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The New International Order: Imperialism in the 21st Century – Lecture series at the Ireland Institute April 20, 2010

Posted by WorldbyStorm in European Politics, Irish Politics, The Left.
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The New International Order: Imperialism in the 21st Century

Lecture series at the Ireland Institute

Lecture 2: The EU and its global ambitions

Roger Cole and Kevin McCorry to speak about the EU and the exertion of power beyond (and within) its borders

Roger Cole of the Peace And Neutrality Alliance and Kevin McCorry of the People’s Movement will speak on the European Union and its ambitions to become an important ‘player’ on the international stage. While the Lisbon Treaty aims to give the EU the institutional structures and coherence to present itself as a unified actor at a global level, the marginalisation of the EU at the Copenhagen climate talks showed that it has much ground to make up.

The speakers will address all aspects of the EU’s efforts to exert power beyond its borders: economic, political, cultural, and military. While Jacques Delors spoke of resource wars in the 21st century and the EU has worked to increase its ability to intervene militarily, both alone and alongside NATO, economic, political, and cultural pressure is also being applied by the EU in its dealings with the world. The conditions that the EU seeks to impose on trading partners in the global South are one example of this. The debates about the use of European ideas of human rights to extend European influence throughout the world are another.

This is a vitally important subject for Ireland and its citizens, and the speakers will question the extent to which the EU’s desire to become a global power has undermined national sovereignty and democracy within its borders.

This is the second lecture in the series. Other lectures will look at the situation on the ground in Haiti and Africa; and alternatives and resistance to power and domination.

The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
8.00pm, Thursday, 22 April 2010

Further information from Finbar Cullen at the Ireland Institute, 01-6704606

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IONAD AN PHIARSAIGH, THE PEARSE CENTRE,
Institiúid na hÉireann, The Ireland Institute,
27 Sráid an Phiarsaigh, 27 Pearse Street,
Baile Átha Cliath 2. Dublin 2.

tel: +353 (0)1 670 4644

e-mail: bookings@theirelandinstitute.com

web: www.theirelandinstitute.com

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1. FergusD - April 21, 2010

“This is a vitally important subject for Ireland and its citizens, and the speakers will question the extent to which the EU’s desire to become a global power has undermined national sovereignty and democracy within its borders.”
So looking at these EU developments from a “nationalist” perspective then? Pity. These questions need to be taken up by the “internationalist” left, with an socialist internationalist response. We are in danger of leaving the discussion to the little “Irelanders”, “Englanders” etc. Although I have no idea who the “Ireland Institute” are.

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2. WorldbyStorm - April 21, 2010

I think you may well be right there. I’ve always been concerned about how we all, and even that recent thread on Northern Ireland demonstrates this, tend to get locked into a national discourse rather than looking at ways to accept overlaps and layered solutions. This is particularly true in regard to the EU which is both danger and opportunity.

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3. sonofstan - April 21, 2010

Although I have no idea who the “Ireland Institute” are.

http://theirelandinstitute.com/institute/institute_home_page.html

If nothing else, they have a useful big room in the city centre.

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4. LeftAtTheCross - April 23, 2010

There was a decent crowd at this event last night, maybe 40 people. The subject was EU neo-imperialism. In particular Kevin McCrorry’s talk was very detailed and over-ran somewhat, to be cut short by Deirdre Uí Bhrógáin of the CPI who was chairing the meeting (to the annoyance of many of the audience).

The big question for me however, which wasn’t addressed, is what is the alternative to the EU? Leave aside the neo-imperialistic ambitions of the founding members (the ex-colonial powers) for a minute, and how their agenda has driven the development of the EU. I wouldn’t argue against that for a second, but it is a distraction from another underlying argument.

One of the arguments made last night was that Europe cannot exist as a state because there is no common European people, no European nation. I simply don’t buy that argument, that a state must be founded on a nation. The USSR survived as a state for quite a while, and dealt with its nationalities issue reasonably successfully (whatever about the differing opinions of Lenin and Stalin about how it should have been handled). The Ottoman empire, the Habsburg empire are other examples. Again, leave aside the inherent nagatives we associate with the word “empire” for a second.

It seems that the only alternative being offered is some cosy notion of “nation states” or the evils of multi-ethnic “super states”, with the underlying assumption that the latter is just a guise whereby one dominant nation state fools its smaller neighbours into accepting its hegemony. A continuation of the historic empire building dynamic by different methods if you like, the domination of some nations over other nations.

But so what? It is the emphasis on the “nation” which jars.

Whether people, citizens of whatever form of state, are oppressed by transnational capitalism (last night’s subject) or by the local national bourgeoisie (as Conor McCabe has highligted in many of his posts here and on ILR) somehow seems to be ignored in the analysis. Is it a stagist thing maybe?

An interesting meeting all the same. The organisers asked that people who attended the meeting might publicise the series of lectures and encourage other to come along to the next event.

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5. Garibaldy - April 23, 2010

OK if I stick this up as a separate thread LATC?

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LeftAtTheCross - April 23, 2010

Garibaldy, of course, it’s your sitting room, I just visit for the conversation 🙂

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Garibaldy - April 23, 2010

I’m just a tenant. WBS is the landlord. 🙂

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7. Pope Epopt - April 23, 2010

I’m looking forward to that, LATC. It’s one of my pre-occupations.

I feel culturally ‘European’ with all the baggage that entails and find nationalist arguments against the EU distasteful. I’d like to think we constitute a federation of European peoples despite the federation of European capitalism.

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