“The European Union in International Affairs III”
The United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) will co-organize, with the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB), the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB), and Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations, a conference on the European Union in international affairs in Brussels on 3–5 May 2012.
This multidisciplinary conference will provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas among the growing number of scholars that take an interest in understanding the role of the EU in the world in diverse policy fields (including environment, energy, information society, freedom and security, finance, security and defence, etc). This includes the debate concerning the EU as an international actor and the dynamic interplay between the EU, its member states, other regions and external partners in a multipolar/multilateral world. It may include topical issues such as the European response to the upheavals in the Middle East, European foreign policy post-Lisbon, the external effects of the Eurozone crisis, the EU’s role in global governance, and the international implications of the return of nationalism as a political force on the European continent.
The conference covers all relevant disciplines and sub-disciplines, including international and European law, international political economy, economics, political science, international relations and history. It will also continue to foster exchange between the scientific and the policy communities, especially through keynote addresses by senior policy makers and a number of policy-link events featuring academics as well as policy makers.
For more information, see the upcoming events page on the UNU-CRIS website.