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Blogs and opinion pieces

with Megan Dee, ‘Post-Brexit Diplomacy: Can the UK hope to exert leverage at the UN without recourse to the EU?‘, British Politics and Policy blog, 3 August 2017.

Brexit and British foreign policy: between a rock and a hard place, UK in a Changing Europe blog, 20 June 2017.

Implications of Brexit for the UK, the EU and the international system: a summary of the 2016 lecture series, International Relations Department blog, 11 January 2017.

‘Left out in the Cold: Brexit, the EU and the Perils of Trump’s World’, BREXIT VOTE blog, 5 December 2016.

with Katie Laatikainen, ‘Without EU Clout, How Would the UK Fare at the United Nations?‘, BREXIT VOTE blog, 8 March 2016.

The EU and Democracy Promotion, Five Years On from the Arab Spring: No Time for Celebration’, The European Financial Review, October-November 2015.

Would Brexit spell the end of European defence?, EUROPP, European Politics and Policy blog, 2 July 2015.

EU Foreign Policy, blog on European Foreign Policy in a Changing World, 3rd edition (Polity Press, 2014), 31 July 2014.

with Christoph Meyer, ‘Lessons EU Needs to Learn from the Syrian Tragedy‘,, 14 August 2013.

 ‘The EU Requires a New Approach at the United Nations’, EUROPP, European Politics and Policy blog, 17 July 2013.

with Christoph Meyer, ‘How Europe Can Prevent Mass Atrocities’, Europe’s World, 12 April 2013.

‘The EU’s Foreign Policy Record’ (comment on the European Foreign Policy Scorecard), EUROPP, European Politics and Policy blog, 29 February 2012.

‘Genocide and the Europeans’, blog posting for ‘This Side of the Pond’, Cambridge University Press, June 2011.

‘The Travails of the European Union at the United Nations’, International Affairs Forum, Summer 2011.

‘La politica exterior de la Union Europea en 2008′ (‘EU Foreign Policy in 2008’), CIDOB International Yearbook 2009 (Barcelona, 2009). Available through the CIDOB Foundation website:

With Katie Verlin Laatikainen, ‘Good Intentions Are Not Enough’, opinion piece in European Voice, 29 June – 5 July 2006, 1 p.

Whither the CFSP after the Demise of the Constitution?‘, The Federal Trust European Newsletter, March/April 2006, 2 pp.

Media appearances

‘What does Brexit mean for…foreign policy?’, 2-minute video for the LSE’s European Institute, 2 February 2018.

I was interviewed for the ABC Rear Vision programme on Brexit, released on 18 June 2017.

I was interviewed about the UK and EU foreign policy for the ‘Brexit Watch’ podcast of the BBC World Service – World Update, on 6 April 2017.

This article by Constanza Hola in BBC Mundo (in Spanish) quotes me and other experts on Theresa May’s ‘Plan for Britian’: ‘Brexit: 5 obstaculos que enfrenta el plan de Reino Unido para salirse de la Union Europea’, 19 January 2017.

Podcast on ‘Europe after Trump’, with the 1989 Generation Initiative, 4 December 2016.

Presentations, roundtables, and so on

‘UK and EU foreign policy challenges following Brexit’, LSE European Institute lecture, 25 October 2017: podcast available.

On 27 April 2017 I participated in a fascinating high-level roundtable on ‘The EU’s commitment to human rights: ways forward’, at FRAME’s final conference in Brussels, together with Prof Manfred Nowak, Prof Olivier de Schutter and Prof Jan Wouters. Video available.

‘Brexit and EU Foreign Policy: Beginning of the End or a New Beginning?’, Megaron Plus lecture, Athens, Greece, 15 February 2017.

On 17 November 2016 I chaired a lively conversation with Nathalie Tocci, Ben Tonra and Sven Biscop on the EU Global Strategy after Brexit. Podcast available

On 14 July 2016 I chaired a talk by the Canadian Trade Minister, Chrystia Freeland,’Growing Trade the Progressive Way’. Video and podcast available. Canada currently has a much more open approach to globalisation, trade, and migration than many countries in Western Europe and the US, and so Freeland’s views of how to foster a domestic consensus for an open approach are of utmost importance in the current climate.

Comments to LSE IDEAS and Sarasin & Partners event, ‘The EU Referendum: What Now?‘, 27 June 2016


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