ARENA Tuesday Seminar: Mai'a K. Davis Cross

At the ARENA Tuesday Seminar on 13 October 2015, Dr. Mai'a K. Davis Cross from ARENA and Northeastern University in Boston will discuss the paper 'What type of power has the EU exercised in the Ukraine-Russia crisis? A framework of analysis'.

The paper discussed was the draft introductory article for a special issue of the Journal of Common Market Studies. The issue was edited by Mai’a K. Davis Cross and Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski and was entitled 'Europe’s Parallel Foreign Policy: The Ukraine-Russia Crisis'.


The aim of this paper is to explain the type(s) of power that the EU, on multiple dimensions and levels, has exerted in reaction to the Russia-Ukraine crisis. The approach developed here is intended to pave the way for new work that treats the EU as a serious actor on the international stage. This does not mean that the EU is necessarily successful overall, but that just like other actors, it uses different forms of power in different situations. This paper seeks to understand the EU’s influence in the world while recognizing its embeddedness in an unpredictable and uncertain international system. Does the external context or structure of the international system constrain or enable the EU’s exercise of power? And more specifically, to what extent has the Russia-Ukraine crisis serves as a critical juncture and catalyst for shaping the EU’s power?

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Please note that this paper is work in progress and thus has limited distribution, please contact us if you would like access. Do not cite without permission from the author.

Published Sep. 16, 2015 10:32 AM - Last modified Aug. 19, 2020 10:50 AM