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EFPU Research

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How will Ireland and the UK define and pursue their respective national foreign policies, as well as their bilateral cooperation, post-Brexit? NEWDIP is an ESRC-IRC-funded initiative that aims to bring together early career and established scholars, as well as policy practitioners, to look at the most critical foreign policy, security and defence aspects of this bilateral relationship as the UK and Ireland embark on quite different national journeys. 

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RENPET is an Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Network of ten major universities across Europe and a leading pan-European professional academic association, with the aim to foster a better understanding of EU foreign policy dynamics and apply lessons from 50 years of foreign policy cooperation to reimagine the European Union’s role in a fragmented global order in an era of turmoil. RENPET fosters cutting edge research, translates that research into innovative teaching and professional development and actively engages in policy debates among our powerful powerful epistemic community. 

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British Foreign Policy Post - Brexit 

In what ways has Brexit impacted British foreign policy? By tracking and assessing new directions and traditional roles in British foreign policy, this new collection of papers published in July 2021 by LSE Master's students addresses this question by scrutinising post-Brexit British foreign policy from the date of departure on January 1st 2020 to Spring 2021. 

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Past EFPU Research Projects

EUN-NET (2015-19)

From October 2015 to September 2019, EFPU members Prof Smith and Dr Economides participated in the Jean Monnet network on EU-UN relations (EUN-NET). The EUN-NET Network brought together established academics from different disciplines (law, economics, political science and international relations) that have a proven record of research and teaching excellence in the field of EU-UN relations. The rationale of this multidisciplinary partnership was to encourage exchange of academic best-practice and creating a thematic trans-national research group.

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EU Foreign Policy after Lisbon (2011-12)

During the 2011-12 academic year, EFPU hosted a series of ten roundtables exploring the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the EU's foreign policy-making processes and its external influence. The series was funded by the EU's Jean Monnet Programme (Lifelong Learning).

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LSE-Challenge Working Papers (2006-09)

The LSE was a participant in the EU-funded research project, 'Challenge: Liberty and Security', which ran from 2005 to 2009. Dr Karen E. Smith headed an LSE team of researchers, who sought to explain the extent to which concerns about illegal immigration, terrorism, and organised crime have been included in the EU's relations with third countries, have affected those relations and have had an impact on the third countries themselves. The researchers produced a series of working papers, which are available here.

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FORNET (2003-06)

FORNET was a European Foreign Policy Research Network funded by the European Commission's Fifth Framework Programme, which functioned from 2003 to 2006. It represented the first formal attempt to structure and co-ordinate a network of researchers across Europe focusing on foreign policy governance. FORNET was a forum for informed discussion and scholarly debate on all aspects of European foreign policy among academics and practitioners. It aimed to modernise, widen and deepen research in this vital area of EU policy, building on a foundation of informal cooperation between its core members, who have been investigating and writing about European foreign policy for over twenty years. 

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European Foreign Policy: Key Documents (2000)

The first project undertaken by EFPU was the edited publication by Christopher Hill and Karen E. Smith, European Foreign Policy: Key Documents (Routledge, 2000). It provides students and scholars with access to key documents relating to the practices of European foreign policy from 1948 to 2000, along with commentary and bibliographic guidance.