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 provides students with an understanding of: the European Union’s ‘foreign policy system’, which includes external activities such as trade and development, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the Common Security and Defence Policy, and the contributions of national foreign policies. We cover the main aspects of relations between the EU and other areas of the world, including the United States, Russia, the Balkans and the Middle East. Students will also learn how to use the main analytical concepts and theories to help explain developments in the EU’s foreign policy.

IR433 The International Politics of EU Enlargement

This course examines EU enlargement from the point of view of International Relations. 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. IR433 first covers the various phases of enlargement from 1973 to the present; then attention switches to more thematic concerns: the role of the self-excluded states (Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and, shortly, the UK); 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 and Russia.

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 (post-doctoral researcher, University of Magdeburg)

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

Julia Muravska, The Institutionalisation of the European Defence Equipment Market (research leader, RAND Corporation)

Damiano de Felice, Explaining Variation in the Degree of Internalisation of Political Conditionality: The Cases of France and the UK (Director of Strategy, Access to Medicine Foundation)

Carolina Boniatti Pavese, Level-linkage in European Union-Brazil relations: An analysis of cooperation on climate change, trade and human rights (Professor, International Relations, PUC Minas)

Benedetta Voltolini, Lobbying in EU Foreign Policy-Making towards the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Exploring the Potential of a Constructivist Perspective (Lecturer in European Foreign Policy, King’s College London)

Antonio Raimundo, The Europeanisation of National Foreign Policy: Portuguese Foreign Policy towards Angola and Mozambique, 1978-2010 (Research Associate of the Center for International Studies of the University Institute of Lisbon)

Arthur Minsat, Making EU Foreign Policy towards a ‘Pariah’ State: Consensus on Sanctions in EU Foreign Policy towards Myanmar (Economist, OECD Development Center)

Raphael Bossong, The evolution of EU counterterrorism policy from 9/11 to 7/7 : the opportunistic and fragmentary dynamics of EU security policy-making (Researcher, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik SWP)

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

Rosa Balfour, Human Rights and Democracy in EU Foreign Policy: The Cases of Ukraine and Egypt (Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund)

Sinikukka Saari, ‘Form but not the Function?’ Dilemmas of European Human Rights and Democracy Promotion in Russia (Senior Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs)

Eva Gross, The Europeanization of National Foreign Policy? The Role of the EU CFSP/CSDP in Crisis Decision-Making in Macedonia and Afghanistan (Political Advisor to EU special envoy for Afghanistan)

Victor Bojkov, The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: Intergovernmental Bargaining in the Context of European Union Politics and International Human Rights Codification (Head of Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission)

Robert Kissack, Who Speaks for Europe in the ILO? Member State Coordination and European Union Representation in the International Labour Organisation (Associate Professor, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals IBEI)

Sergiusz Trzeciak,The influence of domestic pressure on Poland’s negotiation positions towards EU Accession (1998-2003) (political marketing and public affairs consultant, Poland)

Miriam Allam, Adopting the Euro in Central Europe: Cross-national variations in the strategies of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia (Head of MENA-OECD Governance Programme)

Markus Jaeger, Domestic institutions and European monetary integration: the politics of monetary and fiscal convergence in Italy, 1992-1998 (Director, Deutsche Bank Research, New York)

Jordi Vaquer i Fanes, Spanish Policy towards Morocco (1986-2002): the impact of EC/EU membership (regional director Europe, Open Society Foundations)

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