ANTERO Masterclass @ University College Dublin, February 9th 2017

The ANTERO Masterclass titled “Theoretical and Empirical Challenges Researching EU Foreign policy; Resilience, Europeanisation and Post-National Policy Making" took place on the 9th of February, 2017 at the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) at University College Dublin.



Dr. Heidi Maurer, University Docent and Assistant Professor, Maastricht University

Professor Hanna Ojanen, University of Tampere

Dr. Karolina Pomorksa, University Docent and Assistant Professor, Maastricht University


You can view the presentations in the following video.

ANTERO Doctoral Studies Residencies exchange programme: First impressions

The ANTERO Doctoral Studies Residencies bursary and exchange programme of the ANTERO network allows PhD researchers from within the network to apply for bursaries that would support an extended residency (1-3 months) at another institution within the network. This scheme has already helped a few doctoral students within the network with their research, even beyond their PhD dissertation. Read some of their testimonies below:

IrinaPetrova Irina Petrova, Doctoral Candidate at Leuven International and European Studies (LINES) Institute, KU Leuven.

ANTERO exchange destination: Tampere University

“The research stay at Tampere University provided me with a number of unique professional opportunities. First and foremost, it contributed to my research in several ways: by extending the network of contacts, getting to know the researchers working at Tampere University, obtaining feedback on my research and exchanging ideas.”

“Importantly, the research stay provided me with the opportunity to discuss my doctoral research in-depth with the colleagues from the University of Tampere. My ongoing research was discussed at the doctoral seminar, which is a regular meeting of Politics department, chaired by Prof. Tuomas Forsberg. The doctoral seminar was attended by professors and researchers of the department. The paper was sent in advance and discussed in-depth at the meeting.”

“Thus, this although short but very intense research stay undoubtedly contributed to my research, as well as more broadly into the development of teaching and administration skills.”

Read Irina’s full report.

Igor Merheim-Eyre, PhD Candidate in International Relations, University of Kent.IgorMerheim-Eyre

ANTERO exchange destination: Katholieke University (KU) Leuven

“Overall, the Department of International Relations (LINES) provided me with excellent work place, and access to University resources. My work mainly focused on finalising my doctoral thesis, as well as developing a new research agenda for my post-PhD careers. During my stay, I successfully finalised the first full draft of my thesis, and I am currently finalising a second draft, with the aim of making a third and final revision before Christmas 2016.”

“I feel that the stay has been a fantastic opportunity, allowing me to work towards the finalisation of my PhD, helped me to develop new areas for research, while providing me with the possibility of learning about latest developments in decision-making and in academia. To this end, I would very much like to thank the ANTERO Network for the very kind financial support, which has been of huge help, and to Professor Whitman for supporting my applications. I would also like to extend my sincere gratitude to Professor Stephan Keukeleire, and all students and staff who have made me feel so welcomed in Leuven, and with whom we had hours of stimulating discussions on so many academic topics! This has been a truly fantastic opportunity.”

Read Igor’s full report.

For details on how and when to apply for the ANTERO Doctoral Studies Residencies bursary click HERE.

ANTERO workshop @LSE: The Quest for External Legitimacy of EU External Action

Following the December 2015 workshop "The Quest for Internal Legitimacy of EU External Action", ANTERO is proud to report that the second workshop “The Quest for External Legitimacy of EU External Action” has been equally engaging and rewarding.

“The Quest for External Legitimacy of EU External Action” was organised by the London School of Economics and Political Science with ARENA, University of Oslo and 
University of Maastricht on 16-18 November 2016.

For more detail about the workshop see:

Full programme

List of participants

or view the videos below:

Teaching panel I

Teaching Panel II

Teaching Panel III

Research Panel I

Research Panel II

Research Panel III

Antonio Missiroli: Defence in the Changing European Security and Defence Agenda

In his address to the IIEA, Dr. Antonio Missiroli, Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies, analysed the emerging role of defence in the changing European security and defence agenda. He addressed the need to work together on European defence policy and putting the “D” back into CSDP. Finally, Dr. Missiroli spoke on current actions being coordinated and undertaken across the European Union to redefine its foreign and security policies in order to become a stronger global actor.

Dr Ian Speller: Maritime Strategy and the Role of Small Navies

In his address, Dr Ian Speller examined the different ways in which small navies can contribute to national and international security. He focused on the challenges of security at sea (including migration, criminality, terrorism, piracy and inter-state confrontation) and also the opportunities that exist to use the sea as a medium to support security ashore.  In his address, he also explored the importance of small navies within the context of the EU Maritime Security Strategy and the US 'Co-operative Strategy for 21st Century Sea power' and discussed the implications for Irish defence policy and for the Irish Naval Service.

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Professor Whitman interviewed by Finish daily Aamulhti

In the margins of his Antero Guest Lecture at the University of Tampere, Professor Whitman (University of Kent) was interviewed by the Finish newspaper Aanulthi on the consequences of Brexit

Read the full interview (in Finish) here.

ANTERO Doctoral Studies Residencies

The ANTERO network invites PhD researchers from within the network to apply for bursaries to support an extended residency (1-3 months) at one of the following institutions:

  • University College Dublin
  • Maastricht University
  • London School of Economics & Political Science
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leuven
  • ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
  • University of Tampere

The bursary is for €2000 (towards accommodation and subsistence costs) + flights (up to a maximum of €500).

Residencies will be awarded on a competitive basis and assessed through a blind peer-review process. Applicants must demonstrate the added value to their doctoral project of the proposed residency. Successful applicants will be expected to produce a report following their residency which will be submitted to the ANTERO network.

Students will need to contact a prospective supervisor to discuss their project and access to facilities.

The ANTERO bursary is ONLY available to pay for:

  • travel to and from your research destination
  • accommodation at your destination
  • food at your destination
  • local transport at your destination

All other ancillary costs should be covered by the student undertaking the residency.

Please note that the ANTERO bursaries do not cover:

  • Costs related to visas or visa applications
  • Any university fees related to the residency
  • Medical and travel insurance

Residencies can take place between 1 April 2016 and 18 August 2017.

How to apply
Applicants must submit their application form 2 months before the proposed start date of the residency. The final date for submitting an application is 31 March 2017.

The application form can be found here

Please contact Joshua Barritt at UACES for further details: admin [at] (admin[at]

ANTERO Conference Support for Early Career Stage Colleagues

Call for Applications: ANTERO Conference Travel Support

The ANTERO network invites early career colleagues (PhD researchers and Faculty from within the network) to apply for conference travel support to assist the dissemination of scholarly work in the field of teaching and/or research in EU foreign policy. Early career colleagues must be registered PhD students, post docs or early career colleagues at one of the following institutions:

  • University College Dublin
  • Maastricht University
  • London School of Economics & Political Science
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leuven
  • ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
  • University of Tampere

Conference travel support will be awarded on a competitive basis and assessed through a blind peer-review process. Applicants must demonstrate the added value of the proposed conference and paper/poster presentation to their professional development.

The ANTERO conference travel support is ONLY available to pay for:

  • travel to and from your conference (max  €500)
  • conference registration fees
  • accommodation at your  conference

Please note that the support cannot cover:

  • Costs related to visas or visa applications
  • Medical and travel insurance

Conferences may be supported up to 31 September 2017.

How to apply
Applicants should submit their application forms  2 months before the scheduled conference. Applications are reviewed monthly (1st of each month) and decisions usually communicated within 7 working days. Payments are made on submission of the associated claim form with original receipts and proof of participation (eg copy of relevant conference programme page). Please note that acknowledgement of ANTERO network and ERASMUS+ support should be made in the associated conference paper. ANTERO would be delighted to showcase associated papers on the ANTERO web site.

Please contact Ben Tonra for further information ben.tonra[at]

All documentation can found below:

10th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Izmir Turkey 7-10 September

10th Pan-European Conference on International Relations
International Relations in World Society
Izmir, Turkey, 7 - 10 September 2016
7th – 10th September 2016
EU Foreign Policy and Legitimacy
Section Chairs:
Hanna Ojanen, Tampere University, hanna.ojanen [at] (hanna.ojanen [at]
Ben Tonra, University College Dublin, ben.tonra [at] (ben.tonra [at]
In the pursuit of its transformatory agenda - one that challenges many traditional conceptions of the utility of power and violence in the international system - one of the difficulties the European Union is confronted with is that of its own internal and external legitimacy. On internal legitimacy, the Union has been faced with a clear decline in popularity among its citizens. The internal legitimacy of EU foreign policy should not be taken for granted. This is compounded by legitimacy-related challenges facing the EU, situated on the international/external level. In terms of its external legitimacy, survey figures show that the EU is a largely unknown actor among the citizens of many third countries. Moreover, those who know the EU are far from unanimously positive about its impact on their country or on international affairs. It is necessary to bring both of these facets together in making sense of contemporary discourses surrounding the effectiveness, coherence, and success of the European Union as an international actor where both internal and external legitimacy play critical roles.
Papers and panels are welcome across the following or cognate themes:.
The Internal Legitimacy of EU Foreign Policy and democratic foundations
External Legitimacy and third country perspectives on EU Foreign Policy 
Effectiveness, Coherence and Success in EU Foreign Policy
Two-way street or dead end? Internal and external legitimacy in EU Foreign policy
Free movement and migration: implications for external and internal legitimacy
EU enlargement and the legitimacy of EU Foreign Policy
Legitimacy in the EU’s relations with other international organisations
If you wish to make a proposal please submit via this portal
If you have any queries, please contact either section chair