In this lecture, Nathalie Tocci will address the role of the EU in global politics. Specifically, she will talk about the EU’s journey towards a comprehensive foreign and security strategy, the so-called EU Global Strategy of which she is the lead pen-holder.

What should be the European Union’s role in international politics? How should the EU deal with the challenges posed by instability, terrorism, radicalization and war to the South and the East? Can the EU’s commitment to democratization, human rights and international law be upheld or does it require rethinking and reorientation? The governments of the member states have asked the EU High Representative and Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, to address these questions in a Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS). Days after the British citizens voted to leave the EU, Mogherini presented her strategy to the governments of the member states.

Nathalie Tocci, lead pen-holder of the EU Global Strategy, will trace the EU’s journey to the EUGS, explaining the key features in terms of the context, the process, the content and the follow-up. In what way did the fundamentally deteriorated security context in 2016 shape the foreign goals of the EU as outlined in the EUGS? How did such context impinge upon the process used to devise a new strategy? And what have been the implications for the EU’s action following the publication of the EUGS since the summer of 2016.

About the speaker

Nathalie Tocci is Special Advisor to the EU High Representative Frederica Mogherini and in charge of the coordination of work on the EU Global Strategy. She is also Deputy Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, and Editor of The International Spectator. Her major publications include Turkey and the European Union, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (co-author); and Multilateralism in the 21st century, London and New York, Routledge, 2013 (co-editor).

A recent interview with Nathalie Tocci in The Progressive Post could serve as an introduction to the topic and speaker.

About the ‘Visions of Europe’ series

An internet search of ‘Europe + crisis’ results in approximately 384,000,000 hits: the Eurozone Crisis, the Refugee Crisis, the Economic Crisis, or even an Identity and Legitimacy Crisis. And every time we think one crisis is well and truly over, the next one seems to present itself.

How should we interpret these crises – are they a sign of a failing European integration process, and Europe’s global decline? Or is there, beyond all the doom and gloom, reason to look forward with some optimism, and if so what is the way to go? This is the context for a series of lectures by prominent international speakers in ACCESS EUROPE’s ‘Visions of Europe’ lecture series, staged at SPUI25.


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