Chairholder of the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, European Interdisciplinary Studies Department (Natolin (Warsaw) campus)

Since 1 July 2012 Prof. Dr. Tobias Schumacher is the holder of the Chair in European Neighbourhood Policy at the College of Europe Natolin campus in Warsaw. He is also an Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies (CEI-IUL) at the University Institute of Lisbon.
He previously held positions at the University Institute of Lisbon, the Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo), the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin, and the University of Mainz.

Prof. Dr. Schumacher earned his doctorate in Political Science at the University of Mainz in 2002 and was awarded several fellowships and grants, among others, by Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, the European Commission, the European University Institute, the Fondazione Monte Paschi dei Siena, and the Foundation of the German Economy. His article (co-authored with Raffaella Del Sarto) entitled 'From Brussels with love: leverage, benchmarking, and the Action Plans with Jordan and Tunisia', published in Democratization, Vol. 18 (4), 2011, pp. 932-955, won the scientific award for academic excellence of the University Institute of Lisbon.

He taught at the European University Institute, the Dublin European Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Munich University, Université Hassan II Casablanca, Mainz University, and Ilia State University in Tbilisi. He is the author of some 90 books, book chapters, articles and policy papers on the European Neighbourhood Policy, Euro-Mediterranean relations, Middle East and North Africa politics, and Foreign Policy Analysis. He is the profiles editor of Mediterranean Politics, a member of the editorial board of Insight Turkey, and a regular contributor to the international media.

Prof. Dr. Schumacher, together with Dr. Andreas MARCHETTI (ZEI, Bonn University) and Prof. Dr. Thomas DEMMELHUBER (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) co-edited and co-authored The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy (2018). The handbook gathers the most respected and insightful voices to address key issues related to conceptual, methodological, theoretical and empirical aspects in the EU’s neighbourhood policy framework and  serves to encourage debates which will hopefully produce more conceptual as well as neighbourhood-specific perspectives leading to enriching future studies on the EU’s policies towards its neighbourhood.

Among his latest publications are:

  • The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy, Oxon, Routledge, 2018 (with Andreas MARCHETTI and Thomas DEMMELHUBER).

  • The European Neighbourhood Policy: The challenge of demarcating a complex and contested field of study, in: Tobias SCHUMACHER, Andreas MARCHETTI and Thomas DEMMELHUBER (eds.), The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy, Oxon, Routledge, 2018, pp. 3-13.

  • The EU, Middle Eastern powers and milieu-shaping in the ‘shared’ Arab Mediterranean neighbourhood: a story of mutual neglect, Contemporary Politics, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2018, pp. 46-64.

  • "Mittelmeerpolitik", in: Werner WEIDENFELD, Wolfgang WESSELS (eds.), Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2017, Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2017, pp. 403-406.

  • EU member states’ representation and positioning and the north-south divide in Euro-Mediterranean affairs, in: Richard GILLESPIE and Frederic VOLPI (eds.), The Routledge Handbook on Mediterranean Politics, Oxon, Routledge, 2017, pp. 85-96.
  • The EU's Constructions of the Mediterranean (2003-2017), MEDRESET Working Papers 3, 2017 (with Münevver CEBECI).
  • Southern Europe – Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Cyprus in: Amelia HADFIELD, Ian MANNERS, Richard WHITMAN (eds.), The Foreign Policies of European Union Member States, Oxon, Routledge, 2017, pp. 83-98 (with Madalina DOBRESCU and Stelios STAVRIDIS).

  • "Mittelmeerpolitik", in: Werner WEIDENFELD, Wolfgang WESSELS (eds.), Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2016, Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2016, pp. 377-381.

  • Differentiation in EU-Neighbourhood Relations, in: IEMED (ed.), Euromed Survey of Experts and Actors. European Neighbourhood Policy Review: The European Union's Role in the Mediterranean, Barcelona, IEMED Press, 2016, pp. 34-41.

  • The Revised European Neighbourhood Policy: Continuity and Change in EU Foreign Policy, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 306 p., 2017 (with Dimitris BOURIS).
  • Deconstructing the EU’s Discourse on the Mediterranean, MEDRESET Methodology and Concept Papers, no. 2, October 2016. (with Münevver CEBECI).
  • Of policy entrepreneurship, bandwagoning and free-riding: EU member states and multilateral cooperation frameworks for Europe’s southern neighbourhood, Global Affairs, Vol. 2, No. 4, 8 Oct 2016 (with Dimitris BOURIS and Maja OLSZEWSKA).
  • 'Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Why the ‘black garden’ will not blossom any time soon’, Security Policy Brief 71, Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations, Brussels, April 2016.
  • ‘Back to the Future: The ‘New’ ENP towards the Southern Neighbourhood and the End of Ambition’, CEPOB 1, Bruges 2016.
  • ‘From Survival to Revival: The Riga Summit 2015 and the revised ENP’, Security Policy Brief 65, Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations, Brussels, July 2015, with Suzana Carp.
  • ‘How to make the European Neighbourhood Policy fit for purpose’, Europe's World, 25 June 2015.
  • ‘Uncertainty at the EU’s borders: narratives of EU external relations in the revised European Neighborhood Policy towards the southern borderlands’, European Security, Vol. 24 (3), 2015, pp. 381-401.
  • ‘Russia’s foreign policy towards North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring’, in: Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 20 (1), 2015, pp. 97-104, with Cristian Nitoiu.
  • 'The EU and Democracy Promotion: Readjusting to the Arab Spring', in: Larbi Sadiki (ed.), The Routledge Handbook on the Arab Spring, Oxon, Routledge, 2015, pp. 559-573.
  • 'Nahost- und Mittelmeerpolitik', in: Werner Weidenfeld and Wolfgang Wessels (eds.), Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2014, Baden-Baden, NOMOS, 2014, pp. 227-234.
  • ‘EU and GCC Countries’ Foreign Policies and the Mediterranean Neighborhood – Towards Synergetic Cooperation?’, Gulf Paper, Cambridge, Geneva, Jeddah: Gulf Research Center, 2013, with Irene Fernandez Molina.
  • ‘The EU becomes assertive in the Middle East Peace Process’, in Open democracy, 2013, with Dimitris Bouris.
  • 'New Neighbours, Old Formulas? The ENP One Year After the Start of the Arab Spring', in A. Ghali, I. Hegazy, S. Kawakibi, E. Kienle, E. Manea, S. Saadawi, T. Schumacher, J. Völkel (eds.), The Arab Spring: One Year After. Transformation Dynamics, Prospects for Democratization and the Future of Arab-European Cooperation, Gutersloh: Bertelsmann, 2012, pp. 87-104.
  • 'Conditionality, Differentiation, Regionality and the 'New' ENP in the Light of Arab Revolts', in E. Barbé and A. Herranz-Surrallés (eds.), The Challenge of Differentiation in Euro-Mediterranean Relations. Flexible Regional Cooperation or Fragmentation, London: Routledge, 2012, pp. 142-158.
  • 'Gulf Cooperation Council Countries and Yemen', in Joel Peters (ed.) The European Union and the Arab Spring, Lanham: Lexington Press, 2012, pp. 109-126.
  • The Long-Suffering Europeans Trying to Save the Iran Deal, New Republic, 3 May 2018.

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