European Diplomacy post-Westphalia and the European External Action Service: Taking Stock and Looking Forward

A conference at Europe House organised by the London School of Economics, with the support of EC Representation in the UK and the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) .

Tuesday 19 November and Wednesday 20 November 2013

Europe House, 32 Smith Square London SW1P 3EU 

The Aims of the Conference

The 2013 event will build on the success of the 2012 EEAS conference, inviting participants back to examine the significance, impact and prospects of the European External Action Service in particular and European diplomacy in general. It will discuss contributions by a selection of last year’s speakers to a dedicated edited volume. The second day will see debate on the future of the EEAS, examining questions such as how well equipped the EEAS is, in the words of the High Representative, to “add value” by serving as “more than a foreign ministry, by combining elements of a development and of a defence ministry.”

The conference is extremely timely, following in the footsteps of the EEAS review and contributing to the current lively debate in both policy-making and academic circles on the impact, nature and future of one of the newest and most important institutional innovations in the EU’s external role. The conference will enhance these debates by bringing together a wide range of experts and practitioners with direct experience of the work of the EEAS. The conference will contribute to better understanding of the Service and issues associated with it. The edited volume resulting from the conference will be one of the most comprehensive and informative sources of information and analysis to date on the EEAS.

- David Spence, Dinam Fellow LSE

Conference Programme, Abstracts, Speaker Biographies and Background Reading

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Please email| to register for the conference. There is a conference fee of £50 for regular attendants, £10 for students, and £25 for UACES members.