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OCEU 2115 - The European Union and its Neighborhoods: Stabilisation, Democratisation and Integration

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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For students not yet familiar with the EU, its institutions and how they work, its competences and its external policies, it is imperative to acquire the basic knowledge before the course. Documentation can be found on-line at:!bY34KD. A recommended guide to the EU institutions ‘How the European Union works', available on this website. Also ‘Enlargement of the European Union'. All EU official documents which will be used during the course can be found on the following websites: European Commission, European Union External Action Service.

Course Description

The course will explore the nature of EU's relationships with its neighbors, the stakes and challenges of the EU strategy vis à vis three groups of neighbors: countries which belong to the enlargement policy (Western Balkans), countries concerned by the EU Neighborhood policy (“Eastern partnership”, and Southern/Mediterranean ENP) and an in-between case: Turkey. The course will address the changing nature of the center-periphery relations and the difficult adaptation of EU policies to unstable environments where geopolitics has often been ignored and where powerful external actors challenge the EU role and influence. The course will in particular examine the EU response to the migrations crisis, security threats, economic crisis and their impact in the politics and public opinion in the EU. In the context of these changes, the course will also question the assumptions behind the EU's ‘transformative power' as exemplified in particular by difficult transitions in the Western Balkans, in the Ukraine or in Tunisia. Our motto: The test of EU's role as an international actor starts in its immediate neighborhood.

The course will seek after a balance between political science concepts and practice/policy, thanks also to the complementarity between the two lecturers.


  • MIREL, Pierre (Directeur pour les BALKANS, Commission européenne)
  • RUPNIK, Jacques (Directeur de recherche)

Pedagogical format

Classes will be interactive: an introductory lecture by the professors along the course outline topics followed by discussion and students presentations. The aim is to enrich students' knowledge of EU neighbourhood policies and help them to acquire useful professional skills.

Course validation

The evaluation will be based on the following assignments:
an oral presentation on subjects proposed for each session (see Course outline) 40%;
a readings' short report (of a course related book or article) or a lessons' short report 10%;
and an essay on a course related subject (to be agreed with the lecturers) to be delivered at the end of the semester, 50% grade.

For the oral presentations: the lecturers expect students to indicate their choice at the first session, so as to facilitate the planning and to allow time for preparation. These presentations are meant also to training in real-life situations.

Required reading

  • Jacques Rupnik (sous la direction de): Géopolitique de la démocratisation, l'Europe et ses voisinages. Les Presses de Sciences Po, 2014
  • J.Rupnik « Surging Illiberalism in the East » Journal of Democracy, October 2016, Volume 27, Number 4
  • European commission: A credible enlargement perspective and an Enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans. COM(2018)65 final, 6 February 2018.
  • Pierre Mirel: The Western Balkans: between stabilisation and integration in the European Union. Fondation Robert Schuman, European issues, n°459, January 2018
  • Pierre Mirel: European Union-Turkey: from an illusory membership to a ‘privileged partnership'. Fondation Robert Schuman, European issues n°437, June 2017

Additional required reading

  • EEAS : Shared vision, common action: a stronger Europe; A global strategy for the EU's Foreign and Security policy, June 2016
  • Michael Emerson: Trade policy in the wider Europe, CEPS Working documents, n° 398, July 2014
  • I.Krastev, M.Leonard: The new European disorder, European Council on Foreign relations, 2015
  • Attila Agh: The ‘securization' of the EaP policy in the EU: the external Europeanization in the wider Europe, Journal of Comparative policies, 2016, 9 (1)

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