Tiffany G. Williams
Selling Normative Power Europe: Analyzing the unexpected outcomes of the European Union's normative power in the South Caucasus
Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna
ESR15 | Twitter: @TiffGWilliams
Postdoctoral researcher on the project Jena-Cauc at the Institute for Caucasus Studies, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena.
Contributing to international relations scholarship and EU studies, my PhD analyzes the European Union’s evolving political strategy in the South Caucasus. It demonstrates how the perception of extant Eastern Partnership agreements as exclusionary and dogmatic rather than fair and pragmatic limits their attractiveness to Eastern Partners, and impacts the EU’s political effectiveness in the region. Despite an attempt to address this with a reconfiguration of its external action policy, the EU’s internal decision-making structure complicates the reforms necessary to implement such policy change. In the meantime, the Eastern Partners in the South Caucasus are setting their own terms for strategic partnership with the EU..
- Supervisor: Guido Tiemann, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna
- Co-supervisors: Johannes Pollak, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna and Colin Hay, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences Po, Paris
- Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin and Brussels
I have a background in evaluation including working at the Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation and the Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Additionally, I have worked with public sector and nonprofit clients as an independent research and evaluation consultant. My academic training and professional experience corroborate the value of the methodology I employ in my PhD project for policy analysis, impact evaluation, and other forms of evaluative and analytical practice. As such, I enthusiastically aim to bridge research to practice and policymaking in all of my work, and will do the same with my PhD project. Because PLATO involves a broader research community beyond academia, it offers me a unique opportunity to achieve this important goal. Nationality: American.
- Master of Public Administration, Cornell University
- Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Portland State University
Addressing legitimacy challenges for the European Union
Ivana Skazlic and Tiffany Williams at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna look back on the experiences of the past years on the IHS Blog.
Trading ambition for cooperation: What’s next for the Eastern Partnership?
The European Neighbourhood Policy and its Eastern Partnership are key strategic policy frameworks for European Union external action. However, after unfulfilled promises, the Eastern Partners are now rethinking the original EU-led partnership framework. Tiffany G. Williams explains how mutual exchange can support fair and realistic cooperation between the Brussels and its partners in the East.
Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 27 May 2021
Make the Eastern Partnership great again?
Brussels needs a proper response to the “Trio Plus Strategy 2030” resolution. Tiffany Williams explains how the EU should meet the dissatisfied Eastern Partners, holding the Union to its promises.
PLATO kick-off conference
PLATO's kick-off conference brings together the project's partners in Oslo for academic discussions and networking.
PLATO panel at the ÖGPW Graduate Conference
A panel discussing PLATO research was organised as part of the Austrian Political Science Association's Graduate Conference in Vienna on 28-29 November 2019.
Tiffany Williams discusses the EU's Eastern Partnership at UACES
Tiffany G. Williams is presenting two papers at the UACES 49th Annual Conference, which takes place in Lisbon 1-4 September 2019.
Banking union, identity politics and political trust discussed at ECPR in Mons
A total of 29 workshops on a range of subjects were organised as part of the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops held in Mons in April 2019. Research from PLATO was discussed in three of the week-long workshops.
Synthesising research findings (RTC4)
ESRs will be presenting their contribution to the PLATO anthology and their overall research results, with an emphasis on the first.