Ring of Fire: Instability and Insecurity in the EU’s Neighbourhood

18 February 2016 18:00 - 18 February 2016 20:00 Add to Calendar 18-02-2016 18:00:00 18-02-2016 20:00:00 36 Ring of Fire: Instability and Insecurity in the EU’s Neighbourhood Tuke Common Room DD/MM/YYYY

This joint seminar with the Institute of Contemporary Studies, and the Senior European Experts looks at the topic of Instability and Insecurity in the EU’s Neighbourhood

Joint Seminar with the Institute of European Studies and the Senior European Experts

Thursday 18 February: 18.00 - 19.15 followed by refreshments

Tuke Common Room, Regent's University London

The Regent's Report 2015, Europe’s Neighbours: From Morocco to Moscow, highlighted the major challenges posed by economic, political, social and security issues in the EU’s neighbourhood. 

To the east and to the south of the EU there is instability, conflict, poverty and poor governance.These problems have long spilled over into the EU, which since 2004 has had a Neighbourhood Policy in response. 

But that policy was conceived more than a decade ago when Europe’s neighbourhood looked very different from today. 

Following the recent publication of the Regent's Third Annual Report, this timely seminar looks at how the EU should respond to the problems of security and defence on its doorstep, as well as how it can seize the political and social opportunities that are already there.  

Informed by a background paper prepared by the Senior European Experts, a group of former senior ambassadors and officials, which will be sent to all participants in advance, a distinguished panel of experts will discuss these important issues with the audience. 


Panel details

Sir Emyr Jones Parry is a member of the Senior European Experts and was Britain’s permanent representative to both NATO and to the United Nations.  He served in several posts in Brussels and was Director, European Union at the Foreign Office. Sir Emyr is currently President of Aberystwyth University in Wales. 

Dr Kataryna Wolczuk is Reader in Politics and International Studies, University of Birmingham who specialises in the EU Neighbourhood Policy. 

Michael Lake is a former European Union Ambassador to Hungary and Turkey and contributor to the current Regent’s Report, Europe’s Neighbours.

John Drew 3 120X160px V Variation 1The panel will be chaired by Professor John Drew, Director of Regent's Institute of Contemporary European Studies.

A former UK diplomat in Paris, Kuwait and Bucharest, John has held the positions of Director of International Corporate Affairs at Rank Xerox and Director of European Affairs at Touche Ross International. He was the representative of the European Commission in the UK and is Chancellor of Regent's University London.



Please note places are strictly limited to allow greater participation in the discussion, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register here to reserve your place. 

This event is supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK.

The Institute of Contemporary European Studies and the Senior European Experts

The Institute of Contemporary European Studies seeks to build on the existing pool of research, expertise and contacts within the European Business School International group (EBSI) in order to contribute to the debate on European affairs through its Annual Review, Contemporary Europe, and its Occasional Paper series.

The Senior European Experts is an independent body consisting of former high-ranking British diplomats and civil servants, including several former UK ambassadors to the EU and other former officials of the institutions of the EU. They prepare briefing papers on current EU topics for opinion-formers.

Please contact: lectures@regents.ac.uk with any queries.

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