On 27 April 2022 we kicked-off our UACES Research network RELATE: European Studies in a Relational Universe, which I coordinate together with Marianna Lovato (University College Dublin) and Prof Ana Juncos (University of Bristol). RELATE aims to bring relational theories and approaches into the mainstream of European Studies.
The kick-off event featured a keynote by Prof Emilian Kavalski: “What Can Relationality Be Good For In IR and European Studies? A RELATE Discussion Series”
The Added Value of European Diplomacy for EU Regional and International Actorness
This chapter investigates how the EU and its Member States developed European diplomacy as a foreign policy tool. It critically assesses in what manner European diplomacy can support the EU in exerting agency and power in its relations with third countries, contributing to its actorness. By drawing conceptually on the changing nature of diplomatic interaction, the chapter emphasises the communicative and relational character of diplomacy and therefore illustrates the strengths but also challenges to the EU as a diplomatic actor. The chapter shows that due to its relational character, the mode and quality of European diplomacy is highly dependent on third country context, but also on the sectoral emphasis of European foreign action vis-à-vis the country/region, speaking to issues of legitimacy and recognition. The EU is still a peculiar regional and global actor, and this peculiarity is also mirrored in the added value of European diplomacy.
Online talk on 2 June 2021 Moderation: Ivan Josipovic (IPW | University of Vienna)
Abstract: European Union foreign policy has always been dependent on EU member states ́ support. More profoundly, the Common Foreign and Security Policy was established to manage differences among EU member states, with increased institutional support (e.g. High Representative and European External Action Service) and socialisation in the Council. For the past two years, however, contestation within the EU foreign policy system is said to have reached a new quality, with increasing illiberal, sometimes right-wing and definitely populist politics across Europe in various policy fields impacting on consensus-required foreign policy activities. This presentation builds on ongoing research that takes stock of 50 years of European foreign policy cooperation. We will review trends of Europeanisation, re-nationalisation and institutionalisation in light of the increased EU ambition to remain relevant amid contending forces in world politics.
An event within the IPW Lectures, an international lecture series of the Department for Political Science, University of Vienna.
This policy brief reviews the effects of the institutional adjustments in EU foreign policy as instigated by the Lisbon Treaty. It scrutinises the implications of these reforms for the distribution of power between member states and EU actors involved. Our analysis identifies two conflicting trends: on the one hand, an increased influence for EU institutions, with the notable exception of the Political and Security Committee whose position as strategic foreign policy linchpin is no longer certain. On the other, a partial weakening of the commitment of at least some member states to EU foreign policy cooperation.
LSE EUROPP Blogpost in European Politics and Policy Series to synthesize the results of the joint research with Nick Wright about the changing interaction of EU member states in EU foreign and security policy
Episode 9: Heidi Maurer and Sophie Vériter on the Future of Diplomacy in Europe
In this episdoe, Sophie (Leiden University) and I talked about our recent contributions to the special issue “Diplomacy and COVID-19” in the Hague Journal of Diplomacy. We explain why you should read our articles, we synthesize our main points, and what´s ahead for further research.
Here are the publications that we relate to
Vériter, S. L., Bjola, C., & Koops, J. A. (2020). Tackling COVID-19 Disinformation: Internal and External Challenges for the European Union, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 15(4), 569-582. doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/1871191X-BJA10046
Maurer, H., & Wright, N. (2020). A New Paradigm for EU Diplomacy? EU Council Negotiations in a Time of Physical Restrictions, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 15(4), 556-568. doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/1871191X-BJA10039
In this Encompass opinion piece Nick Wright and I synthesize our research findings about the impact about the institutional Lisbon Treaty changes on the involvment of member states in European foreign policy-making.
Reflecting on our reserach which has just been published: Maurer H., & Wright, N. (2020). Still governing in the shadows? Member states and the Political & Security Committee in the post‐Lisbon EU foreign policy architecture. Journal of Common Market Studies (early view): https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.13134