ONE-DAY WORKSHOP on ‘Global Power Shift in the 21st century’

School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations & Environment


‘Global Power Shift in the 21st century’

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 10 am to 5.00 p.m.
Keele University, Claus Moser Research Centre, Room: CM0.12

The starting premise of this workshop is that we are currently experiencing significant shifts, economic and social transformations which may likely to constitute the beginning of a new historical phase of modern world system. The rise of East Asia to most dynamic region of the global economy and centre of accumulation pose potentially major challenges to our understanding of the modern world. We are hoping that this workshop will provide us an opportunity to discuss the following questions:

* To what extent do emerging powers represent a real threat to the US hegemony?

* How will a China/ India – US rivalry play out in the competition for energy resources?

* Will emerging economies repeat the environmental mistakes of their rich cousins?


Session 1
10.00 Coffee/ Tea
10.30- 11.00 Ray Kiely (Queen Mary, London), ‘The BRICs, US ‘Decline’ and Global Transformations’ KEYNOTE
11.00-11.30 Discussions
Session 2
11.30- 11.45 Francisco Dominguez (Middlesex), ‘Global Power Shift and its Impact in Latin America’
11.45- 12.00 Rebecca Richards (Keele), ‘Norms of Democratisation and Liberalisation in Africa. Development, but on whose terms?’
12.00- 12.30 Discussions
12.45- 1.45 Lunch
Session 3
14.00- 14.15 Aslihan Cap (Keele), ‘Arab Spring and the Shifting Global Balance of Power’
14.15- 14.30 Mustafa Demir (Keele), ‘The Changing Paradigm of Global Affairs and New Turkish Foreign Policy towards the Middle East’
14.30- 15.00 Discussions
15.00-15.30 Coffee/ Tea
Session 4
15.30- 15.45 Vassilis Fouskas (University of East London), ‘Europe’s State of Exception. How the Power-Shift to the East Arrests Democracy in the West’
15.45- 16.15 Discussions
16.15- 17.00 Panel Discussion


Humanities and Social Sciences Research, Claus Moser Research Centre
Keele University, Staffordshire ST5 5BG

Everyone is welcome to the workshop, on a first come, first served basis. Since space is limited if you are intending to come please reserve your seat by sending a message to

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