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Does size matter? Foreign policy lessons from European responses to Covid19 - Podcast from NORTIA roundtable

This video is a recording of the  NORTIA roundtable

Foreign Policy Research in times of Covid-19 Restrictions

Speakers: Niels van Willigen (Leiden University), Magdalena Gora (Jagiellonian University Krakow), Oriol Costa (IBEI Barcelona), Tomas Weiss (Charles University Prague)

Chairs: Heidi Maurer (NORTIA & University of Bristol)

Now available here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz8wL0f87pE&feature=youtu.be

NORTIA online events May/June/July 2020 - update

an updated version of our online exchanges May-June-July 2020 (version: 1 June 2020)

guidance on how to use zoom

"Foreign Policy Research in times of Covid-19 restrictions" - podcast from 1st NORTIA online event

This podcast is a recording of the first NORTIA webinar

Foreign Policy Research in times of Covid-19 Restrictions.

Speakers: Federica Bicchi (EUI/LSE); Carlos Bravo (IBEI); Marianna Lovato(University College Dublin)

Chair: Heidi Maurer (University of Bristol)

Now available here:

https://soundcloud.com/uaces/nortia-foreign-policy-research-in-times-of-covid-19-restrictions/s-uLSi3SKyITc

NORTIA online events May/June 2020

NORTIA newsletter May 2020

Most recent RESOURCES overview

NORTIA aims to support colleagues in their teaching, research and outreach activities about EU foreign policy. in light of the current disruptions due to Covid-19 restrictions, we also want to highlight some of the resources that are freely available on our website:

  • Recordings from joint IIEA/NORTIA practitioner-academic about “The Security and Defence of Small European States: Challenges, Options and Strategies” organised by Ben Tonra (UCD)

Seminar 1 - Briefing paper “European Security Threats” by Clodagh Quain (IIEA) and Ben Tonra (UCD) synthesising the main lessons learnt during this seminar; supported by Blog posts

by Kristi Raik: Balancing Weights: A view from the Baltics

by Declan Power: Mapping Threats and Models: An Irish Review

by Alexander Kmentt: The Geostrategic Challenge and the Small State: An Austrian Perspective

 

Seminar 2 - Briefing paper “The Contribution of Small States to European Security and Defence” by Clodagh Quain (IIEA) and Ben Tonra (UCD) synthesising the main lessons learnt during this seminar; supported by Blog posts by

Hanna Ojanen: Small states contribution to security and defence: the Finnish way

Nick Witney: The Small State Advantage

Niklas Granholm: The Problems of Mortgaging Détente: The case of Sweden

Seminar 3 - Briefing paper Strategy Building for Small States in European Security and Defence by Clodagh Quain (IIEA) and Ben Tonra (UCD) synthesising the main lessons learnt; Blog posts by

Daniel Fiott: Small can be beautiful … in defence

Heidi Maurer: When ‛small’ translates as a lack of vision and action

Sven Biscop: Small States Thinking Big

  • "What role for the High Representative post 2019", with Ana Zacarias, State Secretary of European Affairs from Portugal, David O ́Sullivan (former EU ambassador to the US), Ben Tonra (University College Dubin), and Jost-Henrik Morgenstern (University of Birmingham), chaired by Heidi Maurer. The video-recording of this roundtable is now available on youtube and as UACES podcast.

  • NORTIA 2019 guest lectures at the University of Leiden about EU politics and EU foreign policy

Decision Making in the European Union - Dr Heidi Maurer (LSE), 25 April 2018

EU migration policy in crisis - Dr Natasja Reslow (Maastricht University), 30 April 2018

Differentiated Integration: the future of Europe? - Dr Heidi Maurer (LSE), 7 May 2018

Brexit: where are we now? - Prof Richard Whitman (University of Kent), 9 May 2018

The EU´s relations with Russia - Dr Tom Casier (University of Kent Brussels), 14 May 2018

The European Parliament: What? How? Why bother? - Dr Kolja Raube (KU Leuven), 18 April 2018

Winners of NORTIA student essay competition

NORTIA is  delighted to announce the winners of our Student Essay Competition on “50 years of European foreign policy cooperation”

The winners of our NORTIA student competition 2020 are

Patricia Senge and Mathias Weidinger

with their essay

MEPs’ Receptiveness to Third Country Interests in the Framework of ACP-EU Parliamentary Diplomacy.

Patricia Senge (Maastricht University / University of Oxford) researches European foreign policy, particularly European human rights relations with China. She holds a Bachelor in European Studies from Maastricht University. After interning at the Asia-Europe Foundation in Singapore she assisted the German Human Rights Council team as a political trainee at the United Nations in Geneva. Currently, she is pursuing her Master degree in European Politics at the University of Oxford.

Mathias Weidinger (Maastricht University & UNU-MERIT) researches how people respond to adversities such as poverty, climate change, hazardous working conditions or political upheaval. He holds a Bachelor in European Studies from Maastricht University and is currently finalising his Research Master in Economics as well as his MSc in Public Policy (Social Protection)  in Maastricht. His thesis investigates the effects of global warming on agricultural child labour incidence and household welfare in rural Nigeria.

We congratulate our winners to this achievement!

We also  congratulate the following two candidates, whose essays have been selected to be published via the NORTIA website:

Silvia Molino (UCL) for her essay “Geo-Economics the European Way: A Qualitative Analysis of the EU’s Strategy: Connecting Europe and Asia”.

Silvia holds a Masters degree in European Politics & Policy from University College London (UCL). Here, she focused on geo-economics and the identity of the European Union as an international actor, with emphasis on the trade-foreign policy nexus and policy coherence within the Union’s External Action. Silvia is also particularly interested in the impact of Brexit on the sense of European identity of EU nationals, a topic on which she conducted original research as part of her undergraduate thesis. Silvia currently works as a Public Affairs and Strategic Communications analyst in London.

Mirai Neumann (KU Leuven) for her work on “EU’s external cultural diplomacy vis- à-vis Japan: The Implementation of European External Cultural Policy by the EU Delegation to Japan compared to the External Cultural Policy of Germany”.

   

Mirai Neumann graduated from the KU Leuven with a Master degree in European Studies, where she was particularly interested in European cultural policy and European foreign policy. She holds two Bachelor degrees from the University of Heidelberg, namely in Ethnology and East-Asian Studies. After interning at the European Court of Auditors, she is currently working in the European Parliament as an parliamentary assistant.

The Security and Defence of Small European States - joint IIEA/NORTIA seminar 3

The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin, in cooperation with NORTIA, organised the first of three seminars in Dublin about "The Security and Defence of Small European States", under the leadership of Prof Ben Tonra.

Three contributors summarised their main arguments also in blogposts, which are now available online:

Daniel Fiott: Small can be beautiful … in defence

Dr. Heidi Maurer: When ‛small’ translates as a lack of vision and action

Dr. Sven Biscop: Small States Thinking Big

The Security and Defence of Small European States - joint IIEA/NORTIA seminar 2

The Institute of International and European Affairs, in cooperation with NORTIA, organised the first of three seminars in Dublin about "The Security and Defence of Small European States", under the leadership of Prof Ben Tonra.

Three contributors summarised their main arguments also in a blogpost, which is now available online:

Hanna Ojanen: Small states contribution to security and defence: the Finnish way - blog post 

Nick Witney: The Small State Advantage - blog post

Niklas Granholm: The Problems of Mortgaging Détente: The case of Sweden - blog post 

Listen to the session on soundcloud via this podcast.

Watch they keynote by Nick Witney on youtube here.

Watch the contributions by Hanna Ojanen and Niklas Granhom on youtube here.


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