Revising the vows: post-pandemic multilateralism

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Revising the vows: post-pandemic multilateralism

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Global challenges require global solutions, not least at a time when the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have exposed national vulnerabilities worldwide and have evidenced a dire need for cooperation at a global scale. These challenges, moreover, require collaboration informed by a multilateral structure of support and consensus.

The prospects of a post-pandemic world manifest themselves differently across the globe. While the European Union and parts of the global north speed-up and consolidate their recoveries, delivering additional vaccine doses to their populations, curtailed access to vaccines has left the African continent at the bottom of all vaccination ranks – posing a threat to its development and to the functioning of its democracies.

An ever-growing tech-savvy Chinese economy is steadily overtaking the United States as global economic leader, while Russia seeks to expand its sphere of influence throughout the former Soviet space. For its part, India is predicted to become the most populated country in the world, right at a time when European states are starting to ache from serious population decline. Other vectors, such as the cross-cutting green and digital transitions, are likewise set to underpin the future of geopolitics and multilateralism. In light of these prospective economic, social and political realignments, what will be the new purpose of foreign policy and diplomacy?


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Questions include:

  • Should the concept of multilateralism, as well as the institutions that embody this principle, be revisited?
  • How can the EU and the United States strengthen their diplomatic alliance through their common NATO partnership?
  • What role should the EU hold in a multilateral post-pandemic world, especially in its relations with non-Western powers, in the realms of digitalisation and the green transition?

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Christina Kokkinakis

Director for Values and Multilateral Relations and Deputy Managing Director Global at the European External Action Service (EEAS)

Colonel Michael Ryan

Former deputy assistant secretary of defence for European and NATO policy at the United States Department of Defense

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Christina Kokkinakis
Christina Kokkinakis

Director for Values and Multilateral Relations and Deputy Managing Director Global at the European External Action Service (EEAS)

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Christina Kokkinakis has over 25 years of experience in foreign policy and multilateral diplomacy. Prior to her current appointment at EEAS, she served as the permanent representative of Austria to the Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the Council of the European Union. Kokkinakis is the former head of the EEAS political section – human rights at the EU Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva and has previously held a number of positions at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as director for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and for COREPER I. Kokkinakis is a recipient of the Greek Order of the Phoenix.

Michael Ryan
Colonel Michael Ryan

Former deputy assistant secretary of defence for European and NATO policy at the United States Department of Defense

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Colonel Michael Ryan previously served as the deputy assistant secretary of defence for European and NATO policy at the Pentagon, following a distinguished career in the US Air Force and Senior Executive Service. His extensive background in world affairs includes previous service at the United States Mission to the European Union, European Command Headquarters (USEUCOM) and Office of the Secretary of Defense, as well as NATO headquarters. A former fellow specialising in national defence at the US Congress, he has also lectured extensively throughout Europe and the US. Ryan began his career as a fighter pilot flying an A-10 in Europe during the Cold War.

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