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Prof. Tobias SCHUMACHER

Chairholder, European Neighbourhood Policy Chair

Since 1 July 2012 Prof. Dr. Tobias Schumacher is the holder of the Chair in European Neighbourhood Policy. He is also an Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies (CEI-IUL) at the University Institute of Lisbon.
He previously held positions at the University Institute of Lisbon, the Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo), the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin, and the University of Mainz.

Prof. Dr. Schumacher earned his doctorate in Political Science at the University of Mainz in 2002 and was awarded several fellowships and grants, among others, by Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, the European Commission, the European University Institute, the Fondazione Monte Paschi dei Siena, and the Foundation of the German Economy. His article (co-authored with Raffaella Del Sarto) entitled ‘From Brussels with love: leverage, benchmarking, and the Action Plans with Jordan and Tunisia’, published in Democratization, Vol. 18 (4), 2011, pp. 932-955, won the scientific award for academic excellence of the University Institute of Lisbon.

He taught at the European University Institute, the Dublin European Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Munich University, Université Hassan II Casablanca, Mainz University, and Ilia State University in Tbilisi. He is the author of some 90 books, book chapters, articles and policy papers on the European Neighbourhood Policy, Euro-Mediterranean relations, Middle East and North Africa politics, and Foreign Policy Analysis. He is the profiles editor of Mediterranean Politics, a member of the editorial board of Insight Turkey, and a regular contributor to the international media.

Prof. Dr. Schumacher, together with Dr. Andreas Marchetti (ZEI, Bonn University) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Demmelhuber (University of Hildesheim) was commissioned by Routledge to edit The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy. This authoritative handbook, due in 2017, is destined to gather the most respected and insightful voices to address key issues related to conceptual, methodological, theoretical and empirical aspects in the EU’s neighbourhood policy framework.
Among his latest publications are:

  • ‘Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Why the ‘black garden’ will not blossom any time soon’, Security Policy Brief 71, Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations, Brussels, April 2016.
  • ‘Back to the Future: The ‘New’ ENP towards the Southern Neighbourhood and the End of Ambition’, CEPOB 1, Bruges 2016.
  • ‘From Survival to Revival: The Riga Summit 2015 and the revised ENP’, Security Policy Brief 65, Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations, Brussels, July 2015, with Suzana Carp.
  • ‘How to make the European Neighbourhood Policy fit for purpose’, Europe’s World, 25 June 2015.
  • ‘Uncertainty at the EU’s borders: narratives of EU external relations in the revised European Neighborhood Policy towards the southern borderlands’, European Security, Vol. 24 (3), 2015, pp. 381-401.
  • ‘Russia’s foreign policy towards North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring’, in: Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 20 (1), 2015, pp. 97-104, with Cristian Nitoiu.
  • ‘The EU and Democracy Promotion: Readjusting to the Arab Spring’, in: Larbi Sadiki (ed.), The Routledge Handbook on the Arab Spring, Oxon, Routledge, 2015, pp. 559-573.
  • ‘Nahost- und Mittelmeerpolitik’, in: Werner Weidenfeld and Wolfgang Wessels (eds.), Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2014, Baden-Baden, NOMOS, 2014, pp. 227-234.
  • ‘EU and GCC Countries’ Foreign Policies and the Mediterranean Neighborhood – Towards Synergetic Cooperation?’, Gulf Paper, Cambridge, Geneva, Jeddah: Gulf Research Center, 2013, with Irene Fernandez Molina.
  • ‘The EU becomes assertive in the Middle East Peace Process’, in Open democracy, 2013, with Dimitris Bouris.
  • ‘New Neighbours, Old Formulas? The ENP One Year After the Start of the Arab Spring’, in A. Ghali, I. Hegazy, S. Kawakibi, E. Kienle, E. Manea, S. Saadawi, T. Schumacher, J. Völkel (eds.), The Arab Spring: One Year After. Transformation Dynamics, Prospects for Democratization and the Future of Arab-European Cooperation, Gutersloh: Bertelsmann, 2012, pp. 87-104.
  • ‘Conditionality, Differentiation, Regionality and the ‘New’ ENP in the Light of Arab Revolts’, in E. Barbé and A. Herranz-Surrallés (eds.), The Challenge of Differentiation in Euro-Mediterranean Relations. Flexible Regional Cooperation or Fragmentation, London: Routledge, 2012, pp. 142-158.
  • ‘Gulf Cooperation Council Countries and Yemen’, in Joel Peters (ed.) The European Union and the Arab Spring, Lanham: Lexington Press, 2012, pp. 109-126.

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