Articles by Thomas Diez

December 21, 2023

Why the EU needs to become more ‘positively anxious’

Thomas Diez
Scholars and the media often portray the ongoing polycrisis as undermining the EU’s self-understanding. This has led observers to describe the EU as an ‘anxious community’. But Franziskus von Lucke and Thomas Diez find that, on the contrary, EU actors remain surprisingly confident. While this may look like a positive finding, the authors argue that the EU needs more, not less, anxiety to deal successfully with current and future challenges
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December 19, 2023

It’s time for the EU to step up efforts to revamp the liberal international order

Thomas Diez
The EU stands at a critical juncture, requiring a consorted commitment to revitalising and reforming a liberal international order, write Helene Sjursen, Viacheslav Morozov, Michela Ceccorulli, Enrico Fassi, Sonia Lucarelli, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Thomas Diez, Franziskus von Lucke, Pol Bargués, Jonathan Joseph, Ana Juncos
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Thomas Diez
Professor of International Relations, University of Tübingen

Thomas previously held positions at the University of Birmingham, the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute and the Mannheim Centre for European Social Reseaerch.

He has also taught in Aarhus, Munich and Victoria (BC).

His research focus on European integration and foreign policy, EU-Turkey relations, the Cyprus conflict, and climate change and global governance.

In September 2009, he received the Anna Lindh Award for his contribution to the field of European Foreign and Security Policy Studies.

Thomas was President of the European International Studies Association (EISA), 2015–2017.


The Routledge Handbook of Critical European Studies
co-editor, Routledge, 2021

The EU and Global Climate Justice
co-author, Routledge, 2021

The EU, Promoting Regional Integration, and Conflict Resolution
co-editor, Palgrave 2017

The Securitisation of Climate Change
co-author, Palgrave, 2016

Key Concepts in International Relations
co-author, Sage 2011

An Introduction to International Relations Theory: Perspectives and Themes
co-author, third edition Pearson 2010

European Integration Theory
co-editor, second edition Oxford UP 2009

Cyprus: A Conflict at the Crossroads
co-editor, Manchester University Press, 2009

The Loop

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Advancing Political Science
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