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OCEU 2210 - The EU and the World's New Disorder

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course provides an entry point in the current debates on the changing features of the international system, the strategies of key powers to adapt to an uncertain environment and the role of the European Union (EU) in a new global context. It therefore connects the study of EU foreign policy with the analysis of global trends and the power strategies of others. The course offers an overview of the long-term trends shaping international affairs and of the different assessments of their implications for the stability or erosion of the international system. This analysis provides the stepping stone to illustrate the strategic debate taking place in major powers, as they seek to pursue their interests and normative conceptions in a simultaneously more connected and more contested world. The course also addresses the distinctive features of the EU as an international actor and different arguments on the place and role of the EU in the new world disorder.


GREVI, Giovanni (Senior fellow, European Policy Center)

Pedagogical format

This course will include interactive lessons where students' critical contribution to debates will be strongly encouraged. Students will be required to select concrete case studies within the topics of their final papers and to present their interim findings in dedicated sessions, with a view to receive feedback from the lecturer and fellow students.

Course validation

Students will be evaluated based on :
- Their active participation in debates in class 10% ;
- The oral presentation of their paper 30% ;
- The final paper 60%.


Students are expected to read required readings in advance of each session and to deliver a final paper no longer than 2000 words (excluding references) at the end of the semester.

Required reading

  • Global Trends: Paradox of Progress, National Intelligence Council, January 2017, pp. 5-28
  • G.J. Ikenberry, Liberal Leviathan, Princeton University Press, 2011, pp. 333-360
  • W. Russel Mead, The Return of Geopolitics – The Revenge of the Revisionist Powers, Foreign Affairs, Vol. 94, Issue 3, May/June 2014, pp. 69-79
  • Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe. A Global Strategy for the European Union's Foreign and Security Policy, June 2016
  • J.S. Nye, The Future of Power, Public Affairs, pp. 3-24