The EU and International Security Organizations

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The course provides a rounded and structured understanding of the EU international interactions with IOs as a major part of the EU’s external relations. At the same time, given its seminar structure, it helps students develop their presentation skills as well as engagement in academic discussions.

 

Course Description

The course analyzes the role of the EU contributions to international security organizations in the context of the declared EU’s  ‘effective multilateralism’ approach. It focuses on the EU interactions with selected important international security organizations, global (the UN) and regional ones (NATO, ASEAN, African Union.)

 

Structure and Thematic Areas

The course is a specialized, intensive course of eight three-hour lectures, which has a two-fold structure: first, an analysis of the institutional representation and political presence in these security organizations and of the EU impact on their functioning (‘bottom-up’ approach); second, the intra-EU effect of these interactions (‘top-down’ approach). More specifically, we examine:

 

1.International presence of the EU:

  1. Concept and features
  2. European Security Strategy and ‘effective multilateralism’: what role for international organizations?
  3. Endogenous and exogenous parameters conditioning EU interactions with international organizations
  4. Institutional and legal aspects of these interactions

 

2.EU and the United Nations (UN):

  1. Institutional architecture and modus operandi of the UN: the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council
  2. Institutional representation and political presence of the EU: the role of member-states and the High Representative
  3. Coordination and EU policy-making in the UN context

 

3.EU and NATO:

  1. Institutional architecture and modus operandi of NATO
  2. Institutional representation and political presence of the EU: the role of member-states and the High Representative
  3. Coordination and EU policy-making in the NATO context

 

4.EU and African Union:

  1. Institutional architecture and modus operandi of the African Union
  2. Institutional representation and political presence of the EU: the role of the High Representative
  3. Policy-making in the EU on African Affairs: problems and issues of division of labor between EU and African Union

 

5.EU and ASEAN :

  1. Institutional architecture and modus operandi of the ASEAN
  2. Institutional representation and political presence of the EU: the role of the High Representative and member-states
  3. The Division of labor and complementarities between EU and ASEAN

 

Course Material

Main textbook: Blavoukos, S. and Bourantonis, D. (eds) The EU Presence in International Organizations (London: Routledge, 2011)

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