Apr 20, 2021, 9:00 am10:00 am
Open To Public
Event Description

On 20 April 2021, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe, in cooperation with the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, will hold a webinar to launch the 'fresh from the press' textbook The External Action of the European Union – Concepts, Approaches, Theories

The webinar is open to the public, registration is required before Monday 19 April (8:00)


The book will be briefly introduced by its editors, Professor Sieglinde GSTÖHL and Professor Simon SCHUNZ, Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies.

The floor will then be opened for a Q&A session with the speakers.


Andrew MORAVCSIK, Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Director of the European Union Programme at Princeton University as well as Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, will then – based on his contribution (with Cassandra EMMONS) to the book – present how Liberal Intergovernmentalism as ‘baseline’ theory of European integration and policy-making can be used to explain EU external action.

Karen E. SMITH, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, will act as a discussant.

Book Synopsis

The External Action of the European Union – Concepts, Approaches, Theories is a groundbreaking new textbook offering an extensive coverage of EU External Action Studies, from its major concepts to the key theories in the field. Over the past decades, the European Union has progressively developed into a significant global actor in an increasing number of policy fields. This long-awaited volume looks into different ways of conceptualizing the EU as a global actor, the processes and impact of EU external action, explanations offered by IR and integration theories, the discursive, normative, practice and gender ‘turns’, and the ‘decentring agenda’ for EU external action. Written by leading experts, the volume will make essential reading for students, scholars and practitioners of EU external action.