Date: Tuesday, 6 February 2024, 06:00 pm
Location: Robert Bosch Stiftung, Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin
Moderated by: Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Professor of International Relations, Sabanci University; and Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy
  • Manisha Reuter, Deputy Director, Asia programme, European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw, Associate Director, European Centre for Development Policy Management
  • Michael Thumann, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, DIE ZEIT


While there is considerable uncertainty and disagreement about the shape of the future international order, a key issue is the role that Middle Powers will play in shaping it. Although countries such as India, South Africa or Brazil have traditionally been seen as contributors to the so-called liberal order, it is increasingly argued that they are now acting as contesters with a destabilizing effect.

This dynamic has also gained relevance in recent conflicts: Middle Powers expressed varying degrees of support for the Ukrainian war effort or, more recently, are critical of the dominant Western position to the Israel-Hamas war. These differences call for a deeper examination of how these powers perceive the international order, the sources of their discontent, and its overall implications for Europe and the West.

This event will explore the perceptions of Middle Powers toward the international order and the West, the drivers and modalities of their contestation, and the broader implications for Europe and the West.

A light meal and drinks will be served after the debate.

Registration for this event is closed.