Discussion paper: TTIP and Switzerland

In this discussion paper for the Swiss foreign policy think-tank foraus, I analyse the TTIP negotiations from a Swiss point of view. In a nutshell, my paper argues that TTIP is rightly facing a contentious debate, as it’s an agreement with deep-seated political implications. For Switzerland, the dilemma is between marginal economic gains, traded off against aContinue reading “Discussion paper: TTIP and Switzerland”

JCMS article: Africa-EU relations and Normative Power Europe: A Decolonial Pan-African Critique

Access here. The debate on NPE (Normative Power Europe) has flourished for more than a decade. NPE has shaped Africa–EU relations considerably, especially since the founding of the AU (African Union). Yet while the EU aspires to be a post-imperial, normative power, this postcolonial critique suggests NPE is a neo-Kantian, Eurocentric discourse that reinvigorates anContinue reading “JCMS article: Africa-EU relations and Normative Power Europe: A Decolonial Pan-African Critique”

Extended interview EN & FR: Jean-François Bayart

Access here. After a moving and emo­tio­nal res­ponse to the ter­ro­rist attacks in Paris on 13 Novem­ber, time has come for reflec­tion. The recent poli­ti­cal vio­lence in France and elsew­here raises big ques­tions and asks for no other than big ans­wers. To address these fun­da­men­tal chal­lenges, we met with Jean-François Bayart, a renow­ned Afri­ca­nist whoContinue reading “Extended interview EN & FR: Jean-François Bayart”

UNU-CRIS Bruges Regional Integration & Global Governance Paper: The European Union’s Regionalism Diplomacy in Africa: An English School Approach

Access here. This paper proposes an innovative analytical approach to regionalism promotion by the European Union (EU) in Africa. The approach pursues the dual aim of accommodating African approaches to regionalism in EU foreign policy analysis and of expounding the centrality of diplomacy in negotiating a renewed EU-African Union relationship. The concept of ‘regionalism diplomacy’Continue reading “UNU-CRIS Bruges Regional Integration & Global Governance Paper: The European Union’s Regionalism Diplomacy in Africa: An English School Approach”