Europe in the World: International Relations, International Security, World Politics

Ulrich Krotz


Professor Ulrich Krotz
Joint Chair in International Relations
Department of Political and social Sciences
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
European University Institute

The times when the Europeans and their union could ignore issues of international politics and security are over.  As Europe’s security environment is becoming increasingly complex and uncertain, a better understanding of the key challenges, forces at play, and the development of appropriate policy responses are more urgent than ever.

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 organisations; the EU’s foreign, security, and defence policy; the impact of energy and the environment on regional and global politics; globalisation, innovation, and development; and the impact of world politics on Europe’s on-going transformation.

Team & Research Fellows