Shifting hegemonies in a world of change

Berlin, 30  August 2018. A workshop titled ‘Hegemonic strategies: Contours of global management strategies’ convened on Monday at the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) in Berlin. It was the second in a trilogy of one-day conferences on the subject of ‘Re-inventing hegemonies’.
Like the first of the series in May, which was co-organised with Warsaw University, this edition was co-organised between the DOC and the Centre for Governance and Public Management (CGPM) at Carleton University, Ottawa.
Nine renowned international scholars presented papers analysing the mechanisms that characterise the evolution, establishment, and eventual disappearance of hegemonies at global and regional levels. DOC Berlin’s workshop was focused on a variety of responses by key state and non-state actors to maintain strategic control over the ‘system’, or, to put it in Immanuel Wallerstein’s terms, to maintain a “quasi monopoly on geopolitical power”. Also discussed were ways in which some actors – whose strength has been increasing in recent decades, such as China, Russia, India, Iran, Vietnam, and others – have developed new tools in gaining power internationally.
The series, which will be completed with a final session in Shanghai in April 2019, is structured around the notion of hegemonies (and counter-hegemonies) and their role in shaping the new international political and economic system. It brings together academics from the US, China, India, Russia, and the European Union. Carleton professor Piotr Dutkiewicz underlined the importance of the plural ‘hegemonies’ in order to properly depict the present era as one of shifts and alterations in power relations

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