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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 2018-2019

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 to and a more in-depth analysis of the way in (and the extent to) which the EU addresses the main challenges to European security. The module provides 1) a historical overview; 2) a broad survey of the institutional landscape and security architecture in Europe; and especially 3) a balanced analysis of the main issues involved, with a focus on recent and emerging challenges. It also aims at stimulating the students to discuss specific themes related to institutional, thematic, or geographic aspects of the Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy, Common Security and Defence Policy 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 EU's (and in part NATO's) action to tackle security challenges over the past decades, its main critical junctures and also complex machinery. Special attention will also be paid to the recent and emerging security threats faced by Europe. The second part of the course will consist of seminars based on students' presentations, on topics to be agreed with the instructors.


  • LONARDO, Luigi (Etudiant PHD)
  • MISSIROLI, Antonio (Assistant Secretary General)

Pedagogical format

The first part of the module will consist of traditional lectures by Antonio Missiroli 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. The second part of the module will consist of seminars, led by Luigi Lonardo, focused on thematic or geographical issues, based on students' groups presentations.

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 group presentation in the second part, on a topic agreed with the instructors.

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
  • Keukeleire, S., Delreux, T.: The Foreign Policy of the European Union, Palgrave MacMillan, 2014

Plans de cours et bibliographies

  • Session 1: Setting the stage: introduction and overview; the postwar settlement in Europe (1945-1989)
  • Session 2: The post-Cold War security architecture (NATO/OSCE/UN) in Europe; the new challenges
  • Session 3: From CFSP to ESDP: the Balkans and beyond; the European Security Strategy
  • Session 4: The Lisbon Treaty blueprint; NATO’s adaptation
  • Session 5: New security challenges, from the Arab Spring to Ukraine; the EU Global Strategy
  • Session 6: Emerging issues: terrorism, migration, ‘hybrid’ operations and cyberattacks
  • Sessions 7-12: Seminars with group presentations

Biographical Information

Antonio Missiroli: Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Emerging Security Challenges.
Previously, Director of the European Institute of Security Studies (2012-17); Adviser at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European Commission (2010-12); Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre (2005-10) in Brussels; and Research Fellow at the W/EUISS (1998-2005)
Lecturer at the College of Europe (since 2011) and SAIS-Bologna Center (2009-12)
PhD in Contemporary History from the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa); Master in International Public Policy, SAIS/Johns Hopkins; MA in Contemporary History, University of Pisa.