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Introduction: European Security Governance after the Lisbon Treaty: Neighbours and New Actors in a Changing Security Environment

Abstract : This special issue of Perspectives on European Politics and Society derives from an international conference on European Security and Supranational Governance, which was held at the University of Salford, Greater Manchester, on 27-28 January 2011. It was sponsored by the European Commission (EC) and the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE), which is a partnership between the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. The EC’s funding took the form of a grant from the Jean Monnet Programme/Lifelong Learning Programme for the European Union Simulation (EUSIM) Project for 200912.Warm thanks are, therefore, due toboth theECand theManchester JMCE for their generous financial support, without which neither the conference nor this special issue would have seen the light of day. The main aim of the EUSIM Project is to bring the study and research of the EU closer to students of a wide variety of backgrounds. It is often thought that because of the sometimes awkward relationship of Britain with the EuropeanUnion (EU), students inBritain are not interested in, ormight even behostile to, studying or researching the EU. This project aims to encourage students to increase their critical knowledge of the EU through the application of a problem-based learning (PBL) approach to the ‘EU Simulation’ Jean Monnet module. The EU Simulation module supports students in becoming independent, enterprising problem-solvers through the examination of real-life EU policy problems. The scenario underpinning the EU Simulation in 2010-11 focused on European security and supranational governance. In addition to more traditional classes that introduced them to policymaking in the EU, students were given a policy scenario and asked to conduct negotiations in weekly sessions akin to Council meetings; these negotiations culminated in a session modelled upon a ‘real-life’ European Council summit. In addition, all students were given free access to the latest cutting-edge research on the topic by attending the conference and they will gain further insights through the publication of this special issue. Bringing together students, researchers and practitioners representing various institutions, including the EC, and coming from a large number of countries has considerably enhanced the understanding and the enthusiasm of the students, who might not have otherwise become interested in EUmatters.
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Christian Kaunert, Sarah Leonard. Introduction: European Security Governance after the Lisbon Treaty: Neighbours and New Actors in a Changing Security Environment. Christian Kaunert; Sarah Leonard. European Security Governance and the European Neighbourhood after the Lisbon Treaty, Routledge, pp.1 - 10, 2012, 9780415623377. ⟨hal-02408696⟩



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