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Conference | Workshop

Perspectives on European Foreign Policy in the context of current EU-Russia Relations

Date
11 January 2019
Time
Address
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
227

The EU is facing crisis in many areas. Some of the challenges are rooted firmly in the EU’s domestic environment. Others emanate from abroad, arguably Russia most of all. Leaving aside debates about who is responsible for the perilous state of the European security environment, it is vital that ways to reinvigorate dialogue and cooperation among all European actors are found. This workshop therefore brings together scholars and practitioners from EU member states and Russia with a view of :1) serving as an example of how dialogue and cooperation can be maintained; and 2) of identifying the points of convergence and divergence not only between the EU and Russia but between all actors in Europe.

The workshop is of relevance to scholars and practitioners. All three organisers conduct policy-relevant research and will use the workshop to ensure further fostering of the academic-practitioner dialogue.

Aims

1. To map the range of perspectives in EU member states and Russia in respect of EU Foreign Policy

2. Through an academic-practitioner dialogue, to debate the structures and perspectives through which the EU’s Foreign Policy is conducted, researched and taught, using the EU-Russia relationship as an important and indicative lens.

a. In the context of misinformation and fake news, we will derive conclusions about how to deliver analysis of foreign policy in an objective and critical manner, particularly in the increasingly polarised European context;

b. To understand whether and how foreign policy-making has changed in more recent years.

3. To connect the European Foreign Policy network and the EU-Russia network that all too often do not speak to each other.

This one-day workshop is organised by the editors of the Handbook on EU-Russian Relations (forthcoming 2019), Dr Tatiana Romanova (St. Petersburg State University) and Dr Maxine David (Leiden University), and the co-coordinator of the Jean Monnet Network on Research and Teaching EU Foreign Policy (NORTIA), Dr. Heidi Maurer (University of Oxford). The event is kindly supported by UACES small event funding.

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