Summit of the Future – Part two: A geopolitical EU needs a permanent seat on the UN Security Council

Michael Sanfey, Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, makes the case that a geopolitical EU needs a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. For this to happen, he argues that France would have to make way, thereby demonstrating leadership and the importance it attaches to EU strategic autonomy and the effectiveness of the UNSC. An ideal occasion to make a commitment in this regard would be during the Summit of the Future at the UN in New York in September.

Summit of the Future – Part one

In September 2024 a major international conference will take place at the United Nations (UN) in New York entitled ‘The Summit of the Future’. The UN describes the summit as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enhance cooperation on critical challenges and address gaps in global governance, reaffirm existing commitments and move towards a reinvigorated multilateral system. Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre Michael Sanfey believes that for the summit to have any hope of success an element of “creative destruction” is called for.

Challenging eurocentrism in European feminist foreign policies

Connecting Black History Month with Women’s History Month, EUI Max Weber Fellow Miriam Mona Mukalazi and Fennet Habte from the Global Public Policy Institute reflect on African feminist thought, on feminist foreign policies, and call for feminist solidarity to try to change global politics.

Black Realities: Confronting Racism in Europe

In this post for the 2024 Black History Month exhibition at the EUI, History researcher Daphné Budasz reflects on the long history of dehumanisation and systemic oppression of people of African descent across time in Europe.

The world university that never was

History researchers and members of the Decolonising Initiative, Dario Willi, Siobhán Amelia Smith, Friedrich Ammermann, Amber Burbidge, Eoghan C Hussey, and Aurora Hamm describe the initial conception of the European University Institute as a “world university” rather than a “European university” and the role of Giorgio La Pira, former mayor of Florence and main advocate of this alternative vision of the EUI.

From European museums to African homelands: Restitution as geopolitics

In this post for Black History Month 2024, History researcher Aurora Hamm discusses the sudden increase in restitutions of cultural objects from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa and argues that restitutions mostly depend on geopolitical rather than on moral considerations.

What does the Corruption Perceptions Index tell us—and what does it leave out?

The corruption index published annually by Transparency International has limitations that are commonly overlooked. In this post, 2021-2022 Policy Leader Fellow Anna Patricia Valerio argues that the oft-cited measure fails to capture the complexities of corruption, including the role that affluent countries and elite networks play in facilitating it.