Conference at the College of Europe Bruges: ‘After the Bailout: how the post-programmes countries have fared’

01-02-2017

This conference will take place on 24 February 2017 at the Bruges Campus of the College of Europe (Auditorium 1, Verversdijk 16, College of Europe, Bruges). Registration is required on the College of Europe’s website.

After the global financial crisis threatened the breakdown of the international financial system, the euro area came under threat. The countries collectively referred to as the PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) suffered from severe market pressure that resulted in bailout programmes financed by the euro area, EU member states, and the IMF that were accompanied by strict conditionality. The objective of this conference is to investigate how countries have fared politically and economically after embarking on their adjustment programme. For countries that have exited their programme, were their respective exits timely or premature? Had the conditionality programmes contributed to long-term sustainability and provided the necessary foundation for future economic growth? Have the respective governments followed policies that are broadly consistent with those advocated by these conditionality programmes? What about the popular backlash against the austerity that accompanied them? Finally, what is the broader political legacy of the bailout programmes?

Programme

13:30 Conference registration

14:00-14:15 Welcome address by Rector Jӧrg Monar, College of Europe

 15:00 Keynote address by Istvan Pal Szekely, Director, DG ECFIN, European Commission

15:00-16:00 Panel 1 The Institutional perspective: Conditionality and its aftermath

Chair: Michele Chang, College of Europe

Daniel Daco, European Commission

Gabriel Glӧckler, European Central Bank

Silvia Merler, Bruegel

 

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00 Panel 2 The national perspective: Did the adjustment programmes help or harm?

Chair: Eric De Souza, College of Europe

Kevin Cardiff, European Court of Auditors

Federico Steinberg, Real Institute Elcano

Francisco Torres, London School of Economics

Georges Pagoulatos, Athens University of Economics and Business

 

18:00-18:10 Closing remarks by Michele Chang, College of Europe

Welcome to TEPSA’s New Board

tepsahighTEPSA’s General Assembly elected a new Board in Valletta on 10 November 2016. The new Board will be composed, in an alphabetic order, by Katrin BÖTTGER (Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin), Michele CHANG (College of Europe, Bruges), Yakup Atila ERALP (Center for European Studies, Middle East Technical University, Ankara), Juha JOKELA (The Finnish Institute of International Affairs), Petr KRATOCHVĺL (Institute of International Relations, Prague), Sabina LANGE (European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht), Lucia MOKRÁ (Institute of European Studies and International Relations, Bratislava), Pierre Florent PETERKENNE (as TEPSA’s Treasurer), Frank SCHIMMELFENNIG (Center for Comparative and International Studies, ETH Zurich), Funda TEKIN (Centre International de Formation Européenne, Berlin, and Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies, University of Cologne) and Jaap de Zwaan (Emeritus Professor of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, as TEPSA’s Secretary-General).

The Board’s mandate will start as of January 1st 2017 and last for three years.

A very warm welcome to all the Board on behalf of TEPSA’s Chairman and Secretariat and best of luck for your term!

The TEPSA team would also like to express its gratitude to Wolfgang Wessels for his longstanding and invaluable contribution to TEPSA’s work and wishes to congratulate him on his appointment as Honorary Member of the TEPSA Board.

PONT “Working Europe Seminar” 2: Climate, Energy and Environment Policy

PONT-150x150TEPSA will organise its second Working Europe Seminar on March 27-31 2017 in the framework of its ERASMUS+/Jean Monnet project PONT (Professional Training on EU Affairs).

During a 5-day seminar in Brussels, at the heart of EU politics, students will enjoy first-hand insights from researchers, EU practitioners and officials on current top priorities of the EU policies and politics in the Climate, Energy and Environment fields. The completion of the internal energy market as well as actions against climate change is on top of the EU’s strategic agenda. Discussions with practitioners from the field will complement the readings students are expected to prepare before the start of the course. Visits to the European institutions and civil society organization will also provide the seminar with added value.

Besides master’s students from law, economics and political sciences, this seminar will be of particular interests for students from engineering and environmental studies who will be able to gain insights into the political realities in energy policy and at the same time contribute through fruitful practical insights from their disciplines.

PONT is a project that aims to provide a bridge connecting young academics and EU practitioners, in order to improve the employability of young researchers.  A Working Seminar on Asylum and Migration Policies and a Career Skills Training have already been held throughout 2016.

Further information about the application procedure for this PONT Working Europe Seminar will be available on TEPSA’s website in January 2017.

Open call for applications 5-day Brussels seminar on EU Asylum and Migration Policies for Master students

In the framework of the PONT project TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association) is organising a ‘Working Europe’ Seminar on EU Asylum and Migration policies, which will take place in Brussels on 4-8 April 2016.

Amid EuPONT_LOGOrope’s worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, 20 students will take part in a seminar where EU practitioners, researchers and other relevant stakeholders will discuss recent developments in EU asylum and migration law and policy. The seminar will offer participants insights into the political dynamics shaping EU asylum and migration policies, and into the main challenges that have to be addressed. The division of competencies and responsibilities between the EU and its Member States will also be discussed.

Participants in the seminar will also visit policy departments of several EU institutions and agencies, Brussels-based thinks tanks and NGOs dealing with refugee issues. At the end of the seminar, a simulation game on EU Council negotiations will be organised in order to enable participants to apply the knowledge acquired during the seminar.

The seminar is coordinated by the Prof Dr Jaap W. de Zwaan, Emeritus Professor of European Union Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Lector European Integration at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance after a successful completion of the Working Europe Seminar.

Seminar venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels and working visits in Brussels.

Participation fee: EUR 100.

Travel reimbursement: TEPSA reimburses travel costs up to EUR 250. All other expenses, like accommodation, are to be covered by other sources or by the participants themselves.

The application phase is now closed. We are currently contacting all the candidates in order to inform them about the status of their applications.

More information can be found here: PONT Working Europe Seminar Call for Applications

Please find here the Final Agenda of the PONT seminar.

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Latest publications from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

FIIA-sth-niceRecent publications

FIIA Analysis 6

Veera Laine, Toivo Martikainen, Katri Pynnöniemi & Sinikukka Saari: Zugzwang in slow motion? The implications of Russia’s system-level crisis, Freely available at: http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/554/zugzwang_in_slow_motion/

FIIA Briefing Papers

Kristi Raik, Niklas Helwig & Tuomas Iso-Markku: Crafting the EU global strategy: Building blocks for a stronger Europe

Freely available at: http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/553/crafting_the_eu_global_strategy/

Katja Creutz: National Courts and Foreign Policy: Prosecuting Foreign State Leaders for International Crimes

Freely available at: http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/552/national_courts_and_foreign_policy/

Teemu Sinkkonen: The subtle Spanish revolution: New parties change the game, but does Catalonia still want to play?

Freely available at: http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/550/the_subtle_spanish_revolution/

Charly Salonius-Pasternak: Obama’s Foreign Policy: A long game harried by tactical politics

Freely available at: http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/539/obama_s_foreign_policy/

Antto Vihma: Paris Stress Test: Can the UN climate talks deliver?

Freely available at: http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/538/paris_stress_test/

Marco Siddi: The EU-Russia gas relationship: New projects, new disputes?

Freely available at: http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/533/the_eu-russia_gas_relationship/

FIIA Comments

Teija Tiilikainen: Mutual defence in the EU: The response to the terrorist attacks in Paris is a testing ground for the European security and defence policy, Freely available at: http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/548/mutual_defence_in_the_eu/

Wolfgang Mühlberger: Egypt’s democratic window-dressing: Procedural elections and paltry voter participation indicate a non-pluralistic transformation, Freely available at: http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/546/egypt_s_democratic_window-dressing/

Juha Jokela: The UK is searching for its role in Europe: David Cameron should adopt a more ­constructive approach to reforming the EU, http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/544/the_uk_is_searching_for_its_role_in_europe/

Jyrki Kallio: Last tango in Singapore: Frost expected in Mainland China-Taiwan relations, http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/542/last_tango_in_singapore/

Veera Laine: No More Marching: The Kremlin suppresses nationalist movements in order to achieve a like-minded society

http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/540/no_more_marching/

Tuomas Iso-Markku: Sizeable cuts ahead: Finland needs to define its objectives in the area of military crisis management more clearly, http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/536/sizeable_cuts_ahead/

Arkady Moshes: Ukraine is bigger than the conflict in Donbas: Promoting reforms should be a ­Western policy priority

http://www.fiia.fi/en/publication/534/ukraine_is_bigger_than_the_conflict_in_donbas/

Latest publications from the Institute of World Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

vki_logo_smZsuzsánna Biedermann: Genocide and destabilisation in Africa Great See region (in Hungarian) Publikon Publishing House, Budapest, 2015. ISBN: 9786155001093

András Inotai: Das Ungarische ‘Wirtschaftswunder’ ist nicht nachhaltig, In: Europäische Rundschau, 43 Jahrgang, Nummer 3/2015, pp 59-66

András Inotai: Hungary’s Path Toward an Illiberal System – October 2015, Südosteuropa, Special Issue Vol. 63, 2/2015

András Inotai: Die Maer vom “Retter Europas”, Der Standard, Wien, 08 October 2015, p. 35.

Dr. Judit Kiss: Prospects for Trade between Indonesia and Hungary with Special Focus on Agricultural Products, In: Go Hungary – Go Indonesia. White Paper on Business, Cultural and Educational Cooperation, editors: Tamás Novák, Tamás Halm, Budapest Business School, Budapest, 2015, pp. 52-70.

Tamás Novák – Tamás Halm: Go Hungary – Go Indonesia. In: White Paper on Business, Cultural and Educational Cooperation. Budapest Business School, 80p. ISBN 978-963-12-3984-3

Miklós Somai – Zsuzsanna Hegedüs: Agri-food sector: the speed of development in the new EU member states, UNIA EUROPEJSKA. PL : (3 (232)) pp. 6-22. (2015)

Tamás Szigetvári – Ágota Dávid: Scientific cooperation between the EU and Turkey – advantages and possible synergies (in Hungarian) In: Külgazdaság, November 2015. (No. 11)

Gábor Túry: The international competitiveness and the technological level of the external trade of the Central European countries: the global embeddedness of the transition countries two decades after the regime change, In: Klára Katona – István Kőrösi (eds.) Felzárkózás vagy lemaradás? A magyar gazdaság negyedszázaddala rendszerváltás után. Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem Jog- és Államtudományi Kara, 2015. pp. 195-220.

Forthcoming:

András Inotai: Una década de la membrecía de Hungría en la Unión Europea (One decade of Hungary’s membership in the European Union). Paper written for a two-volume book to be published by the University of Puebla, Mexico, late 2015 or early 2016

András Inotai: Krise, Krisenbewaeltigung und Schaffung neuer Krisen in Ungarn (Crisis, Crisis management and generation of new crises in Hungary). University of Graz (end-2015)

IWE Working Papers:

Annamária Artner: Capital, labour, democracy and the end of capitalism October 2015. http://www.vki.hu/files/download_927.html

Judit Ricz: Towards a new model of state-led development in Brazil (?) October 2015.

http://www.vki.hu/files/download_932.html

Andrea Éltető – Gábor Túry – Andrea Szalavetz – Anikó Magasházi: Upgrading of Hungarian subsidiaries in machinery and automotive global value chains November 2015. http://www.vki.hu/files/download_925.html

Miklós Somai: The role of State in Slovenian economy (In Hungarian) Az állam szerepe a szlovén gazdaságban

http://www.vki.hu/news/news_904.html

Tamás Szigetvári – Ágota Dávid: Scientific cooperation between the European Union and Turkey – advantages and possible synergies, November 2015.

http://www.vki.hu/files/download_924.html

Katalin Völgyi: Example of successful capitalism – Singapore (In Hungarian) A sikeres államkapitalizmus példája – Szingapúr   (In Hungarian)

http://vki.hu/files/download_939.html

IWE Kihívások/ Challenges:

Zsuzsánna Biedermann – Tamás Novák – Miklós Szanyi – Tamás Szigetvári – Péter Wagner: Az Európába irányuló migráció legfontosabb kibocsátó országainak vizsgálata (Survey of the main sending countries of migration to Europe), in Hungarian, November 2015.

http://www.vki.hu/files/download_928.html

 

Latest publications from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)

logo-SIIASchmidt-Felzmann, A. (2015) The EU’s relations with Russia: off balance and beyond repair? in Antonina Bakardjieva-Engelbrekt, Lars Oxelheim and Thomas Persson (eds) The EU’s Role in Fighting Global Imbalances. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar. http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/the-eu-s-role-in-fighting-global-imbalances

Schmidt-Felzmann, A. (2015) A Northern perspective on Russia’s challenge to European Security and sagaciousness. In A. Spruds (ed) Riga Dialogue: Towards a Shared Security Environment. Afterthoughts from the Riga Security Seminar 2015, RIGA: LIIA. http://www.researchgate.net/publication/281462945_A_Northern_perspective_on_Russias_challenge_to_European_security_and_sagaciousness

Schmidt-Felzmann, A. (2015) European foreign policy towards Russia: Challenges, lessons and future avenues for research. In Jørgensen et al. (eds) The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy, SAGE Publishers. https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sage-handbook-of-european-foreign-policy/book241829

Brady, H, & Parkes, R. (2015) EU home affairs diplomacy: why, what, where – and how. European Union Institute for Security Studies, Chaillot Paper No 135, July 2015.

In The Blog: International Voices:

In New York Times, Room for Debate

  • To Fix Europe’s Intelligence System, Start Using It, By Björn Fägersten

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/11/19/does-europe-need-a-new-surveillance-system/to-fix-europes-intelligence-system-start-using-it?smid=fb-share

TEPSA Board member Ian Begg contributes to the debate on the UK referendum

Iain-BeggTEPSA Board member Ian Begg is one of a number of senior fellows contributing to the ‘UK in a changing Europe’ initiative. This is intended to bring academic research into the public debate around the UK referendum. The UK in a Changing Europe Initiative promotes rigorous, high-quality and independent research into the complex and ever changing relationship between the UK and the European Union.

http://ukandeu.ac.uk/

You can find several contributions under the ‘blogs’ ‘news’ and  ‘explainers’ tabs, all of which can be freely downloaded.

TEPSA members might also be interested in a new BrexitVote blog at London School of Economics. Its aim is to inform the debate surrounding the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union with accessible commentary and research: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexitvote/

Share your News with the PADEMIA Community

logo_pademia_grootDear PADEMIA Community,

Don’t forget to share your news with your colleagues! PADEMIA, via its website, mailing list and newsletter offers a splendid opportunity to make information on your work, research, events and publications available to a wide audience of researchers and practitioners.

Please send your information to alexander•hoppe©uni-koeln•de  (alexander•hoppe©uni-koeln•de)  .

Events can also be promoted via the mailing-list.

Latest publications from the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP)

IEP_Bildschirm_200x40pxYearbook of European Integration 2015 published

The Yearbook of European Integration published by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin documents and balances the European integration process from 1980 to the present. The result of 35 years of continuous work is a uniquely comprehensive account of European contemporary history.
The “Yearbook of European Integration 2015” continues that tradition. In the contents of about 100 articles the authors trace developments in European politics in their field of research priority in the reporting period 2014/15. They supply information on the work of the EU institutions, the developments of different policy areas in the EU, Europe’s role in global politics and the member and candidate states’ European policy.
The Yearbook of European Integration is a project of the Institute for European Politics, Berlin, realized in cooperation with the Center for Applied Policy Research at the University of Munich and the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science, University of Cologne.

For more information, see: http://iep-berlin.de/en/publications/filter/annual-yearbook-of-european-integration/.

Issue 4/2015 of integration published

In the new issue of integration Kai Oppermann analyses the British European policy in view of the Tories’ victory in the general elections of May 2015. He addresses in particular David Cameron’s intraparty and electoral reasons to opt for a referendum on Britain’s EU membership. Michael W. Bauer and Stefan Becker provide a preliminary assessment of the Juncker Commission after its first year and evaluate its work to that effect how it uses its political room for manoeuvre in order to influence current European policy trends. Heinrich Schneider deals with the topic of European identity and discusses whether there is a decline of the European idea and the integration policy against the background of current crises. Karsten D. Voigt portrays the relationship between Russia and the West since 1991 taking into account Germany’s perspective and proposes concrete measures to improve the relations. Jéronimo L. S. Barbin’s review discusses works on the EU’s foreign policy since the coming into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. Three conference reports by the ‘Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration’ focus on current developments of the European Union after the European elections of 2014, European regulation and European fiscal policy.

For more information, see: http://www.zeitschrift-integration.de.

Recent publications from the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI)

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De Carvalho, Benjamin and Neumann, Iver B., Small states status seeking. Norway’s quest for international standing. Routledge, 2015.

https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415750363

Godzimirski, Jakub (ed), EU leadership in Energy and Environmental Governance? Global and Local Challenges and Responses. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/EU-Leadership-in-Energy-and-Environmental-Governance/?sf1=barcode&st1=9781137502759

Gornitzka, Åse and Sverdrup, Ulf, The Expert-Executive Nexus in the European Administrative System: Expert Groups and the European Commission, in The Palgrave Handbook of the European Administrative System, M. Bauer and J. Trondal (eds). Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/the-palgrave-handbook-of-the-european-administrative-system-michael-w-bauer/?K=9781137339881

Rieker, Pernille and Henrik Thune (eds), Dialogue and Conflict resolution: The Potential and Limits of Dialogue as a Tool for Conflict Resolution. Ashgate, 2015.

http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472438836

Johnsen, Tom O. and Rieker, Pernille, The EEA Grant. A source of Soft Power? Journal of European integration 37 (4): 417-432, 2015.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07036337.2014.987139#.VmaNcsmEr9c

Rieker, Pernille, The EU’s performance as a regional security policy provider in its southern neighbourhood, in Ingo Peters (ed) The European Union’s Foreign Policy ‘Actorness and Power’. Routledge, 2015.

https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138776708

Sending, Ole Jacob, Vincent Pouliot and Iver B. Neumann (eds) (2015) Diplomacy and the Making of World Politics. Cambridge University Press.

http://www.cambridge.org/zw/academic/subjects/politics-international-relations/international-relations-and-international-organisations/diplomacy-and-making-world-politics

Past event at the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

EVI-300x54On 3rd of December the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, together with the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership, organized an international conference titled “Highway or Stairway: The Path Ahead for the Eastern Partnership”. The public conference was opened by the Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, and speakers included academics and officials from each of the Eastern Partnership countries.

 

THESEUS Newsletter September 2015

THESEUS_Newsletter_Sep2015The THESEUS Newsletter September 2015 is now available online.  Twice a year, it features interesting THESEUS project activities, informs about recent and upcoming events and introduces THESEUS partner institutions. The third edition of the newsletter contains the following information:

FEATURE TOPIC

  • THESEUS Summer School 2015

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • THESEUS Europe@Work 2015
  • Inaugural Lecture of THESEUS Visiting Professor Emiliano Grossman
  • Award Lecture of THESEUS Outstanding Award Winner Prof Loukas Tsoukalis

PROJECT PARTNERS

  • Centre d‘Études Européennes, Sciences Po Paris

Download the Newsletter

We wish you an enjoyable reading!

THESEUS-PROTEUS Summer School, Seminar for Young Leaders 2014: “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership”, 23-27 June 2014, Fondation Universitaire, Brussels

THESEUS LogoIn view of the current debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the seminar dealt with a European Council simulation. Participants were required to prepare and argue the position of a member of the European Council.

The seminar featured speakers and high-level experts from international organisations, business, politics, as well as recognised researchers. Robert Kissack, an experienced researcher from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies, accompanied the seminar as THESEUS Resident Researcher. Beyond own teaching the researcher animated the debate and adviced students on group and individual basis. The participants had the possibility to bring in their own academic/professional contributions and to discuss them with the group and the experts. Three days of intensive preparation were followed by a simulation exercise of the European Council.

THESEUS Seminar Europe@Work„European Energy Policy“, June 2014, Berlin & Brussels

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THESEUS Seminar Europe@Work„European Energy Policy“, June 2014, Berlin & Brussels

The THESEUS Seminar Europe@Work on European Energy Policy took place in Berlin and Brussels in June 2014. During the excursion, the participating political science and energy economics students from the University of Cologne together with students from the Turkish-German University Istanbul and the Charles University Prague visited different institutions, interest groups and policymakers to discuss current challenges of European Energy Policy. The first part of the excursion took place from 11 to 13 June 2014 in Berlin. Among the visited institutions were the German Parliament, the Federal Foreign Office and the German Economic Council. From 16 to 18 June 2014, the students spent the second part of their excursion in Brussels and visited amongst others the Permanent Representation of Germany to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS). At the heart of all discussions was the 2030 framework for European energy and climate policies and its impact on the industry. Also the ongoing Ukraine crisis and its consequences for energy security in Europe played a central role in the debates. Further information on the programme can be found here.IMG_5562.

TEPSA Report “The 2014 EP Election Campaign in the Member States: National Debates, European Elections” by Mirte van den Berge

tepsa“This time it will be different” was the slogan of the information campaign for the 2014 European Parliament elections of the European Parliament (EP) itself. While the EP has been directly elected since 1979, its elections are traditionally regarded as second-order elections. The 2014 elections were expected to challenge this fact, marking a shift in the (perceived) importance of the European Union as a whole and the European Parliament in particular. The framework of TEPSA, as a network of 33 think tanks and research institutes focused on EU integration in the EU member states, provides an excellent opportunity to analyse information on the EP election campaign in the member states. The report focuses on the nature of the electoral campaign; the topics discussed; the relevance of any alliance to party groups in the European Parliament in the national debates; and the role the European “Spitzenkandidaten” (the candidates nominated by the pan-European political parties for the post of Commission President) played in the election campaigns in the member states. This paper can be considered an early attempt to explore whether or not the 2014 election campaigns have been substantially ‘different’ compared to before. Read more.

Seminar of the Centre d’études européennes: “The Electoral Base of Gridlock in America: Secular Realignment from 1937”, 12 March 2014, Sciences Po, CEE, Paris

Logo CEE CNRSThe main speaker of the seminar was be David Brady (Stanford Graduate School of Business, Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and  Morris M. Doyle Centennial Chair). Among his most recent publications are “Leadership and Growth”  (World Bank Publication, 2010) coedited with Michael Spence, “Revolving Gridlock: Politics and Policy from Carter to Bush II” (Westview Press, 2006), and “Red and Blue Nation? Characteristics and Causes of America’s Polarized Politics” with Pietro Nivola (Brookings Institution Press, 2007).

The discussion featured Adrien Degeorges and Vincent Tiberj (Sciences Po, CEE).

More information on the seminar can be found here.

“Sanctions under the EU Generalised System of Preferences and foreign policy: coherence by accident?”, Contemporary Politics, 2014

This article investigates the relationship between the European Union’s withdrawal of trade benefits for developing countries under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) and its sanctions under the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Authors’ expectation is that GSP withdrawals and CFSP sanctions will not cohere. However, their research reveals that GSP suspension has been coherent with CFSP sanctions when the latter exist prior to the decision-making process on GSP sanctions and when the International Labour Organisation has set up a Commission of Inquiry condemning the country, as with Myanmar/Burma and Belarus. The presence of separate institutional frameworks explains the GSP suspension towards Sri Lanka in the absence of CFSP sanctions. You can read the whole article here.

Published by Clara Portela (School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University, Singapore) and Jan Orbie (Centre for EU Studies, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium).

II Forum Germany-Portugal, 10-11 March 2014, Berlin

IPRI-UNLThe Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), the Portuguese Institute of International Relations, New University of Lisbon (IPRI-UNL), and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, jointly organized the 2nd German-Portuguese Forum, which took place in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, on 10 and 11 March, with the support of the German Government. The foreign ministers of Germany and Portugal gave opening speeches. A year after the first Forum took place in Lisbon, this years’ Forum focused on German-Portuguese relations around four core topics: reforms and economic competitiveness, constitutional courts and European integration, the transatlantic partnership and the future of Europe.

For the full programme, please visit our homepages: www.iep-berlin.de or www.ipri.pt .

EC launches 2014 European Research Area Survey

RP LuxoThe EC has launched the 2014 edition of the European Research Area (ERA) Survey on how to implement a ‘single market’ within the EU for researchers, knowledge and technology. Taking into account the EC’s aim that all the elements should be in place to create a properly functioning ERA by 2014, the 2014 ERA Survey is therefore “crucial for identifying areas where progress has been made and where further efforts are required”. The results of the Survey, which follows on from a similar exercise in 2012, will also be “aggregated at national level to reflect the overall state of play in each country”. The deadline for sending responses is 21 March 2014.

The Survey, which contains a range of questions but has been streamlined compared to the 2012 edition, has been divided into two formats – one for ‘organisations that fund research’ and one for ‘organisations that perform or perform and fund research’. Accordingly, national Research Councils/funding agencies as well as universities and research institutes are encouraged to complete the survey. The results of the Survey will also feed into the development of the next ERA Progress Report, due to be published later in 2014.

Further information
The Survey can be accessed here.

Apply now to the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation, EUIC

EIUCLogoThe European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is accepting applications for the 18th edition of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA).

E.MA is an intensive one-year advanced master’s course aimed at preparing professionals to work in international organisations, field operations, governmental and non-governmental bodies, and academia. E.MA offers an action- and policy-oriented approach to learning that combines interdisciplinary perspectives with skills building activities.

While studying in a multicultural environment, students have the opportunity to meet and be taught by leading academics representing the 41 E.MA participating universities, officials of international organisations (such as the European Union, the United Nations and the Council of Europe) and experts and practitioners of national and international NGOs.

Applications for the academic year 2014/2015 are processed on an on-going basis. The next deadline is 15 March 2014. Apply now.

For more information, click here.

High-Level Lecture on “The ENP in a Comparative Perspective: Exporting the Internal Market – Panacea or Nemesis for the European Neighbourhood Policy? Lessons from the Energy Community”, 5 March 2014, College of Europe, Bruges

coeOn 5 March 2014, the College of Europe hosted a high-level lecture within the framework of a series of events focusing on the European Neighbourhood Policy in a comparative perspective. Dr Dirk Buschle, Deputy Director of the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna, reflected on the evolution of the Energy Community and of the European Economic Area in order to discuss and consider the future of relations between the EU and its neighbours.

The conference was organized in the framework of a series of events focusing on the European Neighbourhood Policy in a comparative perspective. The series benefited from the financial support of the European Commission. Participation was free of charge.

More information on the lecture can be found here.

“From Subsidiarity to Better EU Governance: A Practical Reform Agenda for the EU”, Clingendael/CEPS Report, March 2014

Report ClingendaelSteven Blockmans, Judith Hoevenaars, Adriaan Schout and Jan Marinus Wiersma, From Subsidiarity to Better EU Governance: A Practical Reform Agenda for the EU, Clingendael/CEPS Report, March 2014.

The Clingendael Institute and CEPS published the joint report ‘From Subsidiarity to Better EU Governance: A Practical Reform Agenda for the EU’, which explores the feasibility and relevance of some of the ideas for better EU governance in day-to-day decision-making. The findings are largely based on a one day seminar attended by more than 70 officials and experts from the EU member states and the European institutions on 23 January 2014 in The Hague. One of the main conclusions is that there is a broadly felt need for EU reform among the member states and European institutions. A wide-ranging list of practical solutions for improvement have been suggested. Any practical reform agenda for the EU must preclude treaty change, repatriation of competences and undermining the Community method. The emphasis of the member states and European institutions is on a better use of existing instruments, for example the yellow card procedure and the Commission’s impact assessments. The current political momentum – with various initiatives from other member states, European elections in May 2014 and the appointment of a new European Commission in the fall –could and should be used for (Council) intensified discussions about a reform agenda for the EU.

You can download the report in pdf format here.

Public discussion & book presentation “The Politics of Economic Sustainability: Baltic and Visegrad Responses to the European Economic Crisis”, 24 February 2014, Riga, Latvia

LIIAStiftungLatvian Institute of International Affairs with support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organized a public discussion and presentation of its new book “The Politics of Economic Sustainability: Baltic and Visegrad Responses to the European Economic Crisis”, which took place on 24 February 2014 in Radisson Blu Hotel Latvia, at 14:00-17:00. Prominent experts from all seven countries discussed their respective experiences in coping with the crisis and lessons learned. Programme is available here.

Seminar “Commerce extérieur et compétitivité française”, 20 February 2014, Sciences Po, CEE, Paris

Logo CEE CNRSThe main speaker of the seminar was Mrs Nicole Bricq (Minister of Foreign Trade). The discussants were Elie Cohen (Director of research at Sciences Po, CEVIPOF) and Lionel Fontagné (Professor at the University Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne and CEPII). The chair of the conference was Zaki Laïdi (Director of research at Sciences Po, CEE).

More information on the seminar can be found here.

New framework for technical measures in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy

RP LuxoThe main policy objective of this initiative is to support the objectives of the reformed CFP. Technical measures are a key tool to achieve these objectives.

Consultation on a new framework for technical measures in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.

The new framework will also contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy by simplifying the fisheries policy, which has been criticised as being overly complex and difficult to enforce.

This overarching policy objective will be achieved through the following specific objectives:

  • Creation of a simplified regulatory framework that allows for regionalisation of technical measures.
  • Reduction and avoidance of unwanted catches through improvements to fishing gears and effective spatial and temporal measures.
  • Minimisation of the ecosystem impact of fishing gears through the mitigation of incidental bycatch of endangered, threatened or protected species and reduction of fishing pressure on sensitive habitats.

This consultation should ascertain the views of the main stakeholders on how to achieve these objectives considering both the measures themselves and the governance structure within which they operate.

Period of consultation: 24 January 2014 to 25 April 2014

More information on the consultation can be found here.

Energy Efficiency: Progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency objective and a 2030 energy efficiency policy framework

RP LuxoThe aim of this public consultation is to seek the opinions of the general public and all stakeholders on the issues related to energy efficiency policies and measures for 2020 and 2030.  Particularly, the replies submitted to this consultation will provide an important input to the review of progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency target under Article 3(2) of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU. They will also be taken into consideration for the follow-up of the Communication “A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030” to establish the exact ambition of future energy savings policy and the measures necessary to deliver it.

Consultation period: 3 February 2014 to 28 April 2014

More information on the consultation can be found here.

Consultation on the Notice on the notion of State aid

RP LuxoThe notice on the notion of aid is an integral part of the Commission’s State aid modernisation (SAM) programme. The notice intends to provide practical guidance in order to identify State aid measures pursuant to Article 107 (1) of the TFEU, which have to be notified to and approved by the Commission before being lawfully implemented. In doing so, the draft notice aims to cover all the constitutive elements of the notion of State aid: existence of an undertaking, imputability of the measure to the State, financing through State resources, grant of an advantage, selectivity and effect on trade and competition.

Period of consultation: 17 January 2014 to 14 March 2014

More information on the consultation can be found here.

“What has been agreed on Banking Union risks reigniting, rather than resolving, the crisis” TEPSA provocative column by Iain Begg

12186892593_0451158400_zAmong the many economic governance initiatives undertaken over the last few years, those intended to achieve deeper financial integration have been widely regarded as crucial and urgent. The financial crisis and the subsequent sovereign debt crisis had revealed a number of flaws in the governance of the euro, and the EU’s leaders have since tried hard to put in place a new framework for economic policy-making which deals with these flaws. However, progress has been slow and has exposed deep differences among the Member States.

After some very tough negotiations, the EU came to an agreement just before Christmas 2013 on the second stage of what has come to be known as banking union.  A single resolution mechanism (SRM) for dealing with failing banks will now be added to the single supervisory mechanism (SSM) which completed its legislative journey in October. A third element originally envisaged for banking union, common deposit insurance, continues to divide EU Member States and has made no tangible progress.

According to Michel Barnier, the Commissioner responsible for financial services, the December deal was ‘a momentous day for banking union. A memorable day for Europe’s financial sector’. But is it and will it prove to be enduring?

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Presentation of the ECFR Scorecard in Riga, Latvia

Logo LatviaEuropean Foreign Policy Scorecard 2014 is a trademark research by the European Council on Foreign Relations. The Latvian Institute of International Affairs is in charge of the presentation event in Riga, Latvia, which will take place in late February or early March. For details, please follow the news on www.liia.lv or contact us at liia©liia•lv  (liia©liia•lv)  .

Date of the conference will be available soon.

EP Study on European Economic Governance and Cohesion Policy

EP studyTEPSA Board Member Iain Begg has written a study for the European Parliament’s committee on Regional Development on economic governance and EU cohesion policy. The study was co-authored by LSE colleague Corrado Macchiarelli and John Bachtler, Carlos Mendez and Fiona Wishlade from the European Policies Research Centre of the University of Strathclyde.

The study analyses the interactions between the wide-ranging economic governance reforms undertaken since 2008 and Cohesion Policy. It details the main changes and analyses how the aims of Cohesion Policy are likely to be affected. It also highlights the challenges of assuring legitimacy and of suitable formulation of Cohesion Policy as especially salient issues for the European Parliament, not least because of the expanded roles in economic governance of the European Commission and the European Central Bank.

The study is available for download here.

Publications from FIIA

FinlandFIIA Report

Juha Jokela (ed.) Multi-speed Europe? Differentiated integration in the external relations of the European Union

Differentiated integration is not a new phenomenon in European integration. It has taken various forms over a wide range of policy areas in the past. Importantly, differentiated integration is not merely an internal question for the EU as the Union’s organization and internal dynamics also shape its external actorness. Consequently, various forms of differentiation are present in the EU’s external relations and policies.

The objective of this report is to take a closer look at differentiated integration in the EU’s external relations and, in so doing, to discuss its implications for the EU’s aspirations to forge more unitary and effective external policies. To this end, the contributors to this report will examine the different features of differentiated integration that currently exist in various fields of the EU’s external relations. Relat­edly, they will analyze whether the level of differentiation is increas­ing and, if so, what the key drivers of the current trends are.

Thus far there is rather limited evidence that the level of differentiation is increasing in the EU’s external relations due to the ongoing developments related to the EU’s financial and economic crisis. Depending on the level and duration of differentiation embedded in the current reforms of the EMU, some consequences might occur in due course.

FIIA Working Paper

Ari Kerkkänen: The Failure of the Security Paradigm in Syria: The human security perspective

Few would dispute the assertion that human security has failed in Syria. Authoritarian regimes in the Arab world have had well-documented deficits in human security emerging from coercive internal politics, a lack of respect for human rights such as freedom of expression, and limited freedom from fear and want.

The concept of human security has developed mainly within the domain of UN development policy, but it has also made headway in security policy, being advocated as one approach in international crisis management and peacekeeping. Less attention has been paid to its adaptability in forming the basis for the internal security policy of any given state.

The main argument of this paper is that human security principles can be the cornerstones of state security, potentially preventing, mitigating, and remedying security issues within a state that could lead to societal upheaval.

The argument is presented by outlining some major developments in the history of modern Syria up to its present state of civil war. The paper shows that the security paradigm exercised in Syria has led to a double failure in which human insecurity has resulted in turmoil for ordinary people and has shattered the authoritarian governance. The paper suggests that the rebuilding of security sectors must be based on the principles of human security, not only in Syria but also in the Arab world at large.

FIIA Briefing Paper

FIIABart Gaens, Japan’s New Security Policy: Breaking Away from the Post-War Regime?

China is challenging the regional balance of power in East Asia through a military buildup and an increasingly assertive foreign policy. The US is forced to find the right balance between cooperating with China while benefiting from its economic rise, and countering China’s regional reach by carrying out its self-declared “pivot” to Asia in spite of domestic and budgetary constraints.

With just over one year in office, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has received wide domestic support for his ambitious plans to revive Japan’s economy through his threefold policy of Abenomics. At the same time, however, he has implemented a number of significant policies in the defence and security sphere.

In response to China’s military rise, the Abe administration increased and recalibrated the defence budget. Furthermore, in order to reinforce the alliance with the US, the government approved the creation of a US-style National Security Council, passed a Secrecy Bill, and aims to reverse Japan’s self-imposed ban on exercising the right to collective self-defence.

Under the banner of “proactive pacifism”, the Abe cabinet is seizing the momentum caused by the changing regional power dynamics in order to edge closer towards “breaking away from the postwar regime”. A proposed revision of Japan’s constitution, unchanged since 1947, symbolizes the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) objective to bring about a more autonomous role for Japan both in the security alliance with the US and as an international actor.

FIIA Comment

Katja Creutz, Hard Work Needed in South Sudan: Formal Statehood Cannot Work Miracles

Turmoil in the newest state in the world shows that much work still needs to be done in South Sudan after formal independence. The international community must continue its efforts to help the South Sudanese people to restore and maintain peace in order to build a viable state.

Publications from Sciences Po, CEE

Logo CEE CNRSAll the publications of the CEE team are available here.

Books

Faire parler le parlementde Galembert, Claire, Rozenberg, Olivier, Vigour, Cécile, (dir.), Faire parler le Parlement. Méthodes et enjeux de l’analyse des débats parlementaires pour les sciences sociales. Paris : Librairie générale de droit et de jurisprudence (LGDJ), 2014. 378 p. (Droit et société – Maison des sciences de l’homme. Recherche et travaux ; 27).

Abstract (In French) : Les assemblées parlementaires sont des lieux où l’on se réunit pour débattre et décider. Dans l’hémicycle, les élus se parlent tout en s’adressant aux sténographes, aux journalistes et au-delà aux électeurs. Dans le tumulte des questions d’actualité ou l’indifférence d’une séance de nuit clairsemée, ils s’expriment pour légiférer, questionner, se justifier, se distinguer, s’attaquer, mais aussi parfois pour ne rien dire. Les débats en séance constituent des objets uniques de compréhension du fonctionnement du gouvernement représentatif. Les étudier, c’est prendre au sérieux cette parole parlementaire en questionnant sa faculté à instituer l’ordre parlementaire, à présenter une discussion pluraliste, à exprimer des valeurs et des intérêts, à participer à l’écriture du droit ainsi qu’à la construction de l’action publique. Débattre, délibérer, ordonner, normer, contrôler, décider : si les parlements ne détiennent pas de monopoles en la matière, ils n’en demeurent pas moins des instances clefs des systèmes politiques contemporains en offrant – c’est là leur caractéristique – une parole pluraliste, instituée et publique.
Parce qu’ils condensent une grande diversité de dimensions, les débats se prêtent à une multitude d’approches conceptuelles, méthodologiques et disciplinaires : sociologie et science politique en premier lieu, mais aussi histoire, philosophie, ethnométhodologie, anthropologie et lexicométrie. Présentant, à partir d’un vaste matériau empirique, un aperçu de cette diversité, cet ouvrage met en évidence leurs apports respectifs. En faisant dialoguer les chercheurs français avec des universitaires européens et américains reconnus pour beaucoup comme parmi les meilleurs spécialistes dans leur domaine, ce livre donne à entendre, au-delà d’une apparente marginalisation de l’institution parlementaire, la tonalité unique d’une parole prononcée depuis l’hémicycle.

l'instrumentation de l'actionHalpern, Charlotte, Lascoumes, Pierre, Le Galès, Patrick, (dir.), L’Instrumentation de l’action publique : Controverses, résistance, effets. Paris : Les Presses de Sciences Po, 2014. 520 p.

Abstract (in French): Comment s’organise l’action collective ? Comment les acteurs coopèrent-ils ? La recherche en sciences sociales a donné des réponses très diverses à ces questions. Cet ouvrage propose de centrer l’attention sur les aspects concrets et sur les supports matériels de l’action collective : les instruments, les outils et les dispositifs tels qu’ils sont aujourd’hui mobilisés pour analyser les marchés, le capitalisme, les entreprises et différentes formes d’action collective liées à l’autorité publique. Dix ans après la parution de Gouverner par les instruments, ce nouvel opus dresse un bilan des débats et des controverses sur l’instrumentation en dialoguant avec d’autres champs d’études (sciences de gestion, histoire et économie) et discute la notion d’instrumentation à partir de travaux récents portant sur le climat, les services environnementaux,les droits de propriété, la dette publique, les journées mémorielles, la gestion des squats, etc. Une richesse des débats qui confirme le caractère fécond de la réflexion sur l’instrumentation pour penser les sciences sociales et l’action collective aujourd’hui.

Farrall, Stephen et Hay, Colin, (dir.), The Legacy of Thatcherism: Assessing and Exploring Thatcherite Social and Economic Policies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 260 p.

Abstract: Three decades after the election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister, it is perhaps time to take stock of the concept of ‘Thatcherism’ and the prominent role it has played in the history of post-war Britain. Of course, there is much debate about what Thatcherism actually was or is. Some commentators argue that Thatcherism was more noteworthy for its rhetoric than for its achievements. The welfare state, for example, triggered little changes after eleven years of Thatcherism. Some historians additionally suggest that other social forces that existed prior to Thatcher will outlast her. Yet, whichever way one looks at it, the Thatcherite project of the 1980s brought about a fundamental reorganisation of much of the UK’s social and economic life. Did Thatcherite policies dramatically alter the trajectory of the country’s development? Can even long-term and seemingly enduring path dependencies be altered as dramatically as claimed? Ought Thatcher’s period in office be seen as a ‘critical juncture’ for the UK? This book brings together a range of experts in housing, economics, law and order, education, welfare, families, geography and politics to discuss the enduring legacy of those social and economic policies initiated by the first of the UK’s New Right governments (1979-1990).

Hay, Colin, Hudson, David, Lee, Donna, et al, International Political Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 512 p.

Abstract: This textbook provides a systematic introduction to international political ecomomy. It covers the major approaches to globalization and governance in international political economy, as well as contemporary issues, and key controversies and debates. International Political Economy is divided into three parts. The first part covers the major theoretical perspectives on IPE, the second part introduces the reader to the globalization debate, mapping out the major changes in IPE since the inter-war period, and the final part turns to patterns of politics in the world economy.

Programmare i territoriPolizzi, Emanuele, Tajani, Cristina, Vitale, Tommaso. Programmare i territori del welfare. Attori, meccanismi ed effetti. Roma : Carocci, 2013. (248).

Abstract: In times of austerity and welfare retrenchment, social service planning is a strategic issue. Many actors put their efforts on it: local administrations officials, professionals, non-profit sector leaders, social workers, labour unions. This book deals with the outcomes of this planning process in the province of Milan. It focuses in particular on planning the social services provision, their modes of governance, the motivations of the actors involved in it. The volume compares different case studies in which local administrations have improved their capacity to working together, getting to know their territories and their resources and planning to provide collective goods for solidarity, as well as copying with critical situations and planning failures. By discussing the mechanisms underlining these outcomes, this book contributes to understanding regulation and organization modes through which the different actors coordinate their action and produce social innovation.

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Publications from the Real Instituto ELCANO

ElcanoHaizam Amirah-Fernández, The futures of Egypt: the good, the bad and the ugly, ARI 5/2014 – 4/2/2014. Egypt has undergone a frantic succession of political and social changes since January 2011. Today it is possible to envisage three different ‘futures’ for Egypt, described here as the good, the bad and the ugly.

Carmen González Enríquez, The price of Spanish and European citizenship, ARI 4/2014 – 3/2/2014. The rules on accessing nationality are very different from one EU member state to another. Spain offers the fastest route for most of its immigrants from non-EU countries.

Fernando Reinares and Carola García-Calvo, The Spanish Foreign Fighter Contingent in Syria, 31/1/2014. Since the start of the conflict in Syria, foreign fighters from various European countries have joined the war against the Bashar al-Assad regime. Spain has not been immune to this mobilization.

Haizam Amirah-Fernández, Egypt: three years of mirages, Expert Comment 6/2014 – 28/1/2014. The upheavals in Egypt have not come to an end and neither have the foundations been laid for settling a convulsive and erratic transition. Three years have passed since the events that Egyptians still refer to as the ‘25th of January revolution ’ toppled Hosni Mubarak and aroused enormous interest worldwide. During that time, the country has been subject to constant disturbances that have fuelled uncertainty and social polarisation, while the serious social and economic problems that caused the riots have become even more entrenched.

Félix Arteaga (coord.) Elcano Royal Institute, The coming Defence: criteria for the restructuring of Defence in Spain, Elcano Policy Paper 3/2013 (Translated from Spanish) – 14/1/2014. Spain’s Defence cannot avoid the structural trends and changes in the geopolitical context. The Elcano Royal Institute believes that Spain should reconsider the structural elements of its current defence model and proposes the following criteria for defence restructuring in Spain.

William Chislett, Turkey’s corruption probe crisis: a blow to the rule of law, Expert Comment 1/2014 – 13/1/2014. Just as it seemed that Turkey was finally back on its long and winding road to full EU membership, the Islamist-rooted government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has become engulfed in a corruption scandal whose probing he is doing his best to undermine by enforcing a massive purge of hundreds of police officers investigating it and reassigning prosecutors.

Carlos Macías, Are the new rules of play between States and Multinationals in Latin America beneficial? An analysis of the impact of extractive multinationals in Bolivia, WP 18/2013 – 27/12/2013. This paper provides a step forward in the ongoing analytical assessment of the presence of foreign investment companies and investment projects in Bolivia, and toward that purpose it applies the Elcano Royal Institute’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI-D) analytical framework.

Aitor Pérez, Foreign investment, but with local content: development strategies in Brazil, WP 17/2013 – 23/12/2013. This Working Paper is the result of a case study conducted in Brazil which analysed the impact on development of certain foreign investments in the oil, electricity distribution, automotive, and tourism sectors. The study uses the Elcano Royal Institute’s Foreign Direct Investment’s (FDI-D) analytical framework to explain the rationale underlying the Brazilian government’s local-content policy.

Elcano blogELCANO BLOG

Elcano Royal Institute, NATO-EU: Approaches to Mediterranean Security, Elcano blog, 7 January 2014.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, #IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (12): Canada, Elcano blog, 31 December 2013.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, #IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (11): Italy, Elcano blog, 28 December 2013.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, #IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (10): European Union, Elcano blog, 20 December 2013.

“The Austrian Security Strategy”, 10 February 2014, OIIP Austria

Logo OIIPThe Austrian parliament has set a new strategy in safety, which replaces the statement of defense from 2001. It leaves the picture of threat of the “cold war” behind. “Conventional attacks against Austria became unlikely”. It is geared on global tasks and international cooperation. In comparison with the old strategy much more importance is attached to the United Nations. There is a true commitment to the crisis management of the UN and the EU. “The payment of contribution to the international crises management is an essential part of the Austrian federal armed forces. Joining the NATO is no option any longer. There is a modern Austrian strategy of security. The participants discussed how this strategy can be filled with life.

Discussants were Dr. Johann Frank, BMLVS, Prof. Dr. Heinz Gärtner, oiip, Universität Wien, Mag. Karin Fichtinger-Grohe, Außenministerium
The moderator was Generalsekretär Fritz Edlinger, Herausgeber der Zeitschrift “International”
Venue: oiip, Wien

Publications from the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

logo IAISeven new reports on the EU institutions and policies from the Istituto Affari Internazionali  – IAI, December 2013 – January 2014

Michael Emerson and Alessandro Giovannini, European Fiscal and Monetary Policy: A Chicken and Egg Dilemma, (Imagining Europe No. 2) 9 December 2013, 42 p.

The launch of the Euro saw the creation of a two-tier Europe, but systemic defects led subsequently to the current crisis of the Eurozone, resulting in a much more complex and problematic set of core-periphery relations between north and south. The preeminent role of Germany in the north is pointing to the lack of democratic legitimacy in the whole construction. The idea of creating a banking union and fiscal union is in principle aimed at restoring unity to the Eurozone and ensuring its effectiveness. While negotiations over the banking union are ongoing, the recent fiscal innovations are not even approaching the constitution of a sustainable fiscal union. A more federalistic fiscal structure is needed, but this demands major political leadership.

di Thanos Dokos, Eleonora Poli, Chiara Rosselli, Eduard Soler i Lecha e Nathalie Tocci, Eurocriticism: The Eurozone Crisis and Anti-Establishment Groups in Southern Europe, (IAI Working Papers 1333) 10 December 2013, 17 p.

The paper was prepared in the framework of the project “New Voices in the European Debate”, coordinated by Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

The Eurozone crisis and the ensuing public disaffection towards what many view as deficient EU institutions and policies, have resulted in a surge of euroscepticism across member states. Although euroscepticism is not a new phenomenon, the rise of mass anti- establishment movements notably in southern Europe is. Despite their different political and structural features, Five Star Movement in Italy, Syriza in Greece and several social movements sprung from the Indignados in Spain, have recently become key actors in their national political arena by opposing, inter alia, EU-imposed austerity. Yet these movements are not anti-EU in total; while they criticize what they view as the EU’s lack of democracy and rigid economic policies, they are not opposed to the EU integration project as such. While a fine line distinguishes euroscepticism from eurocriticism, provided such distinction is made, the critique of these movements could be galvanized into a constructive force for a more integrated EU political space.

Juliette Tolay, The EU and Turkey’s Asylum Policy in Light of the Syrian Crisis, (GTE Policy Brief  No. 10) 15 January 2014, 6 p.

The document was prepared for the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in the context of the IAI-Istanbul Policy Center-Mercator Foundation project “Turkey, Europe and the World”, January 2014.

In the past, Turkey’s asylum policy was considered as highly deficient, in comparison with the higher standards of the EU. Recently, this perception has been changing, with Turkey’s newly adopted law on foreigners, which contrasts with the EU’s slow-paced moves towards standardizing asylum policies and its restrictive approaches towards Syrian refugees. Unlike the EU’s de facto closed-door policy for many Syrian refugees, Turkey has applied so far an open-door policy towards Syrian citizens seeking refuge at its southern borders, welcoming more than 600,000 since June 2011. Moving forward, there seem to be many ways in which Turkey and the EU could work together on refugee policy in general, and on the Syrian refugee crisis in particular. At the core of this reassessment of asylum practices is the need to take seriously the concept of solidarity, meaning solidarity among EU member states, solidarity with countries hosting large numbers of refugees in the region, and, most importantly, solidarity with the refugees themselves.

Andrea Renda, The Digital Infrastructure as the Next “EU Grand Project, (Imagining Europe No. 3) 17 January 2014, 32 p.

The paper was presented at the IAI conference on “Infrastructure, transport and communications in post-crisis Europe”, Rome, 20 January 2014.

The global economy is entering a new “age of connectivity”, spurred by the increased availability of “always on” broadband communications. This is creating new challenges for policymakers: infrastructure and connectivity emerge as key priorities for public policy and essential preconditions for global competitiveness. How is the EU positioned in this global race? This paper argues that the EU’s approach to the information society was ill-conceived, and has led to an unnecessary and undesirable fragmentation of the market. Key EU policymakers have realized only recently that, absent a significant shift in pace, the EU will not be able to keep up with global competitiveness due to a lack of integrated, connected, smart infrastructure. Key areas in which substantial change is needed include incentives and PPPs for broadband rollout, spectrum policy, net neutrality and, overall, competition policy for the high-tech market. The paper explores potential policy options for the future of the EU digital agenda, argues that a gradual “evolution” is not sufficient for the EU to regain its leadership in the ICT sector, and proposes policy scenarios for a more united, effective and “digital” Europe.

di Stefano Riela, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure in a United and Effective Europe, (Imagining Europe No.4) 17 January 2014, 42 p.

The paper was presented at the IAI conference on “Infrastructure, transport and communications in post-crisis Europe”, Rome, 20 January 2014.

Transport, communications and infrastructure are at the heart of the Single Market. However, a more united and effective Europe requires a new and upgraded relevant infrastructure, greater liberalisation, and service provision regulated by more homogenous rules. This reform process has financial, social and political costs. In spite of these, all Member States have an incentive to advance the Single Market project. Incentives for member states to leave the core group, once the project has started or has been completed – thus causing huge damages – should be counterbalanced by heavy penalties. The current crisis reduces the risk that public investment crowds-out private investment. However, public resources are needed in this policy area. As such, a golden rule for the Stability and Growth Pact to exclude investment spending in EU infrastructure as far as the Excessive Deficits Procedure is concerned would be welcome. Finally, avoiding sub-28 governance models could improve the EU’s influence over the international rules of the game. Europe’s “single market” has to evolve into “a single Europe in the global market” where unity is physically intertwined with effectiveness.

Ahmed Ali M. al Mukhaini, EU-GCC Cooperation in the Fields of Higher Education and Scientific Research: The Way Forward, (Sharaka Sharaka Research Papers No. 6) 23 January 2014, 29 p.

Document produced in the framework of the Sharaka project, January 2014

This policy paper seeks to understand the factors that have inhibited significant progress in relations between the European Union (EU) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with particular focus on higher education and scientific research (HESR). Based on informal discussions held with opinion leaders and government officials in Oman as well as insights from meetings and discussions held in Brussels in 2011 with representatives of the EU Commission, European Parliament and NGOs, the paper outlines and discusses the factors responsible for the lack of progress in the cooperation. These factors can be classified into four categories: structural/ institutional challenges; political challenges; philosophical challenges; and logistical challenges. Based on the assumption that progress in economic development and scientific research is highly dependent on progress in higher education, as higher education builds up human capital, the paper argues that cooperation in higher education should be the locomotive leading the way for a greater engagement between the EU and the GCC. Furthermore, as the EU’s own experience suggests, cooperation in higher education is highly conducive to integration, stability and economic growth, all of which are valid concerns for the EU and GCC alike, and constitutes an area in which the two blocs can develop a greater sense of complementarity.

Edoardo Barzaghi, EU-GCC Cultural Relations and Representations of the Other in the Gulf Cultural Press: The Case of al-‘Arabī Magazine, (Sharaka Research Papers No. 7)  5 February 2014, 37 p.

Document produced in the framework of the Sharaka project, February 2014.

The aim of this paper is to point out the shortcomings that affect the EU-GCC relationships at the cultural stemming from the insufficient or flawed understanding of the EU as a geopolitical and historical entity. The paper will first briefly outline the main cultural biases influencing the European perspective of the Arab countries as well as the Arab perspective of the European countries. This discussion underlines how the EU countries generally do not view the GCC countries as constituting a separate region from other parts of the Arab world with its own distinct socio-economic and cultural dynamics. Likewise, the GCC countries more often than not perceive the EU countries as a very indefinite entity, usually referred to vaguely as “the West.” Then, the paper will examine one of the most important magazines in the Gulf, al-‘Arabī, as a case study of the different ways in which cultural issues related to Europe are discussed in the region. Some of the Europe-related articles from al-‘Arabī which deal with the perception of the other will be looked at in order to try to give the widest possible outlook of the main biases that still impede a fruitful cultural dialogue.

News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb

IRMO logoThe Institute for Development and International Relations (Department for Culture and Communication) is a partner in the project ‘Access to Culture – Policy Analysis’ funded by the European Commission’s Culture Programme. The project is coordinated by EDUCULT (Austria) and includes four other partners – Interarts (Spain), the Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning and Creativity AB (Sweden), Telemark Research Institute (Norway), and the Cultural Policy and Management Research Centre at Istanbul Bilgi University (KPY, Turkey). The project is to be implemented with partner organizations in the period from May 2013 to April 2015.

The aim is to examine the gap between the social reality and political normativity in the area of access to culture, in order to develop recommendations for raising awareness about these issues both at the national and at the European level. The project will use the policy analysis approach in order to examine the European and national dimensions dealing with access to culture. Assessment and development of public policy indicators will also be used, as well as implementation of these policies dealing with access to culture in the EU countries and beyond. The project also aims to encourage open communication between the stakeholders of the policy process, which is to be achieved through their involvement at certain stages of the project and through continuous communication and information dissemination both at the national and at the European level.

The first project deliverable ‘Review of the policies at the European level’ is available online.

 

News from the Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po

Logo CEE CNRSThe Centre d’études européennes  has changed status from 1 January 2014 to that of UMR CNRS Sciences Po and is now referenced as number UMR 8239.

Call for Papers – Centre d’études européennes de Sciences Po

Logo CEE CNRSEuroChallenge and the University of Copenhagen are hosting The Third Midterm Conference of the European Political Sociology Research Network (RN32) of ESA (European Sociological Association), 28-29 November 2014 at the University of Copenhagen, Europe’s global challenges: Society, Politics, Markets.

The deadline was 31 March 2014.

Publications from the Latvian Institute of International Affairs

Latvia bookLogo LatviaAndris Sprūds, ed. Latvian Foreign Policy Yearbook 2013. Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2014.
The publication is available on http://liia.lv/en/publications/latvian-foreign-policy-yearbook-2013/
The Latvian Institute of International Affairs launches its first annual Foreign Policy Yearbook to address the issue of continuity and change in Latvia’s foreign policy. Although this analytic endeavour brings together authors with a diversity of backgrounds, they are united in their willingness to facilitate the understanding of the place and tools of a small country in international affairs. This publication reflects on the major foreign policy vectors, outlines views on prospective developments, introduces additional themes and provides policy recommendations.

Karlis Bukovskis, ed. The Politics of Economic Sustainability: Baltic and Visegrad Responses to the European Economic Crisis. Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 2014.
The publication will be available on www.liia.lv soon after February 24, 2014.
This collection of articles is an attempt by an international collective of authors to explain the political economy of the long and winding road of the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) and the four Visegrad countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) in facing the economic and financial problems domestically and/or on the European level. Authors from all countries contributed their ideas, explanations and projections on the future development in their respective countries based upon the lessons learned. The book chronicles the economic environments and challenges and compares the political and social results of diverse macroeconomic choices that have been made in the seven European Union member states.

News from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

logo uiUI, together with members of the EU-ANVIL FP7 project (including TEPSA colleagues from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) and Insituto Affari Internatzionali (IAI)), is finalizing a two year research project on Civil Security Systems in Europe. The project aimed to compare legal, cultural, organisational and operational diversity amongst domestic civil security systems, under the premise that no one secruity model fits all. The project categorises systems in terms of key variables, such as centralisation/decentralisation, all-hazards/sectoral approaches, legal framework laws/sectoral laws, volunteerism/statism, etc. It outlines the most effective role for the EU to play, including facilitator of bottom-up cooperation approaches and platform for best practice sharing. It eschews top-down legalistic approaches. Findings and more information on the proeject can be found here.

Recent Publications from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

logo uiArjen Boin, Magnus Ekengren and Mark Rhinard, The EU as Crisis Manager: Patterns and Prospects, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

UI’s Mark Rhinard, together with colleagues Arjen Boin from the University of Utrecht and Magnus Ekengren from the Swedish National Defence College, has published a book discerning the EU’s crisis management capabilities. The book received the Hugo Raab-award from the Swedish National Defence College, conferred to research of particularly high quality.

Abstract: The European Union is increasingly being asked to manage crises inside and outside the Union. From terrorist attacks to financial crises, and natural disasters to international conflicts, many crises today generate pressures to collaborate across geographical and functional boundaries. What capacities does the EU have to manage such crises? Why and how have these capacities evolved? How do they work and are they effective? This book offers an holistic perspective on EU crisis management. It defines the crisis concept broadly and examines EU capacities across policy sectors, institutions and agencies. The authors describe the full range of EU crisis management capacities that can be used for internal and external crises. Using an institutionalization perspective, they explain how these different capacities evolved and have become institutionalized. This highly accessible volume illuminates a rarely examined and increasingly important area of European cooperation.

Björn Fägersten, Alessandro Marrone, Martín Ortega, and Roderick Parkes, Towards a European Global Strategy: Securing European Influence in a Changing World, EGS Project, 2013, available at: http://www.europeanglobalstrategy.eu/

Björn Fägersten (UI), together with Alessandro Marrone (IAI), Martín Ortega (RIE), and Roderick Parkes (PISM), colleagues within the European Global Strategy Project, published the report “Towards a Global European Strategy” in May 2013 with the aim to stimulate debate on the future direction of the European Union’s external relations. The report was the result of a year-long research project initiated by the Governments of Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden.

Abstract: The principal aims of the European Union are to promote its shared values, peace and the wellbeing of its peoples. Achieving these aspirations depends heavily on developments beyond its borders. On-going transformations at the global, regional and European levels create opportunities as well as challenges for the Union and demand strategic thinking on an ambitious and assertive external agenda. This report on a European global strategy offers guidance on this long-term endeavor. By deriving long-term interests from the EU’s principal aims, Europeans will be better able to live and act in accordance with their values. This report therefore identifies six preconditions, or vital European interests, for protecting Europe’s peace, well-being and shared values. In order to secure these vital interests, eleven strategic objectives are suggested along with the necessary adaptations to the EU’s existing toolbox.

Erik Brattberg and Mark Rhinard, Actorness and Effectiveness in International Disaster Relief: The European Union and United States in Comparative Perspective, International Relations, 2013, vol.27:3, pp. 356-374.

Abstract: This article examines the role of the European Union (EU) and United States as actors in international disaster relief. We take the analysis of ‘actorness’ one step further than normal by assessing the extent to which different aspects of EU and US actorness led to effectiveness in actual outcomes. In doing so, we make two contributions. First, we provide a rare comparison between EU and US foreign policy actorness, shedding light on the actor capability of each bloc in the area of international disaster relief. Second, we specify the relationship between actorness and effectiveness, a relationship which is too often assumed rather than explored. Using previous research of EU and US actorness as a starting point, we link four aspects of actorness to effectiveness and assess the resulting hypotheses using the case of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. We find support for our proposed links between actorness and effectiveness, although further research is needed before robust conclusions can be drawn.

New research projects at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

logo IAINew Pact for Europe

This project – launched by the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) – aims (1) to foster a wider public debate on the EU’s future at both European and national level, involving not only policy-makers but also citizens; (2) to contribute fresh but also realistic thinking and ideas on how to address the challenges facing Europe; and (3) to help close widening gaps between Member States and even within EU countries about Europe’s future.
In the framework of the project, the IAI is being organizing three events in Italy in the first semester of 2014. The first event – a Citizens Advisory Group – was held in Turin on January 25, in collaboration with Centro Studi sul Federalismo.
The next events – Public stakeholders event and a Policy makers debate – are planned for March 10 in Rome.

EP votes that shaped EU and national politics 2009-2014

The project is conducted in collaboration with Notre Europe, within the framework of the Vote Watch Europe Annual Report. Twelve European think-tanks are taking part in the project, which aims to evaluate the European Parliament’s (EP) activity during the current legislation (2009-2014), and spread the results to the national public opinion before the next election. The results will be disseminated in a national conference to be held in Turin, in cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo on April 14, 2014.

New Voices in the European Debate

The project engages in dialogue with emerging and re-emerging political actors and social movements in three southern member states (Greece, Spain and Italy). The aim is to discuss and converge on a paradigmatic shift from the austerity trap to a common prosperity project. The focus would be on the needed economic, political and institutional reforms rather than on the pros and cons of austerity vs growth policies, and on the European instruments and programmes that can complement national adjustment efforts. In the framework of the project a political seminar took place in Berlin on 7-8 November 2013.
You can download the proceedings of the seminar here and the paper by T.Dokos et al. here.

The changing regional role of Turkey and cooperation with the EU in the neighbourhood
Turkey has moved from being an interlocutor to a key player in its neighbourhood. The aim of this study is to explore the implications this has for Turkey’s regional role, for its security, commercial and energy interests, as well as for its relations with the EU. The study focuses on three key regions in Turkish foreign policy — the Middle East, the Caucasus, and the European Union.

On January 22 a seminar in Vienna launched “Eden” ((End-user driven DEmo for cbrNe) – an EU funded collaborative project on defense against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear risks and threats (CBRN). With this project the European Commission intends to bring to an upper level of maturity the resilience capacity of the EU society when it comes to CBRNe events. IAI leads the EDEN End-Users Platform (WP13) and the WP on “Boost the EU CBRNE market”. You can see the press release here and the role of the IAI here.

“Infrastructure, transport and communications in post-crisis Europe”, Rome, 20 January 2014, IAI

logo IAIA truly united Europe in terms of its economy, politics and institutions cannot be achieved unless citizens are not united by a shared sense of purpose: transport and telecommunications are two of the most important areas of investment and development for decades to come, and this is a game that is played out globally between fierce competitors such as China and the United States. A game that Europe cannot afford to lose. These and others, have been the central themes of a conference organized by IAI on January 20th in Rome. The meeting welcomed members from business, politics and universities, to exchange ideas and perspectives within the project called ” Imagining Europe“, launched last year, which aims at delineating what kind of model of governance the EU could head towards, and which of these models is best suited for the purpose of a more united and effective EU.

You can download the report and papers from the conference here.

Publications from the Austrian Institute for International Affairs

Logo OIIPPolicy Papers

Jan Pospisil, Policy Paper 8/13, Auf dem Weg zu einem europäischen Ansatz in der internationalen Krisenbearbeitung? Anmerkungen zum „Action Plan for Resilience in Crisis Prone Countries, 2013-2020“

Policy paper 2/2013

Books

oiip booksADD-ON 13/14 Jahrbuch/Yearbook Global Shifts and Europe
Viennese Contributions to International Affairs
The 3rd edition of the 2011 initiated yearbook series of the Austrian Institute for International Affairs – oiip focuses on “Global Shifts and Europe”. Due to the massive shifts inside the European Union as well as on the global level, the EU has to face diverse challenges. These global changes are encountered by an increasing number of instruments of the EU for designing its international relationships – in its regional neighbourhood policy as well as in the global context. Therefore, the EU is required to address the challenges in different ways and on different levels. ADD-ON 13/14 provides critical analyses of these efforts. It draws on works of members of the oiip as well as on contributions of researchers close to the institute. The articles discuss from different angles the tectonic changes in international relations, their repercussions and the challenges for the EU as well as the activities connected therewith. Emphasis is put on four aspects in particular: the first two papers deal with the question of a “Grand Strategy” for the EU’s external relations. Subsequently, the focus is put on specific policy fields and regions highly relevant to the EU’s security and foreign policy. Finally, two contributions highlight the repercussions of external relations on internal issues of the EU. You can download the book in pdf here.

oiip books2Alexander Klimburg und Jan Pospisil, 10/13 Mediating Security
Comprehensive Approaches to an Ambiguous Subject – Festschrift für Otmar Höll
Heinz Gärtner, Internationale Sicherheit. Band 10.
In over four decades of scientific exploration, Otmar Höll has approached international security from often unorthodox and unconventional perspectives. Starting with the issues of development and environmental policy, the challenge of a more comprehensive notion of security increasingly becomes a primary focus. Otmar Höll accepted this challenge and sought to combine it with his interests in the theory of political psychology, the practice of psychotherapeutic and mediated approaches to conflict resolution.
Comprehensive security therefore became a concept with a particular personal relevance. The Festschrift highlights Otmar Höll’s professional achievement through the contribution of friends, companions and colleagues.
With contributions from Heinz Gärtner, Alexander Klimburg/Jan Pospisil, Sanja Tisma/Marina Funduk, Kunibert Raffer, Barbara Rohregger, Arno Truger, Pertti Joenniemi, Anton Pelinka, Wilfried Graf/Gudrun Kramer/Augustin Nicolescou, Herbert C. Kelman, A.J.R. Groom, Gudrun Harrer, Blerim Reka/Ylber Sela and Howard J. Wiarda. You can download the book here in pdf.

Hakan Akbulut, 10/13 Zur Normalisierung in den zivil-militärischen Beziehungen in der Türkei
Die Türkei im Wandel. Innen- und außenpolitische Dynamiken (= Jenaer Beiträge zur Politikwissenschaft, 16) Hrsg. Olaf Leiße erschienen in: Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2013. You can download the book here.

Working papers

Working Paper 71 von Vedran Dzihic (vorläufig)  Bilanz und Zukunft des Westbalkans: Ungelöste Grenz- und Minoritätsfragen im Kontext der EU-Beitrittsbemühungen September 2013

Working Paper 72 by Heinz Gärtner North Korea, Deterrence and Engagement, October 2013

Recent Events at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs

Logo OIIPConversation with Vali Nasr, Wiener Vorlesung: “The Middle East Challenge After the Arab Spring” on 30 January 2014, 7 pm
The discussants included Heinz  Gärtner, oiip, Cengiz Günay, oiip, and Gudrun Harrer, DER STANDARD/University of Vienna.
The chair of the event was Florian Schwarz, Institute of Iranian Studies-Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Welcome address was given by Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs and Science.
The venue of the event was Wiener Rathaus, Stadtsenatssitzungssaal, Felderstraße, Feststiege I, 1010 Wien.

“Debate on the participation of Civil Society in peace negotiations is indispensable for sustainable peace” on 20. Jänner 2014, 15:00
For the motion were Véronique Dudouet, Berghof Foundation, Berlin, and Christian Wlaschütz, Independent consultant, Vienna.
Against the motion were Jan Pospisil, oiip, and Stefan Khittel, oiip.
The moderator of the debate was Otmar Höll, oiip.
The debate took place at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs – oiip, in Vienna.

News from The Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland

IIA-CENTRE-FOR-SMAL-STATE-ENSIceland and the EUIIA has been commissioned to conduct an assessment report on the Iceland-EU accession negotiations

The Institute of International Affairs is conducting an assessment report on the Iceland-EU accession negotiations. The Icelandic Confederation of Labour, the Icelandic Federation of Trade, the Confederation of Icelandic Employers and the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce commissioned the report.

The report will focus on four key areas:
1. Economic and monetary affairs & free movement of capital
2. Fisheries, right of establishment and freedom to provide services
3. Agriculture and rural development & food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy
4. The status and future of the EEA agreement, including discussions on the developments taking place within the European Union since the accession negotiations with Iceland began in 2009

The EU-Iceland accession negotiations began in 2009 but were formally “put on hold” after the change in government in the spring of 2013. The new coalition government of the Progressive Party and Independence Party decided that no decision on the continuation of the accession negotiation would be taken before the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Iceland had written a report on the status and future of the EU. After having been denied participation in that work, the Icelandic Confederation of Labour, the Icelandic Federation of Trade, the Confederation of Icelandic Employers and the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce decided to commission a similar report.

When asked how the work is going, Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs said: “The work is progressing well. Our experts have already conducted numerous interviews with key stakeholders and participants in the accession negotiations.” She added that the experts will be going to Brussels to conduct interviews with key officials and experts who are well acquainted with the EU-Iceland accession negotiations.

The work began in November and the report will be submitted to the contractors in April 2014.

Progress on a groundbreaking textbook in European Studies for high school students in Iceland

In 2013 the Institute of International Affairs received a grant from the Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS) for the development and publication of a textbook in European Studies for high school students in Iceland. The book is the first of its kind in Iceland and will redress the shortage of teaching material in Icelandic on European integration. The book will focus on European integration and explain how the European Union works, its policies and also its relevance for the development of European societies in the 20th century. Furthermore, it will give special attention to Iceland’s relations with the EU as an EEA and Schengen member, and also as a small state in Europe. Whether Iceland joins the EU or not the country is, and continues to be, highly integrated into the European project. Consequently, it is important to promote knowledge of the European integration process – its history, structure and premises – in order to enhance knowledge and understanding of this important partner of Iceland.

The IIA has hired six academics and specialists to write the ten chapters in the book and their work is already well underway. The chapters will cover a whole range of issues related to the EU; decision-making, policy areas, relations between Iceland and the EU, and small states in the EU. The bulk of the writing should be completed in March and in early summer we foresee to be able to present the book to high-school teachers with the aim of it being used for the first time in the autumn semester of 2014. Subsequently the aim is that the book will be updated regularly and used for many years to come.

A visit to Washington DC and AlaskaIIA

The staff of the Institute of International Affairs, Centre for Arctic Policy and colleagues from other universities in Iceland visited Washington DC and Alaska in December 2013. The purpose of the trip was to meet people working on Arctic issues, explore possibilities of cooperation and identify potential speakers to invite to Iceland. The group visited key institutions and think tanks working in this field, including: The Atlantic Council, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Senator Lisa Murkowski‘s office, the US State Department, Institute of the North and the University of Alaska in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska. Several collaborative research projects are being developed following the trip.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications from College of Europe, Campus Natolin – EP Geremek European Civilization Chair

Recent PublicationsCOE

Bonnard, Pascal, Le gouvernement de l’ethnicité en Europe post-soviétique: minorités et pouvoir en Lettonie, Paris, Dalloz, 2013.

Bonnard, Pascal, Memories of the Soviet Union and European discourse on diversity as rival frameworks for ethnic boundary making: A case study in Latvia’s Russian-speaking schools, in: Georges MINK and Laure NEUMAYER (eds.), History, memory and politics in Central, East and South East Europe, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 193-208.

Espada, João Carlos, European Disintegration? The Sources of Extremism, Journal of Democracy, Vol. 23, Issue 4, 2012, pp. 15-22.

Espada, João Carlos, A Europa no Século XXI: Alguns conselhos de prudência do século XX (Europe in the 21st Century: Some counsels of prudence from the 20th century), in: Maria Manuela TAVARES RIBEIRO (ed.), Europe in the 21st Century, Coimbra, Universidade de Coimbra, 2013.

Espada, João Carlos, Preface to the book by Orlando SAMÕES, Resultados e Mérito: Um estudo sobre a ordem espontânea de F. A Hayek (Results and Merit: A study of F. A. Hayek’s spontaneous order)Lisboa, Aster, 2013.

Junes, Tom, The Old Get Old And The Young Get Stronger: Poland’s ‘Generation of 89’ and the Demise of Communism, College of Europe Natolin Campus, Natolin Research Papers, 2011.

Venken, Machteld, Migration and War Memory in a European Perspective. A Case-Study on Displaced Persons in Belgium, College of Europe Natolin Campus, Natolin Research Papers, 2011.

Vushko, Iryna, Interwar Europe between East and West: Historical Scholarship and Politics, College of Europe Natolin Campus, Natolin Research Papers, 2012.

Washington, RichardCzy dyskurs publiczny jest odpowiedzią na kryzys europejskiego przywództwa? Przykład Valéry’ego Giscarda d’Estaing (The European Leadership Crisis – is Public Discourse the Answer? The Example of French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing), Nowa Europa, Vol. 15, Issue 2, 2013, pp. 227-276.

Forthcoming Publications

Bonnard, Pascal, Des effets de l’échelle européenne sur une échelle locale. Imbrication des arènes et juridicisation des luttes de classification ethnique en Lettonie suite au transfert des normes européennes sur les minorités, Revue d’études comparatives Est-Ouest, 2014.

Cloet R.,Quincy, Jürgen Habermas and Andrew Moravcsik: A Dialogue on European Integration, the Nation-state, Democracy and Identity, College of Europe Natolin Campus, Natolin Best Master’s Theses Series, 2014.

Past Events at the Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin

IEP logoIEP annual academic conference on “A Roadmap for the Future of Europe: Differentiated Integration within or beyond the Legal Framework of the Lisbon Treaty”, 19 September 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin, Germany. The conference, which aimed to debate a roadmap for the EU’s future in terms of analyzing the possible ways out of the current crisis and discussing the different prospects for the future composition and structures of the European Union, prominently featured differentiated integration in the analysis. The following questions were discussed during the conference: The Political Union and integration- how will the institutional architecture be affected? What role does differentiated integration play regarding the different EU policy areas? Will the Lisbon Treaty provide a sufficient legal base for further European integration? What are the benefits and perils of treaty revision including a Convention? What are the dividing lines in Europe and how can the emerging North-South divide and UK be managed? Contact person: Dr. Funda Tekin, funda•tekin©iep-berlin•de  (funda•tekin©iep-berlin•de)  .

German-Nordic-Baltic Forum on “Europe under Pressure – How to Overcome Divisions and Secure EU Strength and Coherence”, 21 and 22 November 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik and Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, Tallinn, Estonia. The ninth nation meeting was devoted to current questions about the state of European integration and the European Union’s future survival. This is the 5th German-Nordic-Baltic Forum, which first seeked to discuss issues from a national perspective before exploring a range of common interests and developing coordinating strategies.

23rd German-Hungarian Forum and 3rd German-Hungarian Youth Forum on “The Future of Europe: Retrospective and Outlook- Basic Values, Reforms, and Solidarity’’, 28 and 29 November 2013, Institut für Europäische Politik, German-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hungarian Council of the European Movement, European Institute Budapest, Network European Movement Germany, and Europa-Union Deutschland, Budapest, Hungary. A series of speeches, panel discussions, and working groups addressed current issues in the EU that were relevant to German-Hungarian relations.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications from College of Europe, Campus Natolin – European Neighbourhood Policy Chair

coeRecent Publications

Bouris, DimitrisThe European Union and Occupied Palestinian Territories: state-building without a state, Routledge, 2014.

Fernández Molina, IreneMaroc – L’expérience gouvernementale du Parti de la Justice et du Développement: les islamistes au pouvoir?, L’Année du Maghreb IX, CNRS, Paris, 2013 (with Thierry DESRUES).

Fernández Molina, IreneLa interacción entre la gestión ‘interna’ e internacional del conflicto del Sáhara Occidental por parte de Marruecos: una propuesta de cronología (1999-2013), Revista de Investigaciones Políticas y Sociológicas, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2013.

Natorski, Michał, “Deeds not declarations: Ukraine’s convergence with the EU’s foreign and security policies until 2010”, in: Noutcheva Gergana, Pomorska Karolina, and Bosse, Giselle (eds.), The EU and its neighbours. Values versus security in European foreign policy, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2013, pp. 157-174.

Forthcoming Publications

Natorski, Michał, Contending metaphors of the European Union as a global actor: Norms and power in the European discourse on multilateralism, Journal of Language and Politics, 2014 (with Herranz-Surrallés, Anna and Barbé, Esther).

Natorski, Michał, “Model, Player or Instrument for Global Governance: Disentangling EU’s Policy Options and Discursive Traps in World Affairs”, in: Carta, Caterina and Morin, Jean-Frédéric (eds.), Making Sense of Diversity: EU’s Foreign Policy through the Lenses of Discourse Analysis, Farnham, Ashgate, 2014 (co-authored with Barbé, Esther, Herranz-Surrallés, Anna).

Natorski, Michał, EU Policies in the Eastern Neighbourhood: The practices approach, London, Routledge, 2014 (co-edited with Korosteleva A, Elena and Simão, Licínia).

Natorski, Michał, “EU y sus vecinos”, in: Barbé, Esther (ed.), Unión Europea en las Relaciones Internacionales, Madrid, Tecnos, 2014.

Schumacher, Tobias, “Southern European States”, in: Hadfield, Amelia, Manners, Ian, Whitman, Richard (eds.), The Foreign Policies of European Union Member States, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2014 (with Stavridis, Stelios).

Schumacher, Tobias, “The EU and Democracy Promotion: Readjusting to the Arab Spring”, in: Sadiki, Larbi (ed.), The Routledge Handbook on the Arab Spring, Oxon, Routledge, 2014.

Schumacher, Tobias“Nahost- und Mittelmeerpolitik”, in: Weidenfeld, Werner, Wessels, Wolfgang (eds.), Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2013, Baden-Baden, NOMOS, 2014, pp. 319-326.

Second Workshop of the Master Programme “Studies on the EU and Central Asia in the International System“ (EUCAIS), 27 January – 3 February 2014, Institut für Europäische Politik/Centre international de Formation européenne

IEP_Bildschirm_2000x400pxThe second workshop of the Master Programme “Studies on the EU and Central Asia in the International System“ (EUCAIS) took place in Berlin from 27 January to 3 February 2014. The EUCAIS Master Programme is organized by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Centre international de Formation européenne (CIFE) with the support of the Volkswagen Foundation and funding by the Jean-Monnet-Programme of the European Union.

27 students, coming from the five Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), as well as from Afghanistan, the Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang and the Indian region of Kashmir, were welcomed in Berlin. They attended introductory seminars for the courses of the second semester, dealing with relations between the EU and Central Asia, macroeconomics, trade policy, and political and economic aspects of transition. They participated in a two-day negotiation training, including simulation games, lead by former ambassador Alexander Mühlen. Visiting the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the students had the opportunity to discuss “German-Central Asian economic relations and their potential” with Frank Weisig, Desk Officer for Kazakhstan/Turkmenistan.

For more information about the Master Programme, please visit the EUCAIS homepage.

Introducing The Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

EVI logoThe Estonian Foreign Policy Institute (Eesti Välispoliitika Instituut – EVI) was founded in 2000 and has been a member of TEPSA since 2003. It is an independent think tank which is primarily funded by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Like institutions in Estonia generally, it is rather small, consisting of four members of staff. The Founding Director of EVI was Prof. Andres Kasekamp and as of 2013, the Executive Director is Prof. Lauri Mälksoo. Kasekamp remains responsible for EVI’s interaction with TEPSA and its member institutes.

EVI’s mission is to promote a deeper understanding of international affairs and of Estonia’s role in a changing world by providing a forum for informed discussion, analysis and debate. European Union integration and enlargement have always been a particular focus. To this end, EVI staff contribute commentary to the media, arrange public lectures, organize seminars and conferences, and participate in international research networks. In addition to fostering the development of a global affairs constituency, EVI produces research utilized in foreign policy decision-making. To accomplish this, EVI co-operates closely with government bodies, universities, and other research institutes in Estonia and abroad.

EVI’s core areas of competence and research interest are the following:
EU foreign and security policy;
Baltic Sea regional cooperation;
Developments in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia;
Transatlantic relations;
International law and foreign policy
In addition to these fields of research, EVI intends on broadening its focus this year to include Asia and the Arctic.

EVI’s flagship publication has been its annual Estonian Foreign Policy Yearbook (available online). EVI has compiled studies for Estonian ministries and institutions as well as for the European Parliament (as part of the TEPSA framework contract).

EVI organizes conferences, seminars, and public lectures, the most recent of which include:
Low Intensity Cyber Operations – The International Legal Regime, together with the NATO Cooperative Cyber ​​Defence Centre of Excellence and the University of Tartu, 17-18 February 2014;
Europe under pressure – how to overcome divisions and secure EU strength and coherence, together with fellow TEPSA member Institut für Europäische Politik, 21-22 November 2013
Human Rights and Foreign Policy: Symposium Reflecting on Estonia’s First Year in the UN Human Rights Council, 29 August 2013

For more information on EVI, our publications, events and latest analyses, please visit our website.  You are also welcome to contact us at evi©evi•ee  (evi©evi•ee)   and follow EVI on Twitter @Estonian_EVI Twitter.

Welcome to new TEPSA Secretary General

201205230_Jaap de Zwaan-1Professor Jaap de Zwaan took up his duties as new TEPSA Secretary General on 1 January 2014. Jaap de Zwaan is a Professor of European Union Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Lector European Integration at the The Hague University for Applied Sciences. In addition to his involvement in the TEPSA Board since January 2010, he is also a board member of numerous institutes, including the Governing Board of the European Studies Institute in Moscow. From 1979 to 1998, he worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs both from The Hague and Brussels. Between 2005-2011 he was Director of the TEPSA Member Institute: Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’. His research areas include law and policy of the European Union, notably institutional/constitutional aspects, movement of persons and European Citizenship, justice and home affairs cooperation (the ‘area of freedom, security and justice’) and external relations of the EU, including CFSP/CSDP. More information on Prof. De Zwaan can be found here.

New Head at the Centre of International Relations (CIR), Slovenia

CIRDr Maja Bučar replaced Dr. Marjan Svetličič as the Head at the Centre of International Relations in Slovenia. On behalf of the whole TEPSA network, we would like to warmly thank Dr Svetličič for all the valuable commitment and work as Head of the Centre of International Relations in Ljubljana. It has been a great pleasure for the TEPSA Secretariat, the TEPSA network and beyond to cooperate with him. We look forward to the continued cooperation under his new position at the Centre of International Relations. TEPSA would also like to congratulate Dr Bučar on his appointment as Head of the Centre of International Relations (CIR) in Ljubljana. We sincerely hope to strengthen the bonds between CIR and TEPSA in the following year.

PROTEUS Project Wins Cologne University Award for Outstanding Teaching

ProteusPROTEUS, a joint teaching project of the Jean Monnet Chairs of Prof. Hobe (Law) and Prof. Wessels (Politics) at the University of Cologne in the field of EU studies (the picture includes Wolfgang Wessels, Mirja Schröder and Wulf Reiners) receives the 2013 award for outstanding teaching of the University of Cologne. PROTEUS combines an intensive seminar on an advanced level with an international summer school and simulation exercise with participants from all over Europe. Following its international, interdisciplinary and innovative teaching approach, PROTEUS not only responds to the rising demand for comprehensive and applied knowledge of today’s students in EU affairs, it also strengthens collaboration across faculties and contributes to the internationalisation of the University of Cologne. Since 2011 the seminar has been carried out in co-operation with the THESEUS summer school in Brussels, co-organised by TEPSA.

Search for information on TEPSA history

The TEPSA Secretariat is currently looking for information linked to the history of TEPSA from its creation in 1974. TEPSA member institutes are therefore welcome to share information if they have any (especially on the period 1974-1990) about contributions of TEPSA to European integration and policy developments. It would feed into a project that TEPSA may be developing later this fall on “40 years of the future of Europe: from Tindemans to Van Rompuy”. If any information is available from your side, please contact the TEPSA Secretariat.

IAI Ranked Among the Best Think Tanks in the World

logo IAIThe Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) has been listed among the top hundred think tanks in the world, the only Italian institute to figure in the yearly ranking compiled by the Think Tank and Civil Society Programme of the University of Pennsylvania. The ranking, which confirms the IAI’s primacy at the national level, stands in recognition to the commitment and quality of the Institute’s staff and research team.

The 2013 Global Go to Think Tank Index was published last week and contains a series of global and sectorial rankings, organised on the basis of geographical location and/or thematic specialisation, drawn up on the basis of an extensive, worldwide, network of contacts and consultations.

In particular, focussing on the most prestigious and global rankings, the IAI is:
– recognized as the only Italian research institute in the top-100 Think Tanks Worldwide (US and non-US), where it figures in 92° place;
– the first Italian institute to figure in the Top Think Tanks in Western Europe, where it ranked 29°;
– the first and only Italian institute to figure in the sectorial rankings for Foreign Policy and International Affairs (25°) and Defence and National Security (26°), two of the IAI’s traditional focus areas.

The full report is available online at:
http://gotothinktank.com/the-2013-global-go-to-think-tank-index-ggtti/

Change in the Management Board of the European Institute in Lodz, Poland

logo POLISHThe official legal representative of the Foundation for European Studies – European Institute has changed and is now Mr Witold S. Gerlicz, Director-General.

New Director of Studies from the College of Europe, Natolin

NNEUWAHLSucceeding Prof. Dr. Georges Mink at the start of the academic year 2013-2014, Prof. Dr. Nanette Neuwahl is the Director of the European Interdisciplinary Studies Department of the College of Europe in Natolin.

Prof. Dr. Neuwahl is currently a regular researcher at the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public and Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal, Canada, and President of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.

She has been awarded bursaries and grants for individual and collective research projects in Europe and elsewhere, notably by the European Commission and by various European and Canadian private and public institutions. Since 1985 she has published some 14 books and authored more than 65 book chapters and articles on issues related European integration, favouring topics related to external relations policy, European Union enlargement, constitutional law and human rights as well as immigration law and policy of European Union and its member states. She is co-director of European Foreign Affairs Review.

This year will see the publication of an edited book entitled ‘The Philosophy of Small Change: Transnational Litigation in the EU and Beyond’, and several articles and book chapters including ‘The Institutional Impact of Turkish Accession to the EU’, in: Laursen F. (ed.), EU Enlargement: Current Challenges and Strategic Choices.

Europe at Work study trip in Brussels, 22-24 January 2014

Tepsa logoThe study visit entitled ‘How Europe works: Brussels in crisis‘ gathered several meetings with representatives notably from the European Commission, the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU and the Council of the European Union for students to get insights and first-hand knowledge on the ‘Political System of the EU: Governance and Institutions.’ About 24 students from the University of Cologne participated in this study visit.

TEPSA participated in the study trip organised in Brussels by the Department of Political Science of the University of Cologne on 22-24 January.

Conference “Is subsidiarity relevant for better EU governance?”, 23 January 2014, The Hague

clingendaelOn Thursday 23 January 2014 Clingendael hosted a closed seminar on subsidiarity and its relevance for better EU governance. In the context of this possible squeeze between the push for deeper integration and rising public resentment about the way ‘Brussels’ runs affairs, this seminar dealt with the question whether subsidiarity can offer a way forward that reconciles needs for better EU governance and concerns about legitimacy. Subsidiarity has been raised at different levels of government.

This seminar hoped to take stock of the state of the subsidiarity debate and see what opportunities it holds in store for the next years. Speakers at the seminar included Frans Timmermans, the Dutch minister of foreign affairs, Uwe Corsepius, Secretary General of the Council, Marianne Klingbeil, Deputy Secretary General at the Commission, Sylvie Goular, MEP for Mouvement Démocrate/ALDE, and several high level policy officials from the member states.

Past Events at IWE, Institute of World Economics, Budapest

vki_logo_smLecture by Gábor Monori, external researcher of IWE on “Business realities in the south-east Asian region”, 26 August 2013, Institute of World Economics, Budapest (in Hungarian).

Public lecture on the social challenges faced by the EU, 30 August 2013. Speaker: by Mr. László Andor, European Commissioner for employment, social issues and inclusion. Institute of World Economics, Budapest.

Europe Club meeting on “Croatia’s membership in the European Union”, 17 September 2013. Europe Club events are held once a month. They are organized by prof. Andras Inotai, research professor of IWE and chairman of the European Studies Foundation. At these club meetings a speaker is invited to make an exposé of ca. 30-40 minutes which is then followed by a ca. one hour discussion. The previous Europe Club hosted Mr. Béla Markó, honorary president of the Hungarian Democratic Party in Romania, who drew a critical balance of Romania’s membership in the EU (18 June 2013).

Editorial: Good Night and Good Luck

by Jean-Paul Jacqué

It is time for me to say goodbye to everyone and good luck to Jaap de Zwaan, who will replace me at the position of TEPSA Secretary General from January 2014 onwards. I am convinced he will take up this duty with his usual talent, also thanks to the support which has always been valuable to me, from Mirte van den Berge and Laura Ventura, under the wise leadership of Wolfgang Wessels. These years will remain in my memory as bound with TEPSA’s activities, accentuated by bi-annual Pre-Presidency Conferences, experiencing a true development in collaboration with all Members of our association. Involving researchers from all member states and candidate countries in joint scientific activities on European issues is an exciting challenge as it aims at reconciling different visions of EU priorities in a common perspective. Although as for many others, the financial crisis and the Eurozone have been at the heart of our concerns, institutional issues and external relations remained at the heart of our attention.

With the new Europe for Citizens programme, the European elections and appointments that will follow as well as the discussions on the future of Europe, TEPSA’s activities will still contribute to deepen the common reflection. I will closely monitor these developments, but let me thank you all for your contribution to our common work and present you the best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Call for Applications: GEM PhD School on Globalisation, Europe and Multilateralism

gemInternational & Interdisciplinary PhD Programme, the GEM PhD School, is an international doctoral programme focused on questions related to “Globalisation, the EU and Multilateralism” covering most disciplines within Social Sciences. It offers an integrated research and training environment set up by 10 leading global universities. Three specific “Jointly Executed Research Projects” (JERPs) provide the GEM PhD School and its affiliated researchers with a shared backbone:
• AMETRINE – Headed by LUISS-Guido Carli: A research initiative focused on the normative components of European international politics
• CITRINE – Headed by the University of Warwick: Interest centred research. Looking at the interactions between European policy mechanisms and global imperatives
• MORGANITE – Headed by the IEE-ULB: Institution centred research. Focussed on regional and global institutionalized multilateral cooperation

All Applications must be completed and submitted electronically before midnight (CET) on DECEMBER 20th 2013.

Up to 10 fully funded 3-year doctoral fellowships sponsored by the European Commission – open to both EU and non-EU citizens. These genereous feloowships covering all participation costs, fees and a monthly salary are directly awarded by the GEM PhD School.

All details regarding the research programme, the conditions associated with the fellowships, and the application process can be found under the “Enrol Section” on the Erasmus Mundus GEM PhD School’s website: WWW.ERASMUSMUNDUS-GEM.EU.

See also the GEM Short Call 2013-14 (2) (pdf).

Newest publications from Real Instituto Elcano

elcanoIliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, Elcano Global Presence Index 2012, 19/12/2013. The Elcano Global Presence Index displays the current situation and evolution, since 1990, of the global presence of 60 countries and of the European Union in the world order. Furthermore, since 2005, an additional calculation has been performed for the member States of the Union –the Elcano European Presence Index–, which limits the presence exclusively to the intra-European sphere.

Fernando Reinares and Carola García-Calvo, Jihadists from Spain in Syria: facts and figures, Expert Comment 78/2013 – 12/12/2013. How many identified individuals, resident in Spain, have travelled to join the Jihadist organisations active in the ongoing Syrian civil war?  Up to the present, the exact number is 17. Of these, 11 are Spanish citizens and the remaining six Moroccan nationals living in Spain. Who are these jihadists? Where were they recruited? What was their route to Syria?

Miguel Otero-Iglesias, The Geopolitics of the TTIP seen from Beijing, Expert Comment 78/2013 – 11/12/2013. Chinese officials have the suspicion that both the currently negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and the TTIP project pushed forward by the Obama Administration have economic but also geopolitical objectives.

William Chislett, Spain’s exports: the economy’s salvation. ARI 47/2013 – 4/12/2013. Spain’s striking export success has enabled the economy to emerge from recession and helped to turn around the current-account balance. Structural adjustment is shifting the engine of the economy from domestic sources of growth into an export-led model.

William Chislett, Turkey and the European Union: mixed signals, ARI 45/2013 – 27/11/2013. Turkey’s EU accession process is back on track, with the opening this month of the first chapter, or policy area, in more than three years, but the Islamist-rooted government continues to send out mixed signals over the country’s direction.

Abraham F. Lowenthal, The US in the early 21st century: decline or renewal? ARI 43/2013 – 20/11/2013. The core challenge for the US in the first quarter of the 21st century is the capacity of its political system to fashion and implement public policies to respond effectively to today’s and tomorrow’s concerns.

José Miguel Roncero and Enrique San Martín, Nabucco’s coup de grâce, Expert Comment 71/2013 – 12/11/2013. On 28 June 2013 the Shah Deniz Consortium (SDC) took a historic decision that put an end to a decade-long pipeline race to bring Central Asian gas to Europe. The big loser was Nabucco, a project that the European Commission once considered ’strategic’ for the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor.

Federico Steinberg, Whose Central Bank? Expert Comment 68/2013 – 29/10/2013. Recently, a further subject for debate has appeared concerning the ECB’s policies which, although less newsworthy than its position on the purchase of public debt in troubled economies, may be even more important for the euro’s future: what to do in view of the fall in the inflation rate.

Ronja Kempin and Barbara Lippert, Merkel III in EU and foreign affairs – it’s the spirit stupid! Expert Comment 67/2013 – 28/10/2013. Once more, Europe has an eye on Berlin: Chancellor Merkel’s victory in the general elections held on 22 September 2013 also confirms her as a leader in the EU scenario. After a month of exploratory talks it seems clear by now that the Social Democratic Party (SPD) will emerge as the junior partner in the new Merkel government.

Gonzalo Escribano, The short-sightedness of the EU’s long term energy infrastructure vision, Expert Comment 65/2013 – 23/10/2013. On 14 October the European Commission made public its selection of the first set of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) regarding Europe’s energy infrastructure. The most remarkable aspect in the Communication is how short-sighted the European Commission’s long-term energy vision for Europe looks.

William Chislett, EU urges reopening of stalled membership talks with Turkey, despite failures, Expert Comment 63/2013 – 18/10/2013. The European Commission would like the talks on Turkey’s full EU membership, frozen for the past three years, to be renewed and greater attention paid to incorporating the issue of fundamental rights into negotiations with the country.

Iliana Olivié and Aitor Pérez (with the participation of Rafael Domínguez), The cost of non-Europe in development policy. Case study: Morocco. 16/10/2013. This research paper explores the coordination initiatives and results —the costs and benefits of coordination— in a specific EU development partner country through a case study on Morocco. It is part of several studies on aid coordination commissioned by the European Parliament in early 2013.

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Mario Esteban, EU-China: strategic partnership in the making, Elcano blog, 19 December 2013.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, #IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (9): Spain, Elcano blog, 18 December 2013.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, #IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (8): Japan, Elcano blog, 13 December 2013.

Miguel Otero-Iglesias, Yes Moravcsik, we need to be more positive on Europe; and on the Euro too, Elcano blog, 3 December 2013.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, #IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (7): China, Elcano blog, 13 December 2013.

Salvador Llaudes, Is the multipolar world an opportunity for Russia?, Elcano blog, 8 November 2013.

Daniel Amoedo, Moldova at the gates of the EU, Elcano blog, 7 November 2013.

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia, #IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (5) The Netherlands, Elcano blog, 17 October 2013.

Daniel Amoedo, Japan: facing challenges, Elcano blog, 16 October 2013.

Roundtable on “Towards the recovery? Risks and opportunities of the international economic cycle “, 20 December 2013, Rome

logo IAIThis meeting – organised by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in cooperation with the Centre for Studies on Federalism ( CSF) of Turin – was part of a series of conferences, which aimed at contributing to the debate on the impact of the economic crisis and the new instruments of economic governance.

The panel discussion was opened by Prof. Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary General and Chief Economist of the OECD, who presented his findings on the evolution of the crisis and the prospects for recovery.

You can download the conference programme and report here.

News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb

IRMO logoIn the academic year 2013/14 the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) from Zagreb led two training projects funded from the EU programs.

The project “Italo-Croatian Mobility in Europlanning – ICrome” which was part of the Leonardo da Vinci Programme for 2013 aimed to train newly-graduates, young professionals and unemployed people in the field of EU funded projects in IRMO and in one of the 12 proposed host institutions, located in the North-East of Italy.

The project “Film Festivals with Creative Documentaries about First Hand Experience from EU Funded Projects – ClosE_Up” was implemented in partnership with the Media Factory. Its overall objective was to increase through creative film festivals, workshops and on-line tutorials, the general understanding of EU programmes and benefits of EU assistance in Croatia.

Congratulations to prof. Jean-Paul Jacqué for receiving a title of doctorat honoris causa

Professor Jean-Paul Jacqué, Secretary General of TEPSA, recieved a title of doctorat honoris causa from the Sv. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia in Bulgaria.

Autumn 2013 publications from Clingendael

cling2Arnout Mijs and Sophie van Eck, The Financial Transaction Tax: Forerunner of European Integration and Fragmentation, the Clingendael Institute, 26 November 2013.

Eleven EU member states are pushing ahead with the Financial Transaction Tax via the enhanced cooperation procedure. Only three years ago it was deemed as a mission impossible, but now it seems as the FTT will actually be introduced in the coming year(s). It will have extensive consequences , for member state economies, but also for European integration and EU unity in the long run.

clingMai’a Davis Cross and Jan Melissen (eds.), European Public Diplomacy, Soft Power at Work, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

The EU devotes too little attention to outreach with citizens in other parts of the world. The contributors to this Palgrave-Macmillan book edited by Mai’a Davis Cross and Jan Melissen believe that communicating Europe outside the EU will become increasingly important to Europeans and to business interests. European Public Diplomacy shows how the European region encompasses multiple levels of public diplomacy: subnational, national, transnational and supranational. This new book enhances our understanding through a multifaceted exploration of the European case. In doing so, it fills an important gap in the international relations literature on the mechanisms behind soft power.

News from FIIA

FinlandA new three-year research programme period will begin in January 2014. While the programme structure will remain intact, stronger emphasis will be placed on the Nordic countries, the Arctic region, cyber issues and Russian internal dynamics.

Programme period 2014-2016

Research at FIIA will be organised into three research programmes dur­ing the next programme period.

The European Union Research Programme will conduct research on key developments in the EU and the Union’s external relations, political system and economy. In addition, the potential for Nordic cooperation and the similarities and differences of the policies of the Nordic countries will be studied as part of the EU’s external relations.

The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Research Programme will cover regional dynamics in the post-Soviet space including rela­tions with the EU. The main focus, however, will be on Russian foreign and security policy and her inter­national position. In addition, the internal political development and the distinctive traits of its political system will be scrutinised as factors influencing Russian foreign policy.

The Global Security Research Programme will conduct research on changing trends in global security policy with implications to the secu­rity environment of the European Union and Finland. Issues relating to great power relations and prospects for global governance, global envi­ronmental security and the various dimensions of European security policy, including cyber issues, will form a central component of the pro­gramme. The politics of the Arctic region will constitute a shared theme for all three research programmes.

Staff news

Programme Director of the Global Security Research Programme Mika Aaltola spent the autumn as a Visiting Researcher at Johns Hopkins University as a part of the exchange programme related to FIIA’s Center for US Politics and Power. He has now returned and resumed his tasks at FIIA.

Elina Sinkkonen and Katja Creutz will join the Global Security pro­gramme in January. Sinkkonen’s research focuses on China and Creutz’s on international law and human rights.

Niklas Helwig will join the European Union research programme in January. His research focuses on the EU’s External Action Service.

In February, Fullbright scholar Matthew Hoddie from Towson University, US, will join FIIA. He studies democracy in post-civil war states.

Call for submissions: Occasional Papers and Policy Briefs Series, Jean Monnet Chair “An Evolving EU Engaging a Changing Mediterranean Region”, Institute for European Studies, Malta

maltaThe Jean Monnet Chair on “An Evolving EU Engaging a Changing Mediterranean Region” welcomes submission to its Occasional Papers and Policy Briefs Series. Information on the topics relevant to the Jean Monnet Chair and on the editorial rules are available on the project website (http://www.um.edu.mt/europeanstudies/jmceu-med). For further information please contact Massimo Costa at massimo•costa©um•edu•mt  (massimo•costa©um•edu•mt)  .

Fall 2013 publications from Instituto Affari Internazionali

logo IAISix new reports on the EU institutions and policies from the Istituto Affari Internazionali  – IAI, October-November 2013

Towards a more united and effective Europe: a framework for analysis, by N.Tocci and G.Faleg (Imagining Europe No.1) 28 October 2013, 21 p.

This paper sets out the conceptual framework of the research project “Imagining Europe”. As the unprecedented financial crisis and ensuing economic recession push Europe to the brink, a critical question arises as to what are the foreseeable trajectories affecting EU governance and policy in decades ahead. The crisis has already accelerated policy and institutional evolution in key areas, but the integration project remains torn apart by centrifugal forces. The challenge at hand is that of delineating (a) what kind of model of governance the EU could head towards, and (b) which of these models is fitter for the purpose of a more united, effective, governable and legitimate EU.

Strategy and its role in the future of European defence integration, by M.Muniz (IAI Working Papers 1330) 29 October 2013, 13 p.

Paper prepared for the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), October 2013. Research supported by the COST Action “Common denominators for a European vision on CSDP and peace missions”.
EU member states have proven incapable of clarity in their strategic planning, with their key strategic documents almost inevitably abstract and ambiguous. This is extremely unfortunate because without a clear catalogue of interests and an understanding of their location around the world it is impossible to determine a country’s appropriate force structure, let alone conduct a coherent and effective foreign and defence policy. This lack of rigor in strategic planning is hurting European defence integration, as states are unable to have transparent and constructive debates about the interests they share. It would be wise to incorporate into the strategic planning process a model that allows for the capturing and quantifying of states’ interests. Such a process might lead to the realization that EU member states share more strategic interests than is at first apparent.

The Janus-faced new European Neighbourhood Policy: normative (hard) power vs. the pragmatic (soft) approach, by F.Casolari (Documenti IAI 1308) 19 November 2013, 15 p.
Revised version of a paper presented at the Lisboan seminar on “The European Neighbourhood Policy and the Lisbon Treaty: What has changed?“, Rome, 22 March 2013.

The implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy has drawn strong criticism. Commentators have highlighted its inefficiency and the weak institutional and legal frameworks that have so far characterized this domain. An especially vexed issue is the legal nature of the ENP instruments so far developed by EU actors. This article explores the impact the Lisbon Treaty has had on the definition of ENP tools. I observe that, although some clear features of the new primary-law framework suggest the need for “formalized” ENP tools, the ENP, and in particular its southern dimension, continues to be implemented for the most part by means of soft-law instruments. Despite an undeniable evolution of nonbinding ENP tools, a similar trend could jeopardize the development of the ENP as a whole. I argue that a broader recourse to multilateral or bilateral agreements could make the ENP more effective while strengthening its democratic accountability: a new ENP model based on treaty cooperation would exclude neither flexibility nor a complementary or parallel recourse to soft-law instruments, and would at the same time make the actors involved more accountable, all the while enabling stronger cooperation, at the EU level, between the EU’s institutions and its Member States.

The EU and its Eastern partners: conditionality and expected benefits – how does the Russia factor matter?, by Z.Ludvig (Documenti IAI 1309) 25 November 2013, 18 p.
Revised version of a paper presented at the Lisboan seminar on “The European Neighbourhood Policy and the Lisbon Treaty: What has changed?“, Rome, 22 March 2013.

Slow progress within the EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) program and disappointment of all affected partners can be explained by both problems arising on the EU and the Eastern partners’ side. Problems on EU side include some major deficiencies like the lack of incentive of EU membership or the slow progress in the visa-free movement of people, the a second major issue for most EaPs. All in all the “carrot” offered by the EU is a small one compared to the appetite of the targeted countries. Eastern partners can also be blamed since most of them delay in “doing their homework” to transform their political, juridical or economic systems. The paper argues that in some cases this “delay” is greatly influenced by a third factor, namely the forced choice on foreign policy orientation for which Eastern partners seem to be either not ready or not dedicated enough. The next EU-EaP summit (Vilnius, 28-29 November 2013) might become a milestone in this respect. The core of the problem roots in the EU “offer” of deep and comprehensive free trade agreements (DCFTAs) that institutionally exclude the possibility of the Eastern partner’s parallel economic integration towards East. The first-ever EU EaP Association Agreement including a DCFTA is expected to be signed in this summit with Ukraine.

EEAS audit in the Eastern neighbourhood: to what extent have the new Treaty provisions delivered?, by A. Sek  (Documenti IAI 1310) 26 November 2013, 17 p.
Revised version of a paper presented at the Lisboan seminar on “The European Neighbourhood Policy and the Lisbon Treaty: What has changed?“, Rome, 22 March 2013.

This paper aims to analyse if and to what extent provisions of the Lisbon Treaty introducing a special relationship with neighbouring countries and Common Foreign and Security Policy-related references, have delivered in strengthening EU’s presence among its Eastern neighbours. The paper will also examine EU’s capacities in decision- and policy-making towards them. The study, built on the author’s interviews and correspondence with officials from EU institutions and literature research, shows that what characterizes the European External Action Service (EEAS) and in consequence EU’s international actorness in the Eastern Neighbourhood are: (i) scarcity of staff in headquarter in Brussels, (ii) scarcity of staff in EU delegations, (iii) underrepresentation of “new Member States”, (iv) lack of esprit du corps. All of these produce various “turf battles” of intra- and inter- institutional nature on the EU-level, which lead to an extension of the decision-making process, and in consequence undermine the possible impact on the Eastern neighbours. Nevertheless, the overall coherence of EU’s external activity is improving. Challenges however remain, particularly the lack of outcomes envisaged by the EU, undermining the Union’s influential transformative role as a norms entrepreneur.

Eastern Partnership Roadmap 2012-2013 and the European Enlargement Strategy: main challenges to the conditionality and differentiated integration principles, by A.Nicolescu (Documenti IAI 1311) 26 November 2013, 12 p.
Revised version of a paper presented at the Lisboan seminar on “The European Neighbourhood Policy and the Lisbon Treaty: What has changed?“, Rome, 22 March 2013.

This paper aims to look at the challenges faced by the EU in rendering the Eastern Partnership Roadmap 2012-2013 and the European Enlargement Strategy, both adopted last year, into efficient instruments to ensure deeper Europeanisation of its neighbourhood, as the continent is faced with numerous challenges, both internal and external. The two documents put the rule of law principle at the top of their assessment of individual country performance, underlining the need to ensure the irreversibility of democratic practices. Moreover, the indicators and values followed are very similar, in many cases even identical. This points out to a common vision as regards the consolidation of European integration on one hand and of the enlargement policy on the other hand. Similarly as in the case of the Western Balkans, the EU needs to give those Eastern Partnership countries with clear European aspirations and which have so far achieved major democratic progress concrete perspectives for integration. The challenges faced by countries in the Eastern neighbourhood towards continued Europeanisation are multiple, both internal and external. It is high time for the EU to better structure its strategy towards these countries, by adjusting its approach on visa liberalisation and mobility, on a merit-based principle.

Occasional Papers and Policy Briefs Series of the Jean Monnet Chair, Institute for European Studies, Malta

Baldur Thorhallsson, Iceland’s contested European Policy: The Footprint of the Past – A Small and Insular Society, Jean Monnet Occasional Papers, no. 1, 2013

Roderick Pace, Migration in the Central Mediterranean, Jean Monnet Occasional Papers, no. 2, 2013

Magnús Árni Magnússon, Taking its place in Europe – Iceland’s long road to its EU application, Jean Monnet Occasional Papers, no. 3, 2013

Patricia Mallia, The Challenges of Irregular Maritime Migration, Jean Monnet Occasional Papers, no. 4, 2013

Susanna Thede, What’s the use of a transatlantic free trade area?, Jean Monnet Policy Briefs, no.5, 2013logo malta

Publications from the Institute for European Studies, Malta

logo maltaProf. Roderick Pace

Roderick Pace with Stelios Stavridis and Paqui Santonja, “The Role of Parliamentary Bodies, Sub-State Regions and Cities in the Democratization of the Southern Mediterranean Rim” in Stefania Panebianco and Rosa Rossi “Winds of Democratic Change in the Mediterranean?” Rubbettino, Italy, 2012.

Roderick Pace with Stelios Stavridis, “Os Limites da diplomacia parlamentar e a resolução de conflitos internacionais: O caso da Assembleia Parlamentar Euro-Mediterrânica e a sua successor a Assembleia Parlamentar da União para o Mediterrâneo 2004-2011”, Oercursos e Ideias, Revista Cienrifica do ISCTE, Portugal, Nos 3 and 4, serie on line, 2011-12, pp. 85-98.

Roderick Pace, “Growing Secularisation in a Catholic Society: The Divorce Referendum of 28 May 2011 in Malta”, South European Society and Politics, Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2012, pp. 573–589.

Roderick Pace (assisted by Ivan-Carl Saliba), Malta Chapter in the report “Democratic Control in the Member States of the European Council and the Euro zone summits”, Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department C: Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs: EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IP/C/AFCO/IC/2012-012 / PE XXX.YYY EN, 2012.

Roderick Pace, ‘Migration in the Central Mediterranean‘, Jean Monnet Occasional Paper, No. 2, Institute for European Studies (Malta).

Roderick Pace, “Malta” in Biehl, Giegerich and Jonas (eds.) “Strategic Cultures in Europe: Security and Defence Policies across the Continent”, Springer, Germany, 2013, pp 243-253.

Stelios Stavridis, Roderick Pace and Natalia Ajenjo, “The Origins, Structures and Functions of the Euro-Mediterranean and Euro-Latin American Inter-parliamentary Assemblies” in Oliver Costa, Clarissa Dri and Stelios Stavridis (eds.), “Parliamentary Dimensions of Regionalization and Globalization: The role of Inter-Parliamentary Institutions”, Palgrave, 2013, pp. 211 – 230.

Roderick Pace and Michael Briguglio, Malta, in The Palgrave Handbook of Social Democracy in the European Union, edited By Jean-Michel de Waele, Fabien Escalona and Mathieu Vieira, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-137-29379-4, ISBN10: 1-137-29379-9.

Marcello Carammia

Marcello Carammia, Arco Timmermans, Sebastiaan Princen, Petya Alexandrova, “Analyzing the Policy Agenda of the European Council”. in Perspectives on Europe, 42: 2 (2013): 41-46

Petya Alexandrova, Marcello Carammia, Sebastian Princen, and Arco Timmermans. 2014. ”Measuring the European Council Agenda: Introducing a New Approach and Dataset”. European Union Politics, 15(1), forthcoming.

Petya Alexandrova, Marcello Carammia, and Arco Timmermans. 2014. EU High Politics. The Policy Agenda of the European Council, 1975–2011. In The European Council and European Governance. The commanding Heights of the EU, eds. François Foret and Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer. New York: Routledge, 53–72.

Enrico Borghetto, Marcello Carammia and Francesco Zucchini (forthcoming 2014) “The impact of government party policy priorities on Italian law-making from the First to the Second Republic (1987-2006)“. In Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Stefaan Walgrave (eds) Agenda Setting, Policies, and Political Systems. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

FIIA is searching for a Senior Research Fellow on EU relations with the Middle East and North Africa

FinlandThe Finnish Institute of International Affairs is currently seeking a Senior Research Fellow to focus on the EU’s relations with the Middle East and North Africa.

The appointment will take effect in January 2014 at the earliest, and will run until the end of 2016 in line with the completion of the three-year programme period.

The successful candidate will have an excellent knowledge of the Middle East and/or the broader Mediterranean region. We particularly appreciate sound expertise in the EU’s relations and policies towards these regions. The applicant should preferably hold a Doctoral degree, and should have demonstrated her/his competence through previous academic and public activities. The FIIA accepts educational qualifications and relevant working experience acquired in Finland or abroad. In addition, excellent language and teamwork skills are highly valued.

The application should be written in English and include a cover letter, CV, publication list and a research plan comprising a maximum of 5 pages. The research proposal should outline the research intended to be undertaken during the appointment period. It should introduce the key themes and research questions, theories and methods to be employed, the timetable, as well as dissemination and networking strategies. Ongoing and planned research collaboration/projects should also be mentioned.

The application documents should be sent to the FIIA either by mail (The Finnish Institute of International Affairs, P.O. Box 400, 00161 Helsinki, Finland) or via email (kirjaamo©fiia•fi). The application must reach us no later than Wednesday 11 December 2013 at 16:15 local Finnish time. Applications received after this time will not be considered. The application documents will not be returned to applicants.

For further information about the position, please contact Director Teija Tiilikainen by email (teija•tiilikainen©fiia•fi) or by phone (+358 9 432 7701) on 20 November between 14:00 and 15:00 or on 2 December between 15:00 and 16:00; or Programme Director Juha Jokela by email (juha•jokela©fiia•fi) or by phone (+358 9 432 7730) on 27 November between 11:00 and 12:00 or on 10 December between 15:00 and 16:00.

The FIIA is an international working community of some 45 full-time members of staff, and an equal opportunities employer. The working language of the Institute is English. Helsinki is a major Nordic capital city, offering high living standards and excellent connections to Europe and beyond. To find out more about the Institute, please visit our website at www.fiia.fi.

Publications from Science Po Paris

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Zaki Laïdi, Le Reflux de l’Europe, 2013, Paris, Les Presses de Sciences Po, 250 p. 3
http://www.pressesdesciencespo.fr/livre/?GCOI=27246100629320

Christian Lefèvre, Nathalie Roseau, Tommaso Vitale, 2013, De la ville à la métropole, les défis de la gouvernance, l’Oeil d’or, 400 p.
http://www.loeildorenligne.com/fr/collection-critiques-et-cites/72-de-la-ville-a-la-metropole-9782913661592.html#

Articles and chapters

Colin Hay & Nicola Smith, 2013, The story of a North Sea bubble: the strange demise of the Anglo-liberal growth model in the United Kingdom and Ireland, in European Political Science Review, 5 (3), 2013, 401-430.
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9051145

Charlotte Halpern, 2013, Urban Mobility: What Role for the European Union? Explaining Dynamics of European Union Policy Design Since 1995, in European Planning Studies
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09654313.2013.844775#.Up4DgNLuLE0

Zaki Laïdi, 2013, Négociations internationales : la fin du multilatéralisme, in Esprit no. 389:108-117.
http://www.laidi.com/sitedp/sites/default/files/Esprit%201311.pdf

Nonna Mayer, 2013, The Electoral impact of the crisis on the French “working class”: more to the right? in Nancy Bermeo and Larry M Bartels (eds), Mass Politics in Tough Times. Opinions, Votes, and Protest in the Great Recession, New York, Oxford University Press.
http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199357512.do

Patrick Le Galès, 2014, Urban Policy in International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier
http://www.elsevier.com/books/international-encyclopedia-of-social-and-behavioral-sciences/smelser/978-0-08-043076-8

Bruno Palier & alii., 2013, The health care policy quadrilemma and comparative institutional reforms in Ana Guillen and Emmanuele Pavolini, (ed), Health Care Systems in Europe under Austerity. Institutional Reforms and Performance, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
http://us.macmillan.com/healthcaresystemsineuropeunderausterity/EmmanuelePavolini

Bruno Palier & al.,2013,  France: Squaring the Health Spending Circle? in Ana Guillen and Emmanuele Pavolini, (ed), Health Care Systems in Europe under Austerity. Institutional Reforms and Performance, Basingstoke, http://us.macmillan.com/healthcaresystemsineuropeunderausterity/EmmanuelePavolini

Léa Morabito, The French Spring of la Manif pour tous: Conservative Protests against Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption in France on Reviews and Critical Commentary – Council for European Studies.Columbia University
http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/critcom/the-french-spring-of-la-manif-pour-tous-conservative-protests-against-same-sex-marriage-and-adoption-in-france/

Working papers

Patrick Le Galès & Vitale Tommaso, Governing the large metropolis. A research agenda, Working papers of the Programme Cities are Back in Town
http://spire.sciences-po.fr/hdl:/2441/8kbfvpahkhqtss09oa0j65136/resources/wp-vitale-le-gales.pdf

News from IAI

New faces at IAISpringborg

IAI is pleased to announce that Robert Springborg joined the Institute as senior visiting fellow.

Prof. Springborg will work mainly in the institute’s Middle East & Mediterranean research area, focusing on European-Middle Eastern relations and the “responsibility to rebuild” of MENA states. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of IAI’s The International Spectator.

News from the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland

ice Centre for Arctic Policy Studies – Autumn highlights

The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS), which is run under the auspices of the IIA, has been very active following the launch of the Centre in March of 2013. Autumn highlights include:

West Nordic Studies: Governance and Sustainable Management

CAPS has managed the development of a new international and interdisciplinary masters programme, to begin in the fall 2014. It will provide students with a unique opportunity to take part in shaping the emerging West Nordic region. Margrét Cela, project manager at CAPS, has been project manager and Kristinn Schram, director of CAPS, has represented the University of Iceland on the Academic Board. Partner Institutes are the University of the Faroe Islands, University of Greenland, University of Akureyri, University of Iceland and the University of Nordland.
Further information: www.westnordicstudies.net

You can download this and some additional information from the IIA here: News from IIA

Past events at the Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland

iceOn top of its research, publication, and educational developement CAPS has hosted and participated in a number of events this autumn ranging from round table discussions to record breaking conferences. Here are some of the highlights:

August 2. Topic: Climate Change in Northern Territories. NRF Conference in Akureyri with participation from CAPS.

September 5. Topic: Subarctic strategies. Roundtable discussion at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. Presentation on Iceland’s Arctic Strategy by Kristinn Schram, director of CAPS.

September 26. Topic: The shaping of Arctic societies and regions. A talk given by Kristinn Schram, and Katla Kjartansdóttir, EDDA researcher at RANNÍS, on an IIA hosted research project.

September 27. Topic: Arctic Research. Full day presention by CAPS at the RANNÍS Science Fair.

October 3. Topic: Greenland, Iceland and the Arctic, Seminar hosted by CAPS; Welcome remarks by H.E. Mette Kjuel Nielsen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Iceland. Presentation by Dr. Damien Degeorges, Founder of the Arctic Policy and Economic Forum. Discussion moderated by Kristinn Schram.

October 4. Topic: Re-territorializing the “Westnordic Arctic”: Perspectives of Crypto-colonialism and Mobility (conference)
Keynote speaker: Michael Herzfeld, Professor, Harvard University. A number of domestic and foreign academics also participated in the conference.

October 7.  Topic: CAPS and Icelandic Arctic Strategy. Presentation to the EU Ambassadors in Iceland. Speakers: Kristinn Schram and Alyson Bailes.

October 9. Topic: Politics and Sovereignty in the Arctic. A session at the Arctic Energy Summit, Chaired by Kristinn Schram. Speakers:  Michael John Laiho, Mikå Mered, Mia Bennet.

October 12. Topic: Extractive Industries, the Environment and Climate Change. A session at the Arctic Circle. Among speakers: Margrét Cela.

October 13. Full day presentation of Arctic research in the University of Iceland. Margrét Cela and Kristinn Schram.

October 14: Topic: Emerging trends in the West Nordic Arctic. A session organized by CAPS for the Arctic Circle 2013, Reykjavík. Chaired by Margrét Cela. Speakers: Kristinn Schram; Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Assistant Professor of History, University of Iceland; Sigríður Huld Blöndal, International Relations, University of Iceland; Lára Jóhannsdóttir, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Business, University of Iceland; Egill Þór Níelsson, Researcher, Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) and Þórður Þórarinsson, Secretary-General, West Nordic Council Secretariat.

October 25. Topic: Arctic Challenges in the West Nordic Region. At the Þjóðarspegill Conference.
Speakers: Margrét Cela, Kristinn Schram, Katla Kjartansdóttir, Sumarliði Ísleifsson, and others

October 31. Topic: Natural resources and societies in the Arctic. A roundtable discussion hosted by CAPS  with Jean-Dominique Wahiche from the Museum national d’Histoire naturelle; Luc Fuhrman, from the French Embassy; Jörundar Svavarson and Gísli Pálsson from the University of Iceland and Ásdís Jónsdóttir  from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Moderated by Kristinn Schram.

November 15. Topic: West Nordic Studies. CAPS participated at the Day of the High North. CAPS presented a poster about a service project being carried out by the centre. The project is coordinating the work of five universities building a joint master programme called West Nordic Studies, Governance and Sustainable Management. The partner universities are University of Iceland, University of Akureyri, University of Greenland, University of the Faroe Islands and University of Nordland.

November 16. CAPS participated in a seminar on Chinese – Arctic Affairs hosted by the Reykjavík Academy and the The Northern Lights Confucius Institute. Margrét Cela talked about some of the developments in the High North and China’s interests in the region.

November 25-26. Topic: Foreign Policy and the Arctic. CAPS participated in an international conference in Copenhagen. The conference was about foreign policy issues. Kristinn Schram, explained Iceland’s policy towards the Arctic. The IIA Director, Pia Hansson, also spoke about Icelandic peacekeeping and defence cooperation.

Open events from the IIA in November

In addition to the open events from CAPS and the events mentioned in the previous TEPSA newsletter, the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland, in cooperation with the Centre for Small State Studies and the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies organised several open seminars in November. These include:

November 13. Topic: Gender in Nordic Climate Policy: Does Equal Representation Make a Difference? Speaker: Dr. Gunnhildur Lily Magnúsdóttir, Assistant Professor in International Politics and European Studies at the University of Malmö.

November 20. Topic: ‘From Afghanistan to Syria and Beyond: A Post-Interventionist Era?’ Speaker: Andrew Cottey, Senior Lecturer and Head of Department in the Department of Government, University College Cork, Ireland.

November 27. Topic: Åland, a demilitarized zone in a new age of security.  A talk by the Head of the Åland government, Camilla Gunell. With comments by Alyson JK Bailes, Adjunct Professor, University of Iceland. Introduced by Irma Ertman, Ambassador of Finland at Reykjavik.

Discussing the Arctic and Icelandic Peacekeeping Missions

In late November 2013 Mrs. Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute, and Mr. Kristinn Schram, Director of the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, participated in a seminar at the Danish Institute for International Studies titled Nordic Foreign and Security Policy. In her talk Mrs. Hansson discussed Iceland´s participation in peacekeeping missions, with an emphasis on the Icelandic public´s negative views towards participation in operations that require the bearing of arms. She concluded that the discourse in Iceland had more to do with the country´s image as a small peaceful island than its possible contribution to conflict resolution and peace building. In his talk, Mr. Schram discussed Iceland´s policy towards the Arctic and how Iceland has made use of formal multilateral cooperation and in leveraging the Arctic Council and Nordic frameworks to its advantage.

Fall 2013 events at the Institute of International Relations, Prague

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A seminar on “The Challenges of Qualitative Comparative Analysis”, 9. December 2013, the Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague.
On 9 December the IIR hosted a seminar with Professor Carsten Q. Schneider from the Central European University, Hungary on “The Challenges of Qualitative Comparative Analysis”. The seminar was divided into two parts: “The Challenges of Qualitative Comparative Analysis” and “Doing Qualitative Comparative Analysis”.  The seminar was part of the project entitled The Cooperation Network for Research of the Non-European Areas (RESAREAS). More information available here.

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A conference on “Gender in Development and Post-Conflict Peace-Building”, 5 December 2013, the Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Prague.
On 5 December the IIR hosted a public lecture entitled Gender in Development and Post-Conflict Peace-Building. The keynote speaker of this conference was Claudia von Braunmühl, an Honorary Professor of International Relations at Freie Universität Berlin. The lecture addressed gender in development and post-conflict peace-building because while each of these policy areas has its own characteristic features, overarching gender stereotypes and patriarchal attitudes operate in both of them. More information available here.

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The V. International Symposium “Czech Foreign Policy”, with a specific focus on “Democracy and Democratization”, 12 -13 November 2013, the Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
iir5This year the Symposium focused on the support for democracy in Czech foreign policy. After the domestic views were presented and some newly elected Czech politicians voiced their opinions, foreign experts spoke about how our support for democracy is viewed by those living in other countries. Apart from many well-known Czech participants such as Karel Schwarzenberg (Member of the Parliament, TOP 09, former Minister of Foreign Affairs) the conference welcomed the following speakers, among others: Adrian Basora, the Director of the Project on Democratic Transitions at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and a former US ambassador to Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, and Charles Gati, a Professor from Johns Hopkins University who presented his new publication Zbig: The Strategy and Statecraft of Zbigniew Brzezinski at the conference. More information available here.

Publications from the Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland

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1) A Study on Iceland´s EU Accession Process
In November 2013 the Confederation of Trade Unions in Iceland, the Icelandic Federation of Trade, the Confederation of Icelandic Employers and the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce entrusted the Institute with the editing and supervision of a study on Iceland´s EU accession process. The goal of the study is to evaluate the accession process and distinguish matters of opinion as well as the possibilities at hand. The EU´s development since the accession process began will also be analysed, with a special emphasis on cooperation on currency affairs. Finally the EEA agreement will be studied, with an emphasis on the possibilities it provides as well as its limitations.

2) New publications on Arctic Governance: The Case for Arctic Governance and Understanding the Arctic Council: a ‘Sub-Regional’ Perspective
CAPS has published a new Occasional paper by Helga Haftendorn that offers a comprehensive introduction to features of Arctic governance including the framework for potential new commercial activity. CAPS has also published an Occasional paper by Alyson Bailes called Understanding the Arctic Council: a ‘Sub-Regional’ Perspective. Both papers can be accessed on the CAPS website (www.caps.hi.is).

Past Events at the IAI

logo IAIThe European External Action Service (EEAS) as seen from inside, Rome, 8 November 2013

Alfredo Conte, head of the Strategic Planning division of the European External Action Service, spoke at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in a seminar on the EEAS 2013 review.
You can download the report and watch the video from the seminar here.

On this topic, see also: EEAS Audit in the Eastern Neighbourhood: To What Extent Have the New Treaty Provisions Delivered?, by Anita Sęk, 26 November 2013 (Documenti IAI 1310)

National debate on a common foreign and defence policy of the EU, Turin, 9 November 2013

The event – as announced in the October issue of the TEPSA newsletter – was organised by the European Commission Representation in Italy in cooperation with the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and other partners in fulfilment of the second stage of the project POLITICALLY.EU – ” learn to act“ which aims to create a public space for debate on European policies. The event was attended by representatives from institutions and businesses.
It included a deliberative workshop, chaired by Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, IAI President, where academics, journalists, politicians, students and representatives of the defence sector were asked to share their opinions and offer comments on the issues raised in the background paper prepared by the IAI and the introductory interventions.

Report from the conference is available here.
Background paper can be downloaded here.

EU-UKRAINE Deep and Comprehensive Free-trade Area: New Opportunities for Europe, Rome, 19 November 2013

This conference was attended by Yevhen Perelygin, Ambassador of Ukraine to Italy & Member of the Official Delegation of Ukraine on Negotiations on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and Ricardo Giucci — Managing Director at Berlin Economics – Independent Economics Consultancy in Emerging and Transition Countries, Germany.

You can download the report from the conference here.

Roundtable on: “The EU and 21st Century security: preparing for an uncertain future”, Rome, 25 November 2013

This workshop was organised by the Security and Defence Agenda (SDA), in collaboration with the European Commission and the support of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). It aimed to look achievements to date in European internal security, lessons learnt and what should come next.
The workshop covered the evolution of the threats to EU security and what is to be expected in the near future; cyber threats and cyber security; and the adequacy of existing EU instruments and institutions to deal with internal security problems.

Conference on “Global Turkey in Europe”, London, 5 December 2013

Turkey is central for European energy interests. It is not only a significant energy consumer, but it is also at the heart of energy geopolitics, being a central transit state located at the intersection of the east-western and north-southern energy corridors in the Mediterranean and Eurasia.
In light of this, the Stiftung Mercator, IAI, the IPC, and the ECFR organised a conference on how the EU and Turkey can enhance their cooperation in the energy sector.

You can view the programme of the conference here.

Publications from IWE, Institute of World Economics, Budapest

vki_logo_smZsuzsánna Biedermann – Ágnes Orosz, Financial regulation differences in the EU and the US. IWE Working Paper No. 205, October 2013, 28 p. http://www.vki.hu/news/news_621.html

András Inotai, Management of the costs of crisis management: key challenges to future economic policies. In: Post-crisis economic development of the EU and Bulgaria, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Economic Research Institute, Gorekspres, Sofia, 2013, pp. 10-22.

András Inotai, Prognosis for the EU’s development and transformation (also in Ukrainian). In: Oleksij Kolomiec (ed.), Ocinka ta perspektivi transformacii ES: Sterategichni prioriteti dlja Centralno-Shidnoi Evropi ta Ukraine. Centr evropeijskih ta transatlantichnich studiu, Slovak Agency for International Development Cooperation, Kiev, 2013, pp. 56-58. and 59-61.

András Inotai, Hungary and the European Union (also in Ukrainian). In: see above, pp. 58-59 and 61-62.

Zsuzsa Ludvig, The EU and its Eastern Partners: Conditionality and Expected Benefits. How does the Russia Factor Matter? Documenti IAI 1309, 25 November 2013, 18 p. http://www.iai.it/content.asp?langid=2&contentid=1015

Tamás Novák (ed.), Euro Zone Crisis, Member States’ Interests, Economic Dilemmas. Proceedings of the 9th Hungarian-Romanian bilateral workshop, Budapest, 2013, 106 p. http://www.vki.hu/news/news_618.html

Krisztina Vida, EU governance trends – dilemmas and recommendations for the Visegrad countries. IWE Working Paper No. 209, September 2013, 17 p. http://www.vki.hu/news/news_620.html

Csaba Weiner, Book Review: Ludvig, Zsuzsa (ed.) Eurasian Challenges: Partnerships with Russia and Other Issues of the Post-Soviet Area. East European Studies, No. 4, Budapest: Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2013, 163 p. Baltic Journal of European Studies, Vol. 3, Issue 2, October 2013 http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bjes.2013.3.issue-2/bjes-2013-0017/bjes-2013-0017.xml?format=INT

Seminar “The EU as Security Actor- Different Perspectives on Defence Policy” by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, 4 December 2013

UI seminarOn the 4 December 2013, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) hosted a seminar on the future of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The seminar was held in the lead-up to the EU Heads of State meeting on 19 December at which defence capabilities, and a stronger European defence industry, was on the agenda. Moderated by the Institute’s Director Anna Jardfelt, and with presentations by Camille Grand, Director at Fondation for strategic research, Paul Johnston, British Ambassador to Sweden, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, French Ambassador to Sweden, and Torbjörn Sohlström from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, issues were discussed such as: What are the main challenges for the EU as a security actor? Is there a consensus between large member states like France and the United Kingdom on how the CSDP should develop? What is the Swedish perspective on EU crisis management?

TEPSA Conference: “Future models of European integration”, 28-29 November, The Hague

TEPSA_LOGOOn Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November 2013 the Research Group European Integration of the The Hague University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) organized a conference entitled:

FUTURE MODELS OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION

The Conference discussed models of differentiated integration. The idea being that without such models, the European Union may probably not survive in the future. Indeed, the group of existing member states is not a homogeneous group. Between the partners there exist substantive differences as to economic and/or social development. Thus one may hardly expect that all member states will be able to cooperate in the future in a uniform manner and simultaneously in all policy domains.

The first file open for discussion concerned Economic Governance. Indeed, economic and monetary policy has from the outset been an area where not all Member States participate in a similar manner. The recent ESM (European Stability Mechanism) Treaty as well as the Fiscal Compact Treaty have only confirmed this fact. In a second part the potential of enhanced cooperation was discussed. So far this general treaty principle has been applied in three cases. However, in the future more use will respectively should be made of this principle, eventually by creating more flexibility as to the modalities of application of enhanced cooperation. Thereafter in three parallel sessions specific case studies were discussed. A first topic concerns the possibilities to introduce varieties of differentiated cooperation in Common Foreign and Security Policy, after the example of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice where for example three member states have been granted full-fledged derogations. Then attention was given to the possibility to involve neighbouring countries and applicant countries in crucial domains of EU cooperation according to the model of gradualness. Moreover tensions related to independentism within individual member states were analysed: what would it mean for EU membership when a given member state would fall apart? Finally and in the light of the findings reached during the discussions over de other topics, the best approach(es) to be followed by the European Union as a whole were discussed. Here you can consult the Programme.

For information: Jaap de Zwaan j•w•dezwaan©hhs•nl  (j•w•dezwaan©hhs•nl)   and Cécile Fournis cecilefournis©hotmail•com  (cecilefournis©hotmail•com)  

Past events at the IIEA, Dublin

IIEA Logo_largeConference “The Future of Banking in Europe”, 2 December 2013, Dublin

The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) invited you to a conference on banking union entitled “The Future of Banking in Europe”, organised on 2 December 2013 at Convention Centre Dublin. The conference discussed the European Commission’s proposals for a banking union and their implications for the European banking sector.

Keynote speakers at the conference included Michael Noonan, Irish Minister for Finance; Patrick Honohan, Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland; Vítor Constâncio, Vice President of the European Central Bank. Two panel discussions took place on the day, including the launch of the IIEA’s report on banking union, with authors including former Minister for Finance, Alan Dukes, Head of Economics at NUIG, Professor Alan Ahearne, and former President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox. More information on the conference is available here.

!!Cybersecurity_logo-Hi-RES2Cybersecurity Conference, 15 November 2013, Dublin

On 15 November the IIEA hosted a major conference in Dublin on Cyber security.  This high-level conference brought together 16 key EU and international stakeholders. The conference explored emerging cyber threats and opportunities for government and private sector collaboration in protecting the citizen online. It focused on critical infrastructure protection, data privacy, cloud security, hacktivism and a range of other crucial issues facing individuals, businesses and governments alike. This major event provided a unique opportunity to interact with some of the key stakeholders operating in the cybersecurity area today. Keynote speakes at the conference included Michael Daniel, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator & Special Assistant to President Obama, Ambassador Sorin Ducuru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, Olivier Burgersdijk, Head of Strategy and Outreach, European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), Dave Merkel, CTO, Mandiant and Dr. Ian Levy OBE, GCHQ, UK.

For other information relating to the conference, please visit the IIEA website on or call the Institute on +353 1 874 6756.

Lunch Debates with Jörg Asmussen and Rebecca Harms at IEP Berlin 2013

IEP_Bildschirm_2000x400pxOn 4 November 2013, Jörg Asmussen, then member of the ECB Executive Board and former state secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, held a lecture as part of the IEP Lunch Debate series (full report). Asmussen focused on the requirements of a future banking union in conjunction with a fiscal union and emphasized the need for Europe to take the U.S. as example and establish a banking union with the two essential elements the common supervisory mechanism and the common resolution mechanism as soon as possible. Such a banking union, which must be open for states beyond the euro zone, could absorb external shocks and reduce the burden on taxpayers by reducing the need for rescue by national budgets. Asmussen also stressed the need to harmonize tax regimes in Europe, particularly with regard to corporate tax.

On 2 December 2013, Rebecca Harms, party chairman of the Greens in the EP, held a lecture as part of the IEP Lunch Debate series (full report). Harms related her experiences from a visit to Ukraine, pointed to the rise of euroskeptical sentiments and, correspondingly, of anti-European populist parties as one of the biggest challenges for European politics in the coming years and stressed the need to regain citizens’ trust in light of the financial crisis. Furthermore, Harms criticized the relative insignificance of climate and energy policy in the current European debate and raised concerns regarding possible adverse effects of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTPI) between the EU and the U.S.

Call for Papers – Conference on “The European Neighbourhood Policy in a Comparative Perspective: Key Challenges and Major Lessons”, 20-21 March 2014, College of Europe, Bruges

The conference aims to analyse and compare the legal, institutional, political, security, economic and financial challenges that the EU’s various policy frameworks with neighbouring countries are confronted with in order to identify lessons for the European Neighbourhood Policy. Although the EU’s co-operation with its neighbours has taken different forms and shapes, there are many common or similar challenges worth exploring based on a comparative, sectoral and horizontal approach.

The Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, invites scholars to submit proposals for papers to be presented at a conference to be held on 20-21 March 2014. The conference  benefits from the financial support of the European Commission.

Deadline: 8 January 2014
www.coleurope.eu/ENPComparativePerspective

23rd Annual Conference of the German-Hungarian Forum, 28-29 November 2013, IEP Berlin

IEP_Bildschirm_2000x400pxOn 28 and 29 November 2013, the 23rd annual conference of the German-Hungarian Forum was held in the German Federal Foreign Office, attended by over 150 experts from politics, business and academia (full report). In parallel, the third Young German-Hungarian Forum was held in the premises of the Hungarian Embassy in Berlin. The Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) organized the conference in cooperation with the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The working groups focused in particular on the topics “Growth, competition, innovation and dual training” as well as “The role of regional cooperations for the future of Europe”. The Young German-Hungarian Forum discussed the topics “Ways out of the crisis and youth unemployment”, “Europe’s value”, the “European Neighbourhood Policy” as well as “Informational self-determination between NSA and Facebook”. The closing address was held by EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, who discussed the EU’s role in the world and pointed to the important impulses that Germany and Hungary can give together.

Past Autumn events at Science Po, CEE, Paris

LOGO ScPoSeminar: Mémoires de combats. Les archives de l’engagement social et associatif, organized by Service interministériel des Archives de France, Centre d’études européennes and Centre d’histoire of Sciences Po, Tuesday 7 November, Sciences Po, Paris.

International symposium: 2013 Innovations and the Making of Metropolitan Identity, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 November 2013, Paris City Hall. In 2011 the Ville de Paris instituted a long-term cycle of seminars. Organized with the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés of Université Paris-Est, the Centre d’études européennes of Sciences Po, with the support of Paris Métropole and the Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme (APUR), these meetings bring leading researchers  together and aim to nurture ongoing Parisian thinking on the subject.

“EU Diplomacy Papers” from the College of Europe

coeCarl Baudenbacher, The Judicial Dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy, “EU Diplomacy Paper”, 8/2013, Bruges, College of Europe.

Domhnall O’Sullivan, Road to Proscription: The EU and Hezbollah since the Arab Spring, “EU Diplomacy Paper”, 7/2013, Bruges, College of Europe.

Mirko Woitzik, Pure Business, Law Enforcement or Sheer Politics? The EU’s WTO Complaints against Chinese Export Restrictions on Raw Materials, “EU Diplomacy Paper”, 6/2013, Bruges, College of Europe.

The EU Diplomacy Papers can be found here: www.coleurope.eu/EUDP

 

“Pushing the Turbo Button: What Next for the Polish-Romanian Strategic Partnership“, publication from PISM and European Institute of Romania

logo_pismThe Policy Paper “Pushing the Turbo Button: What Next for the Polish–Romanian Strategic Partnership?” was elaborated and published in partnership with the Polish Institute of International Affairs, being signed by Łukasz Kulesa, Agnes Nicolescu, Stanislav Secrieru and Anita Sobják.

291150With the global economic downturn and its implications for the broader political and security architecture of the EU, the Polish–Romanian Strategic Partnership signed in 2009 is now ripe to take the positive relationship to a new level and to be further fleshed out. To this end, political coordination needs to be upgraded for promoting common interests, such as economic stability and solidarity within the Union, continued support to agriculture and cohesion policy as an important priority for EU funding, increasing the energy security of the region, engaging the neighbourhood, particularly Moldova and Ukraine, and maintaining the relevance of CSDP and of article 5 of the Washington Treaty high on the European agenda. The management of instability and protracted conflicts in their neighbourhood are also among their shared concerns. Translating these common priorities into concrete actions should aim at pushing the “turbo button” of the partnership, and help both countries achieve their goals.

The paper is a result of the cooperation between the Polish Institute of International Affairs and the European Institute of Romania and was written as a follow-up to the conference “Romanian-Polish Strategic Partnership: Sharing Mutual Visions” organized in Bucharest on 11 September 2013.

The paper can be downloaded here.

LIIA Publications and Opinions

Logo LatviaThe Latvian Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with its partners published the following publications:

From the Vilnius Summit to the Riga Summit: Challenges and Opportunities of the Eastern Partnership  is a discussion paper by Irina Kuzņecova, Diāna Potjomkina and Mārtiņš Vargulis providing a general analysis of each of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) partner countries, their respective relations with the EU and the direction and depth of the “Europeanization” process. Paper illustrates current and long term challenges for the EU that could slow down the development of the EaP initiative as a whole.

Latvian Visa Free Border Zones With Russia And Belarus: What Are They And Why – the working paper by Andrei Yeliseyeu (analyst at the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies). Analysis looks into the specifics of the Latvian local border traffic (LBT) regimes with Belarus and Russia, presents characteristics of the border areas under the Latvian LBTs and gives a graphic representation of the respective Latvian regions.

Opinions

LIIA Fellow Raimonds Rublovskis in several analysis has continued to contribute to the discussions on global and Latvian security developments and challenges:

The Future of Conventional Arms Control in Europe – the state of conventional arms control framework and its decisive role in European security;

Smart Power in the Global Security Environment of the 21st Century – the role of ‘smart power’ within current global security environment;

Approaches to Conflict Resolution in the OSCE Area – current and new approaches to conflict resolution in the OSCE area.

Deputy Director of LIIA Kārlis Bukovskis in his analysis examines possible scenarios of Latvia’s post-euro foreign policy challenges and is “Picturing Latvia on the Global Marketing Map” while providing an option for the next foreign policy goal for Latvia;

LIIA Fellow Mārtiņš Vargulis analyses the ‘geopolitical battle’ of great powers over the Arctic region  and potential gains and challenges for Latvia in the big game played in high North.

Associate Fellow Anna Beitāne recently has provided analysis on various topics:

The Disappointment of the Rapprochement: Why Obama’s ‘Reset’ with Russia Went Wrong? – possible reasons behind the unsuccessful attempts to reset US-Russian relations and escalation of tensions between two countries in the context of Syrian crisis;

Russia’s ‘Milk’ War with Lithuania – correlation between Russian trade wars and geopolitics in the case of recent;

Navalny’s ‘I have a dream’ Moment in Moscow’s Mayoral Election – the results of recent Moscow’s mayoral elections and its aftermath for both the Kremlin and Navalny;

LIIA Fellow Diāna Potjomkina examines two recent reports on Belarus prepared by the European Parliament and by the USAID, asking – what do we really know about Belarus, and how?

LIIA Autumn 2013 Events and Activities

Logo LatviaLatvian Institute of International Affairs in cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia organized an international conference The future prospects of Latvia within the EU’s development: discussions on federalism and its meaning in society”. During the conference LIIA fellows Martins Daugulis and Ieva Bloma presented a research results on meanings of federalism in Latvia’s society – the first qualitative research on people’s perceptions of federalism, EU development and interests of Latvia. The research was carried out by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. It will be available at LIIA home page shortly. Information about the event can be found here.

Public Discussion & Book Presentation: “Latvia’s Place in the Eurasian Trade and Transportation Corridors. Northern Distribution Network: Redefining Partnerships within NATO and Beyond”, November 22, 14:00, Hotel “Bergs”

The Latvian Institute of International Affairs organised a public discussion and book presentation “Northern Distribution Network: Redefining Partnerships within NATO and Beyond”. This is the latest LIIA’s project, concerned not only with the NDN route itself, but also with its prospective commercialization after 2014 and its role in the Eurasian transport corridors. Authors from Azerbaijan, India, Latvia, Germany, Russia, Uzbekistan, and the USA have contributed to the publication. Experts from Azerbaijan, Latvia, Russia and Uzbekistan took part in the discussion in Riga. More information about the event can be found here.

LIIA organized a series of events on Eastern Partnership: 1. “From the Vilnius summit to the Riga summit: priorities, goals, achievements of the Eastern Partnership” (in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia); 2. Towards sustainable European-Belarusian interaction in economics, energy and environment: limitations and opportunities”( in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Riga); 3. “Georgia and Eastern Partnership: after the presidential elections, before the Vilnius Summit” (in cooperation with the Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Latvia).

LIIA Fellows and Associate Fellows participated in a number of international events over the last months and expressed their views in the mass media. Information about these activities is available in the news section of the LIIA home page.

Activities

The LIIA has joined the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN). EPIN spans 26 countries both within and outside the EU, uniting think tanks and policy institutes with the goal to debate on the Future of Europe. You can find more information about this network here: http://www.epin.org/new/

EEAS Audit in the Eastern Neighbourhood: To What Extent Have the New Treaty Provisions Delivered? by Anita Sęk

EEAS Audit in the Eastern Neighbourhood: To What Extent Have the New Treaty Provisions Delivered?

by Anita Sęk

Documenti IAI 1310
26 November 2013
Pages 17

Here you can consult the paper.

Revised version of a paper presented at the Lisboan seminar on “The European Neighbourhood Policy and the Lisbon Treaty: What has changed?”, Rome, 22 March 2013.

Abstract
This paper aims to analyse if and to what extent provisions of the Lisbon Treaty introducing a special relationship with neighbouring countries and Common Foreign and Security Policy-related references, have delivered in strengthening EU’s presence among its Eastern neighbours. The paper will also examine EU’s capacities in decision- and policy-making towards them. The study, built on the author’s interviews and correspondence with officials from EU institutions and literature research, shows that what characterizes the European External Action Service (EEAS) and in consequence EU’s international actorness in the Eastern Neighbourhood are: (i) scarcity of staff in headquarter in Brussels, (ii) scarcity of staff in EU delegations, (iii) underrepresentation of “new Member States”, (iv) lack of esprit du corps. All of these produce various “turf battles” of intra- and inter- institutional nature on the EU-level, which lead to an extension of the decision-making process, and in consequence undermine the possible impact on the Eastern neighbours. Nevertheless, the overall coherence of EU’s external activity is improving. Challenges however remain, particularly the lack of outcomes envisaged by the EU, undermining the Union’s influential transformative role as a norms entrepreneur.

Past Autumn 2013 Events at Sciences Po, Paris

23 September 2013, “Enquêter, de quel droit? Menaces sur l’enquête en sciences sociales“, with Sylvain Laurens and Frédéric Neyrat.

Social sciences in question Seminar: The leading epistemological controversies of our time.

This seminar focused on methodological questions, a fundamental issue in social sciences. They define and base the validity of our research and findings, yet we rarely get to discuss them. The objective of this joint seminar CEE and CERI was precisely that, to provide a place to meet and exchange ideas between the researchers; PhD students were also strongly invited. The aim was to compare our research fields, our methods, our research questions and how to address them, in the light of major epistemological and methodological controversies of today. CEE and the CERI are meeting the challenge to create a collective dynamic at Sciences Po and to strengthen the already existing connections between the two centres. To learn more about this seminar see here.

26-27 November 2013, “International symposium: 2013 Innovations and the Making of Metropolitan Identity“, Paris City Hall.

In 2011 the Ville de Paris instituted a long-term cycle of seminars. Organised with the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés of Université Paris-Est, the Centre d’études Européennes of Sciences Po, with the support of Paris Métropole and the Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme (APUR), these meetings brought leading researchers together and aimed to nurture ongoing Parisian thinking on the subject.

Past events at IWE, Budapest

vki_logo_sm25th EAEPE Annual Conference “Beyond Deindustrialisation: The Future of Industries”, 8-9 November 2013, Paris. Lectures by IWE senior research fellow Andrea Szalavetz at the conference by EAEPE (European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy). Title of her first presentation: “Policy support to commercialisation – an instrument to ensure a future for manufacturing in Europe”; Title of her second presentation (co-authored by M. Sass): “Industrial policy options for catching-up GVC actors: the Visegrad countries in the post-crisis GVC environment”.

Jubilee Conference on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Institute of World Economics, 20 November 2013, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest “Challenges of the world economy – global and national perspectives”. During this half-day event among the speakers (or rather contributors to the panel discussions) were members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Mihály Simai, Tamás Szentes, Béla Kádár, Ádám Török, or doctors of the HAS Judit Kiss and András Inotai – all current or former researchers of IWE (the language of the event was Hungarian).

Conference on “MFF 2014-2020: less money, less Europe? Prospects, interests, explanations”, 25 November 2013, IWE, Budapest. Organised by senior research fellow Miklós Somai, the half-day international event was dedicated to exploring the views of the speakers (representing different institutions or member states) on the new MFF and to discussing the future of common EU policies financed by the 2014-2020 financial framework.

Past Events at IWE, Institute of World Economics, Budapest

vki_logo_smEurope Club, 15 October 2013, Budapest
During the October club meeting the Annual report of the Hungarian-European Business Council on the Hungarian Economy in 2012 (entitled “Confidence and Credibility”) was presented by Mr. János Takács, former president of HEBC.

THESEUS Conference, 17 October 2013 – THESEUS price award to András Inotai

“Thursday workshops” regular monthly workshop at IWE, 07 November 2013
Sándor Meisel presented the topic of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations which was followed by a lively debate (in Hungarian).

Annual academic meeting in the framework of the “Festive Month of Hungarian Science”: Hungary’s choices in the European Research Area. 07 November 2013, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest (in Hungarian)
Organised by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences the potentials of Hungarian science within Europe in the near future. One of the speakers was András Inotai.

40th anniversary event of “Europaeische Rundschau”, 08 November 2013, Vienna
András Inotai provided a critical analysis of the European integration process in a panel discussion with Paul Lendvai, Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, Adam Krzeminski and Daniel Vernet.

Europe Club, 19 November 2013, Budapest
During the November club meeting a lecture was given by Ms. Maria Joao Rodrigues under the title “Europe 2020 and the crisis: which are the choices?”

Jubilee Conference on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Institute of World Economics, 20 November 2013, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest “Challenges of the world economy – global and national perspectives
During this half-day event among the speakers (or rather contributors to the panel discussions) were members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Mihály Simai, Tamás Szentes, Béla Kádár, Ádám Török, or doctors of the HAS Judit Kiss and András Inotai – all current or former researchers of IWE (the language of the event was Hungarian).

Romanian-Hungarian Bilateral Roundtable Conference, 22-23 November 2013
Co-organised by the Romanian National Institute of Economic Research and the Institute of World Economics (CERSHAS) the two-day event was dedicated to such topics as the Transatlantic partnership, public finances in the eurozone and in the Central and Eastern European region, or energy issues. Participants from IWE were: Sándor Meisel, Ágnes Orosz and Csaba Weiner.

Conference on “MFF 2014-2020: less money, less Europe? Prospects, interests, explanations”, 25 November 2013, IWE, Budapest
Organised by senior research fellow Miklós Somai, this half-day international event was dedicated to exploring the views of the speakers (representing different institutions or member states) on the new MFF and to discussing the future of common EU policies financed by the 2014-2020 financial framework. (A short summary in English is available from 10/12/2013 at this site: http://www.vki.hu/events.html)

Japan and EU: Living together in a multipolar world, 16th Japan-EU conference, 25 November 2013, Brussels
Andás Inotai introduced and moderated the panel on “Economic relations with reference to the Free Trade Agreement/Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations”.

16th Japan-EU conference, 25 November 2013, Brussels

japanOn Monday the 25th of November the 16th edition of the Japan-EU conference took place in Brussels, jointly organised by TEPSA, KU Leuven, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Waseda University, International Christian University Japan (ICU) and by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Japan and the EU – Living together in a Multipolar World“. It addressed and defined on-going challenges for Japan and the European Union.

Coming a week after the EU-Japan Summit meeting, the main morning sessions of this year’s Japan-EU Conference was devoted to recent developments in EU-Japan relations. The Japanese Ambassador to the EU and the Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service debated EU-Japan political relations. Representatives of the European Commission’s DG TRADE and the Japanese Mission to the EU outlined the latest developments in EU-Japan economic relations – with reference to the on-going FTA/EPA negotiations. The afternoon sessions addressed civil protection and humanitarian issues, with speeches from senior policy-makers, researchers and others. Over 2½ years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the session on civil protection and disaster relief will allow an exchange of views as to how the EU and Japan address these issues at home as well as Japan–EU cooperation in multilateral efforts. The final session addressed human security, humanitarian & development assistance and considered disaster reduction – an important part of Japan’s development assistance policy – and ‘human security’. Although the EU and Japan are the world’s second and third largest donors of official humanitarian assistance, a better coordination in the EU-Japan framework is needed.

This annual event provided a unique opportunity to debate both the latest research as well as current policy trends. It brought together academics, experts and policymakers from various parts of the world and proved to be a highly valuable forum to formulate ideas and specific suggestions to fortify the Japan-EU relationship.

For the main conference webpage go to: http://www.eu-japan.eu/16th-japan-eu-conference. For the latest agenda go to: http://www.eu-japan.eu/sites/eu-japan.eu/files/16thJapanEUConference.pdf

Policy Dialogue: The European Union as Crisis Manager – Patterns and Prospects, 21 November 2013 by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

UI DebateUI’s Mark Rhinard, who also serves as Senior Advisor to the European Policy Centre, held a policy dialogue at the European Policy Centre in Brussels the 21 November 2013. Keynote speaker Kristalina Giorgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response (DG ECHO), addressed the development of the EU as crisis manager during the past 3 years, and some crises currently dealt with such as Syria and the Philippines. The Panel discussion between Agostino Miozzo, Managing Director for Crisis Response and Operational Coordination at the External Action Service, Helena Lindberg, Director-General of the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency, Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director for Strategy, Policy and International Co-operation at DG ECHO and Erik Windmar, Member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, also addressed the EU’s emerging role as crisis manager both inside and outside of the Union. The speakers agreed that the field of disaster and crisis response is one of the most dynamic areas of EU cooperation.