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Multilateralism and the EU in the Contemporary Global Order

Objective

This project seeks to understand the EU’s contribution to effective multilateralism. We consider evolving and conflicting (culturally-defined) meanings of multilateralism; its uncertain future on a global scale; the EU system of external relations in the light of the Reform Treaty and its implications for the Union's ability to shape multilateralism; and whether and how multilateralism is compatible with the EU’s shift towards inter-regionalism and strategic partnerships. Arguably, the EU has done more than most of its partners to acknowledge new global challenges and rising demand for multilateralism. Its own positions frequently become focal points for international negotiations on conflict resolution. Nevertheless, essential questions remain unanswered about the viability of a European ‘way’ of multilateralism. Can multilateralism be defined in a way that transcends divisions within as well as beyond Europe, between states, nations and cultures, strong and weak, rich and poor? Is there a concept of multilateralism that overcomes theoretical schisms? Is it possible for the EU or its member states (or anyone else) to define and pursue a selfless, benign, credible doctrine of multilateralism, as opposed to one that serves its own interests? The problem of matching supply to demand for effective multilateralism will be the leitmotif for MERCURY, a research programme that will elaborate and clarify forms of multilateralism, develop specific theses about the EU’s contribution to multilateralism, and test them in line with best scientific practice. Its remit extends to the interactions of the EU and its member states with regions outside Europe, strategic partners, and global organisations. It is interdisciplinary, drawing on expertise in law, politics, economics, and international relations. It advances a clear intellectual agenda – to explore, explain, and evaluate different conceptions of multilateralism – while aiming to achieve practical policy relevance.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

Address

Old College, South Bridge
Eh8 9yl Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 430 696

Administrative Contact

Caroline Laffey (Ms.)

Participants (8)

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UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 274 914

UNIVERZITA KARLOVA

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 83 208

ISTITUTO AFFARI INTERNAZIONALI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 175 152

FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES

France

EU Contribution

€ 109 062

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 116 856

FUDAN UNIVERSITY

China

EU Contribution

€ 49 112

STIFTELSEN STOCKHOLMS INTERNATIONELLA FREDSFORSKNINGSINSTITUT

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 117 504

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 143 496

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 225267

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2009

  • End date

    30 April 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 975 910

  • EU contribution

    € 1 500 000

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom