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Although the European Union (EU) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are structurally two different transnational unions with dissimilar cultural backgrounds, their cooperation has been driven by the belief that their contacts could be mutually beneficial. From 1989, when their cooperation was first institutionally enshrined, several channels of communication have been created to deepen their […]

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Since its creation, the European Union (EU) has been struggling to constitute a discernible coherent international actor. To this respect, a certain strand of literature has emerged focusing on the EU’s performance in various global settings. Looking at the EU performance in the UNGA, a recurrent issue of concern relates to its capability to achieve […]

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The Jean Monnet Working Paper on EU Multilateral Diplomacy #1 focuses on the EU’s performance in the UN General Assembly. More precisely, it reveals the level of consistency between the EU’s oral interventions in the GA Plenary and main committees and the EU member states’ voting patterns. The authors have a longstanding record of research […]

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Ass. Professor Spyros Blavoukos presented an overview of the EU security strategy before and after the publication of the Global Strategy that sets the tone for the EU international interactions. The discussion that followed focused especially on the impact of Brexit to the security conceptualization and EU capacity as a security provider for its member-states […]

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On the 13th of November 2017, Federica Mogherini, the HR/VP, announced that PESCO is definitely a historic moment in European defence spreading the enthusiasm around Europe about the vision of this pivotal project. In essence, after a decade or so of lethargy in the field of defence cooperation, the EU has suddenly made substantial steps […]

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Ass. Professor Spyros Blavoukos participated in a roundtable discussion on the EU security strategy towards the MENA region, organized in the framework of a  Pilot Course of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) by the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA), in Athens. The discussion focused on the broader security challenges of the Mediterranean basin […]

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