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EVENT-Regionalism at the Time of Covid-19: Impact and Implications in Europe, and Beyond

A panel based on The International Spectator's new issue on Covid-19’s impact on regionalism will be held on Thursday, June 10th at 3:30pm (CET), as part of the 10th Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on the European Union.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has served as a litmus test for regionalist projects, putting the capacity of regional organizations to respond to this emergency in clear view. Administering timely and deliberate responses to this crisis is pivotal to redefining and reasserting their legitimacy in the public eye. Conversely, failure in this area could escalate pre-existing trends of fragmentation and erosion. The papers in this panel will examine this unique moment, focusing on its implications for the EU's role globally, along with its implications on migration governance in regards to a new framing discourse founded on a human and humane approach. Additionally, the experiences of other regional organizations, specifically those in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in Africa, will be examined as they are useful in gauging the elements contributing to a successful or failed promotion of a regional response.

Panel Chair: Leo Goretti (International Affairs Institute (IAI))

Panel Discussant: Daniela Huber (International Affairs Institute (IAI)

Presenters: Riccardo Alcaro (International Affairs Institute (IAI))

Stefania Panebianco (Università di Catania)

Lorena Ruano (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, AC – CIDE)

Samuel Oloruntoba (Carleton University)

Keywords: Africa, European Union, Latin America, Migration, Regionalism


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