EU Diplomat Guest Lectures for Politics and IR Programme

Deputy Head of the China Division at the EU External Action Service (EEAS) Mr. George Cunningham participated as a guest lecturer for two taught modules for the Politics and IR programmes on 27/11/14.  For our Level 6 Jean Monnet Chair module on European Strategic Culture,  taught by Dr Amelia Hadfield, Mr. Cunningham gave an insightful account of the day-to-day work of the EEAS , and the foreign policy challenges currently facing the EU more generally. Additionally he advised the students on aspects of a career in diplomacy.

George Cunningham Chairing the EU Council Simulation
George Cunningham Chairing the EU Council Simulation

In the afternoon, Mr. Cunningham then chaired a simulation of a European Council meeting to decide on the EU’s policy towards China, which took place within the Level 5 taught module, EU: Power, Politics and Integration, taught by Dr John FitzGibbon. Using his many years of experience, George brought a tremendous degree of real-world diplomatic knowledge and practical information into how the EU works at the highest level.  This created a wonderful learning environment for the students to apply their knowledge of individual member states and how the process of European integration is meant to work in theory in a practical learning environment.

Family Photo of George and all the student participants in the Simulation
Family Photo of George and all the student participants in the Simulation

George Cunningham is also the Liberal Democrat prospective Parliamentary candidate in the North Thanet constituency in the forthcoming general election.

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