VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués discusses EU's geopolitical outlook at Jawaharlal Nehru University
18 November 2019
VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués discusses EU's geopolitical outlook with participants in a roundtable on EU-India Strategic Partnership: Trends and Possibilities. The roundtable, which took place at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, included H.E Mr Ugo Astuto (European Union Ambassador to India), Prof. Gulshan Sachdeva (CES, Jean Monnet Chair and Coordinator Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Jawaharlal Nehru University), Bhaswati Mukherjee (Former Indian Ambassador to Netherlands and former Joint Secretary, Europe West, MEA) as well as Prof. Rajendra K Jain (CES & Jean Monnet Chair 2010-2015).
Peter Seeberg gives a lecture at IEMed, Barcelona
7 November 2019
Peter Seeberg gave a lecture at IEMed, Barcelona on “Security challenges and authoritarian resilience in the Mediterranean Levant in a regional and international perspective” with a focus on the Jordanian case. He reflected on current economic and social challenges, also in relation with the Syrian crisis, and the role that external actors such as the US and the EU play in enhancing authoritarian resilience in Jordan. The lecture was recorded by IEMed and is accessible here.
VISIONS researchers present their work at FIMAM
25 October 2019
VISIONS members Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués and Adrià Rivera Escartin participated in the twelfth edition of the Spanish Forum of Arab World and Islam Scholars (FIMAM), hosted by IEMed in Barcelona. They presented their work on “Anchoring the Tunisian transition? A nexus approach to (in)consistencies in EU’s democracy assistance” and engaged with an audience composed of regional experts.
Project VISIONS organises a section at Sofia EISA PEC 2019
16 September 2019
Project VISIONS organised a section chaired by Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués in EISA conference celebrated in Sofia from 11 to 14 September. Under the title “Geopolitics in a New Age: Shedding New Light on an Old Concept?”, the section explored the seen and unseen consequences of geopolitics or political geography in global affairs and for IR over the past century. It explored what geopolitics can tell us about international relations by ways of historical or contemporary empirical case studies, geopolitical applications or “imagined” political geographies.
VISIONS researcher Ben Tallis participated in a roundtable on “International Relations and the Promise of Multiplicity”
12 September 2019
VISIONS researcher Ben Tallis participated in a roundtable on “International Relations and the Promise of Multiplicity” in the framework of EISA Conference celebrated in Sofia from 11-14 September. The roundtable provided an introduction to Multiplicity and an update on the state of the art in this new approach to international relations.
VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués gives lecture at Hiwar Summer School
16 July 2019
VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués gives a lecture about human rights in Euro-Arab relations to the El-Hiwar Summer School on Euro-Arab Relations organized by College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. Al Hiwar is a EU-funded project which seeks to strengthen dialogue, cooperation and collaboration with key regional actors involved in Euro-Arab relations. The summer school includes lectures, dedicated workshops focussing on skills, roundtable discussions and a study visit to EU institutions.
VISIONS researcher Wolfgang Wagner presents his work at CEEISA-ISA conference in Belgrade
17 June 2019
Wolfgang Wagner (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) presented a conference paper within VISIONS project in Belgrade CEEISA-ISA Joint International Conference. This work was co-authored by Tapio Raunio (Tampere University) and Maartje van de Koppel (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and delves into the question of the party politics of the EU’s relations with Russia and the US by using evidence from the European Parliament. You can access the abstract here.
Was geopolitics a factor in the European Parliament elections?
6 June 2019
In the context prior to 26 May European Parliament elections, the head of the
EU’s East Stratcom Task Force affirmed that "[a]ttempts have been made to
hack and leak, or to denigrate particular politicians, or to misrepresent certain
policies. The best way [for Russia] to strengthen itself is to weaken its opponent”
(as reported in BBC). The Task Force's report signalled that Russia's had
supported activity in the European election campaign designed to boost
support for parties that are either euroskeptic, or friendly to Russia, targeting
young voters on social media and through state-backed media outlets.
Russian Foreign Ministry denied any interference with the EU parliamentary
election. You can check the result of 2019 European Parliament elections here.
VISIONS researcher Xavier Guillaume gives a research seminar at IBEI
20 May 2019
VISIONS researcher Xavier Guillaume (University of Groningen) presented his work on “Of colonies and exotic territories. A historical and visual analysis of the EU geopolitical imaginaires” in the framework of IBEI research seminars. Dr Xavier Guillaume explored how the historical and institutional development of the EU happened hand in hand with the colonization and postwar decolonization of the African continent by providing a social visual semiotics of maps and documents produced by Air France from 1933 and 1960. The presentation was followed by a discussion about colonial history and legacies as well as the role of airlines in the shaping of geopolitical imaginaires.
VISIONS researcher Adrià Rivera Escartin presents a conference paper at EUSA conference
11 May 2019
VISIONS researcher Adrià Rivera Escartin presented a paper on “The Populist Challenges to the EU Foreign and Security Policy Towards Egypt and Tunisia: A Case of De-Europeanisation?” at EUSA conference in Denver on 11 May. Adrià engaged in an interesting discussion around the concept of (de)Europeanization and reflected on the changes that Member States with right wing populist governments are inflicting to EU foreign policy.
VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués in an informal meeting with Mr. Christian Danielsson, Director-General of DG NEAR
10 April 2019
VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués participated in a roundtable with Mr. Christian Danielsson, Director-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG-NEAR, European Commission) in IEMed. Representatives of academia, institutions, enterprises, associations, foundations and think tanks based in Barcelona shared their views on the Euro-Mediterranean agenda with Mr. Christian Danielsson, who engaged in an insightful exchange on the issue of multi-level relations in the Mediterranean.
VISIONS project is presented at ISA Toronto Conference in the form of a panel
29 March 2019
The VISIONS project was well-received at the International Studies Association when it was presented in the form of a panel called Re-visioning Geopolitics: Innovative Approaches and Practices on a Classic Concept. VISIONS researchers Münevver Cebeci, Nina Graeger, Xavier Guillaume, Ben Tallis and Federica Zardo presented early findings of their individual research and responded to questions and comments in the lively and highly stimulating debate in the Q&A that followed. Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués chaired the panel. The panel was co-sponsored between VISIONS and the European International Studies Association (EISA).
Dr. Hani Anouti joins Project VISIONS
25 March 2019
Dr. Hani Anouti has joined Project VISIONS. He is an Assistant Professor at Haigazian University (HU) Lebanon (incorporation 2019) and a consultant for several International Organizations and INGOs. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Spain, with special focus on minorities and Middle Eastern studies. Dr. Anouti has more than 12 years of experience with the United Nations and INGOs throughout the Middle East, in addition to seven years of academic and teaching experience within universities in Lebanon and Spain. He frequently contributes articles to diverse Lebanese national and Arab regional newspapers.
The EU remains silent in front of the wave of protests that shakes Algeria
21 March 2019
Since February 2019, Algerians have been taking to the streets to express their malaise against the ruling elite. Relevant international actors such as France (see for example) have positioned themselves in respect to the political developments in the country. However, the EU has remained silent so far. It can be ascertained that Member States are divided between those that defend a principled stance which encourages a democratic transition in the country, and those concerned by the geopolitical situation and possible spillover effects. For the latter, destabilization could alter gas supply to Southern Europe and impact migration routes. Also the memory of the civil war and the historical importance of political Islam in the country worry those Member States with security-oriented approaches to the region. At a time of new and changing realities around Europe, the EU faces big challenges when it comes to follow a foreign policy based on “principled pragmatism”.
Adrià Rivera Escartin participates in ENTER First Spring School
15 March 2019
VISIONS member Adrià Rivera Escartin participated in the First Spring School of ENTER research network on “(Re-)Conceptualizing or (Re-)Theorizing how the EU faces New Realities” in the city of Darmstadt. This initiative aimed to provide young researchers with cutting-edge theoretical insights to analyze current EU foreign policy as well as to strengthen an emerging interdisciplinary community of early career researchers. From 11 to 14 March eleven internationally renowned scholars, including VISIONS researcher Michael Smith, reflected on the theories of yesterday but also presented innovative conceptual tools to study EU foreign policy in the wake of a new world order. You can learn more about ENTER and its First Spring School here.
Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués discusses EU engagement with new global partners in times of strained transatlantic relationship
12 March 2019
In the context of a conference organized by the research project Global India in Brussels, VISIONS member Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués met with representatives of European External Action Service and the diplomatic community to discuss how a strained transatlantic relationship obliges the EU to engage with new global partners in the defense of multilateralism.
Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués takes part in a seminar on the Mediterranean organized by CETC
1 March 2019
VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués draws attention to geopolitical dynamics in EU and the Mediterranean region at a seminar organized by the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Themes (CETC). Political and economic experts were gathered in the art nouveau site Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona to discuss the regional and thematic priorities and the need to build a multilevel institutional coordination for an effective Mediterranean strategy.
Tension in the air over the Baltic Sea: Sweden summon Russian Ambassador over (yet another) a fighter jet incident
27 February 2019
The Washington Post informs that Sweden summoned the Russian Ambassador in relation to a fighter jet incident. On Tuesday February 19 a Russian jet fighter flew 20 meters away from a Swedish reconnaissance plane conducting a routine surveillance mission in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. These kinds of diplomatic incidents have become more frequent in the Baltic Sea, as Russian and NATO jets fighters regularly patrol its skies and occasionally violate national air space. Geopolitical tension appears to be on the rise in the Baltic Sea area.
Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués participates in a debate of experts at IEMed
19 February 2019
VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués participated in a debate on current political and social trends in the Mediterranean. Experts were also invited to reflect on how regional governments can contribute to European cooperation initiatives and under which objectives and priorities. The event was hosted by IEMed in the framework of the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Declaration and the discussions to define the strategy of the Government of Catalonia towards the Mediterranean.
VISIONS researcher Michael Smith presents his work in the context of IBEI research seminars
11 February 2019
VISIONS researcher Michael Smith from the University of Warwick visited IBEI to give a seminar on “Testing the Boundaries of Order? Europe, the European Union and a Changing World Arena”. The research seminar was organized by IBEI and was part of the dissemination activities of VISIONS project. Dr Michael Smith explored and discussed the relation between EU’s different types of power and how they are mobilized to create order inside and outside fluid borders. During the seminar there was also time to reflect on the challenges the EU faces in doing this as well as on possible responses and future scenarios. One observation made by Dr Michael Smith was that the “demand for an EU contribution to external order increases as the constraints on EU external action also rise”. The abstract of the seminar can be accessed here.
VISIONS researchers Federica Bicchi and Wolfgang Wagner to give papers at CEEISA-ISA Joint Conference in Belgrade
31 January 2019
VISIONS researchers Federica Bicchi and Wolfgang Wagner will attend to CEEISA-ISA 2019 Joint International Conference to take place in Belgrade from 17 to 19 June. Federica Bicchi (London School of Economics) will present her research on “How communities of practice explain EU foreign policy making and unmaking” and Wolfgang Wagner (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) will give a paper on “The party politics of EU’s relations with Russia and the US: evidence from the European Parliament”.
VISIONS researcher Adrià Rivera to present a paper at EUSA Conference in Denver
14 January 2019
VISIONS researcher Adrià Rivera will present a paper on “The populist challenges to the EU foreign and security policy towards Egypt and Tunisia: A case of deEuropeanisation?” in 2019 International Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) in Denver, Colorado from 9 to 11 May. His presentation will be part of a Nortia panel on de-Europeanisation and re-nationalisation of European Foreign Policy chaired by Professor Hartmut Mayer. Visions researcher Adrià Rivera received a Nortia bursary to be able to assist to 2019 EUSA Conference in Denver.
The United States downgrades the diplomatic status of the delegation of the European Union
9 January 2019
The New York Times and Deutsche Welle inform that the US decided to downgrade the diplomatic status of the delegation of the European Union to the United States without previous notice. European diplomats, the New York Times and Deutsche Welle report, see the demotion as a political move in the context of President Trump’s stance towards the EU. The “doctrine of patriotism” of the Trump Administration has clashed with the EU’s preference for multilateralism. For instance, the speech delivered by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on 4 December - one day before the downgrading of the diplomatic status of the EU delegation- questioned the utility of the UN and the EU and praised the return of power to the nation state, such as in the case of Brexit. President Trump has also referred to the EU as a “foe” for major disagreements in trade policy, a European Commission competence.
VISIONS section proposal accepted for EISA 13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations in Sofia
18 December 2018
VISIONS section proposal on “Geopolitics in a New Age: Shedding New Light on an Old Concept?” has been accepted for the 13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations which will take place from 11 to 14 September 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and is organized by the European International Studies Association (EISA).
VISIONS consults with Oxford scholars
12 December 2018
An in-depth discussion about VISIONS project objectives and methodology was held with scholars Louise Fawcett and Heidi Maurer at Oxford University. The meeting was highly productive and served to open new avenues for collaboration between projects.
Russia blocks Kerch Strait after Ukranian confrontation
25 November 2018
Russian authorities on Sunday blocked the Kerch Strait, which links the Azov Sea with the Black Sea, after seizing three Ukrainian naval ships off the coast of annexed Crimea, according to Russian state news agencies and the Ukrainian military. The move came after Russia opened fire on two Ukrainian armored artillery vessels and a tug boat, which the FSB security service claimed had illegally entered Russian territorial waters. Ukraine denied its vessels had done anything wrong. Several Ukrainian sailers were injured during the confrontation, according to the FSB and Ukraine (the number varies between three, according to the former, and six, according to the latter). CNN and Reutershave more.
Ukraine response: President Petro Poroshenko today said he would propose parliament declare martial law, which would limit civil liberties and give the state greater power, in response to the incident. Ukraine requested an urgent U.N. Security Council meeting.
EU response: “We expect Russia to restore freedom of passage at the Kerch strait and urge all to act with utmost restraint to de-escalate the situation immediately,” the EU said in a statement. “The events in the Sea of Azov are a demonstration of how instability and tensions are bound to rise when the basic rules of international cooperation are disregarded.”
Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués gives a guest lecture in KU Leuven
12 November 2018
VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués gave a guest lecture at the University of Leuven in the framework of Nortia Network on research and teaching in European Union foreign affairs. She spoke about “Decentering sovereignty in the Arab world” and engaged with an attentive audiance composed by researchers and students of the Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspective.
Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués presents VISIONS project to members of CONNECTIVITY research team
12 November 2018
Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués presented VISIONS project to Stephan Keukeleire and Sharon Lecocq of CONNECTIVITY research program. VISONS and CONNECTIVITY members shared experiences and exchanged ideas on their research agendas. CONNECTIVITY is an interdisciplinary research program based in Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies which explores “Connectivity, Contestation and Cooperation in Global Governance”. You can learn more about it here.
VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués to give a guest lecture in KU Leuven
31 October 2018
VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués will give a NORTIA guest lecture titled "Decentering sovereignty in the Arab world" to the Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives in Leuven, Belgium, next 12 November 2018.
Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués and Adrià Rivera present VISIONS research project to local decision makers (Generalitat de Catalunya)
18 October 2018
In a meeting with the Catalan Generalitat, Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués and Adrià Rivera presented the VISIONS project idea, objectives and early results. The presentation was well-received and generated valuable suggestions for how to take the project further.
Member of VISIONS research team Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués in breakfast meeting with H.E. Ambassador John O’Rourke
5 October 2018
Member of VISIONS reserach team Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués assisted to a breakfast meeting with H.E. Ambassador John O’Rourke Head of the EU Delegation to Algeria at IEMed, Barcelona. The topic of discussion was “What makes the EU-Algeria relations special and strategic?” The session was introduced by Josep Ferré, Acting Director General of the IEMed, and moderated by Emmanuel Cohen-Hadria, head of the Department of Euro-Mediterranean Policies of the IEMed. The session was held closed doors and under the Chatham House rule.
VISIONS/EISA panel accepted at ISA Toronto 2019 Annual Convention
29 September 2018
VISIONS researchers Xavier Guillaume, Federica Zardo, Münevver Cebeci, Nina Graeger, Benjamin Tallis and Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués have been selected to participate in a panel at the next International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, to be held in Toronto, Canada, 27-30 March 2019. The Panel is organized jointly with European International Studies Association (EISA) and is titled Re-visioning geopolitics: Innovative approaches and practices on a classic concept. The discussant for the panel will be Mathias Theo Albert (Bielefeld University). Discover more about this panel here.
VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués to give a paper at ISA Annual Convention in Toronto
29 September 2018
VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués will give a paper at ISA Annual Convention in Toronto, 27 March 2019 on: "Re-envisioning geopolitics? The multi-vocal voices in North Africa and Middle East and their narratives of the EU borderland". You can read the abstract here.
Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués presents a paper at EISA 2018
12-15 September 2018
VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués presented the paper "The geopolitics of EU’s neighborhood: EU foreign policy and the contemporary challenges of geospatial ordering" at the European International Studies Association (EISA) Pan-European Conference held in Prague, the Czech Republic on 12-15 September 2018. The VISIONS paper was presented in collaboration with the NORTIA project, which issued the following statement: Great discussion on contesting traditional concepts of EU foreign policy research: geopolitics (Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués @visions_project) network cooperation (@KristiRaik), increased strategy (Spyros Economidis), just actorness and external perception (Natalia Chaban & Helene Sjursen from @globus_h2020), Kamil Zwolski (functionalism).
VISIONS researcher Adrià Rivera Escartin receives FPU grant
31 August 2018
VISIONS researcher Adrià Rivera Escartin was granted a FPU to pursue his doctoral studies in Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. FPU (Formación de Profesorado Universitario) is a grant program of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports for PhD candidates for the period of four years. Adrià Rivera Escartin is a first year PhD candidate at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona under the supervision of Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués. He is interested in EU-Tunisia relations and the impact of geopolitics in the democratic transition.
VISIONS researchers participate in 1st NORTIA Network Conference
6-8 June 2018
VISIONS researchers Federica Bicchi and Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués participate in a Roundtable on The Mediterranean Region in EU Foreign Policy at the 1st NORTIA Network Conference held on 6-8 June 2018, at IBEI, Barcelona. The Network Conference met to deliberate whether there has been A Re-nationalisation and De-Europeanisation of EU foreign policy? in recent years. VISIONS researcher Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués also presented the paper called EU and the European Neighborhood Policy: Wither ‘politics of scale’, enter ‘economies of scale’? Click here to see the program.