“10 years of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies”, 27 October 2016, College of Europe, Bruges


27 October 2016
VE.AUD.1, Verversdijk, Bruges campus, Verversdijk 16, 8000 Brugge

The Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe is looking back on ten successful years with over 700 alumni worldwide. Launched in September 2006, the MA study programme responded to a growing interest among students, scholars and practitioners in the European Union’s external relations and in European diplomacy. This anniversary also provides an occasion to look into the future of the study of EU external relations.

On 27 October 2016, the Department will celebrate this anniversary with a day of events:

9:30-11:00         Roundtable discussion “EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies: Past, Present, Future” with alumni of the ten past promotions (from Copernicus to Chopin)

11:30-12:30        Honorary lecture “What’s wrong with the European Union?” by Prof. Dr. Dieter MAHNCKE, founding Director of the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe for 40 years; conferral of the title of Honorary Professor of the College of Europe.

​Further information and free online registration for the roundtable and/or honorary lecture can be found here.

16:45-18:15       EU Diplomacy Lecture “The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, 17 years on” by Dr. Javier SOLANA, President, ESADE Centre for Global Economy and Geopolitics, Barcelona-Madrid; former High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary General of the Council of the European Union.

Registration and information here.

18:30                      Reception

For further information about the day of events, please visit www.coleurope.eu/10yearsIRD.

EU Diplomacy Lecture “The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, 17 years on” by Dr. Javier Solana, 27 October 2016, College of Europe, Bruges


The Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges is organising the third “EU Diplomacy Lecture” in Bruges.

Dr. Javier Solana, President of the ESADE Centre for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Madrid-Barcelona), and former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, will deliver a high-level lecture on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. As the EU finds itself surrounded by a host of challenges, the time has come to take decisive steps to boost the Union’s common foreign and security policy. Dr. Javier Solana will outline the current state of the conflicts surrounding the EU’s borders and offer his outlook for the future. In this context, he will also analyze the new approach offered in the EU Global Strategy. The lecture will be followed by a short Q&A session and a reception.

To register (until 24 October 2016), and for more information, please visit the conference website.

Past events at the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) – Spring 2016

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Expert public discussion on “Migration: An Opportunity, Not a Threat?”
25 April 2016, the Institute of International Relations Prague


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The Centre for European Security and the Centre for International Law of the Institute of  InternIIR FrancoisCrepeauational Relations Prague, in cooperation with the Canadian Embassy, are the organizers of an
expert public discussion with François Crépeau, Professor and Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, McGill University and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the
Human Rights ofMigrants. The questions framing the discussion are, for example: Why should Europeans organize rather than prevent migration to Europe? Why is there so much opposition to and fear of inward migration? Is this justified? What benefits and opportunities do migrants bring? Migration also brings challenges – (how) can we deal with them? What lessons should we learn from dealing with migration in the past?

Public lecture on “The Use of Force Against ISIS: Is International Law Changing?”
31 March 2016, the Institute of International Relations Prague


The Institute of International Relations Prague was proud to host a public lecture by the well-known international law expert Prof. Dr. Anne Peters, LL.M., Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, followed by the launch of the new Centre for International Law of the Institute of International Relations Prague. The events took place on 31 March at the Institute of International Relations Prague. Videos from the lecture and the launch are available at the event’s website.

Seminar on “China’s One Belt One Road Initiative and Central Europe”
23 March 2016, the Institute of International International Relations Prague


The Institute of International Relations Prague, together with the Institute of European Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, organized a seminar on “China’s One Belt One Road Initiative and Central Europe”.

Out of the range of interesting contributors and contributions to the seminar, let us mention Prof. Kong Tianping, Senior Researcher of the Institute of European Studies, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and his contribution “The Belt and Road Initiative and Its Implication for Cooperation between China and the Visegrad States”; Prof. Liu Zuokui, Director of the Department of Central and Eastern European Studies, the Institute of European Studies, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, with his presentation “How Chinese Perceive the V4 and China–V4 Relations”; and also Prof. Chen Xin, Director of the Department of European Economic Studies, the Institute of European Studies, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and his lecture “The Czech Republic in the 16+1 Cooperation.”

Roundtable on “Brexit and EU Foreign Policy: The View from Other Member States”
9 March 2016, London School of Economics and Political Science


On 9 March 2016 Petr Kratochvíl, Director of the Institute of International Relations Prague, spoke, together with Ben Tonra, Stephen Keukeleire, Annegret Bendiek and Christian Lequesne, at a roundtable focusing on the topic of “Brexit and EU Foreign Policy: The View from Other Member States” at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science. You can find a report from the event at the event’s website.

Public lecture on “The Helplessness of German and European Refugee Policy”
24 February 2016, the Institute of International Relations Prague


The Institute of International Relations Prague organized a public lecture with a subsequent discussion with Prof. em. Dr. Egbert Kurt Jahn dealing with issues connected to refugees, the German stance toward them and why Germany’s attitude in this respect is so different to that of other EU Member States.

Recent publications from the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) – Spring 2016



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Niklas Helwig, Europe’s New Political Engine: Germany’s role in the EU’s foreign and security policy, Report

Sören Scholvin, Geopolitics: An Overview of Concepts and Empirical Examples from International Relations, Working Paper

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Elina Sinkkonen, New horizons and internal reforms: The regional implications of China’s military posture, Briefing Paper

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Juha Käpylä, Harri Mikkola & Toivo Martikainen, Moscow’s Arctic dreams turned sour? Analysing Russia’s policies in the Arctic, Briefing Paper

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Toivo Martikainen & Antto Vihma, Dividing the EU with energy? Unpacking Russia’s energy geoeconomics, Briefing Paper

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András Rácz, Viktor Orbán walks a tightrope between Brussels and Moscow: Hungary’s strategic dilemma about Russia has not been resolved

Veera Laine, The spring that never came: One year after Boris Nemtsov’s murder, Russia’s liberal opposition is threatened, repressed and ridiculed

Marco Siddi, Italy at loggerheads with the European Commission and Germany: Has Matteo Renzi taken a euro-critical stance?

Charly Salonius-Pasternak, The Swedish defence policy paradox: Sweden wants to stay militarily non-allied while seeking ever closer defence cooperation with others

Carrie Weintraub, NATO redefined? Nato’s anti-human smuggling mission in the Mediterranean ­highlights the organization’s broader priorities

Jyrki Kallio, China’s National Congress sacrifices the economy for politics: The new Five-Year Plan is dedicated to maintaining the Party’s leadership

Bart Gaens, Aung San Suu Kyi’s shadow presidency: Myanmar’s new civilian government faces numerous challenges

Recent publications from Real Instituto Elcano – Spring 2016



William Chislett, Inside Spain nº125 20th January- 22nd February. 22.02.2016. Spain to contribute €153 million to migration fund for Turkey. Countdown to the investiture of a Socialist Prime Minister. Spain records its worst score in corruption index, Popular Party hit by more scandals. New government, whenever there is one, faces big budget hole. CAF wins £490 million rolling-stock contract in UK.

Miguel Otero-Iglesias, How to strengthen the G20: Spain’s multilateral perspective. 25.02.2016. In the context of slow growth, destabilizing capital flows and currency wars, the G20 must develop joint solutions to overcome common problems. The threats faced are protracted rather than punctual and not easy to explain, which has dampened the sensation of urgency. The resulting inactivity has fed two intertwined dangers: the return of protectionist and nationalist policies and the formation of rivaling blocs

Miguel Otero-Iglesias, Sebastián Royo and Federico Steinberg, The Spanish financial crisis: Lessons for the European Banking Union. 01.03.2016. This report examines the Spanish banking crisis and uses it to extract valuable lessons for the construction of the European Banking Union (EBU), which is a complex process that resembles in some respects the variety of actors and preferences encountered in the Spanish case.

Jessica Almqvist, ‘Even war has rules’: a call for global action to protect civilians. 02.03.2016. There is an urgent need to address in a comprehensive manner the problem of systematic and flagrant violations of international humanitarian and human-rights law in ongoing conflicts, including its sources and implications. More specifically, possible lines of action to counter the growing importance of non-state armed actors and the use of explosives in populated areas must be discussed. A Global Action Plan on how to prevent, repress and redress serious violations of international law in armed conflict, taking into account the present and future role of UN peace missions, is a must.

Salvador Llaudes and Ignacio Molina, Spain’s stance on Cameron’s negotiations. 02.03.2016. Spain is finalising its stance on the negotiations being conducted by the European institutions to restrict the chances of a so-called ‘Brexit’. Some parts of the offer put forward by the President of the European Council are of concern from an integrationist perspective, but the proposal provides a good basis for arriving at a position that is agreeable to the 28. It is in the strategic interest of the EU in general, and of Spain in particular, to avoid ‘Brexit’. Therefore, so long as none of the red lines set in the various sections of the negotiations are breached, Spain will not raise objections when it comes to forming a consensus. The special circumstances surrounding these negotiations, particularly on the domestic Spanish stage, raise a series of procedural issues that shall also be briefly addressed here.

Youssef Amrani, Morocco: a singular path in a troubled region. 03.03.2016. Since 2011 the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been grappling with many hotbeds of instability, internal strife and an existential struggle against extremist terrorism. Yet the Moroccan global approach is different, unique, in that it capitalises on four elements: stability, vision, effective transformation and internationally-gained trust. These make Morocco’s democratic path unique and successful.

William Chislett, Spain moves towards fresh elections to break deadlock. 07.03.2016. Spain took a step toward fresh elections when Pedro Sánchez, the Socialist Party (PSOE) leader, twice failed to secure sufficient backing in Parliament to become Prime Minister. If no political leader obtains the required support by 2 May King Felipe will dissolve Parliament and call a new ballot, probably to be held on 26 June, which could produce another stalemate.

Carmen González Enríquez, Schengen: a collective asset no one stands up for. 09.03.2016. Schengen is the main collective asset that the EU has produced, along with the euro and the common market, but it is currently in grave jeopardy of disappearing as the closing of borders continues to spread.  


İlke Toygür and Melih Özsöz, Stormy months on the Aegean: the refugee deal and its impact on Turkey-EU relations. 15.03.2016. The refugee deal of 2015, followed by the opening up of a negotiation chapter, has revitalised the relations between Turkey and the EU; however, there are crucial points to bear in mind for future relations to be sustained, such as the lack of transparency and of a long-term plan.

Alfredo Arahuetes and Federico Steinberg, The interdependence of the British economy: a contribution to the Brexit debate. 17.03.2016. This paper analyses the interdependence of the British economy, both in terms of trade and direct investment, in order to assess the economic justification of a hypothetical Brexit. It concludes that it is difficult to justify the UK’s leaving the EU on the basis of economic arguments. The British economy has extremely close economic ties with the other countries in the EU, which would be jeopardised if Brexit were to go ahead.

Salvador Llaudes, Limited but non negligible consequences of Cameron’s agreement for Spain. With the exception of the section of the agreement regarding competitiveness, which is more ambiguous and imprecise, the rest (economic governance, sovereignty and social benefits) will bring about some changes regarding the relationship between the EU and UK, and will have certain effects on Spain. Though undesirable for a country so firmly pro-European, these effects do not have to be particularly dramatic, especially if they do not entail a cascade of petitions to obtain a singular status from other countries.

Miguel Otero-Iglesias and Erik Jones, What Europe needs is not an end to the euro, but better leadership. 22.03.2016. If there is a consensus, it is that the eurozone should integrate further. But politicians have failed to translate this into action. The time has come for European policymakers to advocate an economic policy prescription that promotes growth and employment while also restarting the flow of capital from the core to the periphery.

Fernando Reinares, Brussels attacks: Challenge to Security and Coexistence. 28.03.2016. The attacks in Brussels, as in Paris, are an attempt to instil fear in the hearts of European citizens, forcing them to change their behaviour and to shape the decisions of their governments. We have to avoid the spread of Islamophobia without losing sight of the challenge that both the Jihadists with their terrorist outrages and the Salafists with their anti-democratic preaching pose to open societies.

William Chislett, Inside Spain nº126 22nd February- 28th March. 28.03.2016. Spain to join International Syria Support Group. Socialist Sánchez fails in PM bid, Popular Party and Podemos still refusing support. Close to half of Spaniards say corruption is the country’s second largest problem. European Commission urges Spain to reduce budget deficit. Ferrovial wins £300 million contract to maintain 370kms of highways in UK.

Charles Powell, EU Global Strategy 45: Expert Opinion. 31.03.2016. Royal Institute Elcano’s contribution to the European Union Global Strategy project.

Patricia Lisa, The EU-Turkey Agreement: a turning point in the EU’s policy approach to the refugee crisis but with the devil lurking in the detail. 08.04.2016. Is the agreement the right way to manage the refugee crisis? Or are we misinterpreting the signs once more and not understanding that structural, non-transitory challenges cannot be overcome with exceptional, transitory actions, however difficult they may be to implement?

Leonard Seabrooke and Duncan Wigan, Panama Leaks and the Tide of Tax Reform. 13.04.2016. The leak of the ‘Panama Papers’ has created an enormous scandal and, more importantly, a great deal of political momentum for the international tax reform agenda.


Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator- European prose for David Cameron: not much changes. 23.02.2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator- Middle classes cut down to size. 01.03.2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator- Globalisation: factors of unity or division, depending on the circumstances. 08.03.2016

Lara Lázaro Touza, Climate change and Big Data. 09.03.2016.

Fernando Reinares, The terrorist threat in the EU: expect the unexpected.14.03.2016.

Antonio Rubio Plo, Kennan’s ‘long telegram’: reflections from the past and the present. 14.03.2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator- Europe: too many crises for so little leadership. 15.03.2016

Gonzalo Escribano, Libya: finding a way out of the labyrinth must be by way of the oil terminals. 15.03.2016

Antonio Rubio Plo, Contrasts between the realism of Kennan and Obama. 17.03.2016

Iliana Olivié, Is India the new China? 21.03.2016.

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator- China viewed from Japan: weakness with stability. 22.03.2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator- Brexit: possible political disasters. 29.03.2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator- An odd Dutch referendum on the Ukraine: another European crisis on the horizon? 05.04.2016

William Chislett, Spain’s failure yet again to meet budget deficit target strains relations with Brussels. 06.04.2016

Andrés Ortega, Global Spectator- Tax evasion and avoidance: a global problem. 12.04.2016

Clara Pérez Bocanegra, Ukraine, Russia and the sanctions: ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’. 15.04.2016

The Role of Think Tanks and Technical Experts in Foreign and Security Policy


22 April 2016
LUISS University, Viale Pola 12, Rome

This international conference – in cooperation with Centre de la Méditerranée Moderne e Contemporaine, LSE !deas, LUISS School of Government, Università di Nizza Sophia Antipolis – is part of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Rome’s Istituto Affari Internazionali. Taking IAI’s role as a starting point, we wish to look more carefully at the think tank model and its role: as promoter of a specific foreign and defense policy culture (the philosophy behind the creation of IAI) aimed at spreading greater awareness and knowledge about international relations and defence; as a participant in international networks which represent a form of “parallel diplomacy” and offer the chance to play a direct role in steering government action; in educating and training elites.

More information can be found here.

The programme and the registration form for this event can be downloaded here.

Past events at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) – Winter 2014/15


“Russia: Eurasian and Nationalist Visions for Future Russian Policy”
12 February 2015

The Seminar on “Russia: Eurasian and Nationalist Visions for Future Russian Policy” took place at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) on 12 February 2015. UI organised a discussion on Russian nationalist and Eurasianist visions for the future of the country and its policy. Eurasianism – an ideology that gives Russia a unique position of an Asian as much as a European country – has become an important part of Putin’s foreign policy during his third presidency. At the same time, on the domestic scene a new generation of Russian ethnic nationalists challenges the state system and current Russian policy. How does President Putin respond to the new challenges?

More information can be found here.

“EU as Global Actor”
11 February 2015

The Seminar, “EU as Global Actor” took place at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) on 11 February 2015. The workshop focused on the trends in the development of the European foreign policies, and an assessment of the performance of the EU as a global actor, as the European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015 is presented.How did the EU as a whole respond to the global and regional challenges in 2014? Has the EU changed its policy course? What role did Sweden play in EU’s common foreign policy?

More information can be found here.

“The World 2015: Challenges to EU Foreign and Security Policy”
22 January 2015

The Seminar, “The World 2015: Challenges to EU Foreign and Security Policy” took place on 22 January 2015.
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) invited a wide audience to a discussion on EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the role of the European External Action Service (EEAS), their current developments and future challenges.

Discussions covered: What is the current state of institutional development in EU foreign and security policy? How will the EEAS manage to respond to the issues it is faced with? What are the most important challenges, and can these be dealt with in the prevailing setting?

More information can be found here.

The full seminar is available on YouTube.

Russia 2015: Key Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges
22 January 2015

The Seminar on Russia 2015: Key Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges was held at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) on 22 January 2015.

Lilia Shevtsova, associate fellow at Chatham House presented on the substance and key arguments of the new Kremlin Strategy for Russian consolidation and foreign policy. Other issues covered were; what are the mechanisms of the new patriotic mobilization; the survivability of the political regime and the roots of the tension between Russia and the West? What does the Russian society think?

More information can be found here.

The full seminar is available on UI-play.