The future of multilateralism in a (not yet) post-pandemic world

Web conference

Date: November 23, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00


The FRS is pleased to invite you to a webinar entitled "The future of multilateralism in a (not yet) post-pandemic world", which will be held online on Monday, November 23 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am (CET).

Despite preexistent tensions and challenges to multilateralism, the Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated the urgency to rebuild and consolidate multilateral institutions. Japan and the EU, both value-based and normative powers, are firmly attached to multilateralism. However, multilateralism cannot function without the active participation from great powers, including ones with veto power at the UNSC. For four years, the United States has pursued an « America first » approach. However, the People’s Republic of China, the « other » great power, cannot be absolved from focusing on a form of multilateralism which is exclusively at the service of China’s own interests beyond an apparently more open rhetoric. 

Three weeks after the American elections, this webinar will offer the opportunity of a dialogue on the future of multilateralism in a post Covid-19 world and the confrontation of visions between Japan and Europe. 

Bruno Tertrais, Deputy director, Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS)
Akiko Fukushima, Senior Fellow, the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Reseach, and Visiting Fellow, the Lowy Institute
Eva Pejsova, Senior Japan Fellow, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Valérie Niquet, Senior Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS)