The European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe, Natolin campus organised a PhD Summer school on “The EU, its Neighbourhood and the European Neighbourhood Policy: EU Foreign Policy in Times of Change, Crisis and Stagnation” from 30th June to 13th July 2013 at the College of Europe, Natolin campus (Warsaw). The purpose was to bring together and train 22 PhD students from all across Europe in theoretical, empirical and research-strategic issues on the subject matter. Additionally, the purpose was to support PhD students in furthering their research projects. The PhD Summer School focused on the role of the European Union (EU) as an international actor in its southern and eastern neighourhood before and after the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty. It analysed the evolution and implications of the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the state of political and economic transformation in the EU’s neighbourhood, but also how the local, national and regional dynamics in the neighbourhood affect EU policies and politics. Accordingly, the School had a tri-dimensional outlook: it dealt with the implications of the foreign policy behaviour and action of the EU, its agents and policies in what the EU defines as its neighbourhood; it discussed recent political and socio-economic developments in ENP partner countries, in particular in light of the Arab Spring, processes of political transition, “stubborn authoritarianism”, frozen conflicts, as well as wider regional developments, and it looked into the impact of EU-neighbourhood relations on the EU’s institutions and policies. Speakers included Martin Holland (University of Canterbury, Christchurch), Stefan Wolff (University of Birmingham), Charlotte Bretherton (Liverpool John Moores University), Peter Burnell (Warwick University), Sven Biscop (Egmont Institute, Brussels), Hiski Haukkala (Tampere University), Peter Van Elsuwege (Ghent University) and many others.
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