International Relations and European Foreign Policy
Full course description
In 1991 Gaston Eyskens famously described the EU as an economic giant, a political dwarf and a military worm. In the decades that followed the EU has actively developed both its diplomatic and military profile, but it remains an open question to what extent this transcribes to an actual political and military power today. It also raises the question if the EU is able to leverage its formidable market power beyond the economic realm. In this course, we will examine the EU as an international actor and explore the strengths and weaknesses of the EU’s two main tools of foreign policy i.e. the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Commercial Policy (CCP). Beyond studying their political and administrative set up, we will explore how these policies are brought to use in a number of case studies and topical issues such as - EU-US-China relations, trade negotiations and sanctions, trade and sustainable development, crisis-management, EU-NATO cooperation; defence capabilities, democratic accountability. The skills training in this course focuses on negotiations. This includes a series of debating exercises as well as a simulation of a meeting at the Council of the EU.
Upon completion of this course, students are expected to:
- Understand the role of the EU as an external actor, including the institutional, political, economic and strategic rationales underlying EU’s CCP and CFSP
- Form a judgment on the strengths and limitations of the EU’s policies for external action;
- Autonomously generate new ideas and research questions of EU external relations, make substantive choices when analysing these questions, while setting priorities and a workplan within the timeframe of the course;
- Express ideas and research findings on the EU’s external action to specialist European and international academic audiences in written academic English through the medium of an academic paper;
- Engage within the international PBL classroom, in on-going scholarly and societal debates such as controversial trade agreements like the TTIP or the EU's aspired strategic autonomy in trade, diplomacy and defense, etc.
- Develop a persuasive negotiating strategy on topical external relations issues.
Hill, C., Smith, M., & Vanhoonacker, S.(Eds.) (2017) International Relations and the European Union, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Howorth, J. (2014), Security and Defence Policy in the European Union (2nd ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Damro, C. (2012). Market Power Europe. Journal of European Public Policy, 19(5), pp. 682-699.
Young, A. R. (2015). The European Union as a global regulator? Context and comparison. Journal of European Public Policy, 22(9), 1233-1252.