Holger Moroff

Holger Moroff
Address: Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Institute for Political Science
Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3
D - 07740 Jena

fax: +49-1212-510234678 / +49-3641-945412
E-Mail: mail@moroff.eu
Telephone: +49-3641-945493/-10


The EU as an International Actor in its Eastern Neighbourhood – The Russian Case

The EU is developing a new policy towards its eastern neighbourhood. This research project on the Europeanization of security concepts and its expression in the EU’s soft security policies focuses on the internal conditions and external effects of the Union’s Eastern neighbourhood policy with a special focus on Russia. In a first step the EU’s own thinking on security is delineated by identifying and interpreting core documents (a). The question of how these ideas inform the relevant actors within the EU-institutions is being addressed subsequently as part of an analysis that looks at the interaction patterns between the EU and Russia in an overall effort of projecting stability through cooperation and common policies (b). Finally it will be assessed whether and where the experiences gained within the framework of the Northern Dimension can fruitfully be applied to the evolving policies towards the EU’s new Eastern neighbourhood and Russia alike (c). The aim of the project is to identify and develop policy options for the EU’s emerging Eastern Neighbourhood policy and its policy towards Russia. The guiding question for the research project is: Why and how is the EU acting in (governance analysis) and interacting with (foreign policy analysis) third countries on soft security issues in its Eastern neighbourhood in general and Russia in particular? The main hypothesis to be tested is: The EU low politics approach through cooperation in fields such as environment, pollution, nuclear safety, health, migration, crime, and corruption reinforces EU soft security concepts inside the Union and provides a path for altering the Russian approach towards security internally and in the overlapping common neighbourhood of the EU and Russia alike. The methodological toolkit comprises discourse analysis, qualitative interviews and game theoretical models on multi level foreign policy governance.






2001-2002: research fellow at the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin

Since October 2002: lecturer at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in international and comparative politics, since October 2004 research fellow and lecturer


1995 BA in economics, history, and American studies at the university of Bochum

1997 M.A. in political science at Washington University in St. Louis, MA- thesis in comparative political science (grade: A)

2000 Master of European Studies (M.E.S.) at the Centre for European Integration Studies (ZEI) of Bonn University, thesis on the negotiation system of the Council of the EU (grade: A)

2008 PhD in political science at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, thesis on security concepts in EU external relations


German, English, Spanish (fluent), French & Russian (working knowledge)


Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Scholarship Foundation) (1993-97), Washington University (1995/96), Centre for European Integration Studies (1999-2000), DFG graduate programme (2002-2004), EFSPS fellowship (2005-2007)

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