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Open Session WSDS - Power, Brexit & the Environment

Case in point: Power with science diplomacy and sowing seeds of Brexit in EU climate negotiations

Monday 21 June 2021 | Open Session: 12:30-14:00 CEST

The second edition of Warsaw Science Diplomacy School (WSDS) will be hosted 21-25 June 2021, where a carefully selected group of outstanding students from across the world will dive deep into the skills, systems and practices lining the path from Wissenschaft to Statecraft. Like last year, we will open up a session on Monday afternoon for the public to join and observe the school in action!

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Admitted students of WSDS21 do not need to register.

The open session will couple an introductory lecture on Power with Science Diplomacy with a ’bonus’ case study on UK-EU environmental diplomacy in the 1980s. Theory meets practice in the subsequent discussion led by Paula Urze, as the speakers examine their presentations’ areas of overlap and demonstrate how historical cases can fortify understanding of science diplomacy as a practice.

Program:

Power with Science Diplomacy
Rasmus Bertelsen
UiT - The Arctic University | Norway (visiting professor at Sirice in Paris)
Director of WSDS and Leader of InsSciDE’s work package Power with Science Diplomacy

H2020 action Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe/InsSciDE is strategic research responding to the European Commission question: how can the European Union use science diplomacy to ’tackle major global challenges, promote knowledge and improve international relations’ and ’strengthen [the EU and member states’] position in global discourses’? InsSciDE answers these strategic questions through basic European history of science research and a structured conceptual and theoretical discussion as the basis for EU Science Diplomacy Strategy. There are always implicit or explicit theories behind a strategy. A structured conceptual and theoretical discussion ensures explicit assumptions about actors and causalities for informed strategy making.

Bojo, Brussels and Brexit: charting the environmental diplomacy ancestry of Britain’s separation from the EU
Simone Turchetti
University of Manchester | United Kingdom
Case Study Author in InsSciDE’s work package Environment

Simone looks for clues on the origins of Brexit by taking us to Brussels in the late 1980s. The current UK Prime Minister and staunch supporter of the ’Leave’ campaign, Boris Johnson, was there as a young journalist. While Johnson was actively criticizing the European Commission as a Daily Telegraph correspondent, his father Stanley Johnson was the Commission’s chief environmental adviser. Simone will explore their competing positions as well as the diplomatic activities and conflicts that laid the foundations for the European Union’s environmental provisions. While set in a time when there was no prospect of Britain leaving the Union, the case history shows the lineage of some of the issues raised during the Brexit campaign. In fact, even the environmental risks that British citizens are likely to face after leaving the Union can be better understood with a closer look at what happened in Brussels thirty years ago…

Discussion
Led by Paula Urze of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA).


1 June 2021 | Daniella Palmberg

Case in point: Power with science diplomacy and sowing seeds of Brexit in EU climate negotiations
Monday 21 June 2021
12:30-14:00 CEST

Register now!
Admitted students of WSDS21 do not need to register.

Speakers