In a rapidly changing global landscape, the role of the nation-state is challenged on different levels. From below, the nation is threatened by the growth of large and powerful cities, yet on another level regional alliances such as the European Union, the African Union, and Mercosur are becoming stronger and more impactful.

Are traditional geopolitics of nation-states evolving into geopolitics of regions? Are regions better equipped to act in the globalising world, and accordingly better capable of aligning with increasingly important non-state actors such as multinational corporations, nonprofit organisations, and the international civil society?

Dr Lapodini Marc Atouga is ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources. He is an agricultural economist with decades of policy experience in the West African sub-region and beyond. He joined ECOWAS with nearly ten years of experience working on agricultural policy issues at the UEMOA Commission.

Jeske Seters, Deputy Programme Manager Food Security at ECDPM, will lead the discussion with the audience.

Auditorium, VU University (within walking distance of train station Amsterdam Zuid) | Monday 9 December (17:00-18:45) | Free Admission | Register at: |With free drinks afterwards