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SCHUMACHER Tobias - The EU's Neighbourhood Policy (20h)

This course aims to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) towards its southern and eastern neighbourhood.

The course will discuss the evolving context of EU (and to some extent EU Member States’) foreign policies in and towards the EU’s neighbourhood and link it to the current debate on the future of the EU and its role in regional affairs. In parts, this will be complemented by an analysis of key (geo)political, economic and security developments in the neighbourhood itself. Drawing from selected concepts and approaches of International Relations and European Foreign Policy Analysis, the course will discuss the creation of the ENP in 2003 and its 2011 and 2015 revision respectively. It will discuss in-depth the ENP’s sub-regional components, i.e. the Eastern Partnership (EaP), the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

EU conflict management/resolution and sanctions policies in neighbourhood-related contexts are also critically addressed, in particular in the context of the study of EU-Moldova relations, EU-South Caucasus relations, and EU policies towards Belarus. As far as the EU’s southern neighbourhood is concerned, the course will examine the EU’s role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, discuss EU/European responses to Arab uprisings in 2011 (“Arab Spring”), as well as EU-Maghreb relations, and touch upon the EU’s recent engagement in mitigating the effects of state failure, ‘stubborn authoritarianism’ and violent conflict, not least in the context of the EU’s propagated shift to project resilience. // ECTS Card

Professor: Tobias SCHUMACHER