In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, on 8 May the world will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two and celebrate the achievements of the international system birthed by that historical moment. The magnitude of the present Covid-19 crisis is often compared with the shocks of the 20th-century world wars. The post-war response of world leaders 75 years ago was to strengthen international cooperation by establishing the UN-based multilateral framework to guarantee peaceful cooperation and development. However, it seems today’s global leaders no longer share this vision and the risk of a geopolitical crisis is looming behind the Covid-19-induced economic crisis.
As the world enters this new age of uncertainty, the DOC in partnership with La Fondation Prospective & Innovation, will host a webinar entitled ‘75 years after World War Two: The world at a crossroads again’ on 8 May at 3pm CEST.
Questions to be discussed during the webinar:
- Will the Covid-19 crisis lead to a reset in international relations and an acceleration in the re-composition of the world order inherited from World War Two? What lessons of unity can we draw when ideologies were secondary to build humanity together? How to revive international leadership in the contemporary world ?
- Is the ‘battle of the giants’ between the US and China inevitable? What roles can Europe and Russia play?
- Does the UN, created 75 years ago, still have a role to play? If radical reform is necessary, what should it look like? Has the globalisation bubble finally burst and will we see the emergence of new kinds of capitalism, new kinds of regionalism? Will we see a resurgence of the primacy of nation-states?
- Is there a need for international leadership in the contemporary world?
We will be joined by the following speakers:
Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former Prime Minister of France, Chair of La Fondation Prospective & Innovation and President of Leaders for Peace
Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov, Permanent Representative of Russia to the EU and Former Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dan Hamilton, Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy, and President of the Transatlantic Leadership Network