Foreign policy and EU studies
Our research focuses on foreign policy analysis, as seen from different theoretical perspectives and with different empirical foci in the foreign policies of several European countries (e.g. Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Finland). Our basic research aims at further developing neo-classical realist, constructivist and discursive analytical models to foreign policy analysis. Our empirical focus covers European relations to the US, Russia, and other world actors, past and present, analysed on the background of both individual national European foreign policies and the EU.
In terms of EU external relations, our work focuses on selected issues of foreign policy relevance, such as EU enlargement and neighborhood, development, migration, the European Security and Defence Policy and EU-NATO relations. With the EU institutional architecture becoming operational after the Lisbon Treaty, the functioning of and prospects for EU external relations will also relate more closely to the foreign policies of individual EU member states—and especially Denmark, which will hold the EU rotating presidency in the first half of 2012.
Fabrizio Tassinari, head of the research unit