The Europaeum international conference on Federalisms - East and West - India, Europe and North America took place on 28-30th September in Oxford with key figures in European policy-making, media, and academia. This conference compared and contrasted federalist ideas and structures across three continents. Please see the Conference Statement for a detailed summary of the event.
The event was run with generous support from the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung and the James Madison Trust in Brussels.
This year's winner of our El Pomar-Europaeum bursary, set up in 2008 to bridge links across the Atlantic, Nuno do Carmo (pictured here with fellow El Pomar scholars) is now spending five weeks in the US, attached to the El Pomar Foundation in Colorado, to be followed by time in Washington DC. The PhD student from the Institute of Political Studies at the Catholic University of Lisbon is sending us a weekly blog of his experiences.
Please read Nuno's reports below:
2007 Europaeum Conference: Is there still a West
Fissures in the TransAtlantic alliance – which has dominated world affairs for the past 60 years – following the end of the Cold War, the 9/11 attack, and the Iraq invasion, were under the spotlight at events organised under the Europaeum’s TransAtlantic Dialogue Programme.
The conference in Washington DC, set out to investigate if solidarity of the West was cracking – and featured key contributions from Henry Kissinger, Lord (Chris) Patten, former EU Commissioner, Richard Haass, Chair of the Council for Foreign Relations, Lee Hamilton, former chair of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Joschka Fischer, former German Foreign Minister, Nicholas R Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Professor Joe Nye, Kennedy School, Harvard University, among many others.