The External Action of the European Union

Hosted by the Department of International Relations

Online public event


Dr Nora Fisher Onar

Professor Sieglinde Gstohl

Professor Karen E Smith

Dr Simon Schunz


Dr Federica Bicchi

Join us for the launch of a new book edited by Sieglinde Gstohl and Simon Schunz, The External Action of the European Union – Concepts, Approaches, Theories.

This book gives us a taste of how rich analyses of EU external action have become. Once considered an exception, now EU foreign policy in its various guises appeals to a variety of theoretical perspectives and engages with the most important contemporary political debates, from the role of ‘normative power Europe’ to leadership and effectiveness issues to feminist insights. In this book launch, the editors will share their motivations for putting together this collection and, together with contributors, discussant and the audience, discuss the ultimate question: can the study of EU external action overcome Euro-centrism and contribute to a truly global politics?

Meet our speakers and chair

Nora Fisher Onar is Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of San Francisco.

Sieglinde Gstohl is Director of the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe.

Karen E Smith is Professor of International Relations at LSE.

Simon Schunz is an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS, and professor in the EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Federica Bicchi is Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE.

More about this event

We are now in our 93rd year - one of the oldest as well as largest IR (@LSEIRDept) departments in the world, with a truly international reputation. We are ranked 2nd in the UK in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2021 tables for Politics and International Studies.

You can order the book, The External Action of the European Union, (UK delivery only) from our official LSE Events independent book shop, Pages of Hackney.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEEUExternalAction

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