Richard Youngs, a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program, will present talks on European crises today, Jan. 29, and Friday, Jan. 31. He is an expert on the foreign policy of the European Union, in particular on questions of democracy support. He has published widely on the Middle East, the European neighborhood, the current EU crisis, and energy security. Youngs’s interests focus on the development of EU foreign policy, European responses to the Arab Spring, trends in international democracy, and current debates over democracy promotion strategies.
Today, Richard Youngs will examine the legacy of the worst crisis the EU has experienced in decades and what it will mean for the EU’s international role. The fallout undermines the EU’s foreign policy capacity and tarnishes its normative brand, compelling some member states to focus on realpolitik and their own national-level policies. But there are also signs of enhanced European cooperation, greater international ambition, and deepened commitment to the values of a liberal world order. Youngs will detail how the EU can craft an effective foreign policy strategy while confronting an internal economic crisis and a reshaped global order.
Youngs’ Friday talk will focus on the EU’s role in the Arab Spring and Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests.
The Uncertain Legacy of Crisis: European Foreign policy Faces the Future
Today, Jan. 29, 2014
Room 485, Allen Library
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Free and open to the public
EU Democracy Promotion after the Arab Spring and Euromaidan Protests
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
Room 403, Thomson Hall
12:00 – 2:00 PM
A pizza lunch will be offered
Limited to UW community
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