The “New World Order”, cheerfully announced by the Bush administration after the collapse of the USSR, formally ended the Cold War and the real threat of European nuclear annihilation. However, Eastern and Western experts both agree that neither the bipolar order nor the United States’ subsequent unipolar hegemony succeeded in creating a peaceful world. Even as defence and political alliances factually eliminated the danger of European interstate warfare, a unified security order encompassing all European states did not emerge. Pushing aside the opportunity offered by the Charter of Paris, Europe was divided into several spaces of security.
Undoubtedly, the last decade of the twentieth century and the first decade of the new millennium witnessed fundamental shifts in the power constellation of international actors, with distinguished transformations influenced by the interplay of Washington, Moscow, and Beijing, and, less significantly, by the European Union: The current global order, established by the hegemonic US and founded on liberal institutions and universal values, is now being challenged by nascent counter forces. If successful, these forces could eventually create a multipolar or polycentric global order.
In the midst of these changes, on a global scale the European integration process has run into an impasse of internal contradictions and external challenges. ‘Quo Vadis Europe’ and the question of whether the European Union and Russia can create a common and shared understanding for creating welfare, peace, and stability in Europe will be the main issues addressed at the event in Berlin.
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