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KINT 4980 - The EU's foreign, security and defence policy : genesis, evolution, potential and limits

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies


None in particular.

Course Description

The course offers both a general introduction and a more in-depth approach to the way in (and the extent to) which the EU operates (or not) in international security and the wider world. It is meant to provide a) a comprehensive historical overview; 2) a basic assessment of the main academic approaches in the existing literature; and especially 3) a balanced analysis of the main issues involved. It also aims at stimulating the students to discuss specific themes related to institutional or geographic aspects of the Union's CFSP, CSDP and related fields. While giving them a ‘flavour' of how policy is actually made in Brussels and the member states' capitals. The first part of the course will briefly focus on the genesis and evolution of Europe's external action over the past decades, its main critical junctures and also complex machinery. Attention will also be paid to the facets of the EU's presence in the world that are deemed relevant for the subject matter. The last part of the course will focus more on specific policy areas – be they geographical regions (from the neighbourhood to further East, South and West), multilateral bodies or functional schemes, including peace missions and operations.


  • LONARDO, Luigi (Etudiant PHD)
  • MISSIROLI, Antonio (Journaliste)

Pedagogical format

Traditional lectures but with open interaction between the lecturer and the students. Inasmuch as possible, each class will start with a short discussion/review of relevant current events and developments. One or two guest speakers may be invited to make presentations in the second part of the course.

Course validation

The assessment of students' performance will be based on two main elements: a mid-term take-home written exam based on the lectures given, the slides and the other materials used in class; and a final written essay on a relevant topic addressed in the second part of the course and agreed with the instructor.


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

Required reading

Missiroli, A. (ed): The EU and the World: Players and Policies Post-Lisbon, EUISS, Paris, 2016 (downloadable for free from

Additional required reading

  • Hill, C., Smith, M., Vanhoonacker, S. (eds): International Relations and the European Union, Oxford UP, 2017, II ed
  • Balfour, R. et al. (eds): The European External Action Service and Nationbal Foreign Ministries: Convergence or Divergence?, Ashgate, 2015
  • Missiroli, A. (ed): Towards an EU Global Strategy: Background, Process, References, EUISS, 2015
  • Howorth, J.: Security and Defence Policy in the European Union, Palgrave, 2014, II ed

Plans de cours et bibliographies

  • Session 1: Setting the stage: what we talk about when we talk about EU ‘foreign policy’ and external action
  • Session 2: The postwar settlement and the Cold War era: the two (EC, NATO) and a half (WEU) ‘boxes’
  • Session 3: The challenges of the post-Cold War era: operational, political, institutional
  • Session 4: The challenges of a common foreign policy at 28
  • Session 5: The European Commission as an external actor
  • Session 6: From EPC to CFSP: the Maastricht arrangement From CFSP to ESDP: The Balkans and beyond
  • Session 7: From CFSP to ESDP: the Balkans and beyond
  • Session 8: From ESDP to CSDP: from the ESS to the Lisbon arrangement
  • Session 9: The challenges of implementation: the EEAS and the multi-hatted HR/VP
  • Session 10: EU missions and operations since 2003-I
  • Session 11: EU missions and operations since 2003-II
  • Session 12: The EU Global Strategy and its implementation

The readings given above apply to all lectures – further details will be given each week as appropriate