Professor Karen E. Smith

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I teach the following courses at the LSE:

IR320 Europe’s Institutional Order (3rd year undergraduate course, primarily for students on the BSc International Relations degree)

This course examines and explains the development of Europe’s institutional order in the post-war era and its evolution since the end of the Cold War. It analyses the importance of European organisations for both their member states and international relations in general. It covers the development, evolution, and, where applicable, enlargement of European organisations including: the Council of Europe, NATO, the European Union, the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe, Comecon, and the Warsaw Treaty Organisation.

The following MSc courses are primarily for students on the MSc International Relations and  MSc EU Politics degrees:

IR416 The EU in the World

This course covers the development of the external activities of the European Union, including the development of Common Foreign and Security Policy; the relationship between the member states and these external activities, in particular the impact of the evolution of EU institutions and policies on national foreign policies; and the relations between the EU and non-EU states and regions.

IR433 The International Politics of EU Enlargement

This course examines EU enlargement from the point of view of International Relations. The principal aim is to understand the interplay between enlargement, EU foreign policy and wider geopolitics. With this in mind enlargement is considered both as an act of European foreign policy and as a phenomenon impacting on the foreign policies of other states and actors. It covers the various phases of enlargement from 1973 to the present, examining the inputs from key member states as well as from the EU institutions, and analysing the extent to which strategic policy-making characterised each round. In the last part of the course, attention switches to more thematic concerns: the role of the self-excluded states (Norway, Switzerland, Iceland); the problem of neutrality; security, NATO and the post-Cold War European order; the geopolitical issue of Europe’s final border; and the view from outsiders, such as the United States, Russia, Turkey and Morocco

In addition, I co-chair the workshop for the IR department’s cluster on International Institutions, Law and Ethics, which meets weekly.

LSE Summer school teaching: Together with Dr Jens Meierhenrich, I teach the LSE summer school course on Genocide.

PhD supervision:

Click here for information on studying for a PhD in International Relations at the LSE.

I have supervised the following successful PhD students:

Daniel Schade, The European Union’s Latin America policy: a study of foreign policy change and coordination

Monika Hellmeyer, The Impact of the Central and Eastern European EU Member States on the EU’s Foreign Policy, 2004 to 2013

Julia Muravska, The Institutionalisation of the European Defence Equipment Market

Damiano de Felice, Explaining Variation in the Degree of Internalisation of Political Conditionality: The Cases of France and the UK

Carolina Boniatti Pavese, Level-linkage in European Union-Brazil relations: An analysis of cooperation on climate change, trade and human rights

Benedetta Voltolini, Lobbying in EU Foreign Policy-Making towards the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Exploring the Potential of a Constructivist Perspective

Antonio Raimundo, The Europeanisation of National Foreign Policy: Portuguese Foreign Policy towards Angola and Mozambique, 1978-2010

Arthur Minsat, Making EU Foreign Policy towards a ‘Pariah’ State: Consensus on Sanctions in EU Foreign Policy towards Myanmar

Raphael Bossong, The evolution of EU counterterrorism policy from 9/11 to 7/7 : the opportunistic and fragmentary dynamics of EU security policy-making

Tine van Criekinge, Power Asymmetry between the European Union and Africa? A case study of the EU’s relations with Ghana and Senegal

Rosa Balfour, Human Rights and Democracy in EU Foreign Policy: The Cases of Ukraine and Egypt

Sinikukka Saari, ‘Form but not the Function?’ Dilemmas of European Human Rights and Democracy Promotion in Russia

Eva Gross, The Europeanization of National Foreign Policy? The Role of the EU CFSP/CSDP in Crisis Decision-Making in Macedonia and Afghanistan

Victor Bojkov, The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: Intergovernmental Bargaining in the Context of European Union Politics and International Human Rights Codification

Robert Kissack, Who Speaks for Europe in the ILO? Member State Coordination and European Union Representation in the International Labour Organisation

Sergiusz Trzeciak,The influence of domestic pressure on Poland’s negotiation positions towards EU Accession (1998-2003)

Miriam Allam, Adopting the Euro in Central Europe: Cross-national variations in the strategies of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia

Markus Jaeger, Domestic institutions and European monetary integration: the politics of monetary and fiscal convergence in Italy, 1992-1998

Jordi Vaquer i Fanes, Spanish Policy towards Morocco (1986-2002): the impact of EC/EU membership

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