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Anna & John J. Sie International Relations Complex

University of Denver

2201 S Gaylord, Room 1020

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Please join CEUCE for a talk by Stephanie Anderson, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wyoming. Using a critical, feminist and post-colonialist analysis, Professor Anderson evaluates the information campaigns of EU Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) Rule of Law missions, such as Kosovo’s EULEX, to assess the narrative the EU uses to justify its intervention in third countries. In these social media posts and videos, the EU portrays itself as the masculine hero on a white horse coming to save the damsel-in-distress, that is the collective people hosting the EU mission. In creating this heroic narrative, the EU seeks to advertise itself to Europeans as a savior with a higher purpose, with the goal of rallying support among the citizenry for the European project. At the same time, this narrative reduces the host country to a helpless victim. Interestingly, the EU advisors on the ground recognize the problems playing the role of ‘victim’ causes, and change the narrative of the same CSDP information campaigns, so as not to alienate the people hosting the mission. Nevertheless, the attempt to change the narrative is often unsuccessful; anti-EU videos, such as “F*** EULEX”, are far more popular than the EU information campaigns and generate resistance to the EU’s heroic image.

Professor Anderson earned her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge (UK), M.Sc., The London School of Economics, and B.S.F.S. at Georgetown University. Her research focus is on the European Union (EU) as an international actor, international relations and security issues. In 2011-12, she was a senior fellow at the KFG – Transformative Power of Europe at the Free University of Berlin researching EU security policy, identity-formation, and crisis management as well as the scholar-in-residence at the EU Centre in Singapore. In 2008, she published Crafting the EU Security Policy: In the Pursuit of European Identity (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2008). Her book is based on research she did while a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Her first Fulbright was as a Senior Scholar in the Graduate School of International Studies at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea. Her second book is co-authored with Rob Godby, The Economics and Politics of the Eurozone Crisis (Budrich, 2015). She has also published in several journals and edited volumes including Armed Forces and Society, The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Affairs, and European Foreign Affairs Review.

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