50 years of European foreign policy cooperation: what is it for?

50 years of European foreign policy cooperation: what is it for?

Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:45pm
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HR
Dr Heidi Maurer (Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford)

What did 50 years of foreign policy cooperation, 25 years of Common Foreign and Security Policy, and 10 years of Lisbon Treaty reforms deliver for the international identity of the EU and its member states? Is the EU foreign policy system, with the current status of the High Representative as quasi-Foreign Minister and the European External Action Service fit for the changing international system? Can the EU deliver as non-traditional foreign policy actor in an increasingly contesting international arena?

This seminar is to scrutinize the past, current and future state of European Foreign Policy cooperation and of the EU as an international actor. In light of the appointment of the next High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the looming of a no-deal Brexit in October 2019, our roundtable participants are going to reflect on challenges and opportunities for European action in international affairs.

Our speakers (please note a change in speaker to originally advertised):

Ben Tonra is Professor of International Relations at the UCD School of Politics and International Relations. He teaches, researches and publishes in European foreign, security and defence policy, Irish foreign, Europeanisation and International Relations theory. In the framework of the Horizon2020 project GLOBUS Professor Tonra currently critically examines the European Union’s contribution to global justice. He also works on the impact of Brexit and Irish Security and Defence and co-edited a special issue on the Legitimacy in EU Foreign and Security Policy.

Richard Whitman is Professor of Politics and International Relations in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent and Visiting Fellow at Chatham House. His current research interests include the conceptualization of the international role of the EU, EU foreign policy within a wider European and global context and comparative foreign policy making, with a particular focus on Brexit and its impact for UK Foreign and European policy (see for example his latest publication: The UK's European diplomatic strategy for Brexit and beyond). Professor Whitman is a lead editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies on the editorial boards of European Security and Studia Diplomatica. 

Alexander Kmentt is the (former) Austrian ambassador for the EU political and security committee.

Chair: Heidi Maurer is Lecturer in EU politics at DPIR, University of Oxford and coordinator of the Jean Monnet Network NORTIA. Dr Maurer researches European Union diplomacy and the distinct identity of the EU as an international actor, with a particular interest in the added value of European and international cooperation and changes in diplomacy. Her current research investigates European diplomatic coordination in third countries, the role of EU delegations, and the way third parties relate to the European Union diplomatically.

Co-sponsored by NORTIA: Network on Research and Teaching in EU Foreign Affairs.

Please email: european.studies@sant.ox.ac.uk in order to register to attend in advance of the event.