UK in a Changing Europe Commentary:
UK in a Changing Europe Commentary:
new article with Richard Whitman and Nicholas Wright just published in International Affairs
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On 5 December 2022 I participated in a conference organised jointly by the International Institute for Peace, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Vienna and the Renner Institute about the War in Ukraine. I spoke at the panel “The long and difficult road to peace” with a particular focus on the role of the EU and the need to engage with the international community much more strongly in bringing about peace talks. I also participated in the public panel discussion in the evening.
Am 27. Oktober fand im Landhaus in St. Pölten das jährliche “Forum Digitalisierung”. Im Rahmen unserer Kooperation mit dem Land NÖ habe ich dort einige erste Eindrücke von unseren Workshops “Trendmanagement Digitalisierung” vorgestellt und über die Kernzutaten zu Digitaler Fitness referiert. “Wie werden wir digital fit?” war das Thema meines interaktiven Vortrags.
Relational approaches bear a distinct added value for the study of the EU and international negotiations. In this research note we advocate for the combination of social network analysis with practice theory to better capture social relational forms of state power. We introduce the concepts of position and process power to develop an analytical framework that conceptualizes negotiations as dynamic interactions between the two. We contend that negotiation outcomes rest on a country’s ability to shape subsequent network configurations based on its initial network position and its competent performance of practices. Among other things, our framework offers a nuanced understanding of the formation and role of coalition groupings as well as the forms of social relational power that can emerge among states. As we argue, states can both ‘be’ (due to exogenous and pre-existing factors) and ‘become’ powerful (thanks to the social dynamics unique to each negotiation).
It was a great honor to join the pilot European Diplomatic Academy participants from 29-30 September 2022 at the College of Europe in Bruges during our seminar “The role of EU institutions and member states in the decision-making on EU external action: a multi-level architecture”.
“Securing Europe Amidst Current Insecurities” was the title of our co-chaired seminar for the European Forum Alpbach 20 22Scholarship holders that took place from 20-26 August 2022. In an interactive format we reflected various aspects of European security with the aim to design an updated version of the European Union Global Strategy. It was a pleasure and honor to co-teach with Dr. Xymena Kurowska (CEU) and to discuss with our 25 engaged international participations.
Our Course outline: EFA 2022 – Securing Europe Amidst Current Insecurities:
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”
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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.
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