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June 2018

Steady as She Goes?

The EU Navigating Today's Complex World

This second AGORA Forum, organised at the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, will focus on the societal implications of the reseacher conducted within the GEM-STONES project. Five roundtables will be organised, with participation both from the PhD fellows, senior academics, officials and experts. This year we are also happy and honored to welcome among us Prof. G. John Ikenberry (Princeton University), who will lead the Opening Panel on «Crisis of the Liberal World Order?».

Restricted participation

More information to be published in May 2018

February 2017

Surfing on or Drowning in Complexity

The European Union in Today's Unstable World

The first AGORA of the GEM-STONES PhD program was set-up to facilitate the integration of the GEM-STONES’ four research work-package teams, and to broaden the project’s internal scientific dialogues with input from third parties and other communities.

On the first day of the Forum, the GEM-STONES doctoral fellows visited the McKinsey Solutions and Knowledge Center, and attended a meeting of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) at the European Parliament. The fellows also drafted and discussed critical reviews of a set of chapters drawn from the edited volume on “Globalisation, Multilateralism, Europe: Towards a Better Global Governance?” [Telò, 2013 : Routledge], and participated in special research dialogues organised at the Institut d’Études Européennes.

On the second day of the Forum, a diverse community of academics, researchers, officials and representatives from civil society organisations came together for roundtable discussions on the EU's competencies in managing increasing global instability and complexity.

Full Program & Participants

April 2016

Are Hard Times the Mother of Invention? (US Based Forum)

Efficiency & Legitimacy of Crisis-born European Modes of Governance

Organised prior to the 23rd international conference of Europeanists (hosted by the Council for European Studies in Philadelphia on April 14-15-16th 2016), the AGORA Forum “Are Hard Times the Mother of Invention - Efficiency and Legitimacy of Crisis-born Modes of Governance” aims to instigate a transatlantic dialogue and foster questions shared by the participating academics and practitioners.

The core questions that will be tackled are as follows: 

(1) Has the fast burning Eurozone crisis strengthened or weakened European institutions?

(2) Have governance responses to the crisis hampered or facilitated the resolution of broader slow-burning macro-economic imbalances?

The expected outcome of such this effort is to broaden the ongoing ENLIGHTEN project’s research agendas, basing on an outside-in transtlantic perspective.

Besides informed scientific input resulting from the discussions, products will include a short documentary based on face to face interviews conducted during the Forum.


June 2015

Are Hard Times the Mother of Invention ?

Enlightening European Responses to Fast and Slow Burning Crises


This Forum is the first integrative event of the Horizon 2020 research project “European Legitimacy in Governing through Hard Times: the role of European Networks” (ENLIGHTEN).  




ENLIGHTEN explores a novel framework to answer the question: “MORE EUROPE - LESS EUROPE?” as articulated in the first section of the EURO-4 Call on European Integration of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research Framework Programme.

ENLIGHTEN's TRANSVERSAL QUESTION is how the European governance architecture (modes of governance; expert networks; policy instruments and legitimizing narratives) born from the recent crisis shaped:

  1. Short and Long-term dynamics of stability and change in ideas?
  2. Forms of knowledge applied to fast and slow-burning crises?
  3. Discourses developed in response to fast and slow-burning problems?

POLICY FIELDS COVERED BY ENLIGHTEN (chosen because they function as important signifiers of the implementation, effectiveness and legitimacy of the European governance architecture) are:

  1. Banking crisis and fiscal sustainability;
  2. Deficit Reduction and continuity of public services;
  3. and Youth employment and inclusive growth.




THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF THIS FORUMis to instigate dialogue and foster questions shared by the different participating communities.

ITS EXPECTED OUTCOME is to inform the future ENLIGHTEN research activities, and to broaden the outlook of those engaged in the decision-making processes.

ITS PRODUCTS will include research briefs which will be fed into the upcoming project’s scientific activities.

February 2014

The Eurozone Crisis and the Transformation of EU Governance

Internal & External Dimensions

The specific purpose of this DISSEMINATION AGORA © forum - organised after the research efforts - is to expand on research findings and thus strenghten the integrity of the underlying research while contributing towards its dissemination towards new audiences.

It ultimately allow for substantiated and clearer policy recommendations to emerge.


1° What is the impact of the Eurozone crisis on the process of European Integration?
2° What kind of economic governance is necessary to ensure the long-term stability of EMU?
3° What kind of social dimension is necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of the EMU?
4° How has EU’s external action responded to the crisis and how has the crisis shaped the EU’s external action?

October 2013

Evolutions in the Transatlantic Relationship within a Multipolar World

Defensive Move or Constructive Engagement

The specific purpose of this INSTIGATION AGORA© forum, organised early on in the research efforts, is to instigate dialogue and foster questions shared by the different participating communities.

Its expected outcome is on the one hand, to inform future research agendas, and to broaden the outlook of those engaged in the decision making processes on the other.


1. Which role for the transatlantic relationship in the face of new rising powers?
2. What impact of a re-invigorated transatlantic G2 for the multilateral system?
3. Which obstacles do the transatlantic trade and investment, regulatory and energy dialogues face?
4. Which place for the transatlantic relationship in the EU’s foreign policy?

June 2013

Modelling & Measuring Regional Leadership

2nd AGORA Forum


  1. How to identify and quantify emerging regional leaders?
  2. How to identify and quantify convergences and divergences among regional leaders?
  3. How to interpret the measures signifying the BRICS’ rise in global trade networks and which implications for EU policy making?
  4. Which challenges to existing models of security and stability following the rise of regional powers can be identified? How should the EU adapt?