The European Foreign Policy Unit (EFPU) acts as a focus for research and teaching on issues relating to the steadily more serious attempts to create a collective European foreign policy since 1970. The International Relations Department has claims to be the world's leading centre for research into European foreign policy, and EFPU aims to build on and contribute to that reputation.
EFPU members are currently researching and writing on topics such as the European Union's policies towards the Mediterranean and Middle East region; the EU's relations with south-eastern Europe; EU-UN relations; transatlantic relations; and EU trade policy. For information on the current and past research projects and publications of EFPU members, click on the links below:
Dr Federica Bicchi
Dr Nicola Chelotti
Dr Spyros Economides
Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi
Dr Ulrich Sedelmeier
Professor Karen E. Smith (Director of the European Foreign Policy Unit)
Dr Stephen Woolcock
Latest staff news:
EFPU members contributed evidence to the UK Government's Review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and the EU: Enlargement. The evidence, submitted by Dr Economides, Dr Sedelmeier and Professor Smith, was cited extensively in the December 2014 report, which can be read here.
Professor Smith's Impact Case Study on influencing EU policies on human rights and mass atrocity prevention is available here.
Dr Bicchi presented research to SAIS Europe (Bologna, Italy) on 4 December 2014 on Europe's strategy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Watch the video here.
Ongoing and past research projects:
The European Foreign Policy Unit is and has been active in several European research programmes. From October 2014 to September 2017, EFPU is participating in the ANTERO Jean Monnet Network, which addresses the needs of teaching, education and research on EU foreign policy. ANTERO is led by Professor Ben Tonra of University College Dublin, and involves institutions across the EU. Further information about ANTERO will be posted here shortly.
Between 2002 and 2005, EFPU was the British member of FORNET - a European Foreign Policy Research Network - the first attempt to co-ordinate a network of researchers across Europe focusing on foreign policy governance.
Between 2005 and 2009, Karen E Smith led a team of researchers in the EU-funded research programme entitled Challenge (the Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security). In addition, some EFPU members were active in the EU-funded research network, EU-CONSENT, which linked researchers working on EU reform and enlargement.
The first project undertaken by EFPU was the edited publication by Christopher Hill and Karen E. Smith, European Foreign Policy: Key Documents (Routledge, 2000, in association with the secretariat of the European Parliament). It provides students and scholars with ready access to the key documents relating to the practices of European foreign policy from 1948 to 2000, along with commentary and bibliographical guidance.
The EFPU Working Paper series showcases research conducted by EFPU members as well as by other academics working in the field of European foreign policy. If you wish to submit a paper to be considered for publication in the series, please contact Dr Karen E. Smith (email@example.com).
EFPU Working Paper Series
The LSE team's principal contribution to the Challenge research programme was a series of research papers, available here:
LSE-Challenge working papers
Forthcoming event: Workshop on the EU as a Diplomatic Actor, 28 January 2015. Pre-registration essential. To register for this event, please contact J.Muravska[at]lse.ac.uk.
During the 2011-12 academic year, EFPU has organised a series of 10 roundtables on 'EU Foreign Policy after Lisbon'.
On 4-5 November 2010, the LSE and IEMed (Barcelona) hosted a workshop entitled, 'The Lisbon Treaty one year on: what progress for European Union foreign policy? The implications for the EU and for the Mediterranean' [PDF]
The LSE held a conference on 'Europe and the World: The Changing Landscape of Liberty and Security in the EU's External Relations', on 2-3 April 2009.
Challenge conference at LSE 2009 final programme [PDF]
Challenge and Consent 20-22 September 2007 [Word doc]
The EU and the UN: Strengthening Multilateralism 23 June 2006 [Word doc]
Research student conference on European foreign policy LSE 2-3 July 2004
EFPU workshop on 'Europeanisation of national foreign policies' - 5 June 2002
EFPU members actively contribute to teaching on the subject at LSE. At the doctoral level, EFPU members run a research workshop on European International Politics..At the masters level, EFPU members teach several courses in the subject area: The EU in the World; European Security and Defence; The International Politics of EU Enlargement;,EU Policy-Making in a Global Context; and Europe, the US and the Middle East. These courses are available to students taking the MSc International Relations/Msc in International Relations (Research), and to those taking the MSc Politics and Government in the European Union, International Relations of Europe stream.
Information on European foreign policy can be found in our European Foreign Policy Information Centre.