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The Neighbours of the EU’s Neighbours: Diplomatic and Geopolitical Dimensions beyond the ENP

The first of two international conferences (15-16 November 2012), organised by the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies together with its TOTAL Chair of EU Foreign Policy, gathered scholars and practitioners from the EU and beyond to reflect on the European Union’s wider neighbourhood. This conference was organised with the financial support of the European Commission and TOTAL.

The concept of the ‘neighbours of the EU’s neighbours’ was introduced by the European Commission in 2006 in a Communication on ‘strengthening the European Neighbourhood Policy’ (ENP), in which it considered in particular the possibility to develop regional cooperation activities between partner countries (to be) included in the ENP framework on the one hand and Central Asia, the Arabian Gulf and Africa on the other. Continue reading

The United States and the EU’s Broader Neighbourhood

The following offers a summary of the high-level lecture with Dr. Ian Lesser, Executive Director of the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Center, organised by the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe on 25 October 2012.

Following a brief presentation of the German Marshall Fund, Ian Lesser introduced his lecture by emphasising that the United States (US), contrary to the European Union (EU), has a global power perspective on the Middle-Eastern and North African (MENA) regions. His remarks were subsequently structured around three main points. Continue reading