Warsaw, 21 May: DOC RI, together with the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Warsaw and The Centre for Governance and Public Management (CGPM) at the Carleton University, held the roundtable ‘Inventing Hegemonies: Theories and Approaches’. It was the first conference that DOC RI held and co-organised in the Polish capital. The roundtable was part of a DOC-supported research project, ‘Regional and Global Power Distribution’, led by Professor Piotr Dutkiewicz and will be followed by other events in Berlin and Shanghai.
What makes a hegemon and how multipolarity can address hegemony were discussed. ‘hegemony’ means one state dominates or subordinates other states. “A hegemon has the approach, what is good for him is good for the world. That means he will make everything possible to impact other countries and systems of powers,” explained Professor Piotr Dutkiewicz.
But how do multipolarity and hegemony relate to one another? This is one of the main questions of Dutkiewicz’s research project. The goal of ‘Regional and Global Power Distribution’ is to combine rigorous scholarly analysis and policy recommendations. Supported by a team of international scholars, the project will analyse possible future power sharing arrangements; competing interests at the macro-regional and global levels; and the role of key state and non-state actors in the process of securing maximum control of capital, labour, resources, the global agenda, and cyberspace.
Roundtable participants came from Belgium, Canada, China, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, the United States, and United Kingdom. You can view the full speakers list here.