Manual on Simulation Game
As part of EUN-NET, the University of Leiden was responsible of putting together a manual for a simulation game focusing on on the migration / refugee crisis in the framework of a special session of the European Council. However, it can also be played with another thematic focus, such as EU negotiations on a common position on environmental protection (an example being decisions as to how much each Member State needs to reduce emissions in view of the Paris Climate Accord) or in another institutional setting, an example being a session of the Foreign Affairs Council (chaired by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy). Moreover, the game can be played either in the context of a (special) meeting of the European Council, or a coordination meeting at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York.
Download the manual: Manual on Simulation Game.
Report on Simulations
The Simulation exercise is an alternative way to familiarize students with the EU foreign policy-making process and the international interactions of the EU within the UN framework. This Report compiles the individual reports provided by all partners regarding the nineteen (19) simulation exercises they held during the duration of the Network. The duration and number of participants varies a lot according to the institutional context and the course structure within which the simulations were embedded.Since there was no blueprint envisaged, each partner followed an own devised format, according to the idiosyncratic features of each exercise and audience. Additional material (audio and video recording) from two simulation exercises containing interviews from participants has been uploaded at the website of the project.
Download the Report: Report on Simulations
Report on Teaching Visits
The project proposal that was successfully evaluated by the European Commission defines the organization of teaching visits as a key activity of EUN-NET. Aimed at disseminating best teaching practices among the partners, each partner was tasked to make two teaching visits, adding up to a scheduled total of 16 visits with a duration of a few days each. These visits were successfully completed between September 2017 and July 2019.
Download the report: Report on Teaching Visits
Report on the State-of-the-art on EU-UN Studies
This report provides a state-of-the-art overview of teaching on EU-UN studies in early 2017. The study is conducted as part of the Jean Monnet Network ‘Research Network on EU-UN Relations’ (EUN-NET). The report pools information on course materials, academic practices and teaching methodologies used in the field on EU-UN relations (syllabus, courses structure, online learning tools, databases, etc.). Based on these materials, a curriculum for EU-UN studies is presented (possible courses, relevant supporting material etc.) which aims to stimulate academic synergies.
Download the report: Report on the State-of-the-art on EU-UN Studies
Report on Training Seminars
The Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) prepared a simulation exercise as part of a training module for practitioners working in, or interested in, EU-UN affairs. The simulation develops an understanding of the importance of information and information asymmetry in the process of negotiation. It is not designed to accurately model EU Council procedures, rather create an awareness of the two-level game.
Download the report: Report on Training Seminars
E-Learning Platform on EU-UN Relations
As part of EUN-NET, the project partners created an interactive e-learning platform on EU-UN relations.
Students with an interest in the EU, the UN, and the interaction of both organizations can use the e-learning materials to learn about the basics of EU-UN relations as well as about selected current developments through video-recorded lectures, interactive quizzes and tips for further reading.
The portal is free. We hope you enjoy learning new insights on the complex interactions between the EU and the UN!
In the context of the EUN-NET research activities, the AUEB team compiled a Data Set of the EU activities in the UN General Assembly (UNGA), gathering two kinds of data:
(a) the oral interventions of the EU and member-states in the discussions held at the UNGA Committees and the Plenary and second. This data comprises the EU official interventions either by the rotating Presidency of the Council, representatives of the European External Action Service, the EU Delegation in New York or any other official explicitly mentioning that (s)he speaks on behalf of the European Union.
(b) the voting record of EU member-states in the UNGA Committees and the Plenary.
The gathered data has a ten-year time span, from September 2009 (64th Session) to July 2018 (72nd Session). It covers the period right after the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the crucial period around the passing of Resolution 65/276 that offered the EU the ‘enhanced observer’ status at UNGA, the transitional period right after the surrounding turbulence, and the solidification period up to 2018.
For more information and access on the data set, please contact Associate Professor Spyros Blavoukos at email@example.com