19 March 2015


Swedish Network for European Studies in Political Studies – Annual Spring Conference, Stockholm University, March 19-20, 2015


Conference, Stockholm University, March 19-20, 2015


Security, prosperity and diplomacy

Conveners: Tyra Hertz, Ulrika Mörth and Jonas Tallberg

In a world that is becoming more multipolar and less dominated by the traditional Western powers, the Transatlantic Relationship as a foundation of global governance is far from self-evident. The West´s political, financial and economic credibility has also been considerably damaged by the financial crisis. In the light of this development, the future of the Transatlantic Relationship is under debate. The focus of the conference is primarily on two challenges that will put the relationship to the test:

Security after Ukraine:

The Russian recent militarism has again accentuated the question of the Transatlantic relationship’s place in a new era of global security. Could the Ukraine crisis trigger a reconceptualizing of the partnership? The crisis could contribute to transformation of the transatlantic relations in different ways. On one extreme the renewed threats posed by Russia in Ukraine and beyond could lead to profound changes in the traditional transatlantic system? Russia’s assertiveness could also remind the Euro-Atlantic alliance of the ties that bind and strengthen the transatlantic dimension. The question is what role the EU would play under either scenario?

The Investment dispute settlement in the EU-US trade agreement:

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is expected to be a major political, strategic and economic driver of the transnational relations over the course of the coming decades. But the negotiations are also proving to be a big test for the Transatlantic Relationship and its success is far from certain. Arguably the most concerning aspect of TTIP for many critics is the so-called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism, which would allow corporations to sue governments. Does the TTIP pose a threat to European democratic and political institutions and values? Or are the risks overstated and the set-up of ISDS comparable the logic of other transnational trade agreements?

The conference welcomes papers that relate to the theme


Change and Continuity in Transatlantic Relations, broadly defined. We also welcome papers that cover other topics in European politics.


Further information here.


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Marij van Helmond

Public pressure clearly needs to continue to be applied. MEPs not to be told bij their constituents that it is their muty AS ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES to champion transparency

Diarmuid Breatnach

Are you going to vote against TTIP and if not, why not? Don't you agree that this act is further handing over sovereignty on policy decisions for Ireland and bringing the decision-making further away from Irish people's influence?

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