Europe's Grand Strategy in a New World Order

Image: Bart M.J. Szewczyk

Europe's Grand Strategy in a New World Order

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Online Event
Bart Szewczyk (Sciences Po, Paris)
Anne Deighton (Wolfson College, Oxford)
Hartmut Mayer (Director, European Studies Centre, St Antony’s, Oxford)
ESC Core Seminar Series

This book proposes that the European Union should craft a grand strategy to navigate the new world order based on a four-pronged approach. First, European decision-makers (both in Brussels and across EU capitals) should take a broader view of their existential interests at stake and devote greater time and resources to serving them within the wider cause of the liberal order. Second, Europe needs to help reinvigorate the West by restoring a sense of solidarity through fairer distribution of benefits and burdens. Third, it should develop separate strategies for parts of the world, such as Russia and China, where liberal values are not likely to be attainable in the foreseeable future yet order is still necessary. Fourth, Europe needs to clarify its core interests elsewhere and help stabilize the Middle East and Africa. With this book, the author seeks to lay the essential building blocks for developing a European strategy, which is a complex process involving multiple decision-makers and institutions.        

Bart M.J. Szewczyk is an adjunct professor at Sciences Po in Paris and nonresident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Brussels. Previously, he served as Member of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State and Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, and worked as Adviser on Global Affairs at the European Commission’s think-tank, the European Political Strategy Centre. He is author of two books: European Sovereignty and Legitimacy (Routledge 2021) and, with David McKean, Partners of First Resort: America, Europe, and the Future of the West (Brookings Institution Press 2021). He holds a PhD in international relations from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar, a JD from Yale Law School, an MPA from Princeton University, and a BS in Economics, summa cum laude, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Warsaw, he grew up near New York.

Anne Deighton (Wolfson College, Oxford) will be Chair.

Hartmut Mayer (Director, ESC, St Antony's College, Oxford) will be Discussant.

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