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01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic priority

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This seminar will address and analyse the European Union’s relations with its eastern and southern neighbours and discuss EU-neighbourhood dynamics since 2003/4. Taking into account that the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) – providing the framework in which relations take place – is considered to be the EU’s most important foreign policy approach, the seminar will be embedded in the EU Global Strategy’s (EUGS) objective to building societal and state resilience in the EU neighbourhood. Besides this focus on resilience, both the ENP and the EUGS emphasise flexibility, differentiated bilateralism, local ownership, comprehensiveness and principled pragmatism. The seminar offers a space that takes issue with these objectives and examines and discusses the extent to which they underpin and affect the practical implementation of the ENP and its overarching goal of creating an area of peace, prosperity and stability in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, the Maghreb and the Mashreq. With a view to contextualise the evolution of the focus on resilience in EU foreign policy, the seminar will also provide participants with a critical overview of the origins, structure and objectives of the three editions of the ENP (2003/4; 2011; 2015) and its sub-regional components, i.e. the Eastern Partnership (EaP) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). This is complemented by an analysis of some concrete empirical cases from the EU’s eastern and southern neighbourhood that will be linked with contemporary debates on the EU ‘s alleged normative power, its role as a (potential or self-proclaimed) conflict resolution actor, and the politics of Association Agreements.

Speakers

Chair, European Neighbourhood Policy, European Interdisciplinary Studies Department, College of Europe, Warsaw Chair
Former Executive Secretary-General, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels Chair

Prof. Dr. Tobias SCHUMACHER

Chair, European Neighbourhood Policy, European Interdisciplinary Studies Department, College of Europe, Warsaw

2005-2009 Advisor, European Commission and EU member states' foreign ministries on security and democracy-related matters
2005-2009 Director of Research and Key Expert, Euro - Mediterranean Study Commission, Lisbon, Portugal & Brussels, Belgium
2009-2012 Senior Research Associate, Center for International Studies at the Lisbon University Institute
since 2012 Chairholder, European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, College of Europe, Natolin campus, Warsaw, Poland
since 2016 John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies

Pierre VIMONT

Former Executive Secretary-General, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels

 Education
 - Bachelor's degree in law
 - Graduate of the Institute of Political Studies, Paris
 - Graduate of the National School of Administration (ENA), 1977
 
 Career
1975-1977 National School of Administration (ENA)
1977-1981 Second, then first Secretary, at the Embassy of France in London
1981-1985 Spokesman at the Information and Press Office, French Foreign Ministry, Paris
1985-1986 Institute for East-West Security, New York
1986-1990 Second Counsellor, Permanent Representation of France to the European Communities, Brussels
1990-1993 Chief of Staff of the Minister Delegate for European affairs, French Foreign Ministry, Paris
1993-1996 Director for Scientific and Technical Cooperation, Department for Cultural, Scientific and Technical Relations, French Foreign Ministry, Paris
1996-1997 Deputy Director General for Cultural, Scientific and Technical Relations, French Foreign Ministry, Paris
1997-1999 Director for European Cooperation, Department of European and Economic Affairs, French Foreign Ministry, Paris
1999-2002 Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the European Union, Brussels
2002-2007 Chief of Staff of the Minister of Foreign affairs, French Foreign Ministry, Paris
2007-2010 Ambassador of France to the United States of America, Washington

Seminar Week

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15.08.2018

17:00 - 17:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
17:30 - 18:30Opening speechesPlenary
19:00 - 20:30Presentation of the seminarsPlenary

16.08.-21.08.2018

Seminar 01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic prioritySeminar
Seminar 02: Digital transformation: Opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilienceSeminar
Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societiesSeminar
Seminar 04: The approaching climate shocks - Resilience and diversity in climate changeSeminar
Seminar 05: Resilience and development policySeminar
Seminar 06: Precision medicine and it's impact on our evolutionSeminar
Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspectiveSeminar
Seminar 08: How resilient to disturbances are ecosystem services?Seminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: What can religions contribute to social justice?Seminar
Seminar 11: European Security - Moving towards resilience?Seminar
Seminar 12: Urban resilience to environmental challengesSeminar
Seminar 13: Mission to Mars - Education for changeSeminar
Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: A resource for individual and communal resilienceSeminar
Seminar 15: Seminar 15: Philosophy of rights through the ages: AI from ethicalSeminar
Seminar 16: Microbiome diversity vs. microbiological control and the risk from resilient microbesSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive Rights - Children by choice not chanceSeminar
Seminar 19: Spoken word poetry: The power of languageSeminar
Seminar 20: Why is it called a play?Seminar
Seminar 21: Warrior of the Heart - DojoSeminar

16.08.2018

19:00 - 20:00Global Muckraking: a guest lecture by Anya Schiffrin on investigative journalismPlenary