mutual constitution with potential ramifications for world order: 1) Fundamental institutions and agency, 2) International organizations and agency, 3) Fundamental institutions and international organizations.
The following GLOBUS researcher participated in the panel
Thomas Diez (University of Tübingen), 'A Return to Pluralism? Power Transition as a Challenge to Normative Power Europe'.