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The EU Neighbourhood Policy: The Eastern Partnership and EU-Russia Relations
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project aims at enhancing knowledge of the EU Neighbourhood Policy, with special regard to its Eastern goals, as well as advancing research on the history of the EC/EU Eastern relations. The Module will consist in specialised teaching, both frontal lessons and interactive seminars, as well as research mainly carried out in EU archives, which will lead to the publication of peer-reviewed articles on the EC/EU "Ostpolitik". Teaching and research activities will strongly contribute to the vocational training of the Coordinator as they will represent her first long-term teaching experience and allow to increase her scientific productivity in this field.Teaching activities will inform a wide audience about the efforts made by the EU in order to build its Neighbourhood Policy, by focusing on its Eastern Partnership (EaP). Lessons and seminars will include non formal learning methods and will contribute to throw light on a very topical issue, which is raising questions among students and within the public opinion. The Ukrainian crisis demonstrates that the EaP puts at stake numerous European interests, which involve security as well as the future of investments and labour market mobility in this area. Teaching will therefore provide with a necessary expertise not only students interested in international careers, but numerous typologies of professionals. Research will investigate origins and development of the common European Eastern policy, dealing, in a historical perspective, with the shaping of a "common European Ostpolitik" over the decades of the Cold War and seeking for its legacy in the current EU Eastern relations. Studies will be based on an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, by encompassing political, social and economic factors and comparing the behaviours of the EC/EU member states. Activities will include field-research in UE archives (especially EUI Archives, Florence) and findings will be both published and divulgated during the lessons.
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