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1. International Relations, Spaces and Globalisations

1. International Relations, Spaces and Globalisations

The field of international relations has had a long history at the Sorbonne, personified by Pierre Renouvin(le lien est externe) until 1964, and later by Jean-Baptiste Duroselle at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and Georges-Henri Soutou at Sorbonne University. The discipline has undergone substantial changes since this founding period, and like other historical fields has been marked by a phenomenon of globalization and a broadening of the spaces studied. Its specific features are nevertheless still in place: its basis in the interplay of scales and temporalities; its capacity to jointly consider scales that are national, infra-, inter- and supranational, regional and transnational, as well as local and cross-border; and its inclusion of these relations within a systematic framework. It combines a multifactor approach to international relations with careful interpretation of decision-making.

At SIRICE, Research Area 1 continues this tradition and embodies its changes.

Our research focuses on European societies, inter-European relations, and the permanent redefinitions over the last two centuries of relations between Europe and the rest of the world, especially North America, the Near East, and Asia. A major aspect of ongoing research is the process of regional integration, and its connection with the successive stages of globalization over the last two centuries.

Three aspects are central to this research:

1.1 Places and actors of the diplomas
1.2 European cooperation, construction and deconstruction
1.3 Global spaces with and without Europe