“The turmoil caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 has been perceived by many European Union leaders as an opportune time to reinforce their calls to renew multilateralism. The need to deal in a cooperative way with the economic, social and political consequences of the pandemic proved the validity of multilateralism. At a basic level, multilateralism refers to at least three states working together to achieve shared objectives and refraining from acting in a unilateral or bilateral way. Multilateralism is first and foremost the preferred way of cooperation for states wary of great powers politics. It is no surprise that multilateralism is widely claimed to be a part of the EU’s DNA. However, EU leaders are aware of the structural shifts within the United States-China rivalry revealed by COVID-19. In this new reality, a more effective multilateralism is urgently needed for Europe…”
Excerpt from Małgorzata Jankowska, “Effective Multilateralism,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 11, No. 2, 2021: 10-15.
Małgorzata Jankowska is a counselor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, where she leads the unit responsible for multilateral cooperation at the Asia Department. She previously served at the Polish Permanent Representation at NATO and the European Union and as a national expert at the European External Action Service.
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