9. Catch me if you can! European Security and Defence Integration and International Relations

Chairs: Andrea Locatelli (Catholic University of Milan) and Lorenzo Cladi (University of Birmingham)  
Discussants: Nicoletta Pirozzi (Istituto Affari Internazionali) and  Giampiero Giacomello (University of Bologna)   

Date: Saturday 27th June 2015
Room: Sala Grande


European foreign policy has been attracting an ever-increasing number of International Relations (IR) scholars since the end of the Cold War. Many valuable contributions applied mainstream theories to account for the ESDP/CSDP process, but consensus on what drives European foreign policy integration has not yet emerged. This is partly the result of a non-linear process, where progress and retreat proceed side by side. Yet, the lack of a widely accepted explanation also lies in theories’ search for parsimonious explanations. Taking these considerations as a point of departure, the aim of the panel is to bring scholars from different theoretical traditions to engage in a problem-oriented debate – that it, one that is open to analytic eclecticism. Examples of issues of interest here include:

- any theoretical contribution to the study of European security and defence integration;

- debate and dialogue among IR and European studies approaches;

- rationalist Vs. reflectivist approaches to the study of European security and defence integration;

- any theoretically-informed account of CSDP-related phenomena.



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