skip to primary navigationskip to content
 

'The EU in international security after Brexit: New paths for Europe?'

last modified Jan 26, 2019 12:21 PM
During a workshop at Robinson College on 13 and 14 December 2018 participants explored new paths for the EU in international security and cooperation after Brexit. The workshop was organised by Geoffrey Edwards, Vlado Kmec and Sebastian Steingass and supported by the DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO) and by the European Centre @POLIS

Workshop: The EU in international security after Brexit

During a workshop at Robinson College on 13 and 14 December 2018, participants explored new paths for the EU in international security and cooperation after Brexit. The workshop was organised by Geoffrey Edwards, Vlado Kmec and Sebastian Steingass and supported by the DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO) and by the European Centre @POLIS. The organisers also wish to thank Dr Julie Smith and Robinson College Cambridge for their support.

 

Outline

Concerns about Europe’s security have raised questions about the capability of the European Union as a security actor, both domestically and internationally. The EU has responded through various measures, including the coordination of border management, peacebuilding and development cooperation. At the same time, distrust among member states has surged and Brexit has further contributed to doubts about the EU’s credibility as a relevant security actor. Yet, while Brexit will likely lead to funding cuts in relevant sectors, the UK’s departure is also seen by some as an opportunity for the EU to move towards more integration.

The workshop participants addressed these open questions in research sessions over two days. Central themes were European defence, internal challenges to the cohesion of the EU, the potential securitisation of EU policies and the implications of Brexit for EU security and cooperation policies. We also asked participants to reflect on the role of Germany. Germany has been increasingly called upon to become more involved in the EU’s responses to crises and conflicts as well as to assume more responsibilities. With Brexit, Germany is more than ever expected to reach to new partners for cooperation, especially with Central-Eastern European countries.

The research programme was complemented by a roundtable discussion and two keynote addresses. Participants in the roundtable reflected on recent developments in EU foreign policy and what they imply for European integration. The keynote addresses were open to everyone. Prof Richard Whitman presented an outlook for the future EU-UK relationship in foreign and security policy whereas Prof Karen Smith discussed the implications of Brexit for multilateralism more generally. The programme offered valuable time for networking among the participants, which has been a key objective of this project.

For more information about the DAAD-Cambridge Hub see also here.
DAAD Cambridge logo

 

RSS Feed Latest news

'The EU in international security after Brexit: New paths for Europe?'

Jan 17, 2019

During a workshop at Robinson College on 13 and 14 December 2018 participants explored new paths for the EU in international security and cooperation after Brexit. The workshop was organised by Geoffrey Edwards, Vlado Kmec and Sebastian Steingass and supported by the DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO) and by the European Centre @POLIS

'The EU in international security and cooperation after Brexit' with Karen E. Smith and Richard Whitman

Nov 30, 2018

Finishing the year with another highlight, the European Centre invites you to a debate with Prof Karen E. Smith (LSE) and Prof Richard Whitman (University of Kent) on Friday, 14 December, at 3pm. Together with our very own Geoffrey Edwards, they will discuss the future of EU-UK relations in international security and cooperation after Brexit. The event will take place in room S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road. All welcome.

'Why should One care about European Elections in the post-Brexit European Union?' by Donatella M. Viola (University of Calabria)

Nov 28, 2018

Join us for your next European Centre event on Thursday, 29 November 2018, at 1pm. Donatella M. Viola (University of Calabria) will speak on 'Why should One care about European Elections in the post-Brexit European Union?' The event will be held in Room S2 in the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

View all news

« August 2019 »
August
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Tweets by EuropeanCentre@POLIS