Dr Benedetto will give the Jean Monnet Inaugural Lecture, entitled £350 million per week and why Europe needs a budget, on Tuesday 6 December 2016 at 6.15pm in the Main Lecture Theatre of Royal Holloway’s Founder's Building.
The Jean Monnet programme is an EU initiative named in honour of one of the founders of European integration, who was also the first President of the European Coal and Steel Community’s High Authority. The programme co-finances academic Chairs, research centres, networks, projects and course modules with a teaching or research focus on aspects of the European Union across the social sciences.
The Centre for European Politics welcomed leading scholars of China and India for a seminar on China and India's emerging foreign policy.
Professor Zhang Lihua is Professor of the Department of International Relations and China Director of Research Centre for China-EU Relations at Tsinghua University. She has published more than 50 academic articles and 7 books on China-EU Relations, Contemporary Chinese Politics, Chinese Culture and Diplomacy, and Political Theory. She is currently working on a project of Tsinghua-Carnegie Global Policy Center "How Chinese Cultural Values Affect China's Foreign Policy ." http://www.dir.tsinghua.edu.cn/publish/iren/2428/2010/20101216140154997143245/20101216140154997143245_.html
Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta is a Senior Lecturer in International Security in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. Monika’s research areas include critical security studies, human security, securitization studies and foreign policy. Empirically, her research focuses on non-traditional security issues, particularly food security; non-state actors and regional security challenges in South Asia, and Indian foreign policy. Prior to joining UNSW, Monika led a two-year research project funded by the MacArthur Foundation on ‘Food Security in Asia: Strategic risks and mitigation’ at the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS), University of Sydney. She is also a Director of the Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD, www.aiyd.org) and the South Asia Book Review Editor for Asian Studies Review https://socialsciences.arts.unsw.edu.au/about-us/people/monika-barthwal-datta/
“One belt one road” and EU-China Relations - Professor Zhang Lihua
Three decades of rapid economic growth in China largely benefit from the state’s long-term development strategies. Since 1978, China has launched its “reform and open up” program, which manages to move from planned economy to market economy. Nowadays, China has initiated “one belt one road” strategy, which is also a long-term strategy. It will not only benefit the development of China and its covering countries but also the world economy. “One belt one road” promotes the values of cooperation, win-win, open, inclusiveness and peaceful development. It will mainly focus on infrastructure construction in its covering countries and help to foster cultural exchange and political understanding. At present, the Chinese government from the central to the bottom has been enthusiastically promoting this initiative. “One belt one road” will contribute to the development of EU-China relations. China’s economic and cultural relations with European countries will be further strengthened with the development of this initiative. However, there are huge difference on cultural values, ideology and political system between China and European countries. Those difference may reflect in the “one belt one road” or even become a barrier. In this regard, mutual understanding between Europe and China is very necessary. http://www.dir.tsinghua.edu.cn/publish/iren/2428/2010/20101216140154997143245/20101216140154997143245_.html
Strategic Narratives of India's Rise in Global Politics - Dr Monika Bartwal-Datta
India is now widely referred to as a 'rising' or 'emerging' power in global politics. Its burgeoning economy, the distinction of being the world¹s largest democracy and its (unofficial) nuclear power status are amongst the core stories that are told about a 'rising' India. These stories form part of, and help (re)produce a broader narrative about India's role and place in the world that appears to have become widely accepted in the literature, and informs the larger context within which India¹s engagement in global politics is often understood and scrutinised. Through an analysis of how senior Bush administration officials constructed a strategic narrative of the US-India bilateral relationship, in efforts to get Congressional approval for the US-India nuclear cooperation agreement, this paper demonstrates how policy elites are (re)producing India as a 'rising' power to shape its identity in global politics, and in order to pursue specific foreign policy goals in relation to India at the domestic and international levels.
CEP co-director Dr Alister Miskimmon and Professor Ben O’Loughlin from the Department of Politics and International Relations have been awarded a prestigious book prize at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Their book, co-written with Professor Laura Roselle, Strategic Narratives: Communication Power and the New World Order has been judged the best book in International Communication by the International Studies Association, the main global forum for scholarship in International Relations. They were awarded the prize at the Association’s annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia with over 5,000 delegates in attendance.
The book outlines an ambitious research agenda: to define and develop a more robust perspective on the foundations of world order. In making the award the book prize committee noted that the book was beautifully written and carefully researched with powerful, cross-disciplinary arguments. The prize committee said that the book will serve as a foundation that informs and impacts the next generation of political communication and international relations scholarship and practice.
With perfect timing, after the events of the weekend of 20-21 February 2016, we welcome Lord Riddle to Royal Holloway to discuss the evolving role of the UK in the European Union.
This event, organised by Dr Andrea Mammone of the Department of History at Royal Holloway, brought together students, staff and guests to discuss the main issues at stake in the run up to June's referendum.
Dr Giacomo Benedetto addresses events on the EU Budget at the European University Institute in Florence and at the European Parliament in Strasbourg
During the month of October, Giacomo Benedetto of the Department of Politics and International Relations has addressed two prestigious events on the European Union’s budget, the first in Florence alongside Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for Budgets and Vice President of the European Commission (see webstream). On 8 and 9 October, Dr Benedetto also spoke on the EU’s annual budgets at an event in Strasbourg co-hosted by the European Parliamentary Research Service and the Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration of the German University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer. This was attended by academics and by policy practitioners including officials of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Economics and Finance Ministers (EcoFin).