Foreign policy in turbulent times: national policies, the EU and transatlantic cooperation

This event will be in Zoom

This event is co-organised by the European Security, and Foreign Policy working groups.


Recent years have witnessed major challenges for and to foreign policy, including the 2008 global financial crisis, the growth of populism, the rising power of China, climate change and now the war in Ukraine. In the European context, foreign policies remain significantly national but are at the same time coordinated within the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as well as other institutional frameworks, such as the United Nations and the Group of Seven (G7). This raises a number of major questions. To what extent are the member states of the EU and NATO able to develop and maintain common policies? How do countries manage the balance between national interests and policies and the need for collective EU and NATO policies? After a period of progress in developing a common EU foreign and security policy in the 1990s and 2000s, is there now a re-nationalisation of European foreign policies? How has the Ukraine war impacted European foreign policy to date and what are the prospects for the future development of European foreign and security policy against the background of the Ukraine war? This roundtable will address these questions.


  • Rosa Balfour is director of Carnegie Europe and a member of the steering committee of Women in International Security Brussels (WIIS-Brussels) and an associate fellow at LSE IDEAS.
  • Ben Tonra is Professor of International Relations, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy
  • Iulia Joja is a director and senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

All three speakers have published widely on European foreign and security policy.

  • Chair: Professor Andrew Cottey, department of Government and Politics, University College Cork

Registration will close two hours before the event begins.

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