Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Department of Government and Politics Research Seminar Series

Europe, the EU and China’s Sea Conflicts: Between Normative Politics, Power Balancing and Acquiescence

Department of Government and Politics Research Seminar Series Title: Europe, the EU and China’s Sea Conflicts: Between Normative Politics, Power Balancing and Acquiescence Speaker: Dr Andrew Cottey, Head of Department and Senior Lecturer The South China and East China Sea conflicts have become key tests of the implications of China’s re-emergence as a global power and of other actor’s responses to China’s rise. Against the background of rising tensions over these sea disputes, this paper will explore European and EU perspectives on and policies towards the South China Sea disputes. The paper will explore a number of questions: to what extent are there identifiable positions amongst the major European powers? To what extent have national policies of European states on the South China Sea been Europeanized via the EU? In a context where the US is the central extra-regional actor in the South China Sea conflict, and tensions between the US and China are escalating, to what extent does European policy converge or diverge with that of the US? The paper will also explore the extent to which there is scope for a larger and more proactive European role in the South China Sea conflict. The paper will argue that Europe is torn and is likely to remain torn between three approaches: a normative approach emphasising principled support for international law; a power balancing approach based on countering Chinese moves in the South and East China Seas; and acquiescence to a dominant China role in these seas. Dr. Andrew Cottey is Senior Lecturer and Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration, Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork. He has been at UCC since 1999 and is currently Head of the Department of Government and Politics. His teaching and research are in the areas of international relations and international security. He has been a NATO Research Fellow, a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and a Visiting Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). He previously taught at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford (1993-99). His publications include Security in 21st Century Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edition 2013) and Understanding Chinese Politics: An Introduction to Government in the People’s Republic of China (co-authored with Neil Collins, Manchester University Press, 2012).



Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
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Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: Room 322 Food Science Building
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Stefanie Wojtek
021 490 2770
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