Global Europe



Global Europe Analysis



The IIEA’s Global Europe project is a three-year integrated programme of research, events, and public engagement supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs. This project aims to address, analyse and communicate to a wider public the debate on the Future of Europe, the EU’s role in the world, and Ireland’s role in the multilateral order, taking account of the reframing of policy priorities arising from the unprecedented fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic. A particular priority of the Global Europe project is Ireland’s term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, which begins in January 2021 and ends in December 2022.

The project has three thematic dimensions:

  1. Global Europe, which considers a post-COVID EU in the context of its wider role in the world;
  2. Global Institutions, which explores multilateral cooperation, particularly in the format of the UN; and
  3. The cross-cutting dimension of Ireland’s role on both the global and European stages.

Through its webinars and online fora, the Global Europe project is designed to offer a platform for sharing the insights of experts, practitioners and thought-leaders. A complementary suite of project publications aims to provide independent analysis on these themes in a variety of formats.

The Global Europe programme seeks to communicate the themes described above to a range of audiences in an informative, engaging and accessible way. All of the events and research outputs described above will be made available to the public in their entirety via a project landing page on the IIEA website.



20th May 2021

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Ireland and the UN Security Council

In light of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the continued failure of the UN Security Council to call for a ceasefire may serve to undermine its credibility on fundamental human rights issues. It may also cast doubt over its ability to provide a long-term political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
7min

20th May 2021

Trading Up? The EU’s Trade Policy Review

This blog analyses the content and potential implications of the European Commission’s Trade Policy Review which aims to sets the direction and tone of a more open, sustainable and assertive EU trade policy in an increasingly competitive and uncertain world.
7min

14th May 2021

EU Trade Policy in a Post-COVID World

A webinar address on the EU’s trade policy and strategic ambitions in a post-COVID world with Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade.
2min

14th May 2021

Protecting human rights: the role of the UN Security Council

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, addresses the current challenges facing human rights protection globally and the role of the UN Security Council in this regard.
2min



Global Europe EU Publications

11th March 2021

STRATEGIC AUTONOMY: A SPECTRUM OF CHOICES FOR THE EU AND IRELAND

This analytical briefing explores the spectrum of strategic autonomy policy options available to the EU in an increasingly multipolar world, where Member States stand on the issues, and the possible implications for a small open liberal economy like Ireland.
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16th December 2020

Protecting LGBTIQ Rights in Europe and the World

This paper provides an overview of the existing legal frameworks at the European and international level which extend protections to LGBTIQ people as well as highlighting examples of best practice and identifying areas for improvement.
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10th December 2020

EU Rule of Law Policy Brief

The rule of law is a core value of the European Union, and ultimately underpins the political, legal and economic coherence of the Union. Breaches to the rule of law threaten to undermine these foundations of the Union and leave room for corruption, disinformation, foreign interference and erosion of democratic freedoms.  
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Global Europe UN Publications

22nd April 2021

CLIMATE AND SECURITY AT THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL EXPLAINER

This explainer seeks to outline some of the most serious implications of climate change for security as well as examining the unique role that Ireland can play on climate and security during its two-year membership of the UNSC. Visit our dedicated webpage here.  
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5th February 2021

IRELAND’S MEMBERSHIP OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL EXPLAINER

This explainer aims to introduce Ireland’s membership of the UN Security Council by examining some of its key features and functions, as well as by assessing what Ireland can hope to achieve during its two-year term.  
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Global Europe Blogs

20th May 2021

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Ireland and the UN Security Council

In light of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the continued failure of the UN Security Council to call for a ceasefire may serve to undermine its credibility on fundamental human rights issues. It may also cast doubt over its ability to provide a long-term political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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20th May 2021

Trading Up? The EU’s Trade Policy Review

This blog analyses the content and potential implications of the European Commission’s Trade Policy Review which aims to sets the direction and tone of a more open, sustainable and assertive EU trade policy in an increasingly competitive and uncertain world.
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12th May 2021

Forging a path to peace in Tigray: Ireland and the UN Security Council

This blog seeks to provide a brief background to the origins of the conflict in Tigray and the dire humanitarian situation which has emerged as a result and argues that the UN Security Council has a unique role to play in creating the conditions necessary for peace, with Ireland well placed to play a leadership role in this regard.
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8th April 2021

Media Freedom in the EU – A Pillar of the Rule of Law in Peril?

This blog provides an analysis of the importance of a free and pluralistic media in the context of the debate on upholding the rule of law within the European Union.
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Global Europe EU Past Events

14th May 2021

EU Trade Policy in a Post-COVID World

A webinar address on the EU’s trade policy and strategic ambitions in a post-COVID world with Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade.
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26th March 2021

Forging a Comprehensive EU Approach to Migration

In his address to the IIEA, Vice-President Schinas considers the significance of the extensive review of migration policy embodied in the New Pact on Migration and Asylum.
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10th February 2021

Rule of Law in the EU

Minister Varga and Minister Byrne discuss the rule of law in the European Union, and the challenges facing it.
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13th January 2021

Towards LGBTIQ Equality in the EU: A Legal and Policy Perspective

Thomas Byrne TD, Minister of State for European Affairs, and Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, discuss recent developments in LGBTIQ equality in the EU.
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Global Europe UN Past Events

14th May 2021

Protecting human rights: the role of the UN Security Council

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, addresses the current challenges facing human rights protection globally and the role of the UN Security Council in this regard.
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17th February 2021

Why the ICC matters and why it is here to stay

Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, addresses the importance of accountability to the international rules-based order in the context of the work of the ICC.
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10th February 2021

Prospects for peace in Syria: the Imperative of Constructive Diplomacy

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, addresses the prospects for peace in Syria.
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9th February 2021

Ireland’s priorities for the UN Security Council in 2021-2022

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, addresses Ireland’s priorities for the UN Security Council in 2021-2022
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