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The EU and its Global Strategy in the Age of Brexit and ‘America First’

Tuesday 6 February 2018
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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About the lecture

With the contours of ‘Brexit’ becoming clearer and the Trump Presidency's 'America First' approach, EU foreign policy find itself in a particularly challenging environment. In view of these developments, Dr. Joris Larik argues in his recent paper that the EU’s Global Strategy, adopted in June 2016, has acquired a whole new level of significance. In less unusual times, it would have been received as merely the latest iteration of the main tenets and ambitions of EU external action, including the promotion of a rules-based international order, combined with an enhanced dose of pragmatism to respond to a more challenging international environment. This paper contends that while meant to express a largely uncontroversial consensus, the Global Strategy now needs to be recontextualized as a distinctive vision in the face of trends of anti-globalism and Euroscepticism.


About the speaker

Dr. Joris Larik is Assistant Professor of Comparative, EU and International Law. Dr. Larik studied law and international relations in Dresden (B.A.), Leiden (LL.M.), the College of Europe (M.A.), and the European University Institute (Ph.D.). His work has been acknowledged with several awards, including the Outstanding Paper Award from the Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University (2012), and the Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Comparative Law (2014) from the European University Institute. Dr. Larik is the author of Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-author of ASEAN’s External Agreements: Law, Practice and the Quest for Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Dr. Larik has published extensively in peer-reviewed academic journals, including Common Market Law Review and European Foreign Affairs Review.

About the seminars

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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