My research interest lies at the intersection of the fields of International Relations (IR) and European external relations. My research addresses questions related to foreign policy and diplomacy and to organisational management and performance. More specifically, my research focuses on EU diplomacy and EU performance in ENP countries based on the ‘the practice turn’ in IR and EU studies approach.



EU diplomacy and the ‘practice turn’ in IR/EU studies

My current work focuses on consolidating the ‘practice turn’ in IR and EU studies as a research agenda in EU diplomacy and, hence creating synergies between organisational management, diplomatic studies, and the practice approach. 

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Publications related to this topic:

  • 2018. EU External Representation Post-Lisbon: The Performance of EU Diplomacy in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Special issue, vol. 13 (1), 75-96
  • 2015. EU and member state diplomacies in Moldova and Ukraine: Examining EU diplomatic performance post-Lisbon’, European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Special issue 1, Vol. 19, 1-25 [with M.H. Smith]
  • 2013. Inter-level cooperation: how to reach agreement across “vertical” boundaries?” INCOOP Policy brief. [with M. DeSomer, M. Mihaescu Evans, M. Muhlbock, and M. Tidghi]

EU Performance

A performance exercise entails learning to the same extent about what is working and what is not. This ultimately may lead to improving (the policy and the policy process) which comes with the capacity to adopt and adapt as a performance exercise explores the variety of organisational practices. In my work I develop performance criteria which allow for a critical assessment of EU diplomacy against clear-cut performance criteria such as effectiveness, relevance and capability.

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Publications related to this topic:

  • 2018. The Challenge of Analysing the ENP. In T. Schumacher, A. Marchetti & T. Demmelhuber (eds.), Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy [with I. Romanyshyn]
  • 2018. (ed.) The European Union and Central and Eastern Europe: Assessing Performance, Routledge [with D. Papadimitriou. and C. Surubaru]
  • 2017. (ed.) Assessing the performance of the European Union in Central and Eastern Europe and in its Neighbourhood, East European Politics, Special issue 1, Vol. 33, 1-16 [with D. Papadimitriou. and C. Surubaru]

EU actorness and the ENP

Research on EU diplomacy and EU performance in Eastern Europe has also informed my research on ENP countries such as Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. I work on examining the level of integration with the EU of these countries.

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Publications related to this topic:

  • 2017. Political cohesion and coordination of Nordic Plus and CEEC EU member states in Eastern Europe. Studia Diplomatica, vol.15, LXVIII-5
  • 2016. The EU’s Eastern Partnership with Moldova: A ‘best case’ scenario for EU security community building? In P. Rieker (Ed.), External Governance as Security Community Building. Palgrave, 49-77 [with G. Bosse]
  • 2014. The ENP as an instrument for building a security community? The Case of Moldova”. Oslo: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Working Paper 833 [with G. Bosse]