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The External breaks down recent and important research on the role and place of Europe in a fast-changing global order. Episodes focus on a recently published article or special issue. Some episodes feature conversations with the author(s) [interviews] and others provide the key takeaways of a recently published article in under 10 minutes [summaries], so you can stay on top of the latest research wherever you listen.

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Episode 8

The EU and the Governance of Contested Global Spaces

The high seas, the polar regions, the atmosphere, outer space, and cyberspace… these areas beyond national jurisdiction have become increasingly contested, especially in an era of rising geopolitics. What role does the EU play in the governance of these areas?

In Episode 8, The External is joined by Professor Joris Larik and Professor Simon Schunz who discuss the growing importance and contestation of ‘global spaces’ and how the EU approach compares with other key players in the governance of these spaces based on the collective findings from their special issue, edited together with Sieglinde Gstöhl, The European Union and the Governance of Contested Global Spaces in an Era of Geopolitics, in the Journal of European Integration. The special issue also includes contributions from Marianne Riddervold, Andreas Raspotnik and Adam Stępień, Giulia Pavesi and Jan Wouters, and Hanna Smith.


The special issue discussed in this podcast also led to the publication of a policy brief ‘Becoming a ‘Spacifier’ – Why the European Union Needs a ‘Global Spaces’ Strategy and What it Could Look Like’.

Episode 7

Macroeconomic Responses to Global Health Crises

While the COVID-19 crisis had an economic impact worldwide, different states and regions responded with different macroeconomic policies… and with very different results.

In Episode 7, The External is joined by Professor Bernadette Andreosso-O’Callaghan and Professor Woosik Moon who compare these different global responses and discuss the key results from their edited volume Economic Policy and the Covid-19 Crisis: The Macroeconomic Response in the US, Europe and East Asia, published by Routledge in 2022.


Episode 6

How Multinational Corporations Contribute to Regional Integration Across Africa

What role do multinational corporations play in African regional political and economic integration?

In Episode 6, the External provides an overview of the recent article by Dr Mpumelelo Mkhabela and Professor Christopher Changwe Nshimbi published in the Journal of African Business, ‘‘Post-Apartheid South Africa and African Continental Integration: The Contribution of South African Multinational Corporations to Integration“. 


Episode 5

Factional politics behind the UK’s evolving foreign policy

Can changes to British foreign policy be understood as an outcome of factional politics that divided the Conservative Party during the Brexit negotiations?

In Episode 5, the External is joined by Benjamin Martill (University of Edinburgh), who argues that the defeat of Teresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement brought to power a pro-Brexit faction with a distinct foreign policy worldview and incentives to demonstrate a cleaner break from the European Union. We discuss the key insights from his recent article in the Journal of European Public Policy, “Withdrawal symptoms: party factions, political change and British foreign policy post-Brexit.”


Episode 4

How parliaments are shaping the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement

National and subnational parliaments are increasingly taking up a role in regional trade negotiations, which has implications for the final negotiation outcomes. The parliamentary engagement with the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement may be a deciding factor in the agreement’s future. 

In Episode 4, the External is joined by Bruno Luciano from the Université libre de Bruxelles and Cairo Junqueira of the Federal University of Sergipe to discuss their recent article ‘Beyond parliamentary ratification: the role of national and subnational parliaments in EU-Mercosur trade negotiations‘ in the Journal of European Integration.


Episode 3

Paradiplomacy toward the EU from US states

Individual US states engage in their own diplomatic efforts towards the EU – Illinois even has an office in Brussels – but they do so in different ways and for different reasons. This episode dives into this long-standing but under-researched practice.

This episode brings in Maria Helena Guimaraes (University of Minho) and Michelle Egan (American University) to discuss their article (co-authored with Sandrina Antunes), ‘Made in the USA? The paradiplomatic strategies of California and Illinois to the EU‘ published in Terroritory, Politics and Governance.


Episode 2

Regulating transnational corporations at the United Nations – the negotiations of a treaty on business and human rights

In this podcast, we provide an overview of Radu Mares‘ article ‘Regulating transnational corporations at the United Nations – the negotiations of a treaty on business and human rights’ in The International Journal of Human Rights. 


Episode 1 

Understanding How the EU Interacts with Global Governance Institutions

In this podcast, we sum up the key insights from the special issue of Journal of European Integration Navigating Complexity: The European Union in Global Governance (2022, eds. Axel Marx and Oliver Westerwinter) and its introductory article ‘An ever more entangled Union? The European Union’s interactions with global governance institutions‘ on the EU as a global governance actor.