CfP EISA PEC-2020 Malta: European Security: The EU and Beyond

18. 2. 2020

EISA 14th Pan-European Conference on International Relations: “The Power Politics of Nature”; University of Malta – Msida, Malta, 16-19 September 2020.


Call for Papers: Section 11; The deadline for submission is 16 March.


European Security: The EU and Beyond

Section Chairs :
Kamil Zwolski (University of Southampton)
Natalia Zaslavskaya (Saint Petersburg State University)


European Security is becoming a hotly contested topic. ‘Europe needs to take over from NATO, NATO is braindead, Europe cannot rely on America anymore’. These are just some controversies that we have experienced over the last years. At the same time, while the USA is increasingly withdrawing from Europe, Russia is increasingly aiming to occupy European space – political, territorial and geopolitical. China is also increasingly aiming to become an actor within the European space.

How ready is the European Union to deal with the security challenges of the 21st century? Ever since the three-pillar structure of the European Union (EU) was established by the Treaty of Maastricht, it has become commonplace to associate the international role of the EU with Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), and subsequently also Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). These policy frameworks are certainly fundamental for the EU’s international security identity, but they are far from exclusive.

This section invites panels and papers exploring the EU’s international security policies, frameworks and actors. One example includes the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, which has long been labelled as the EU’s ‘internal security’ framework. Another example includes the security role of the European Commission. These developments fundamentally challenge ‘what we know’ about the EU’s international security role.


We invite papers and full panels that address the following and related themes:

a) Theorising the EU’s international security
b) Geopolitics of European Security
c) USA and European Security
d) Russia and European Security
e) China and European Security
f) Turkey and the European Neighbourhood
g) European institutions and European Security: EEAS/Council
h) European Commission in international security
i) Taking stock of the international dimension of the AFSJ
j) Financing European Security


For more details, and the submission guidelines, see the Conference website.

For questions regarding this section, please email us directly:

Kamil Zwolski:
Natalia Zaslavskaya:


Kind regards,

Dr Kamil Zwolski
Jean Monnet Chair of European Security Governance
Associate Professor in International Politics
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Politics & International Relations
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
+44 (0)23 8059 3668
University profile

Recent book:
Zwolski, K. (2018) European Security in Integration Theory: Contested Boundaries (Palgrave)