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MERCURY Project - Opening Conference

Edinburgh University will host delegates from Europe, Africa and Asia, as it begins a major three-year project studying the EUs contribution to a multilateral world order.

Though the EU has committed itself to promoting multilateralism, questions remain about its coherence as an actor, its pursuit of narrow European interests, and the behaviour of its member states Principal Timothy OShea will address the opening conference, and speakers include Martin Barber, retired UN Chief of Policy Development and Advocacy in the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; John Grant, former UK permanent representative to the EU; Gerrit Olivier, former South African Ambassador to Russia; and Professors Chris Hill (Cambridge), Wolfgang Wessels (Köln) and Alberta Sbragia (Pittsburgh). The conference will take place in Old College, room 175, Thursday, 12 March, 4.00-6.00 pm. The "MERCURY" project is headed up by Edinburgh's Politics and International Relations Department. The team includes the University of Köln; Cambridge University; the Institute of International Affairs (Rome); Sciences Po, Paris; SIPRI (Stockholm); Charles University (Prague); the University of Pretoria; and Fudan University (Shanghai). The projects budget of 1.96 million is supported by a large grant from the European Commission under Framework Programme 7.
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