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Book launch: The Politics of Borders/Practising EU Policy

28 March 2018
Wijnhaven Building
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP Den Haag
Spanish stairs

A conversation

The Leiden University Centre for International Relations cordially invites you to a joint book launch. Matthew Longo (Institute of Political Science) will introduce his latest work about the Politics of Borders; Beatrix Campbell (Leiden University College) will address the practice of EU Foreign Policy towards its Eastern neighbours and Russia. Both authors will do so in a conversation with Isabelle Duijvesteijn (Institute of History) and the audience.

The Politics of Borders: Sovereignty, Security, and the Citizen after 9/11 (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Longo, The Politics of Borders

Border security is an obsession of our time. Why is this true and why does it matter? This book offers an in-depth look at border security in the US and worldwide after 9/11. The book contributes to debates within political science on sovereignty, citizenship, cosmopolitanism, big data, new security technologies, human rights and global justice. In particular, the new politics of borders reveal a sovereignty that is not waning, but changing, expanding beyond the state carapace and engaging certain logics of empire.

Matthew Longo is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Leiden University. He received his PhD from Yale University in 2014 and was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Leo Strauss Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Political Philosophy. His work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science and Democratization, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and has been featured in the Washington Post and National Public Radio.

Practising EU Foreign Policy: Russia and the Eastern Neighbours (Manchester University Press, 2017)

Campbell, EU Foreign Policy in Practice

This book is a novel contribution to the ‘practice theory’ turn in International Relations. It looks at practitioners’ approaches to the EU’s foreign policy to its eastern neighbourhood, particularly Russia, and offers a new methodology for capturing practices using the analytical approach of Discursive International Relations and the Discursive Practice Model. Drawing on data from the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament’s AFET committee members, the study concludes that EU practitioners are concerned with the collective EU identity, normative and moral duties and collective security interests when considering EU policy towards Russia and other eastern neighbours. This suggest that practitioners are a lot more pragmatic when it comes to this policy area than previously assumed by the vast literature on the EU as a normative power.

Beatrix Futák-Campbell is Assistant Professor of International Relations. She completed her PhD in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews and her MA in EU Studies and German and MSc in Research in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. Previously she was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Hamburg and Oxford, she taught at the University of Edinburgh and St Andrews, and she also worked for the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime, The German Marshall Fund and the British civil service.