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

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



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.


  • CRISTOFARI, Damien J. (Conseiller MAE)
  • POPESCU, Nicu (Chercheur)
  • RAZAALY, Irchad (Chef de la division Afrique de l'Ouest)

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 (