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Turning its back on Europe: de-Europeanisation of Polish foreign policy

The idea behind the Common Foreign and Security Policy is simple: together, European states matter more in global politics and have a much greater weight than each of them separately. This is especially applicable to states like Poland or the Baltics, who had considered its NATO and EU membership as ‘return to Europe’ and a guarantee that they would not be cast again into someone else’s zone of dominance. Yet, since the 2015 elections we have been observing a gradual ‘de-Europeanisation’ of Poland’s foreign policy.

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Resilience is all you need

The more you look at it, the more the EU Global Strategy of 2016 seems to be about resilience. The word ‘resilience´ is everywhere in the strategy, and the concept of resilience quickly catches the eye. Scholars and analysts have already started deeper analyses of what to make out of this new ‘Leitmotif’ of the EU’s external action. They find many positive aspects to it, but also reasons for criticism. Being everywhere, but nowhere clearly defined, resilience remains a vague concept. Understandably, we like vague concepts.

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Theoretical and Empirical Challenges Researching EU Foreign policy

European Union foreign policy – much as the European integration process itself – is a weird construct, it is “different”. Those distinct features matter much more profoundly and create certain “challenges” in researching EU foreign policy. One can expect conceptual challenges, in the form of clashing with other disciplines in an interdisciplinary field of EU studies, empirical challenges in the form of difficulty accessing data, methodological challenges of choosing one method over another and the general challenge of the complexity of EU foreign policy and deciding what to focus on.

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Making Simulation Games Work (by Dr. Simon Usherwood)

A guest blog by Dr. Simon Usherwood, University of Surrey (s.usherwood [at] surrey.ac.uk or @Usherwood) as follow-up to the 2nd ANTERO teaching workshop, November 2016

Simulation games are great. Everyone says so. You’ve read lots of pieces saying it. And everyone can’t be wrong, right?

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A Mexico-EU Free Trade Agreement – trade or politics?

The world economy's gravitational center has moved to the Pacific. To diversify its economy, the European Union negotiated several free trade agreements with global partners, and the most notable one is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States. However, the United States have free trade agreements with Canada and Mexico, which required the European Union to negotiate agreements with these countries as well. While the Canada-EU agreement has been signed last October, the Mexico-EU agreement is being renegotiated.

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Why did Paris succeed?

The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change was a much-needed breakthrough for multilateralism after more than twenty years of fruitless negotiations. Hayley Walker explains how the French Presidency played an important role in securing a successful agreement by adding the ‘extra ingredients’ of empowerment and recognition to the negotiation process.

By Hayley Walker, PhD Researcher at University of Leuven, Belgium

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A crucial year for EU development policyment policy

The EU’s common development policy is up for review. The negotiations taking place in the next 12 months will be crucial to the future of the EU’s development policy. GLOBUS researcher Johanne Døhlie Saltnes writes on what is expected to be the main point of contestation namely how to link development and poverty eradication with sustainability, migration and security.


By Johanne Døhlie Saltnes, PhD Fellow at ARENA, University of Oslo

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Two years after Macedonia’s wiretapping scandal: the price of EU laxity

This Sunday, long-awaited snap parliamentary elections will take place in Macedonia, almost two years after the outbreak of the worst political crisis since the inter-ethnic violence of 2001. The EU’s mediation throughout the last two years has been helpful, yet also late and superficial. Despite facilitating the conclusion of an ambitious political agreement, the EU has remained relatively tolerant of a by now outspokenly authoritarian regime. The way Brussels will engage with the future government will therefore send a signal towards the entire Western Balkans region.
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Simulations in teaching EU foreign policy – how and where to get started?

Simulations and role play are very often praised for an excellent active learning tool in teaching International Relations and foreign affairs. And increasingly there are resources published that aim to facilitate the use of innovative teaching tools:

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ANTERO Update

The ANTERO network on EU foreign policy goes from strength to strength with recent awards of conference funding and travel bursaries to PhD students and early career scholars associated with the eight-member teaching and research consortium (Kent, KU Leuven, LSE, Maastricht, Oslo, Tampere, UACES and UCD Dublin). Academics within the network have also been active in delivering special lectures, workshops and master classes at UCD, Maastricht, LSE and Tampere - with many more planned.

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