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The Europe in the World programme scrutinises the impact of a changing international system on Europe and probes how the EU and its member states can leverage their untapped potential to advance their interests and values on a regional and global level. It thus examines the EU’s relations with major powers, such as the United States, China, and Russia, and how Europe can contribute to a rules-based global order. Secondly, the programme focuses on the role of the EU in fostering reform, resilience and stability in neighbouring regions and looks closely at developments in Turkey and Ukraine, among other countries. Thirdly, the programme examines how the EU can strengthen its security in the face of terrorism, violent extremism, as well as hybrid and cyber threats. It also seeks to advance the debate on Europe’s defence policy.


Foreign policy / COMMENTARY
History matters for the EU’s geopolitical ambitions
By Fraser Cameron , Shada Islam - 15/07/2021
Six years later, the need for the Iran nuclear deal is as strong as ever
By Amanda Paul , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia - 14/07/2021
Biden and Putin on a tightrope, Europe on the sidelines
By Amanda Paul , Ivano di Carlo - 29/06/2021


Georgia / OP-ED
Thirteen years on – 20% of Georgia is still occupied by Russia
Amanda Paul and Iana Maisuradze wrote an op-ed on the current situation in Georgia 13 years after the 2008 war. You can read it here

Thirteen years on – 20% of Georgia is still occupied by Russia
06 August 2021 - ,
Ukraine / QUOTE
Dangerous debt: China lends money to Ukraine with strings attached
Amanda Paul is quoted in the Kyiv Post's article entitled "Dangerous debt: China lends money to Ukraine with strings attached". You can read it here.

05 August 2021 - ,
Kyiv Post
Democracy / OP-ED
Democracia antecipatória: um paradigma de governança para o século XXI
Ricardo Borges de Castro's EPC commentary on anticipatory democracy was republished by the Portuguese newspaper Público. You can read the piece here (in Portuguese).

09 July 2021 - ,

Security & defence / PODCAST

NATO Summit wrap-up: The road to 2030
This episode takes a closer look at the outcome of the NATO summit and the implications for EU-NATO cooperation and the transatlantic relationship, and how the Alliance plans to deal with Russia and China. It also reviews NATO’s plans to help the fight against climate change.

With Jamie Shea, Professor of Strategy and Security at the University of Exeter, former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO and senior adviser to the EPC; Katarina Kertysova, Policy Fellow at the European Leadership Network and NATO 2030 Young Leader; and Mihai Sebastian Chihaia, Policy Analyst in the Europe in the World programme at the European Policy Centre.

With Rebecca Castermans , Jamie Shea , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Katarina Kertysova


Foreign policy / PODCAST

Feminist Foreign Policy: What’s in a name?
Feminist foreign policy is gaining momentum around the world. But what makes a foreign policy 'feminist'? And why is it important to re-evaluate defence and security policies through a decidedly feminist lens?

In this episode, I put these and other questions to Shada Islam, Senior Advisor on Asia and Africa to the EPC and well-known commentator on EU affairs, and Nina Bernarding, Director at the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy.

We also talked about intersectionality, the need for broader inclusion in foreign policy, what an EU feminist foreign policy could and should look like and our shared admiration for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

With Rebecca Castermans , Shada Islam , Nina Bernarding


Foreign policy / PODCAST

The renewed Franco-German partnership and its potential to build a geopolitical Europe

In this episode, Jana Puglierin and Ulrike Esther Franke from the European Council on Foreign Relations argue that it is time for the EU to get serious about its foreign policy - and explain how France and Germany can lead the way.

When it comes to geopolitics, the EU is still something of a navel-gazer. The past decade saw one existential crisis after another, forcing the EU leadership to focus its attention inward. But while the Union was dealing with its own issues, the outside world became an increasingly chaotic and sometimes even hostile place, seeing the return of zero-sum thinking and great power rivalry. The COVID-19 crisis and the economic recession that followed have only emphasized how critical foreign policy challenges are.

In response to the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in May of this year announced that they would back a €500 billion EU bond to help with Europe's economic recovery. The historic statement led many to wonder if the previously sputtering Franco-German engine could also force a breakthrough in EU foreign policy, especially since Germany was about to take over the presidency of the Council of the EU. 

Jana's and Ulrike's contributions are based on the ECFR Policy Brief 'The big engine that might: How France and Germany can build a geopolitical Europe'. Their analysis draws from the findings of the third edition of the European Council on Foreign Relations' EU Coalition Explorer – a survey of foreign policy experts and government officials across the EU27 that was taken in March and April of this year.

With Rebecca Castermans



Associate Director and Head of the Europe in the World Programme
EU’s international role, future of Europe, global trends, transatlantic relations, multilateralism, democratisation, strategic foresight, scenarios, enlargement
Senior Policy Analyst
Turkish foreign/domestic policy, security/conflict resolution in the Black Sea/Eurasia region, Russian foreign policy in the former Soviet space/Middle East, EU foreign policy in its Eastern neighbourhood, counter-terrorism
Policy Analyst
Middle East political and security issues, EU-Middle East relations, security and defence, EU foreign policy, Black Sea region, hybrid threats
Policy Analyst
Security and defence, EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations, ASEAN, countering terrorism and violent extremism, Russian foreign policy
Programme Assistant
EU Foreign and Security Policy, EU-Asia Relations, EU development policy, East Asia
Programme Assistant
Eastern Partnership, Transatlantic affairs, terrorism & radicalisation
Research Fellow
Trade policy, EU external relations, European Neighbourhood Policy, Brexit, EU international agreements
Visiting Research Fellow
NATO, NATO-EU relations, EU Security and Defence Policy, EU foreign policy, European Neighbourhood Policy, multilateralism, great power competition, Black Sea region
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