CALL FOR PAPER – Polish European Community Studies Association (PECSA), Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Poland (KAS) The Review of European Affairs

 Polish European Community Studies Association (PECSA),  Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Poland (KAS)

 The Review of European Affairs


Call for papers 2019 for special issues

The editors of The Review of European Affairs invite submissions for the upcoming issues in 2019. The academic debate on the prospects of the European integration process and on the EU’s role in the world is ongoing, with several issues at the forefront.

The EU faces several great challenges nowadays. One is whether the future EU should be more united, stronger, and more competitive—internally and externally. This includes efforts to create a stronger Single Market, which should provide more business opportunities, and whether the digital market should be implemented. New technology will have to be utilised to conduct business and improve the welfare of EU society. The key issue here is the demographic challenge. Will Europe continue to attract skilled workers and, although the further inflow of migrants will inevitably stimulate the EU’s economy, will migration be managed in a more efficient way? Will the EU remain strongly committed to the discussion on climate change? These are only a few topics discussed in the EU nowadays. The debate continues on how to tackle the challenges the Union faces, on which reforms will be implemented to enhance European competitiveness internally and externally, and what must be done to raise the EU as a stronger global actor.

Furthermore, many scholars argue that we are currently witnessing the making of a new world order. Some forecast the end of the liberal international order established by the U.S. and are talking about the possibility of a bipolar world order in which the rules of the game will be dictated by the American-Chinese duo. Others suggest a multipolar world order with the U.S., China, Russia, India, and others, and groupings such as the BRICS, EU, etc. The question for the EU is what will be its role in this future world order: a bandwagoner or a trendsetter/powerbroker? The future of EU-transatlantic collaboration is also under fire, along with signs of a troubled partnership between NATO and the EU that could force the latter to think about defence in more autonomous and concrete terms. Moreover, we must never forget that ultimately the EU is much more than a community of states or an exclusivist trading bloc, it is also an entity based on norms and values, and in its relations with third parties it wishes to spread and to export these norms and values, which represent the cornerstones of the European community.

Besides the external challenges the EU faces, 2019 is an important year to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its biggest enlargement. It is valuable to underline the benefits of membership and lessons learnt from the integration process. For the first time, the EU is facing a possible reduction in members and, at the same time, many are celebrating their presence in the Union. The EU’s internal issues will play a key role in making it a stronger global actor. Therefore, the scientific discussion on the European integration process and the role of the EU as an international player will tackle both its external and internal dimensions.

To this end, the editors of The Review of European Affairs invite interested authors to submit papers that address, but are not limited to, the following issues and topics on current developments in the EU and its members, including in Poland:

  • Values and principles of the European integration process
  • Pros and cons of membership in the EU – 15 years since its biggest enlargement
  • Models of European integration in the 21st century
  • Prospects of the European integration process
  • Single European Market
  • Socio-economic development of the EU
  • The new MFF 2021–2027: where is the EU heading?
  • Future of the Eurozone
  • The rise of populism and illiberalism in the EU: revival of the nation-state?
  • The EU and its citizens: is there a democratic deficit in the EU?
  • Migration and integration in the EU
  • Forced migration and EU asylum policy
  • EU safety and security
  • EU external relations
  • The EU as a global actor
  • The EU’s place in the future world order
  • The EU as a regional security provider and role in conflict prevention and crisis management
  • The EU and NATO
  • The EU and the transatlantic partnership
  • The EU, WTO, and IMF and global trade relations
  • The EU’s role in the fight against climate change
  • The EU as a normative power and as a global human rights champion
  • The EU’s cultural diplomacy and exporting culture and norms abroad
  • The EU’s soft vs. hard power


Prospective Authors are kindly asked to submit their abstracts till 30 June to the editors by email to *email address protected*. Please include the Author’ s name and affiliation.

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