International Relations Research News

Prof. Jozef Bátora, PhD represented the Webster Vienna department of international relations in the Long Night of Research (Lange Nacht der Forschung) which took place April 13th, 2018 at the Science Pool, Hauffgasse 4A, 1110 Wien, between U3 stations Enkplatz and Zipperstrasse
The Long Night of Research is a nationwide event where universities, museums and other institutions showcase their research and findings on a variety of topics, from both the natural and social sciences. Along with several faculty members from various departments at Webster Vienna, Prof. Bátora presented his current research: “The EU as a global actor: Transformational diplomacy or old wine in new bottles?” This presentation is based on Bátora’s two papers presented at the International Studies Association convention in San Francisco on Apr 4-6, 2018.

Through this presentation, Prof. Bátora provided insight on two aspects of the EU’s international impact. First, it presented findings on the formation of the EU's diplomatic service (European External Action Service – EEAS) as an 'interstitial organization'. Building on organization theory, this novel concept proposed by Prof. Bátora captures the nature of the EEAS as a hybrid type of an external affairs administration, providing an organizational platform for a comprehensive approach in international crisis management. The interstitial nature of the EEAS challenges diplomacy as an institution of the modern state order.

Second, his research further explores how the work of the EU as an actor in international crisis management is perceived by the local populations in North and South Mitrovica in Kosova (Kosovo Serbs and Kosovo Albanians). To measure perceptions of the EU’s role in crisis management, Prof. Bátora and his colleagues from an international research consortium collected survey data from 206 participants from both sides of the river Ibar in Mitrovica in July 2017. The presentation will feature graphs and figures summarizing the findings.