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KINT 4975 - EU Approaches to Security : Global Strategy and Regional Issues

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies



Course Description

This course is collectively offered by the EU Institute for Security Studies. It provides a general introduction to how the European Union fits into a polycentric world by looking into EU's security approaches to a number of crucial foreign partners, countries and issues. The course is meant to provide 1) a comprehensive historical overview; 2) a broad assessment of the main academic approaches in the existing literature; and 3) an analysis of the major security issues involved. It also aims at stimulating the students to address specific security themes related to how the EU fits into a rapidly changing world and how it interacts with multiple power centres and players. The course will start with an introduction to the EU Global Strategy of 2016 and how the EU sees it global foreign policy role, coupled with a broad overview of how EU foreign policy ‘works'. It will then delve into key countries or regional security issues which are of a strategic relevance for the EU. Attention will be paid to the state of EU's interaction and security relations with the US and NATO, the UN and the AU, Russia and the post-Soviet space, the Middle East and North Africa as well as China and the Far East. Global migrations and EU policy responses to regional vectors will also be addressed. On this basis, four sessions will subsequently be devoted to students' presentations (collective or individual, depending on the topics and the number of students enrolled) under the supervision of the relevant experts who will comment on the presentations and give feedback, with a view also to the preparation of individual research papers.


  • GAUB, Florence M. (Chercheur)
  • MISSIROLI, Antonio (Journaliste)
  • PARKES, Roderick (Senior Analyst)
  • PEJSOVA, Eva (Analyste politique)
  • POPESCU, Nicu (Chercheur)
  • TARDY, Thierry (Conseiller)

Pedagogical format

The course will be delivered by the Director and the Analysts of the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS, Each of them will make one or two presentations, and run one of the students' led sessions. The first eight sessions will be formal lectures, with open interaction between the lecturer and the students. The following four sessions will be run by the students who will make group presentations on a theme agreed with the lecturers. The last session will conclude the course.

Course validation

The assessment of students' performance will be based on the assessment of the oral presentation (40%), a written paper (40%), and class participation (20%). The Course will count 24 students as a tentative maximum.


More details about occasional supplementary readings will be given in class.

Required reading

  • A Handbook – The EU and the world: players and policies post-Lisbon, Edited by A. Missiroli, EUISS, Paris, 2017 (
  • The European Security Strategy, 2003
  • The EU Global Strategy, 2016
  • Towards an EU Global Strategy. Background, process, references. Edited by A. Missiroli, EUISS, Paris, 2015 (
  • After the EU Global Strategy – Building resilience. Edited by F. Gaub and N. Popescu, EUISS, Paris, 2017 (

Plans de cours et bibliographies

Séance 1: European Union’s Global Strategy – Antonio Missiroli
Required readings:

  • The European Security Strategy, 2003
  • The EU Global Strategy, 2016

Recommended readings:

  • Towards an EU Global Strategy: consulting the experts, EUISS, Paris 2016.
  • Towards an EU Global Strategy. Background, process, references. Edited by A. Missiroli, EUISS, Paris, 2015 (
  • After the EU Global Strategy – Building resilience. Edited by F. Gaub and N. Popescu, EUISS, Paris, 2017 (

Séance 2: The EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP): Achievements and Limitations – Thierry Tardy
Required readings:

Recommended readings:

  • Towards an EU Global Strategy. Background, process, references. Edited by A. Missiroli, EUISS, Paris, 2015 (
  • Jolyon Howorth, Security and Defence Policy in the European Union, 2nd ed., Palgrave, 2014.
  • Sven Biscop and Richard Whitman (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of European Security, London, Routledge, 2012.
  • Giovanni Grevi et al. (eds.), ESDP: The First Ten Years (1999-2009), EUISS, Paris, 2009.

Séance 3: Partnering with the UN and the African Union: What division of labour in African crisis management? – Thierry Tardy
Required readings: 

  • T. Tardy and J. Koops, “The United Nations’ Inter-organizational Relations in Peacekeeping” in J. Koops, N. MacQueen, T. Tardy et P. Williams (eds.), The Oxford Handbook on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, Oxford University Press, 2015, pp.60-77.
  • T. Tardy, "The EU and Africa: a changing security partnership", Brief No.5, EUISS, Paris, 2016.

Recommended readings

  • “Strengthening the UN-EU Strategic Partnership on Peacekeeping and Crisis Management: Priorities 2015-2018”, EEAS, European Union, Brussels, 27 March 2015.
  • "Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel", European Union, 2011.
  • Alexander Mattelaer and Esther Marijnen, "EU Peacekeeping in Africa: Towards an Indirect Approach", in T. Tardy and M. Wyss (eds.), Peacekeeping in Africa: The evolving security architecture, Abingdon: Routledge, 2014, pp. 54-72.

Séance 4: The EU and security issues in East Asia – Eva Pejsova
Required readings:

Recommended readings:

Séance 5: Security issues in EU-Russia relations - Nicu Popescu
Required readings:

  • Hiski Haukkala, “From Cooperative to Contested Europe? The Conflict in Ukraine as a Culmination of a Long-Term Crisis in EU–Russia Relations”, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 2015, pp. 23:1, 25-40.
  • Stanislav Secrieru, ”Have EU Sanctions Changed Russian Behaviour in Ukraine?” in Iana Dreyer and Jose Luengo-Cabrera (eds.) On target? EU Sanctions as Security Policy Tools, EUISS, 2015.
  • Nicu Popescu and Hiski Haukkala,: Read the ‘Intro’ on pages 7-11 and Chapter 8: The Future of EU-Russia Relations’ pp. 69-74 in Russian Futures: Horizons 2025, EUISS Report, 2016.

Recommended readings:

Séance 6: The EU and its Southern Neighbours – Florence Gaub
Required readings:

  • Judith Kelley, “New Wine in Old Wineskins: Promoting Political Reforms through the New European Neighbourhood Policy”, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol.44, No.1, 2006, pp. 29–55.
  • Volker Perthes, “Europe and the Arab Spring”, Survival, Dec. 2011-Jan. 2012, Vol.53, No. 6.

Recommended readings:

  • Florence Gaub, “The EU and Libya and the Art of the Possible”, The International Spectator, Vol. 49, Iss.3, 2014.
  • Edward Burke, “Running into the Sand: The EU's faltering response to the Arab Revolutions”, Centre for European Reform, Dec. 2013.
  • Bichara Khader, L’Europe pour la Méditerranée : de Barcelone à Barcelone (1995-2008), CERMAC L’Harmattan, 2009.
  • Haifa Jawad, Euro-Arab relations: a study in collective diplomacy, Ithaca Press, 1992.

Séance 7: The EU and migration policies
Required readings:

Recommended readings:

Séance 8: Student Presentation on CSDP, UN and African Union

Séance 9: Student Presentations on EU-Russia relations

Séance 10: Student Presentations on the Southern neighbourhood

Séance 11: Student Presentations on the EU and migration issues

Séance 12: Student Presentations on East Asia and closure of the course

Biographical Information

Dr Antonio Missiroli is the Director of European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Paris
Dr Thierry Tardy, Dr Nicu Popescu, Dr Florence Gaub, Dr Eva Pejsova and Dr Roderick Parkes are Senior Analysts at the EUISS.