Geoeconomics revolves around attempts to understand how geopolitical strategies relate to globalizing capitalism, through economic reconstruction of the territory and the market, including globalization's cross-border geographic imperatives and imaginations. The result is a confusing constellation of concepts that raise big questions about how economic effects and international relations shape one another. The geography of capitalism simultaneously makes and mediates these reciprocal relationships. It is useful to navigate through theoretical confusions in the relationship between geopolitics and geoeconomics in terms of dialectics and empirical evidence. Geoeconomics can be used by geopolitics to reach an agreement between the development of regionalism and the associated transnational effects, that is, transnational governance, sometimes unavoidable in a context of degrees of freedom that allow commercial relations. Geoeconomics is therefore argued to describe the localized changes in governance imperatives implied in a series of fairly everyday economic challenges. The conference will certainly go through an examination of strategies located in a myriad of regions in a context of globalized economic interdependencies that affect us all and that adapt our collective future.
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
Antonio Duarte Santos