School to launch new MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy

On Monday 20th November 2017 the School will launch its latest MA programme in EU International Relations and Diplomacy.

The launch event will begin at 5.15pm in the Templeman Lecture Theatre.

As the flagship programme of Kent’s Global Europe Centre, this MA will provide students with invaluable knowledge for understanding and analysing contemporary policy practices of the European Union. This includes not only the theoretical accounts of the European Union’s contested roles in global politics, but also its practical implications in the ‘real world’.

Hear from the Director of the Global Europe Centre, Professor Richard Whitman, and Deputy Director and Director of the MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Dr Toni Haastrup on how this programme could benefit you, and why it is as important as ever to be stuyding the EU.

The programme takes a hands-on approach by engaging European policy practitioners which allows students to explore various elements of policy construction and its challenges, especially as they may inform new approaches to governance.

To reflect this practitioner led approach we will welcome Richard Youngs, senior fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program, based at Carnegie Europe, to give a keynote on his latest book “Europe Reset: New Directions for the EU”

In the last decade, the EU has been hit by a series of crises, most recently the UK’s decision to leave the union following the Brexit referendum. In light of this, questions have been raised about the need to reform the whole model of European integration, with the aim of making the union more flexible and more accountable. Richard explores an alternative vision of European co-operation and shows how the EU must re-invent itself if it is to survive. He argues that citizens should play a greater role in European decision-making, that there should be radically more flexibility in the process of integration and that Europe needs to take a new, more coherent, approach to questions of defence and security. In proposing this model for a `reset’ version of Europe, Youngs reinvigorates the debate around the future of Europe and puts forward a new agenda for the future of the EU.

Youngs is also a professor of international relations at the University of Warwick. Prior to joining Carnegie in July 2013, he was the director of the European think tank FRIDE. He has held positions in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as an EU Marie Curie fellow. He was a senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC, from 2012 to 2013.

Following the keynote lecture there will be a drinks reception and GEC poster session in the Templeman Atrium; there will also be more information available on the MA programme in EU International Relations and Diplomacy

All are welcome!