Spain in the World: the End of the Bipolar Order and the Emergence of the New International Architecture

Madrid, Spain

30 November 2017 - 1 December 2017

Research on Spanish foreign policy and its practice is a fully consolidated field that has been approached by numerous researchers and experts from different perspectives and disciplines. At present, there is a significant critical mass analyzing the evolution of foreign endeavors conducted by democratic Spain and its inclusion in international society, drawing attention to aspects such as the new European policy following adhesion to the ECC; the evolution of the security and defense policy within the framework of NATO; the internationalization of the Spanish economy; and the adaptation in the end, to changes brought about in the international order following the end of the Cold War. Within this context, it is important to approach the past with a view to creating a multidisciplinary space for dialogue in which the specialists and key figures from the era can share their experiences and interpretations.
For this purpose, the History of International Relations Research Group (GHistRI) and the Spanish Commission of the History of International Relations (CEHRI) are organizing the international conference "España en el mundo: el fin del orden bipolar y la nueva arquitectura internacional" [Spain in the world: the end of the bipolar order and the emergence of the new international architecture], to take place on 30 November and 1 December 2017 at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and on the Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE at Cantoblanco Campus.
The conference will have support from the Department of Contemporary History of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE, and will be developed within the framework of the R&D&I project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness with reference HAR2014-53618-P, entitled "La política exterior de España: de la transición a la consolidación democrática (1986-2001)". [Spanish foreign policy: from transition to democratic consolidation (1986-2001)].
Placing an emphasis on the historical approach, yet not ruling out perspectives from other disciplines, the conference will focus on the role of Spain in the world from the process of democratization to modern day. In this regard, reflections will focus primarily on the phases of the official process of Spanish foreign policy (drafting, decision, evaluation); the structure and functioning of the Foreign Office; and the relationship between Spain and other international players (States, international organizations, transnational actors, and so forth). A segment will also be spent examining the sources and methodologies used to study the topic.
Alongside plenary lectures and a round table that will engage direct key figures from the era, the conference will be structured around thematic panels in which speakers can orally present their work and discuss their results. To facilitate this, proposals for papers will be accepted on the following aspects of Spanish foreign policy, without excluding those excluded thus far but which may be of interest:
A. Bilateral RelationsB. Multilateral DiplomacyC. Security and DefenceD. Internationalization of companies and other non-governmental actorsE. Foreign State-AdministrationF. International CooperationG. Foreign Cultural ActionH. Sources and methodologies
Anyone wishing to present their contributions at the conference should send a brief summary of their proposal of no more than 250 words to no later than 10 June 2017. The following details should also be included:ï‚· Name of author(s) of the proposalï‚· Title of proposal and summary (max. 250 words)ï‚· Academic fieldï‚· Emailï‚· Preferred thematic block
Contributions and presentations during the conference can be in Spanish or English. All proposals will undergo a peer evaluation process and the authors will be notified of the result shortly after the deadline for receipt closes. Each participant will have a maximum of twenty minutes to present their work and they will receive a certificate of attendance and participation. Once the conference has come to an end, the organizing committee will offer participants the opportunity to send a final version of their contributions in writing. The papers will be evaluated by an editorial committee and the most outstanding contributions will be published in a special thematic issue of the Comillas Journal of International Relations.
The cost and payment options for the conference are as follows:
Audience*: freeSpeakers: 30 euros (enrolled up to 1 October 2017) or 70 euros (enrolled up to date of conference)Members of CEHRI: free*A certificate of attendance shall be issued to those who attend at least 80% of sessions.
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