Teaching Workshop Presentation: Capstone Courses and Field Trips

Workshop 6: Capstone courses & field trips: innovative contributions to assessment of multidisciplinary programmes

Ben Tonra

This presentation will discuss applied models of both capstone courses and field trips as integral and assessed components of multidisciplinary European Studies programmes. The evolution of these models will also be discussed, assessing pedagogic strengths and weaknesses as well as practical issues in implementation.

Irish Diplomacy in Time of Crisis and the Evolution of a ‘European’ diplomatic service

The foreign policies of several European states have been centrally engaged in national crisis management subsequent to the crisis in the euro-zone. In several instances this has included determined efforts to rebuild national credibility, intensively to engage with bilateral partners and multilateral agencies both in Europe and internationally and actively to contribute to trade promotion and the attraction of foreign direct investment as part of a programme of national economic recovery. In such a context, where a national diplomatic service is tasked with roles that can be seen to be addressing a near existential crisis for the state, what if any role does foreign policy coordination at EU level play? If such coordination played a marginal role or was non-existent, what does this say about the utility and purpose of EU foreign policy? To what extent does this necessarily delimit or define the potential added-value of the EEAS to national diplomatic services? The proposed paper will conduct a detailed analysis of Irish diplomacy in a time of crisis (2008-2014), assess its response to that crisis, evaluate the role of EU-level foreign policy coordination and finally offer conclusions as to what this may suggest for the future of EU foreign policy. The paper is avaiable here;

Antero papers

The Antero network will publish working papers on the internal and external legitimacy of EU's foreign policy. They will be made available here, starting from December 2015.

List of recent publications by the Antero partners

Burnay, M., Hivonnet, J., Raube, K. (2014). 'Soft Diplomacy' and People-to-People Dialogue between the EU and the PRCEuropean Foreign Affairs Review, 19 (3/1), 35-55.

Cross, M. D. (forthcoming 2015) ‘The European Defence Agency and the Member States: Public and Hidden Transcripts’, Special issue, European Foreign Affairs Review.

Cross, M. D. & X. Ma (forthcoming 2015) ‘A Media Perspective on European Crises’, in H.-J. Trenz, C. Ruzza, and V. Guiraudan (eds) Europe’s Prolonged Crisis: The Making or the Unmaking of a Political Union, Palgrave Macmillan.

Cross, M. D. (forthcoming 2015) ‘The Public Diplomacy Role of the EEAS: Crafting a Resilient Image for Europe’, in J. Batora and D. Spence (eds) European Diplomacy Post-Westphalia, Palgrave.

Cross, M. D. (2015) ‘The Limits of Epistemic Communities: EU Security Agencies’, Special Issue, Politics and Governance, 3(1).

Cross, M. D & X. Ma (2015) ‘EU Crises and Integrational Panic: The Role of the Media’, Journal of European Public Policy.

Cross, M. D. (2014) ‘Epistemic Communities’, in A. Orsini and J.-F. Morin (eds) Essential Concepts for Global Environmental Governance, Routledge.

Cross, M. D. (2014)‘Transatlantic Cultural Diplomacy’, in R. Henze and G. Wolfram (eds) Exporting Culture: Which Role for Europe in a Global World? Springer VS.

Cross, M. D. (2014)‘The Practice of Diplomacy and EU Security Policy’, in M. Wilga and I. P. Karolewski (eds) New Approaches to EU Foreign Policy, Routledge, pp. 106-124.

Keukeleire, S. (2014). Lessons for the Practice and Analysis of EU Diplomacy from an 'Outside-in' Perspective. In: Gstöhl S., Lannon E. (Eds.), The Neighbours of the European Union's Neighbours, Diplomatic and Geopolitical Dimensions beyond the European Neighbourhood Policy. Farnham, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 227-241.

Keukeleire, S., Delreux, T. (2015). Competing structural powers and challenges for the EU's structural foreign policyGlobal Affairs, 1 (1).

Keukeleire, S., Delreux, T. (2014). The Foreign Policy of the European UnionBasingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Keukeleire, S., Hooijmaaijers, B. (2014). The BRICS and other Emerging Power Alliances and Multilateral Organizations in the Asia-Pacific and the Global South: Challenges for the European Union and its Views on Multilateralism. Journal of Common Market Studies, 52 (3), 582-599.

Keukeleire, S., Petrova, I. (2014). The European Union, the Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia: Competing Regionalisms. In: Telò M. (Eds.), bookseries: The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series, European Union and New Regionalism, Chapt. 12. Farnham, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 263-277.

Keukeleire, S., Schunz, S. (2015). Analysing Foreign Policy in a context of Global Governance. In: Hellmann G., Jørgensen K. (Eds.), bookseries: Palgrave Studies in International Relations, Theorizing Foreign Policy in a Globalized World. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 1-26.

Keuleers, F. (2015). Explaining External Perceptions: The EU and China in African Public OpinionJournal of Common Market Studies,

Raube, K. (2014). Parliamentarisation Approach: Parliamentary Control in EU Foreign Policy. In: Wilga M., Karolewski P. (Eds.), bookseries: Routledge Advances in European Politics, New Approaches to EU Foreign Policy, Chapt. 7. Oxon: Routledge, 125-141.

Raube, K., Marangoni, A. (2014). Virtue or Vice? The Coherence of the EU’s External PoliciesRevue d'Intégration Européenne / Journal of European Integration, 36 (5), 473-489.

Riddervold, Marianne & Chou, Meng-Hsuan (2015). Influence through knowledge? The impact of the Commission in intergovernmental policy-making. Politics and Governance. 3(1).

Riddervold, Marianne & Rosén, Guri (2015) ‘Beyond Intergovernmental Cooperation: The Influence of the European Parliament and the Commission on EU Foreign and Security Policies’, European Foreign Affairs Review, forthcoming.

Riddervold, Marianne (2014). ‘Let's study arguments! Deliberation in EU decision-making’, In Cathrine Holst (ed.), Expertise and Democracy.  ARENA Centre for European Studies. Chapter 9, pp. 193-215.

Riddervold, Marianne (2014). New threats – different response: EU and NATO and Somali piracy. European Security. 23(4), pp. 546-564.

Rosén, Guri (2014) ‘EU Confidential: The European Parliament’s Involvement in EU Security and Defence Policy’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 53(2): 383–98.

Rosén, Guri (2015) ‘Striving for Influence. The European Parliament in EU Foreign Policy’, Dissertation, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo.

Rosén, Guri (2014) ‘A Budgetary Advance: The European Parliament's Growing Role in EU Foreign Policy’, ARENA Working Paper 9/2014.

Rosén, Guri (2014) 'Secrecy versus Accountability: Parliamentary Scrutiny of EU Security and Defence Policy', ARENA Working Paper 1/2014.

Sjursen, Helene (2015) ‘Reinforcing Executive Dominance? Norway and EU’s Foreign and Security Policy’, in E.O. Eriksen and J.E. Fossum (eds) The European Union’s Non-Members. Independence under Hegemony? pp. 189–208, Routledge.  

Sjursen, Helene (2015) ‘Konsensus som egenverdi? Om legitimitetsgrunnlaget for norsk utenrikspolitikk’[Consensus as an Intrinsic Value? On the Legitimacy Basis of Norwegian Foreign Policy], Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift, 3, forthcoming.

Sjursen, Helene (2015) ‘Normative Theory: an Untapped Resource in the Study of European Foreign Policy’, in K.-E. Jørgensen, A. Aarstad, E. Drieskens, K. Laatikainen and B. Tonra (eds) The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy, pp. 196-214, Sage.

Sjursen, Helene (2014) ‘Towards a EU Common Foreign and Security Policy: Achievements and Challenges’, in J. M. Magone (ed.) Routledge Handbook of European Politics, Routledge.

Sjursen, Helene (2014)‘Demokrati eller handlingskapasitet? Paradokser i Norges tilknytning til EU på det utenriks- og sikkerhetspolitiske området [Democracy or capacity to act? Paradoxes in Norway’s relationship with the EU in the field of foreign and security policy]’, in E.O. Eriksen and J.E. Fossum (eds) Det norske paradoks: Om Norges forhold til Den europeiske union [The Norwegian Paradox: On Norway’s relationship with the European Union], Universitetsforlaget.

Smeets, N. (2014). De Euraziatische Economische Unie (EAEU) als nieuwe uitdager van de EU?Internationale Spectator: Tijdschrift voor Internationale Politiek, 68 (9), 48-51

Smeets, N. (2014). WTO sides of the same coin: Russia's commitments and opportunities [ВТОрая сторона медали: обязательства и возможности Российской Федерации]. In: Yagya V., Lagutina M., Nemchinova T. (Eds.),Digest of World Politics of the XXI Century [Актуальные проблемы мировой политики в XXI веке]. Saint-Petersburg: Saint-Petersburg: School of International Relations, 51-68.

Smeets, N. (2014). Opening Up the Black Box. Russia’s Energy Security Concept. In: Heinrich A., Pleines H. (Eds.), bookseries: Changing Europe Book Series, vol: 10, Export pipelines from the CIS region. Geopolitics, securitization and political decision-making., Chapt. 3. Stuttgart: Ibidem Publishers, 107-127.

Tonra, B. (2015) 'Irish Diplomacy in Time of Crisis and the Evolution of a ‘European’ diplomatic service',  EUSA Fourteenth Biennial Conference, Boston Massachusetts, March 5-7.

Smith, M., Ed., Keukeleire, S., Vanhoonacker, S. (Ed.) (2015). The Diplomatic System of the European Union: Evolution, Change and ChallengesRoutledge: Routledge Advances in European Politics.

Wouters, J., Goddeeris, I., Natens, B., Ciortuz, F. (2014). Some Critical Issues in EU-India Free Trade Agreement NegotiationsEuropean Law Journal, 20(6), 848-869.

Wouters, J., Duquet, S., Meuwissen, K. (2014). Caring for Citizens Abroad: the European Union and Consular TasksEuropean Foreign Affairs Review, 19(4), 563-580.

Wouters, J., Meuwissen, K. (2014). The European Union at the UN Human Rights Council: Multilateral Human Rights Protection Coming of Age?. European Journal of Human Rights, (2), 135-172.