Join us for this LSE European Institute event, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the EI, where our panel will discuss current challenges to democracy faced by Europe today.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Covid-19 pandemic, the rise of China, democratic backsliding and populism, demographic changes, and the global climate crisis are some of the key challenges facing Europe today - challenges that produce real risks for the prospects of democracy, prosperity, and peace in Europe. We will take stock of these challenges and discuss solutions as well as potential opportunities for the future of the European project in the 21st century during these moments of historic transformative change.
Meet our speakers and chair
Chris Anderson (@soccerquant) is Ralf Dahrendorf Professor of European Politics and Society, LSE European Institute.. A student of political behaviour, Anderson’s research has centred on the micro-foundations of markets and democracy, including the popularity of governments, public support for European integration, and people’s satisfaction with democracy. Anderson is the recipient of several scientific prizes, including the American Political Science Association’s Heinz Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review and the Best Article Award from the Journal of Politics. He also has served as President of the American Political Science Association’s Sections on European Politics & Society and Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior.
Sara Hagemann (@sarahageman) is Associate Dean and Professor of Political Science at Københavns Universitet. She was previously Associate Professor in European Politics at the LSE European Institute from 2009 to 2021, and is an expert on international and European politics. She has published extensively on issues related to political processes and representation in the European Union, transparency in politics, and the role of national parliaments in international affairs.
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard (@jfkirkegaard) is Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Brussels, a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) in Washington DC, where he hasworked for many years, and a senior advisor at the Rhodium Group, a private research firm specializing in the Chinese economy, climate change and international investment flows. He previously served with the Danish Ministry of Defence and the UN in Iraq, as well as working in private financial industry in New York and London. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of Transatlantic Economic Challenges in an Era of Growing Multipolarity (2012); US Pension Reform: Lessons from Other Countries (2009); The Accelerating Decline in America's High-Skilled Workforce: Implications for Immigration Policy (2007); and Accelerating the Globalization of America: The Role for Information Technology (2006); and Transforming the European Economy (2004). Jacob is a graduate of the Danish Army's School of Intelligence and Linguistics, the University of Aarhus (Denmark), Columbia University (New York) and he holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins (SIAS), Washington DC.
Borja Guijarro Usobiaga (@BGUsobiaga) works in Strategic Communications at the European External Action Service. His area of work focuses on the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Before joining the EEAS, Borja worked as a speechwriter for the EU’s Energy and Climate Action Commissioner and on Strategic Foresight at the European Commission’s Secretariat-General. He has published on economic sanctions and advised the United Nations and the UK government in this field. Borja holds a PhD in International Relations from LSE (2011-2015).
More about this event
The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe.
Venue: The Europe Salon, Sofitel Brussels Europe, Brussels, Belgium
Event Language: English
The event will be followed by a drinks reception.
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