Montag, 11. April 2016, 18:00 - 20:30 iCal

Between Strategy, Identity and Action.

EU Foreign Policy and the Management of Security Threats in Europe and Beyond. IPW Lecture by Neil Winn (University of Leeds)

Konferenzraum IPW (A222), NIG, 2. Stock
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien



The European Union (EU) is a classic regional political and economic system that comprises deep levels of integration in contradistinction to other regional systems in the world. Indeed, the EU captures the essence of a sui generis post-sovereign regional system positioned as it is between cosmopolitanism and intergovernmentalism; between modernity and post-modernity; between transgovernmentalism and national interests; and between global liberalism and regionalism. Yet the EU often remains divided internally by disparate member state national security interests and contested visions of Europe. Indeed, the EU lacks a coherent security culture and concomitant Grand Strategy that is worthy of the name. This serves to exacerbate the already heavily contested sense of – multiple and competing – European security identities in contemporary Europe. The European Security Strategy (2003) in practice was never more than a manifesto: a guide for action that in the main has not coherently materialised. National interests and pressing episodic crises in Europe – and beyond – have attenuated progress towards achieving coherence – borne out of co-operation – in EU foreign and security policy. The same can be said in terms of the prospects for the formulation of a joined-up “EU Security Strategy” for managing the broader European Security environment. The paper will analyse the extent to which national sovereignty as well as episodes of regional and global crises have impacted on the EU’s “sense of itself” and the extent to which such international crises (and accompanying national security cultures and associated actions) have allowed the EU to pursue what might be termed the semblance of a Grand Strategy beyond the nation-state.


Dr. Neil Winn is Senior Lecturer in European Studies at the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Leeds. His work lies at the intersection of international relations and European politics and his research has focused on the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union and the international relations of Europe in general. His main publications include EU Foreign Policy Beyond the Nation State: Joint Actions and Institutional Analysis of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (Palgrave) and Neo-Medievalism and Civil Wars (Frank Cass). He is also published in numerous journals.


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