RIA Standing Committee on International Affairs Roundtable
A Year Later: Issues, Challenges and Implications of Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe – A Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy
Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Iveagh House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 1
1.30-2.00pm Registration and coffee
2.00-2.15pm Welcome by
Bobby McDonagh, Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Director General for Policy and Communications. He is a former Permanent Representative to the EU and Ambassador to London, Rome and Malaysia.
Mervyn O’Driscoll, Chair of the RIA Standing Committee for International Affairs and Senior Lecturer, University College Cork
2.15-3.15pm Panel I: Irish Practitioners’ Perspectives
Barrie Robinson, Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Political Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The role of the Strategy in guiding the conduct of the overall EU foreign policy agenda including the articulation of the stated global ambition of the EU, in the face of multiple challenges to the multilateral system, with regional security and defence preoccupations in the European neighbourhood as well as the inter-relationship between interests and values in the Union’s foreign policy.
Ciarán Murphy, Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Defence and Policy Director of the Department of Defence
A reflection on the recent evolution of EU policy in the security and defence space and current developments on Permanent Structured Cooperation, Comprehensive Annual Review on Defence, the Commission proposals for a Defence Industry Development Programme and EU/NATO Cooperation.
Marie Cross, Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of International and European Affairs, and former Irish Representative to the EU Political and Security Committee
An assessment of the resolutions adopted and proposals put forward since June 2016 designed to implement the Global Strategy, including the Reflection Paper of June 2017 of the Future of European Defence. A consideration of the policy options that Ireland and EU Member States will need to consider in the context of the developing momentum in this area within the EU and taking into account the challenges internationally.
3.15-3.45pm Coffee break
3.45-4.45pm Panel II: Academic Perspectives
Chair: Professor Siobhan Wills, Professor of Law and the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster
Ben Tonra, Professor of International Relations at the UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe)
An identification of the added-value of the new Global Strategy, consider its context and member state engagement with same as well as assess the challenges that the Union faces in its pursuit.
Andrew Cottey, Senior Lecturer, Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration and Head of Department, Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork
A focus on the defence dimension of the EU Global Strategy. Key unresolved strategic questions lie behind the debate on ‘European defence’ and limit the EU’s military role.
David Ryan, Chair of Modern History, University College Cork, Ireland
After seventy years, don’t underestimate the power of US internationalism. After ten months don’t overestimate the powers of the President. After seventy years don’t underestimate the US pursuit of its national interest.
4.45-5.00pm: Wrap-up/Closing Remarks
5.00-5.45pm: Wine Reception
Moderation of the event: Present and Past Members of the Standing Committee for International Affairs