10 October 2019

Professor Ian Manners gives Keynote Speech to Belgrade Security Forum on the 'Ramifications of the Retreat of Liberalism for the European Union and its Normative Power'

Professor Ian Manners will give the keynote speech on the 'Ramifications of the Retreat of Liberalism for the European Union and its Normative Power' to the Belgrade Security Forum on Wednesday 16th October 2019. 

The speech will ask how to address the ‘retreat of Liberalism? How to address the ‘crisis of the EU’? How to address the ‘breakdown of the international community’? Each of these questions contain a myriad of separate questions about ‘populism’, ‘inequality’, and ‘disorder’. Rarely are these questions asked together, at the same time, and from a different perspective. 

The ramifications of the retreat of Liberalism for the EU and its Normative Power are captured by the need to address all these questions and problems holistically. A holistic approach to realising European Union in planetary politics means realising that Liberal ideology asks the wrong questions. It means realising that European union must answer the right questions. It means realising that normative power must move beyond accepting the status quo of power relations. It means realising that our planetary politics are characterised by truly planetary relations of causality that can only be understood and addressed holistically. And it means realising that insecurities can only be understood and addressed holistically when ontological security is realised.