Training Session on EU-UN Relations at the UN EU Delegation, New York, 9 July 2018
Professor Katie Laatikainen of Adelphi University coordinated with the EU Delegation to the UN in New York to provide a training session on EU-UN relations to incoming EUDEL interns on July 9, 2018. This training was agreed in 2017 after consultations with the AUEB team (Athens University of Economics & Business – P1) given the distinct environment of Adelphi University’s location. The training sessions are a core activity of the Network coordinated by the IBEI (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals – P6). They target audiences outside the academic environment, mainly junior diplomats, civil servants and young professionals with a career path or a career perspective relevant to the EU-UN relations. Interns serving at the EUDEL certainly have a career path that involves creating professional networks and applying knowledge of EU-UN relations not only to the work of their internship but also their academic work upon returning to studies.
AUEB partner runs Training Session on “EU-UN Negotiation Dynamics”, Athens, 25 May 2018
Within the framework of the Jean Monnet Network on “EU-UN Relations”, a one-day training session on “EU-UN Negotiation Dynamics” was held at the National School of Public Administration and Local Government, in Athens, May 25, 2018. The training session was organized by the AUEB team (Athens University of Economics & Business) and was attended by around 60 students of the departments of Economic and Trade Affairs and International and European Affairs of the National School of Public Administration and Local Government.
Negotiation Simulation by Freiburg University, 17 & 18 May 2018
Diana Panke from the University of Freiburg organized a course on EU negotiations that took place in the summer term 2018. In preparatory sessions, the students learned about international negotiations and negotiation strategies, the negotiation setting, the rules of procedures and the topic at stake. On this basis, each student got assigned one country and had to prepare a national country position and an opening statement prior to the start of the negotiations.
The actual negotiations were conducted during the course of two consecutive days (May 17th – 18th) and covered seven different agenda items. The 14 students negotiated for more than 20 hours and produced a Council Conclusion document.
The course was successfully concluded on May 30th 2018.
‘European Council simulation on the reform of the Dublin Regulation’, UCL, 30 April 2018
On 30 April 2018, the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) organized an EUN-NET simulation game. Participants were master students from the International Relations and European Studies programmes of UCLouvain. They conducted a negotiation process within the European Council in the context of the migration/refugee crisis. The particular focus of the simulation game was the reform of the Dublin Regulation (on asylum applications) was negotiated. The students were coached and guided by interdisciplinary team of professors and PhD students. The team combined expertise in multilateral negotiations, EU politics and social psychology. The professors prepared the simulation game with the students. Immediately after the simulation game, a debriefing took place, where the team of professors gave the students targeted and interdisciplinary feedback on the various aspects of the negotiations (negotiation styles, verbal and non-verbal communication, institutional dynamics, etc).
Training Session on ‘EU external environmental policy: interplay between EU and UN dynamics’, Brussels, 23 April 2018
On 23 April 2018 UCL partner delivered a training session on EU external environmental policy. The objective of the training was to introduce the participants to the role of the EU in international environmental politics, particularly in the context of the UN. The training took 6 hours and was given by Tom Delreux.
The main objective of the training was to familiarize the participants with the basic concepts and core dynamics of the EU’s involvement in UN negotiations on environmental and climate matters; to introduce the current policy developments in this field and to discuss with them the interaction between EU policies and UN-wide negotiations, conferences and agreements. The training particularly focused on climate chance policy and climate change negotiations. It discussed the most recent developments related to the EU’s contribution and implementation of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The participants were young professionals who aimed to learn more on the involvement of the European Union in international environmental and climate governance, as they are confronted with this issue in their professional environments. They were recruited in cooperation with the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce in Brussels. The group of participants was rather diverse (both in terms of nationality and professional background), leading to a broad outreach (including to non-specialists on the topic) and enabling the group to have rich discussions on the topic, which was approached from various perspectives.
AUEB Partner organized a Roundtable on the EU Defence and Security Policy, Athens, April 2018
The Centre of Excellence of AUEB in collaboration with Europe Direct City of Athens, organized on Friday 20 April 2018, a Roundtable on EU Defence and Security Policy. The keynote address was delivered by General Michail Kostarakos, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee and was followed by a discussion with the participation of Dr. Elena Lazarou (European Parliament Think Tank), Dr. Thanos Dokos (Director General at ELIAMEP) and Professor Panagiotis Tsakonas (University of the Aegean). The event was coordinated by Professor Dimitris Bourantonis (Vice-Rector AUEB) and Associate Professor Spyros Blavoukos (AUEB).
AUEB Partner run the EUN-NET Simulation Game with a special focus on the migration/refugee crisis, 19 March 2018
On 19 March 2018, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) organized an EUN-NET simulation game. Participants, both undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Department of International and European Economic Relations, had the opportunity to reenact a special session of the European Council, which focused on the migration/refugee crisis. Actors involved EU member-states as well as representatives of the EU institutions. The game was run in accordance to the Rules of Procedure of the European Council (2009).
Prof. Karen E. Smith delivers training session on the UK and EU foreign policy, 14 February 2018
On 14 February 2018, Professor Karen E Smith (LSE) delivered a training session on the UK and EU foreign policy to approximately 40 British civil servants. Her session briefed the audience on the framework for EU cooperation on foreign policy and discussed some of the implications for the UK of withdrawing from that framework, including the impact of Brexit on UK diplomacy within the UN. Options for mitigating some of the challenging consequences of Brexit for British diplomacy at the UN were also debated.
‘How Brexit Contributes to the Collapse of Multilateralism’, LSE Public Event, 15 January 2018
On 15 January 2018, LSE hosted a public event on the framework of the EU-funded Jean Monnet Network on EU-UN Relations. Professor Jan Wouters (KU Leuven) was invited to talk about ‘How Brexit Contributes to the Collapse of Multilateralism’. The event was attended by network members, under-graduate and post-graduate students, governmental and civil society stakeholders, as well as members of the general public.
Training Session @ Studienhaus Wiesneck, Freiburg, 23-24 November 2017
Prof Dr Diana Panke organized an academic training session in November 2017 (23rd-24th).
The major emphasis of the academic training session was put on political science research designs and method selection (Prof Panke has a textbook forthcoming on that topic in October 2018 with Sage). The professional training encompassed an introductory lecture, as well as sessions on building and polishing academic CVs, teaching in higher education institutions, how to write funding applications, as well as academic conferences and networking.
In addition to methodology, we had seven substantive sessions, most of which focused on regional actors in external relations, including but not confined to the UN arena. For instance, Ingo Henneberg presented his work on the EU and African regional organizations (ROs) in peace and conflict on the African continent. Franziska Hohlstein works on the role of the EU and African ROs in Coup d’États. Anna Starkmann works on greening regionalism and we discussed the EU and other ROs’ climate change policies in the UNFCCC and beyond. Stefan Lang’s project focuses on post war stability and he elaborated which difference ROs can play in this respect. Julia Gurol presented her work on the EU and China’s foreign policy, which as she observed is shifting from competition towards cooperation in the security domain. Anke Wiedemann sheds light on the EU in a comparative manner, as her research focuses on interregionalism.
Professor Karen Smith (LSE) teaches course on EU-UN Relations at the Athens University of Economics & Business, 2 November 2017
On Thursday, 2 November 2017, Professor Karen Smith was received by Prof. Dimitris Bourantonis and Ass. Prof. Spyros Blavoukos at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). During her visit, she delivered a teaching course on EU-UN relations with specifc focus on the EU’s policy on Human Rights at various UN fora. This teaching visit was foreseen by the Jean Monnet Network work programme and is an integral part of the coordinated teaching activities among the members of the Jean Monnet Network on EU-UN Relations. The course was attended by under-graduate and post-graduate students of the AUEB’s Department of International and European Economic Studies.
Early-career Scholars’ Workshop on EU-UN Relations, Barcelona, 13 September 2017
Within the framework of the Jean Monnet Network on EU-UN relations, the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) succesfully hosted a workshop on 13 September 2017 for pre- and post-doctoral students working in the field of European Union relations with the United Nations System.
The theme of the workshop was The European Union as a Regional Actor in the United Nations System, providing an opportunity for dialogue between three established sub-fields of IR; European Union external action/foreign policy, international organisation and comparative regional studies.
The young scholars presented their early research and received valuable feedback. The presentations focused on EU policy implementation accross the UN system, on third party perceptions of the EU as well as on the issue of sustainability and how the EU addresses it within the UN context.
Jean Monnet Network on EU-UN Relations, Interim Meeting, Barcelona, 13 September 2017
The Jean Monnet Network on EU-UN Relations succesfully held its interim meeting in Barcelona, on September 13, 2017. The meeting was hosted by IBEI and organized by Robert Kissack. The JM Network’s members gathered to address all pending issues, to exchange information on their respective tasks and to plan futur action regarding the Network’s activities and their dissemination to the wider public.
Pilot training session on “EU-UN Negotiation Dynamics”, Athens, 18 April 2017
Within the framework of the Jean Monnet Network on “EU-UN Relations”, a one-day pilot training session on “EU-UN Negotiation Dynamics” was held at the National School of Public Administration and Local Government, in Athens, April 18, 2017. The training session was organized by the AUEB team (Athens University of Economics & Business) and was attended by around 30 students of the departments of Economic and Trade Affairs and International and European Affairs of the National School of Public Administration and Local Government.
EUNNET kick-off meeting, LSE, December 9, 2016
The Network’s kick-off meeting took place in London, on December 9, 2016. In the event, hosted by Prof. Karen Smith (LSE), the partners overviewed the main activities and tasks of their collaboration and decided specific steps in order to achieve their obejctives. Within this respect, the partners further clarified their research, training and dissemination responsibilities.