Global Europe Centre

Pioneering research on Europe and the world


Innovative research with impact is at the heart of the GEC.  Our multi-national team conducts research across a wide range of interdisciplinary areas and provides policy advice to a variety of national governments, European and international organisations. Our current thematic research priorities include:

  • The Eastern Partnership
  • Normative Power Europe
  • EU diplomatic Practice

We are committed to sharing research and thinking through our ongoing engagement with government, think tanks, journalists, professional networks and other commentators. We also disseminate our work widely through publications, conferences and events, as well as organising public debate with leading European and international practitioners.

Policy Papers

The Global Europe Centre's Policy Papers provide high quality assessment of public policy challenges. The papers in the series provide recommendations for action by public policy makers which is rooted in rigorous academic research. The paper authors are drawn from the associate members of the GEC and cover a range of areas from foreign policy, economics and governance issues. 

GEC Policy Paper - ‘Towards a European Global Security Strategy: challenges and opportunities’

GEC Policy Paper - 'Towards a European Global Security Strategy: challenges and opportunities'

This policy paper briefly examines the interplay between the European security strategic vision and capabilities, its institutional architecture and policy implementation practices, with a particular focus on the EU consular affairs, EU democracy promotion and EU engagement in frozen conflicts under the Neighbourhood Policy.  It contends that in order for the EU to develop an effective and sustainable global security strategy, it first, has to reconcile the vision of its strategic priorities within its inter- and intra-institutional settings. Second, a serious effort is required to develop an integrated view on European security, which does not only focus on the internal dimensions of the EU Security strategy (capabilities), but also equally draws on its external aspects - a genuinely inclusive approach that would blur internal and external dimensions of security. For this to succeed a deeper understanding of a partnership-building process (especially of strategic partnership) is needed. Finally, while legitimation of the new security vision is essential within the EU, a greater emphasis should be placed on its external environment, which must not only include a cross-cutting approach to multiple policy instruments as suggested by the EEAs, but more essentially, their connection with the interests and needs of third parties. Case-studies in appendices elaborate further on some specific aspects of the EU security within the eastern neighbourhood context.

GEC Policy Paper - 'Building a Stronger Eastern Partnership: Towards and EaP 2.0'

Global Europe Policy Paper - Building a Stronger Eastern Partnership: Towards an EaP 2.0

The European Union has been working to deepen the economic and political relationship with its Eastern neighbouring countries over the recent years. A set of formal agreements are intended for signature between the EU and Ukraine, Moldova and the South Caucasus states at the Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit scheduled for 28-29 November 2013. These agreements have provoked a response from the Russian Federation which is seeking to offer an alternative set of economic relationship to the exclusion of the EU.
In the first Policy Paper to be published, the recently created Global Europe Centre (GEC) sets out a reform agenda that the EU needs to adopt towards the EaP states to enable a more binding relationship. The paper argues that the EU needs to define a ‘next generation’ objective for the EaPas it enters the implementation phase of the current set of Association Agreements (AAs). The proposal is that the EU should set a European Partnership Community (EPC) statusas a bilateral and multilateral goal for the EaP. The paper contends that there is urgency for the EU to think more strategically vis-à-vis its neighbourhood, and create a more clear-cut place for Russia to avoid the current situation of divisive competition. 
Further, the EU needs to reform aspects of its current EaP policy. The EU needs to define a clearer, and measureable set of objectives for its role in the resolution of the ‘frozen’ conflicts of its Eastern neighbourhood; refresh its policy towards Belarus; speed up visa liberalisation to ease travel for citizens of the EU’s neighbouring states; and deepen and broaden civil society engagement by investing more in deep democracy, linkage and people-to-people contacts.  




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Last Updated: 06/04/2018