21 Mar 10:00
- 17:00

The Making of European Security Policy: Challenges for the Future

This conference is anticipating the publication entitled The making of European Security Policy: Challenges for the Future. It marks the academic legacy of the late Simon Duke and brings together chapters authored by a group of close collaborators of this respected scholar, colleague and friend of many of us at Maastricht University.

Programme Outline

(the full programme can be downloaded at the bottom of the page)

10.00 - 10.45

Welcome and Introduction
Thomas Christiansen

10.45 - 12.00

PANEL 1. The Institutional Architecture of European Security
Chair Sabina Lange
“Institutional Trenches or Bridges? The External/Internal Security Nexus in the EU" 
Mark Rhinard
“Liaison Groups and EU Foreign Policy”
Stephan Keukeleire
“The EU, Russia and Contested Norms in the Eastern Neighbourhood”
Gergana Noutcheva

13.00 - 14.15

PANEL 2. Europe’s Global Engagement through Public Diplomacy
Chair Jan Melissen
“European Public Diplomacy and Crises”
Mai’a Cross
“Public diplomacy, development cooperation or security policy: the EU’s support for conflict prevention and peacebuilding”
Andrew Sherriff
“The EU's engagement with international organisations”
Hanna Ojanen

14.45 - 16.00

PANEL 3. The Future of Transatlantic Relations
Chair Roberta Haar
“European Union Diplomacy and the Trump Administration: multilateral strategies in a transactional world?”
Michael Smith
“Transatlantic relations in a multipolar world: re-balancing the Alliance”
Sven Biscop
“The Role of China in Transatlantic Relations”
Emil Kirchner

16.00 - 16.45

KEYNOTE. Key Developments in European Security and Defence Policy
Chair/Introducing Sophie Vanhoonacker
Speaker Antonio Missiroli




The conference will start at 10.00 hrs (doors open as of 09.30 hrs) and end at 17.00 hrs.

There will be regular coffee/tea breaks and lunch will be served at the venue.


Attending the conference is free of charge, however, registration (through the UM registration form) is mandatory.

You can register for the full event or make a selection of sessions that you will attend.

The registration is handled on a first-come-first-serve basis. The number of seats is limited.

Should you need to cancel or change your registration, please do so as soon as possible, to free up space for registrants on the waiting list.

The registration deadline is Friday 15 March 2019.

Simon Duke

Simon Duke

Simon Duke (31 August 1959 – 5 September 2018) 

Simon worked at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) at the rank of Professor and was also a Senior Research Fellow at Maastricht University. He taught regularly in the master’s programme European Public Affairs at FASoS, contributed frequently to the activities of the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERIM) and collaborated extensively in his research with numerous colleagues. Since 2007, he was also the co-Executive Editor of The Journal of European Integration.

After obtaining his MPhil and DPhil at Oxford University, Simon held positions at several leading institutions in Europe and the United States, including the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Mershon Centre at Ohio State University, The Pennsylvania University and the Central European University (CEU), both in Prague and Budapest. He was also a NATO Fellow and served as adjunct faculty at the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Simon was one of the leading scholars in the field of EU external action, including European security and defence policy. He was the author of twelve monographs on European and transatlantic foreign and security issues, including most recently the EU as a Stronger Global Actor: Challenges and Strategic Responses (Palgrave Macmillan 2017) and Will Brexit Damage Our Security and Defence? (Palgrave Macmillan 2018). He also published on related topics in many international journals and contributed to numerous academic workshops and conferences. Simon managed this successful academic career in the context of a demanding role training large numbers of officials and diplomats from the European institutions, the EU member states and third countries. In the past years, he has been very much involved in the training of staff of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the newly established EU diplomatic service.

Books published:

  • Will Brexit Damage our Security and Defence? The Impact on the UK and EU (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018).
  • Europe as a Stronger Global Actor: Challenges and Strategic Responses (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017).
  • The Maastricht Treaty: Second Thoughts after 20 years, co-edited with Thomas Christiansen (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013).
  • Beyond the Chapter: Enlargement Challenges for CFSP and ESDP, (Maastricht: European Institute of Public Administration, 2003).
  • The EU and Crisis Management: Development and Prospects, (Maastricht: European Institute of Public Administration, 2002).
  • The Elusive Quest for European Security: From EDC to CFSP, (London: Macmillan/St Antony’s, 2001).
  • Between Vision and Reality: CFSP’s Progress on the Path to Maturity, (ed.) (Maastricht: European Institute of Public Administration, 2000).
  • The New European Security Disorder, (London: Macmillan/St. Antony’s, 1994).
  • U.S. Military Forces Basing in Europe: The Early Years, co-edited with Wolfgang Krieger. (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1993).
  • The Burdensharing Debate: A Reassessment, (London: Macmillan, 1992).
  • United States Military Forces and Installations in Europe, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989).
  • U.S. Defence Bases in the United Kingdom: A Matter for Joint Decision?, (London: Macmillan/St Antony’s, 1987).