The regime of Alexander Lukashenka in Belarus continues to repress peaceful protesters who persist in their struggle for a democratic future, and police violence has reached unprecedented levels. Given the scale of public support for the Belarusian opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the opposition to a sixth term for Lukashenka is unlikely to diminish. The EU has reacted with sanctions, but protesters and members of the opposition largely perceive its response to be lukewarm and insufficient.
En su intervención, Powell afirmó que ‘juntos, los think tanks conformamos una comunidad de conocimiento práctico y útil. También una comunidad de valores. Nos enfrentamos a muchos retos que ya existían antes de la pandemia, pero se han intensificado’.
Diálogo: 'Presidencia de Portugal del Consejo de la UE. Tiempo de actuar: por una recuperación justa, verde y digital'
Coincidiendo con la presidencia semestral del Consejo de la UE por parte de Portugal, Charles Powell dialogó con Ana Paula Zacarias, secretaria de Estado de Asuntos Europeos de Portugal, que presentó sus tres prioridades: recuperación económica anclada en las transiciones verde y digital; fortalecimiento del Pilar Social Europeo para asegurar transiciones justas, y refuerzo de la autonomía estratégica de una Europa abierta al mundo.
During a visit to Madrid, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, former presidential candidate and leader of the democratic movement in Belarus, talked to Charles Powell, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute, about the future of democracy in her country. Her husband, the businessman Siarhei Tsikhanouski, was thrown into jail by the Belarus authorities after using his popular YouTube channel to criticize Alexander Lukashenka and his dictatorial regime. It is generally agreed that Tsikhanouskaya won the presidential election held on 9 August 2020, a result Lukashenka ignored. Together with Veranika Tsapkala, in December 2020 she received the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize on behalf of the democratic opposition in Belarus, which honours individuals and groups who have dedicated their lives to the defence of human rights and freedom of thought.
Joe Biden will presumably become the 46th president of the United States on 20 January 2021. Many experts are predicting that he will initially be dedicating much of his time and energy to domestic matters, and in particular, with providing answers to the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, however, he is widely expected to implement significant changes to US foreign policy, though their precise nature and significance are not always easy to predict. Many in Europe would no doubt like to see the new administration renew America’s traditional commitment to multilateralism, a strong transatlantic relationship, and European integration. The world has changed significantly since 2016, however, and it remains to be seen whether this will indeed be the case.
Daniel S. Hamilton, Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Europe Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center.
Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic, CSIS.
Jeffrey H. Michaels, IEN Senior Fellow, Barcelona Institute of International Studies.
Carlota Encina García, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute.
Moderator: Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute.
In November, Americans will be casting their ballot amid turmoil and uncertainty, with an economy reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, growing tension over race relations, and in the aftermath of record-breaking climate disasters. Voters are already turning out in large numbers to choose between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Jose Biden, in what many are describing as the country’s most polarized election ever.
This online workshop analyzed the upcoming US Presidential Election, its implications for the future of American foreign policy, and the international challenges and opportunities that will likely arise depending on the winner. To gain a useful perspective on these issues, we bring together a group of distinguished international scholars to discuss the ability of a new or second-term president to radically change US foreign policy, what the foreign policy agendas and experience of the two candidates can tell us about the direction and priorities of the next administration, as well as the likely European reactions to a Trump or Biden victory.
The Institute for Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal organized the 28th edition of the Estoril Political Forum, whose theme this year was ‘New Authoritarian Challenges to Liberal Democracy’. Charles Powell, director of the Elcano Royal Institute, co-hosted the Adolfo Suárez Memorial Debate, in which speakers addressed Spanish and Latin American perceptions of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the future of the liberal international order.
4ª CONFERÊNCIA DE LISBOA
‘A ACELERAÇAO DAS MUDANÇAS GLOBAIS. E OS IMPACTOS DA PANDEMIA’
As Conferências de Lisboa são um evento internacional de periodicidade bienal, que promovem o debate sobre as mudanças globais e o desenvolvimento.
Inaugurado por Charles Powell, el debate contó con la participación de Juergen Foecking, responsable de Relaciones Institucionales de la Oficina del Parlamento Europeo en España, los eurodiputados Ibán García, Susana Solís, y Javier Zarzalejos, y Andrés Ortega, investigador principal sénior asociado del Real Instituto Elcano.