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”
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”
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”
Access here. TTIP reflects the regulatory framework that globalised value chains dictate. Yet, it covers 40% of global trade only – what about the rest? Economic justice should come to the fore – both in a TTIP ‘accession clause’ and at the WTO.
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”