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.



13th October 2017

The IIEA Future of EU 27 Project

Ireland’s strategic agenda for the next three years is complex. Navigating the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, and examining Ireland’s position within the EU of 27, will demand reflection and analysis.
3min

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.
8min

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.
2min

18th March 2021

EU Review – The Week Ahead

EU Review – The Week Ahead rounds up the main meetings, developments and events from around the European Union and Europe on a weekly basis.
147min



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

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

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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24th February 2021

Can the Syrian Constitutional Committee Achieve Peace in Syria?

This blog evaluates the prospects for peace in Syria in the context of the Syrian Constitutional Committee and the pursuit of constructive diplomacy to overcome the major challenges facing the political process.
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25th November 2020

Towards a Union of Equality: Evaluating the LGBTIQ Equality Strategy 2020-2025

This blog evaluates the extent to which the European Commission’s new LGBTIQ equality strategy (2020-2025) fills the legislative gaps in terms of providing greater rights protection to LGBTIQ people across the EU.
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Global Europe EU Past Events

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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4th November 2020

Europe’s role in the world and the future of multilateralism

Federica Mogherini reflects on Europe’s role in the world and the future of multilateralism in the aftermath of the pandemic.
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Global Europe UN Past Events

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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13th January 2021

Multilateral Cooperation on Disarmament: Prospects and milestones in the COVID era

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu reflects on the prospects and milestones for the disarmament agenda in the COVID era.
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