4th ENP PhD Summer School: “The ENP under Pressure: Conceptual and Empirical Understandings of EU Foreign Policy towards the Southern and Eastern Neighbours”

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College of Europe – Natolin,
23 June-1 July 2016

Following the success of previous summer schools held at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe,  the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe, Natolin campus, together with TEPSA, organised the 4th ENP PhD Summer School on “The ENP under Pressure: Conceptual and Empirical Understandings of EU Foreign Policy towards the Southern and Eastern Neighbours”. The Summer School took place from 23 June to 1 July 2016 at the College of Europe, Natolin campus (Warsaw).

The event is sponsored by the ENP Chair of the College of Europe, Natolin campus, in collaboration with the ECPR, the ECPR-SGEU, and TEPSA.

Rationale

The ENP PhD Summer School concentrated on analyzing conceptually and empirically the dynamics between the European Union (EU) and its Eastern and Southern neighbourhoods, with a special focus on the recently revised European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) framework of 2015. It analyzed the evolution and implications of the 2004, 2011 and 2015 ENP, social and political transformations in the neighbouring countries, as well as issues related to conflict and territorial occupation. It also discussed how the most recent developments in the ENP countries and across the EU’s neighbourhoods have influenced EU policies and politics.

 Purpose

The purpose of this summer school was to bring together and train a group of PhD students in theoretical, empirical and research-strategic issues on the subject matter, as well as to encourage the exchange of their expertise. Additionally, the aim was to support the participants in furthering their research projects. The ENP PhD Summer School invites political science applicants who specialize in various sub-disciplines, including EU Integration Studies, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Public Administration.

Structure and content details

The ENP PhD Summer School was held at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe and focused on both the Eastern and the Southern dimension of the ENP. Each day, invited academics gave lectures on a subject related to the theme of the summer school and provided participants with feedback and comments on their PhD projects. The topics presented during the lectures included, among others:

  • Research designs in the study of European integration, EU foreign policy and the ENP
  • The Evolution of the ENP – Problems and Pitfalls
  • What kind of power? Role concepts, the ENP and ‘Normative Power Europe’
  • External Perceptions of the ENP and the EU as an international actor
  • The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy and the ENP
  • The role of the European Parliament, the EEAS and other EU institutions in the ENP
  • The ENP and Democracy Promotion
  • A new generation of association agreements with the eastern neighbours of the EU
  • The EU and state-building in the southern neighbourhood
  • The EU, the ENP and the Arab Spring
  • The ENP and the Eastern Partnership – The case of Ukraine
  • The ENP and the Eastern Partnership – The Case of South Caucasus
  • The EU, the ENP and conflicts in the neighbourhood
  • The role of civil societies in conflicts in the neighbourhood
  • The EU, the ENP and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Migration and displacement in the European neighbourhood

The school offered PhD students the possibility to present their work in progress and benefit from academic support on issues relating to their individual PhD projects. In this respect, PhD students were expected to circulate their paper before each presentation, and each presentation was assigned to a discussant/lecturer that is supposed to prepare a number of specific comments. All of the students’ presentations were followed by substantive discussions about how to improve their research theoretically/conceptually/methodologically and with regards to the case studies and the evidence used.