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Politics and International Relations (PIR): Research


Multilateralism and the EU in the Contemporary Global Order (MERCURY)

Multilateralism and the EU in the Contemporary Global Order (MERCURY)

MERCURY is a collaborative project designed to examine the EU's contribution to multilateralism, and especially its avowed goal of contributing to 'effective multilateralism' globally. It has a total project cost of 2 million, of which 1.5 million is funded by the European Commission under the EUs 7th Framework Programme.

Edinburgh University hosted the launch of MERCURY on 12-13 March, with a plenary session including a number of high-profile speakers. They included Sir John Grant, Britains long-serving Permanent Representative to the European Union; Martin Barber, former UN Chief of Policy Development and Advocacy in the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; and Professor Gerrit Olivier, South Africas first post-apartheid Ambassador to Russia.

From the academic side, the session heard several of the best-known scholars in the field of EU studies, including Christopher Hill, Cambridge University; Wolfgang Wessels, University of Köln; and Alberta Sbragia, University of Pittsburgh.

MERCURY is led by Edinburgh's Politics and International Relations Department. The full team includes the University of Köln; Cambridge University; the Institute of International Affairs (Rome); Sciences Po, Paris; SIPRI (Stockholm); Charles University (Prague); the University of Pretoria; and Fudan University (Shanghai).

Dr Mark Aspinwall is the Project Coordinator and the Research Director is Professor John Peterson.

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