Master's Thesis

Every student of the EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies programme is required to write a substantial Master's thesis, which is to be submitted in early May. The thesis, written in either French or English, must be an original piece of work between 15,000 and 20,000 words in length, dealing with an issue relevant to the study programme. It counts for 15 ECTS.

The thesis is written in the framework of an optional or compulsory course and supervised by the professor teaching that course. Most students benefit from the proximity of Brussels and conduct interviews with experts from the EU institutions, NATO or national representations.

When submitting the thesis, students may apply for two of the many thesis awards dedicated to specific subjects. Some of these awards come with a paid internship for the winner at the sponsor’s organisation. Only theses with at least a very good mark will be eligible. 

BASSOTTI Giorgio (IT ) — YOUNGS
A Black Swan in North Africa: A Review of the EU’s Democracy Promotion Policies in Tunisia
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JACOBS Thomas (BE ) — MEERTS
The Language Diplomats Speak: A Discourse-Theoretical Approach to the Negotiations in the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly
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KANE James (GB ) — GSTÖHL
Shedding Light on the “Shadow of TTIP and TPP”: Why Have Negotiations on the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement Been Less Politicized?
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RICCI Matteo (IT ) — HELLY
The European Air Transport Command: A Model for Improving European Military Cooperation?
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UZIĘBŁO Jan (PL ) — SELDEN
United in Ambiguity? EU and NATO Interpretations of, and Policy Responses to, ‘Hybrid Warfare’ and ‘Hybrid Threats’
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DE RAMON ORTIZ Cristina (ES ) — BAILES
The European Union’s Arms Trade Policy: consistent with its principles? From CFSP to the Arms Trade Treaty
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GEMERS Tim (BE ) — PHINNEMORE
I Love You, I Love You Not. Exploring the Icelandic Public Opinion towards EU Accession
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GUNTHER Enrico (DE ) — BAILES
The EU's response to piracy in the global maritime domain: Are the lessons learned in the Horn of Africa a model for the Gulf of Guinea?
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LINDNER OLSSON Erik (SE ) — EGENHOFER
The EU at the UNFCCC: a new paradigm? An interdisciplinary analysis of climate negotiations since Copenhagen
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STAEGER Ueli (CH ) — HOCKING
EU-Africa Regionalism Diplomacy: Understanding the troubles of post-Westphalian Eurafrica
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CUNTZ Richard (DE ) — DEFRAIGNE
Une analyse des motivations européennes en faveur du TTIP, ou Comment l’Union européenne a appris à ne plus s’en faire et à aimer le bilatéralisme
DEL MEDICO Nicola (IT ) — YOUNGS
A Black Knight in the Eastern Neighbourhood? Russia and EU Democracy Promotion in Armenia and Moldova
FAR Shahrazad (PS ) — FRÖHLICH
‘In Ga(s)a We Trust’? Placing the Palestinian ‘Gas-State building’ Dichotomy on the Eastern Mediterranean Geopolitical Map
FRIEL Eleanor (IE ) — KEUKELEIRE
Riding or Reaping the Whirlwind? An Account of the EUʼs Engagement with Insecurity in Northern Nigeria
HARGROVE Elaine (AT ) — BAILES
Countering Radicalization in the EU's Southern Neighbourhood: Giving Teeth to the ‘Paper Tiger’?
KAZNOWSKI Adam (GB ) — DELCOUR
Defying the Treaty: the Influence of the Polish and Lithuanian Council Presidencies on the Development of the Eastern Partnership
KOKOLO Willy (FR ) — HELLY
How Is the EU Doing in Africa? A Methodology to Evaluate Policy Impact
O'FLAHERTY Liam (IE ) — GSTÖHL
High Steaks: The European Commission and Agricultural Trade Negotiations at the Doha Round
OSTER MENA Sonia (MX ) — BASS
Corporate Diplomacy in the EU: The Strategic Corporate Response to Meet Global Challenges
PESCE Federica (IT ) — DELCOUR
Market Power or Bazaar? Market Power Europe and the Natural Gas Sector in Central Asia
REYS Nicolas (FR ) — BAILES
The Evolution of Cyber Security: A Comparative Analysis of the Securitization of Cyberspace in the United States and the European Union
RORIVE Adrien (BE ) — DEFRAIGNE
Le transatlantic trade and investment partnership annonce-t-il le renouveau de la relation Etats-Unis – Union européenne ? Le cas de la régulation financière
Alina MATTISSON LAX (SE ) — HOCKING
EUnited We Stand? Member State Embassy Relations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
Domhnall O'SULLIVAN (IE ) — YOUNGS
The EU and Hezbollah since the Arab Spring: Maintaining Stability in a Sea of Turmoil
Georgina WRIGHT (GB ) — HOCKING
“Winning the Hearts and Minds of Ukrainians”: The Saliency of Public Diplomacy for the Conduct of European External Relations
Leander LEENDERS (BE ) — LANNON
Restrictive Measures ‘The EU way to go’?
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Andreas FORREST (DK ) — Prof. KEUKELEIRE
Commercial Shipping in the High North: An Assessment of the EU’s Foreign Policy Towards the Arctic
Johannes THEISS (DE ) — Prof. MEERTS
The Process of Negotiating Military Intervention in Libya: How NATO Unites on ‘Unified Protector’
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Nicholas TODD (GB ) — Prof. PHINNEMORE
Theory on Trial: Why Has the EU Emphasised Cooperation with the ICTY for the States of the Former Yugoslavia?
Sylvain DUHAMEL (FR ) — Prof. de WILDE d'ESTMAEL
L’usage des mesures restrictives autonomes de l’Union européenne: deux poids deux mesures ou des mesures de poids ?
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Thomas STIEGLER (DE ) — Prof. MEERTS
Reaching for a Calculator or a Mirror? : Why Does the EU Join International Human Rights Treaties? A Case Study
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Tressia HOBEIKA (LB ) — Prof. KEUKELEIRE
EU Micro-Rule-of-Law Policies in Lebanon: Abiding by the Rules of the Sectarian Game?
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Anselm Ritter (DE ) — C. Egenhofer
The EU’s Gas Security of Supply Risk Analysis and Management
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Erika Márta SZABÓ (HU ) — S. Gstöhl
Background Vocals. The Role of the Rotating Presidency in the EU’s External Relations Post-Lisbon
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Miruna Adina Puscariu (RO ) — P. Defraigne
L’accord de libre-échange UE-Corée du Sud : la demi-victoire d’un accord ambitieux face au benchmark néo-protectionniste de la clause de sauvegarde
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Roderick Harte (NL ) — S. Fröhlich
The Eu as a Civilian Power Plus in the Post 9/11 International Security Environment. A Critical Assessment of the CSDP Missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia
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Thomas Heidener (DK ) — C. Damro
As Time Goes By: EU Climate Change Actorness from Rio to Copenhagen
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