The international system which emerged after the end of the cold war may be described as multipolar, heterogeneous, global and mobile. It is not easy to analyze precisely the identity, nature and responsibilities of the "poles" of the new system. Amongst them, the European Union plays a singular role, as an unprecedented attempt to build a new kind of political unit, emphasizing the development and use of soft power. But the European construction process is still quite young. The EU remains an evolving and multipolar itself, and thus contributes to increase the complexity of the international system overall.
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Prof. Thierry de Montbrial, Member of the "Institut de France"; Founder and President of the French Institute for International Relations; Founder and President of the World Policy Conference
- Monday, 21 February 2011
- 5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road