Convening 11 March 2022 Online (Zoom & Facebook Live)
Waking up in a New World Order?
Online (Zoom & Facebook Live)

Friday, March 11th, 2022 – 12pm EST / 6pm CET

Thank you for taking part in a very lively discussion on the Russia/Ukraine crisis.

If you haven’t made it or wish to re-view the debate, you can find the full recording here.


In the space of few days, the war in Ukraine has accomplished what successive US Presidents and European leaders could not in thirty years: the strategic reorientation of Germany, the relaunch of a true politico-military dimension to the European Union, new questioning in China and the US over their respective global role, and the broader revitalization of a debate over the foundations of the 21st century’s international order.

All this comes at a dramatically heavy price, however: the return of war to Europe, threatening the life and prospects of millions of innocent civilians; the renewed threat of nuclear attack as a way to solve transnational disputes; and the fulfillment of the incumbent long-term clash between two competitive political models – democracy vs authoritarianism.

These new tectonic shifts force a sincere reassessment of national commitments to international values. Which actors are bound to emerge stronger, and which ones will be weakened? Will Russia definitively turn into an international pariah, or will it be able to turn a new political page? How will China interpret the highest challenge so far since it has emerged as a global superpower? Can the EU and the US overcome their long-standing internal divisions and get real renewed political vigor?


A virtual roundtable featuring:

–> Craig Calhoun (Arizona State University)

–> Seán Golden (CIDOB)

–> Andrea Graziosi (University of Naples)

–> Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University)

–> Shada Islam (EUObserver)

–> Mikhail Minakov (Kennan Institute)


Chair: Jose Casanova (Berkley Center)


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Craig Calhoun is University Professor of Social Sciences at Arizona State University, Interim Director of ASU’s Melikian Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Previously, he was Director of the LSE, President of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and a professor at NYU, Columbia, and UNC-Chapel Hill. Calhoun has published widely in social theory, comparative historical sociology, cultural and institutional analysis, and political economy. His current projects focus on cosmopolitanism and more local belonging, universities and the public good, and the implications of infrastructural innovation for social organization and sustainability. His books include Neither Gods nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China (1994); Nations Matter: Citizenship, Solidarity, and the Cosmopolitan Dream (2007); Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, the Public Sphere, and Early 19th Century Social Movements (2012); Does Capitalism Have a Future? (2013, with Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Georgi Derluguian, and Michael Mann); and Degenerations of Democracy (2022, with Dilip Gaonkar and Charles Taylor).


Seán Golden is a Retired Full Professor, former Dean and former Director of the East Asia Studies & Research Centre of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is Senior Associate Researcher of the CIDOB Barcelona Centre for International Affairs and former Associate Professor of the Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI). He taught at the University of Connecticut (USA), Notre Dame University (USA) and Tianjin International Studies University (PRC), has been a visiting professor at Università Ca’Foscari Venezia (Italy) and Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), and a visiting researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A specialist in Chinese thought, politics, and international relations, he is the author of numerous publications in East Asian Studies as well as translations of classical and contemporary Chinese literature and thought.


Andrea Graziosi is professor of history at the Università di Napoli Federico II and a past President of the Italian Society for the Study of Contemporary History (2007-11) as well as of Italy’s National Authority for the Evaluation of Universities and Research (2014-2018). An associé of the Centre d’études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen (Paris) and a fellow of Harvard’s Ukrainian Research Institute and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, he has taught at Yale, Harvard, the EHESS, and at the MGU. He is the author of Histoire de l’URSS (Paris, 2011; Bologna, 2012; Moscow, 2016); Lettres de Kharkov. La famine en Ukraine, 1932-33 (Paris 1989 and 2013; Torino 1991; Kyiv 2007); The Great Soviet Peasant War, 1917-1933 (Cambridge, Ma, 1997; Napoli, 1998; Moscow, 2008); and Guerra e rivoluzione in Europa, 1905-1956 (Bologna, 2001; Kyiv and Moscow, 2005). He founded and edited with Oleg Khlevniuk the series Dokumenty sovetskoi istorii (Rosspen, 22 volumes in print). He just published The Weight of the Soviet Legacy in post-1991 Russia, “Journal of Cold War Studies,” 23, 1 (2021), pp. 89-125, and coedited Genocide. The Power and Problems of a Concept (Montreal, 2022).


Shada Islam is the editor of the EUobserver Magazine and a former correspondent of the Far Eastern Economic Review. She is also a columnist for EUobserver and a contributor to the Guardian and other media. An influential Brussels-based specialist, she runs her own Brussels-based global media, strategy and advisory company, New Horizons Project, is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) and a Solvay Fellow at the Vrije University Brussel (VUB). In 2017, she was selected as one of the 20 most influential women in Brussels by the magazine Politico. Shada is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, a member of the European Policy Centre’s Strategic Council and Senior Advisor for its Europe in the World programme, and a member of the Brussels Advisory Committee of Women in International Security.


Marlene Laruelle, Ph.D., is a Director and Research Professor at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University. Dr. Laruelle is also Director of the Illiberalism Studies Program, Co-Director of PONARS (Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia), and Director of GW’s Central Asia Program. Dr. Laruelle received her Ph.D. in history at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures (INALCO) and her habilitation in political science at Sciences-Po in Paris. She is Senior Associate Scholar at IFRI, the French Institute for International Relations. She has been the Principal Investigator of several grants from the State Department, the Defense Department (Minerva), the National Science Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Henry Luce Foundation. 


Mikhail Minakov is senior advisor at the Kennan Institute – Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. He is a philosopher and social scientist working in the fields of political philosophy, political theory and the history of modernity. The author or coauthor of eleven books and a number of articles of philosophy, political science and analysis, Minakov has over 20 years of experience in research and teaching in Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine and the US. He is the editor of  “Almanac Koinè” and of the blog “Kennan Focus Ukraine”.


José Casanova is a professor in the Departments of Sociology and Theology at Georgetown University and senior fellow at the Berkley Center, where his work focuses on globalization, religions, and secularization. He is also member of the advisory board of Reset DOC. He has published works on a broad range of subjects, including religion and globalization, migration and religious pluralism, transnational religions, and sociological theory. His best-known work, Public Religions in the Modern World (1994), has become a modern classic in the field and has been translated into several languages, including Japanese, Arabic, and Turkish. In 2012, Casanova was awarded the Theology Prize from the Salzburger Hochschulwochen in recognition of his life-long achievement in the field of theology.



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