Virtual Panel organized and held by Working Group 2 – Perception and Communication
Convenors: Organized and led by Natalia Chaban, co-led by Michele Knodt, Sonia Lucarelli, Ole Elgström and Karine Lisbonne de Vergeron
Contributors: Andrea Ribeiro Hoffman, Paula Sandrin, Eric Tremolada, Andrea Quiroga, Roberto Dominguez, Pauline Heinrichs, Babak Bahador, Toni Haastrup, John Kotsopulous, Karine Lisbonne de Vergeron, Michito Tsuruoka, Paramitaningrum, Elena Ananieva, Thomas Christiansen, Iana Sabatovych, Natalia Chaban, Elizabete Vizgunova-Vikmane, Kateryna Pryshchepa
The Virtual Panel “External perceptions of the EU as times of global crises: Continuity and Change?” tracks and maps the perceptions of the EU in 13 key global partners. It contributes to the debate on the EU’s actorness and its global recognition, discusses the EU’s perceived effectiveness and normative identity, and dissects expectations-perceptions gaps at times of global uncertainty and crises. The panel examines how key global partners see the match between the EU’s words and deeds and whether they recognise the EU as following its principles consistently. Discovered patterns in continuity and change of perceptions add to the debate about the EU as a global actor and on how it may engage with a more comprehensive and strategic approach in its external actions, including effective and innovative public diplomacy.
The panel discusses external perceptions of the EU following the logic of the geo-political regions and features research collaborations across the borders. Case Latin America compares perceptions of the EU in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico (developed and presented by Andrea Ribeiro Hoffman, Paula Sandrin, Eric Tremolada, Andrea Quiroga and Roberto Dominguez). Case North America compares views on the EU in the US and Canada (delivered by Pauline Heinrichs and Babak Bahador). Case Africa compares images of the EU in Nigeria and South Africa (undertaken by Toni Haastrup and John Kotsopulous). Case the Indo-Pacific compares perceptions from India, Japan and Indonesia (researched by Karine Lisbonne de Vergeron, Michito Tsuruoka and Paramitaningrum). A comparative case on Russia and China is developed and presented by Elena Ananieva, Thomas Christiansen, Iana Sabatovych and Natalia Chaban. A comparative research into public opinion across all 13 countries is undertaken by Elizabete Vizgunova-Vikmane and Kateryna Pryshchepa.
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