Special Issue – Europe and the world: Rethinking Europe’s external relations in an age of global turmoil

International Politics, Volume 54, Issue 4, July 2017

ISSN: 1384-5748 (Print) 1740-3898 (Online)

Guest Editors: Robert Falkner and Helmut K. Anheier

The outlook for Europe’s external relations has never looked so uncertain in the post-cold war era. A series of internal and external shocks—from the Eurozone crisis to the UK’s Brexit referendum and civil wars and external interventions on Europe’s borders—have shaken the EU to its foundations.

Against a backdrop of external insecurity and global power shifts abroad, and institutional crisis and strategic drift at home, this Special Issue of the International Politics journal (based at LSE IDEAS) brings together a selection of papers based on the collaboration and research findings of the Dahrendorf Forum’s third project cycle (2015-2017), ‘Europe & the World: Global Insecurity and Power Shifts’.

The main themes and questions addressed include: first, how have recent transformations of the international system—declining Western dominance, a shift from unipolarity to multipolarity, and the return of geopolitical competition—affected Europe’s search for stability, security and influence in global affairs? Second, how have external perceptions of the EU’s position, power and influence in global affairs changed in recent years, particularly in response to ongoing crises in the EU’s internal governance? And third, how can the EU respond to the dramatically altered external environment and newly arising threats, and to what extent does the new EU Global Strategy of 2016 meet the challenges that the continent faces?

Full list of articles:

1.) Rethinking Europe’s external relations in an age of global turmoil: an introduction – Robert Falkner

2.) An abiding antagonism: realism, idealism and the mirage of western–Russian partnership after the Cold War – William C. Wohlforth, Vladislav M. Zubok

3.) Globalization, domestic politics, and transatlantic relations – Brian Burgoon, Tim Oliver, Peter Trubowitz

4.) Europe and the Arab world: neighbours and uneasy partners in a highly conflictual context – Cilja Harders, Annette Jünemann, Lina Khatib

5.) Turkey’s choice: responding to security challenges through humanitarian norms with a revitalized EU anchor – E. Fuat Keyman

6.) Perceptions of China’s outward foreign direct investment in European critical infrastructure and strategic industries – Wiebke Rabe, Olivia Gippner

7.) From the European Security Strategy to the EU Global Strategy: explaining the journey – Nathalie Tocci

8.) A European Union global strategy for a changing world? – Karen E. Smith

9.) Never mind the Brexit? Britain, Europe, the world and Brexit – Tim Oliver