International Relations and the EU OUP 3rd edition (Hill, C. M. Smith and S. Vanhoonacker Eds) is out!

Dear Colleagues and Students,

The 3rd edition of the OUP textbook International Relations and the European Union (C. Hill, M. Smith and S. Vanhoonacker Eds) is finally out! To prepare exams and your syllabuses please check it out. It includes:

  • Chapters on theories, institutions, policy areas, and the EU’s relationship with selected countries make [International Relations and the European Union] the most comprehensive text available on this subject.
  • Systematically incorporates the study of IR into an examination of the EU’s external relations.
  • A team of leading experts provide authoritative coverage of the many aspects of the EU’s external relations.
  • Each chapter includes helpful features such as boxes, useful websites, and suggested further reading to aid student learning.

New to this Edition:

  • A re-worked Part One examines three key frameworks for understanding the EU’s role in the international system. In three new chapters, the EU is examined as sub-system of international relations, as a part of the process of international relations, and as a power in its own right.
  • Fully updated to take account of contemporary issues including the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the migration and refugee crisis, and the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Here is a summary of the chapter on The External Dimension of EU’s internal security (to be referenced as  Wolff, S. (2017). ‘The external dimension of the EU’s internal security’ In: Hill, C., Smith, M. and S. Vanhoonacker (2017). International Relations and the European Union (third edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press.): 

Since the end of the Cold War, the internal-external security nexus, namely the links between formerly distinct concepts under the Westphalian approach to international relations, has become increasingly relevant. This chapter reviews the development of an external dimension of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) that has evolved from a side-product of European economic integration to a complex and dynamic policy area. Although since the Lisbon Treaty the EU has considerably expanded its internal and external security tools and competences, the EU’s global influence in this area is constrained by normative, national, institutional, policy and legal challenges. The rapid evolution of global security challenges – such as counter-terrorism, migrant and refugee flows, and cybercriminality – means there is a need for continuous policy and institutional reforms if the EU is to be an influential global actor. The success of the external dimension of JHA is thus highly dependent on both the EU’s internal development in JHA and international security challenges, and on the way in which the EU responds to these.

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Religion, Secularism and the French presidential elections

France is proud of its secularism. But religion also influences voters.

In an election that has frustrated that traditional split, religion could end up being a confounding, rather than clarifying, force, according to an article in the Washington Post. Dr Sarah Wolff comments that with debates over the integration of Muslims playing out over matters of public dress and activity, a “typical liberal view of laïcité” [secularism] may leave vulnerable citizens unprotected. She argues that Macron may have to take a more controversial stand. “What is needed is a critical approach to adapt laïcité to current times. Laïcité as equal conditions for all citizens to practice their religion,” she adds.

The full article by Isaac Stanley-Becker is available here

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