GR:EEN Case Study Integrity Forum on Regional Governance and Global Crises

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Nador u. 13
Room 001
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 9:30am
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Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 9:30am to 5:30pm

Central European University, Budapest, April 11, 2013





The GR:EEN project (Global re-ordering: Evolution through European Networks) explores and examines Europe’s role in the emerging global order. GR:EEN studies the current and future role of the EU in an emerging multi-polar world through a programme of stock-taking, multi-disciplinary research and complementary activities. It aims at an understanding of the prospective directions of the emerging global governance structures and Europe’s place in them. Analysis focuses on the extant actors from the 20th century, the 21st century rising powers, the increasingly influential non-state actors (from civil and non-civil society) and the new transnational regulatory networks of public and private policy makers and regional agencies. While multi-polarity, with Europe as a pole, is a possibility, alternative scenarios are also plausible. A shift from a trans-Atlantic to trans-Pacific locus of power, or the “depolarization” and fragmentation of authority are such alternatives; both could marginalize Europe.


The CSIF (Case Study Integrity Fora) is major innovative method for interactive dissemination. The CSIFs are designed as a series of interactive events, which aim to involved practitioners in the GR:EEN process right from the very beginning of the project. They constitute a qualitative leap forward in overcoming one of the most challenging elements of any research project: to provide good dissemination of results and to secure feedback and input from the intended recipients of and interlocutors with the project. The CSIFs bring in policymakers from the Commission, international organisations and transnational policy networks, as well as national policymakers and market leaders, to discuss works-in-progress within a workshop format.


This CSIF focuses on the role of leadership in a multi-polar world, in the context of global crises. Central themes include the willingness of states or organisations to act as leaders, the leadership capacity of the enetity in question, and the extent to which other actors accept its claim to leadership. Case studies include contributions from scholars working on the GR:EEN work package on regional leadership, as well as the GR:EEN thematic work packages on human rights and security, energy and environment, and trade and finance.



Thursday, April 11, 2013

09.30 - 10.00

Registration, Coffee /Tea

10.00 - 12.00

Public session


  • Matteo Braga (UNU-CRIS) “Assessing Corruption in West Africa”
  • Elisabetta Nadalutti (UNU-CRIS) “To what extent do non-state actors influence cross-border cooperation?: lessons from Twin Cities in Europe and Asia’

Discussant: Noémi Alexa, Executive Director, Transparency International Hungary / Goran Buldioski, Director, Think Tank Fund, Open Society Foundation

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 – 15.00

Public session


  • Andreas Goldthau and Michael LaBelle, “Doomed to Fail? The Prospects of Shale gas in Europe”
  •  “Soft Power with a Hard Edge: European Union Policy Tools and Energy Security”, by Andreas Goldthau (CEU) and Nick Sitter (CEU/BI)
  • “Supranational and intergovernmental governance in the EU energy sector?”, Svein S. Andersen (BI)and Nick Sitter (CEU/BI)

Discussants: Péter Balázs, Professor, Director of Center for EU Enlargement Studies / Svein S. Andersen, BI Norwegian Business School


Coffee /Tea

15.30 - 17.30

Public session


  • Edgar J. Saucedo Acosta (UNU-CRIS) “The European Central Bank in times of financial crisis: regional leadership limited”
  • Lurong Chen (UNU-CRIS) and Philippe de Lombaerde (UNU-CRIS) “Financial Cooperation in Asia: Is it crises driven?” 
  • “Fiscal Performance in Germany: When do governments consolidate and how do they survuve this?”, Achim Kemmerling (CEU)

Discussant: Zsolt Darvas (Bruegel)



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