Chair in European Neighborhood Policy, College of Europe; John F. Kennedy Memorial Policy Fellow 2016, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
March 24, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Dining Room, Busch Hall
For more than a decade, the European Union has been pursuing its European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) in response to the many political and socio-economic challenges, crises and conflicts that afflict the Maghreb and Mashreq which the EU considers to be its 'southern neighborhood'. The recent review of the ENP, the second within four years, raises fundamental questions about the applicability, appropriateness and sustainability of EU foreign policy initiatives. It also questions the EU's ability to adjust to ever evolving developments within, as well as beyond its borders.
This event is made possible by the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship.
The review has reminded both policy makers and academics of a paradox: though the ENP is the EU's most ambitious and sophisticated foreign policy initiative rooted in the support of the EU's 28 member states and the countries it is supposed to address, it has generated rather limited results. How can this be explained? What are the endogenous and exogenous reasons that capture what many observers even consider to be an outright policy failure? Picking up on the concept of 'neighborhood' that is at the core of the ENP, , Tobias Schumacher will examine the contents, goals and politics of the ENP - original and revised - and address issues related to coherence and consistency. These will be linked to the debate on EU external governance beyond enlargement and the role of conditionality, differentiation and ownership in EU foreign policy vis-à-vis the EU's 'southern neighborhood'.