Europe in the World: International Relations, International Security, World Politics
The ‘Europe in the World’ research area ties the study of Europe’s international relations and its role in international and security affairs to the central changes and challenges in world politics today. Through its research, seminars, and scholarly publications, it seeks to integrate theoretical and conceptual insights from a wide range of perspectives in international relations, the social sciences, history, and international law, with politically relevant empirical analysis. This research area contributes to the theoretical and political debates on European and international affairs, and the implications of a multi-centered, multi-actor world for contemporary international relations. It engages with key areas of European affairs and addresses some of the big questions confronting Europe and the EU in the decades ahead.
Central research themes of the research area include:
- Europe’s role and place in 21st century global politics
- Europe’s foreign relations broadly, including the EU’s evolving relations with the major and emerging world powers (including the US, China, Russia, India, Brazil), as well as regional and global international organisations
- EU foreign, security, and defence policy, including questions of purpose and strategy
- The uneven development of the EU as a ‘high politics’ actor in global affairs
- Internal and external aspects of European security and defence
- The foreign, security, and defence policies of individual European states or groups of states
- The impact of world politics on Europe’s on-going transformation
The ‘Europe in the World’ area’s animating vision is to bring together prominent and promising scholars and practitioners in the field, both from within and outside the European University Institute, and to generate cutting-edge and widely-read research.
The Europe in the World programme, in association with the Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies, hosts a research group committed to the study of the EU’s external relations, European security, the EU’s global activities, and to broader questions of international security and world politics. This research group seeks to combine theoretical and conceptual research with empirical analysis central to Europe’s political and strategic development, and its role and place in the world. We invite applications for Max Weber, Jean Monnet, or other fellowships in these and related areas of inquiry.
This multidisciplinary thematic area brings together both promising and established scholars who specialise in many areas of international relations, including security studies, grand strategy, diplomatic history, international law, international institutions, political economy, and foreign policy analysis. Inter-disciplinary and comparative research is welcome.
While the thematic area addresses questions central to the EU or one or more European states, it also embraces innovative projects that engage with other countries, geographical regions, and issue areas. Topics likely to be explored include: Europe’s role in twenty-first century global politics; the EU’s and individual European states’ external relations with major and emerging powers; political dynamics within regional and global international organizations; the EU’s foreign, security, and defence policy; the impact of energy and the environment on regional and global politics; globalization, innovation, and development; and the impact of world politics on Europe’s on-going transformation.
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- Ulrich Krotz, Research Area Director
- Richard Maher, Research Fellow
- Danilo Di Mauro, Part-Time Research Assistant
- Hugo Meijer, Marie Curie Fellow
- Katharina Meissner, Part-Time Research Assistant (2015/16)
- Katharina Wolf, Part-Time Research Assistant
- Federica Bicchi – Part-Time Professor
- Michael Smith (Robert Schuman Fellow)
- Marina Henke (Max Weber Fellow)
- Robin Markwica (Max Weber Fellow)
- Paul van Hooft (Max Weber Fellow)
- Akisato Suzuki (Max Weber Fellow)
Pre-doctoral Programme Associates
- Jonata Anicetti, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI
- Viola Dreikhausen, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI
- Jonas Driedger, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI
- Daria Glukhova, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI
- Adam Krzykowski, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI
- Grzegorz Krzyzanowski, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI
- Shpend Kursani, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI
- Michal Matlak, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI
- Natalia Tellidou, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI
- Adérito R. Vicente, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences, EUI
- Katerina Wright, former Research Associate (2014/15)
This research project provides a comprehensive review and analysis of the European Community’s (EC’s) external relations during the Cold War… read more
Divided We Stand: Europe’s New Ways of Projecting Power and Influence in 21st Century World Politics
This research project examines the nearly 40 military operations and civilian missions launched by the EU under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) banner… read more
Research Seminar Series: Federica Bicchi, 19 April 2018
Executive Training Seminar: ‘Transatlantic Relations: Past, Present, and Future,’ 7-9 May 2018
Research Seminar Series: Mareike Kleine, 29 May 2018
Research Seminar Series: Hugo Meijer, ‘US Alliances in East Asia: The Emerging Networked Security Architecture’
Research Seminar Series: Robin Markwica, ‘Emotional Choices: How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy’, 13 March 2018
Research Seminar Series: Aydin Baris Yildirim, ‘Overcoming Resistance to Compliance: Internationalization of Production and the Politics of WTO Dispute Settlement’, 27 February 2018
Research Seminar Series: Christos Tsakas, ‘The Quest for Enlargement: West Germany, Greece, Norway and the EEC, 1950s-1970s’ 13 February 2018
Research Seminar Series: Paul van Hooft, ‘The Future in the Past: Victory, Defeat, and Comparative Grand Strategy’ 6 February 2018
Max Weber Master Class: Odd Arne Westad, ‘The Cold War: A World History’, 14 December 2017
Research Seminar Series: Ioanna Hadjiyianni, ‘The EU as a Global Regulatory Power in the Area of Environmental Protection’ 30 November 2017
Research Seminar Series: Jean Blondel, ‘An Inquiry into the Regularity of Presidential Rule in Ten Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa’, 16 November 2017
Research Seminar Series: Marina Henke, ‘Constructing Cooperation: A Social-Institutional Theory of Multilateral Military Coalition-Building’ 19 October 2017
Research Seminar Series:‘Introduction: International Relations, International Security, and World Politics,’6 October 2017
Executive Training Seminar: ‘Global Risk Analysis and Europe’s Changing Security Environment,’ 19-21 June 2017
Max Weber Master Class: Mary Kaldor, ‘Sovereignty and the Authority to Use Force,’ 22 June 2017
Research Seminar Series: Akisato Suzuki, ‘Citizens, Leaders, and War‘, 27 April 2017
Max Weber Programme Multidisciplinary Research Workshop: ‘All for One and One for All? Coalitions in the Fight Against Terrorism’, 17 March 2017
Research Seminar Series: Stefano Marcuzzi, ‘The EU and the Fight against Terrorism: Towards an Integration of Internal and External Security Management?’, 16 March 2017
Research Seminar Series: Marta Musso, ‘Hunting Grounds for Their Monopoly: France, Italy and the State Oilmen’, 16 February 2017
Research Seminar Series: Giovanni Faleg, ‘The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy: A Learning Organisation’, 22 February 2017
Research Seminar Series: Jonathan Greenwood, Understanding Early Modern Globalization: The Jesuit Sacred Economy in the Iberian World, c. 1580-1620, 19 January 2017.
Max Weber Master Class: Ngaire Woods, Is Better Global Governance Possible?, 15 December 2016.
Research Seminar Series: Eva-Maria Muschik, How to Build a State? The United Nations in Libya and Somaliland in the 1950s, 1 December 2016.
Research Seminar Series: Matteo Faini, ‘Friendly Spies? International Institutions and Intelligence Cooperation’, 17 November 2016.
Research Seminar Series: Douglas Webber, ‘European Disintegration? The Politics of the EU’s Crises’, 20 October 2016.
Research Seminar Series: Introduction: International Relations, International Security, and World Politics, 6 October 2016.
Research Seminar Series: Amitav Acharya, ‘Why Govern? Rethinking Demand and Progress in Global Governance,’ 14 June 2016.
Conference: ‘The History of EC Foreign Relations, 1957-1992’ 6-7 June 2016.
Research Seminar Series: Ioannis Galariotis, ‘Examining EU Citizens’ Sentiments about the EU Security and Defense Policy through Twitter: The Case of the Ukraine Crisis,’ and Hugo Meijer, ‘Western Strategies in the ‘Pacific Century’: The Reconfiguration of US, British, and French Security Policies in East Asia,’ 2 June 2016
Research Seminar Series: Muriam Haleh Davis, ‘A Revolutionary Is a Good Student: Algerian Perspectives on Economic Planning after Independence’, and Guido van Meersbergent, ‘Cross-Cultural Diplomacy Compared: Views from Mughal India’, 12 May 2016.
Conference: ‘China’s Rise and Europe’s Response’, 14-15 April 2016, co-organised by Thomas Christiansen and Richard Maher
Max Weber Interdisciplinary Workshop: ‘The Changing Role of Sanctions: History and Current Practice’, 14 April 2016.
Research Seminar Series: Sylvanus Afesorgbor, ‘Economic Sanctions and International Trade: How Do Threatened Sanctions Compare with Imposed Sanctions?’ and Cecilia Tarruell, ‘Prisoners of War and Lives across Empires during the Early Modern Period’ , 17 March 2016
Research Seminar Series: Simon Stevens, ‘The Turn to Sanctions by the Anti-Apartheid Movement’; Jed Odermatt, ‘The EU’s Contribution to the Development of International Law’ , 3 March 2016
Research Seminar Series: Luc-Andre Brunét, ‘Forging Europe: Rethinking the Institutional Foundations of the European Coal and Steel Community,’ and Simon Macdonald, ‘The Internment of British and Irish Expatriates in Paris during the French Revolutionary Terror’, 18 February 2016
Research Seminar Series: Master Class: Protean and Control Power in World Politics, 9 December 2015
Research Seminar Series: Imperialisms in 20th-Century World Politics, 3 December 2015
Research Seminar Series: Aspects of European Foreign Policy, 19 November 2015
Research Seminar Series: Introductory Session: World Politics in Turbulent Times, 22 October 2015
Research Seminar Series:Divided We Stand: Europe’s New Ways of Projecting Power and Influence in 21st Century World Politics, 11 June 2015
Conference: The Gulf region: Domestic Dynamics and Global-Regional Perspectives. Implications for the EU, 20 – 21 April 2015
Executive Training Seminars: Europe in the World, 15 – 17 April 2015
Research Seminar Series: Hobbes’ Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order, Robert O. Keohane – Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, 18 March 2015
Research Seminar Series: Learning in Crisis: The Sources of NATO’s Institutional Memory, Heidi Hardt, 25 February 2015
Research Seminar Series: European Military Transformation in Comparative Perspective, Fabrizio Coticchia; Reluctant Hegemons: Explaining India’s and Germany’s Approaches to Regional Governance, Sandra Destradi; Many Actors Many Goals: The Effectiveness of Transnational Rule-Making Organizations, Philip Schleifer, 11 February 2015
Research Seminar Series:Who Supports International Law, and Why? The European Union and the United States Compared, Mark A. Pollack, The Influence of the European Neighborhood Policy on the Internal Political Developments in Partner Countries, Iurii Agafonov; International Influences on Authoritarian Resilience in Light of the Arab Uprisings 2011: Mapping the Effects on Legitimacy, Cooptation, Repression and Regime Stability, Ilyas Saliba, 11 December 2014
Research Seminar Series: China and The European Union: Contextualising and Conceptualising a Supposedly Strategic Relationship, Thomas Christiansen, 20 November 2014
Workshop: Structural Power in International and Comparative PoliticsSocietal Foundations of European Policy Divergence in Financial Governance, Pepper Culpepper (EUI), 18 October 2014
Research Seminar Series: Societal Foundations of European Policy Divergence in Financial Governance, Stefan Schirm, 23 October 2014
Conference: China and the European Union Under New Leadership: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives, Thomas Christiansen, EUI and Maastricht University, 29 September 2014
Workshop: The EU In International Negotiations, 23 – 24 June 2014
Christian Lequesne and Hugo Meijer , eds.
(Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2018).
Federica Bicchi and Niklas Bremberg, eds.
(London: Routledge, 2018).
(Oxford University Press, 2018).
Hugo Meijer and Marco Wyss (editors)
(Oxford University Press, 2018).
(Oxford University Press, 2016).
Hugo Meijer (editor)
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
(Oxford University Press, 2015).
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
Fabrizio Coticchia and Francesco N. Moro
Ulrich Krotz and Joachim Schild
(Oxford University Press, 2015 [paperback edition]).
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
The European Cooperation in the Southern Mediterranean: The Multilateralization of Bilateral Relations? The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Vol. 13, No. 1 (2018), pp. 117-135.
Federica Bicchi and Heidi Maurer,
European Cooperation Abroad: European Diplomatic Cooperation Outside EU Borders The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Vol. 13, No. 1 (2018), pp. 1-19.
Federica Bicchi and Benedetta Voltolini,
Europe, the Green Line and the Issue of the Israeli-Palestinian Border: Closing the Gap between Discourse and Practice? Geopolitics, Vol. 23, No. 1 (2018), pp. 124-146
The Extraterritorial Reach of EU Environmental Law and Access to Justice by Third Country Actors European Papers: A Journal on Law and Integration, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2017): 519-542
Societal Foundations of Governmental Preference Formation in the Eurozone Crisis European Politics and Society, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2018): 63-78
‘The Nationalist Interpretation of Nuclear Deterrence: Evidence from the Kargil War’ International Politics (Online First)
Hugo Meijer and Benjamin Jensen
The Strategist’s Dilemma: Global Dynamic Density and the Making of US “China Policy” European Journal of International Security, Vol. 3, No. 2 (2018).
Ulrich Krotz and Richard Maher
Europe in an Age of Transition
Global Affairs, Vol. 3, No. 3 (2017), pp. 193-210.
French Military Careers and European Security Integration: How Internationalisation Changes Military Socialisation
Cooperation and Conflict, Vol. 52, No. 2 (June 2017): 241-260
Hugo Meijer et al.
Arming China: Major Powers’ Arms Transfers to the People’s Republic of China
Journal of Strategic Studies (forthcoming)
James Sperling and Mark Webber
NATO and the Ukraine Crisis: Collective Securitisation
European Journal of International Security, Vol. 2, No. 1 (February 2017): 19-46
Public Support for Coercive Diplomacy: Exploring Public Opinion Data from Ten European Countries
European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 56, No. 2 (May 2017): 401-418
Europe’s response to China’s rise : competing strategic visions Asia Europe journal, 2017, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 121-131
Reluctance in International Politics: A Conceptualization, European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 23, No. 2 (June 2017): 315-340.
Ulrich Krotz and Richard Maher
Europe’s Crises and the EU’s “Big Three”
West European Politics, Vol. 39, No. 5 (2016): 1053-1072.
The Elusive EU-China Strategic Partnership
International Affairs , Vol. 92, No. 4 (July 2016): 959-976.
Spyros Blavoukos, Dimitris Bourantonis, Ioannis Galariotis, and Maria Gianniou
The European Union’s Visibility and Coherence at the United Nations General Assembly
Global Affairs, Volume 2, 2016
The Rise of China and the Future of the Atlantic Alliance
Orbis, Vol. 60, No. 3 (Summer 2016): 366-381.
Michal Onderco and Wolfgang Wagner
The Ideational Foundations of Coercion: Political Culture and Policies toward North Korea’
European Political Science Review, Vol. 9, No. (May 2017): 279-302. (forthcoming).
Domestic Ideas, Institutions or Interests? Explaining Governmental Preferences towards Global Economic Governance,
International Political Science Review, Vol. 37, No. 1 (January 2016): 68-80.
Structural Power and Political Science in the Post-Crisis Era
Business and Politics, Vol. 17, No. 3 (October 2015): 391-409.
“Effective Strategic Narratives? Italian Public Opinion and Military Operations in Iraq, Libya, and Lebanon”
Italian Political Science Review/Revista Italiana di Scienza Politica, Vol. 45, No. 1 (March 2015): 53-78.
У. Кротц, Р. Маэр
“Теория международных отношений и развитие сотрудничества в сфере внешней политики и политики безопасности”
Современная наука о международных отношениях за рубежом: Хрестоматия в трех томах / Под. общ. ред. И.С. Иванова. – М.: НП РСМД, Т.3 – 2015, с. 452-484.
[U. Krotz and R. Maher, “International Relations Theory and the Rise of European Foreign and Security Policy,” in I. Ivanov, ed., Contemporary Foreign International Relations Studies, Vol. 3 (Moscow: NPMP RIAC, 2015), pp. 452-484].
Michela Ceccorulli and Fabrizio Coticchia
“Multidimensional Threats and Military Engagement: The Case of the Italian Intervention in Libya”,
Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 20, No. 3 (2015): 303-321.
Money can’t buy you love: the European Union member states and Iranian nuclear programme 2002–2009
(European Security, Vol. 24, No. 1 (2015): 56-76.
Three Eras and Possible Futures: A Long-Term View on the Franco-German Relationship a Century after the First World War
International Affairs, Vol. 90, No. 2 (March 2014): 337-350.
Rawi Abdelal and Ulrich Krotz
Disjoining Partners: Europe and the American Imperium
in Power in a Complex Global System, edited by Bruce Jentleson and Louis Pauly, pp. 131-147. New York: Routledge.
Jonas J. Driedger
Trump Will Divide Europe
EurActiv, 27 January 2017.
What Is ‘Kompromat’ and How Does It Work?
New Statesman, 12 January 2017.
Terrorism, the Far-Right, and Russian Meddling: The Biggest Threats to Europe in 2017
The Conversation, 5 January 2017.
As Austria Rejects the Far-Right and Italy Votes No, Europe’s Future Hangs in the Balance
The Conversation, 5 December 2016.
Working with Donald Trump: A Guide for European Leaders
The Conversation, 14 November 2016.
EU Defence in an Age of Uncertainty and Crisis
EurActiv, 18 November 2016.
President Trump: The Consequences for Europe’s Foreign, Security and Defence policy
EUI Times Online, 15 November 2016.
A Tragedy for Transatlantic Relations
EUI Times Blog, 9 November 2016.
European Leaders Would See a Donald Trump Victory as Total Calamity
The Conversation, 1 November 2016.
After Brexit: What Next for EU-China Relations?
International Affairs Blog, 20 July 2016.
Realpolitik Евросоюза на Украине: слишком мало, слишком поздно
EUobserver.com, Бельгия, 6 April 2016.
Jonas D. Driedger
EU Realpolitik on Ukraine—Too Little, Too Late
EUObserver, 5 April 2016.
Zoe Stanley-Lockman and Katharina Wolf
European Defence Spending 2015: The Force Awakens
EUISS Brief No. 10. Paris: European Union Institute for Security Studies, March 2016.
The Case for Europe: An Interview with Donald Tusk
New York Review Daily, Feb 18, 2016.
‘Global Defence Spending 2015: The Big Picture
EUISS Alert No. 9. Paris: European Union Institute for Security Studies, February 2016.
‘Putting Numbers on Capabilities: Defence Inflation vs. Cost Escalation
EUISS Brief No. 27. Paris: European Union Institute for Security Studies, July 2015.
Defence Spending 2014: The EU Picture
EUISS Alert No. 25. Paris: European Union Institute for Security Studies, May 2015.
Antonio Missiroliand Katharina Wolf
Defence Spending 2014: The Big Picture
EUISS Alert No. 20. Paris: European Union Institute for Security Studies, April 2015.
Europe for the Right Reasons: A Conversation with Stanley Hoffmann
New York Review Daily, Oct 5, 2015.
China’s Way: The New Silk Road
EUISS Brief No. 14. Paris: European Union Institute for Security Studies, May 2014.
WORKING PAPERS AND POLICY REPORTS
Global governance in a Multiplex World
EUI RSCAS; 2017/29
Tomasz Pawel Wozniakowski
Towards Fiscalization of the European Union?: The US and EU Fiscal Unions in a Comparative Historical Perspective
Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Fabrizio Coticchia, Andrea Locatelli, and Francesco N. Moro
Renew or Reload? Continuity and Change in Italian Defence Policy
EUI RSCAS; 2016/01
Diagonal Enforcement in International Trade Politics
EUI SPS; 2016/01
Reluctant Powers: A Concept-Building Approach and an Application to the Case of Germany
EUI RSCAS; 2015/46
Katharina L. Meissner
The Time Has Come to Look at Brazil: The EU’s Shift from Interregional Negotiations with MERCOSUR to a Bilateral Strategic Partnership with Brazil
EUI RSCAS; 2015/37
Stefan A. Schirm
Societal Foundations of European Policy Divergence in Financial Governance
EUI RSCAS; 2015/21
Constructing Deviance in International Politics
EUI MWP; 2015/07
Magnus. G. Schoeller
Explaining Political Leadership: Germany’s Role in Shaping the Fiscal Compact
EUI RSCAS; 2014/82
Supremacy, Direct Effect, and Dairy Products in the Early History of European Law
EUI LAW; 2014/11