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European Foreign Policy

From Rhetoric to Reality?

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Edited By Dieter Mahncke, Alicia Ambos and Christopher Reynolds

There is agreement in political and academic circles that the European Union needs a common foreign and security policy (CFSP). The question is how to move from recognised necessity to practical implementation: from rhetoric to reality. Many efforts have been made, and indeed the creation of a European foreign policy is ‘work in progress’. Bringing together a multinational team of both young researchers and established academics, this volume offers a comprehensive analysis of this process, uniquely combining the examination of the foundations, institutions, procedures and obstacles of EU-level foreign policy with an extensive range of case studies exploring European policy ‘on the ground’ in key areas such as the Balkans, Africa or the Middle East.
Of use and interest to students of European politics and the general reader alike, it breaks through the Euro-jargon to provide a clear, accessible and up-to-date account of this unprecedented system of international relations, with a particular focus placed on the questions of why EU member states participate in the CFSP and what impact it enables them to have in geopolitics.
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List of Abbreviations ........................................................................... 11 Introduction ........................................................................................ 17 Alicia Ambos, Dieter Mahncke & Christopher Reynolds PART ONE FOUNDATION AND STRUCTURE CHAPTER 1 The Need for a Common Foreign Policy ........................................... 27 Dieter Mahncke CHAPTER 2 Irreconcilable Differences? National Convergence and Divergence in the CFSP ............................................................... 43 Christopher Reynolds CHAPTER 3 Theoretical Perspectives. CFSP beyond the Supranational and Intergovernmental Dichotomy .................................................... 61 Wolfgang Wessels CHAPTER 4 The External Relations of the EU. Legal Aspects ............................. 97 Inge Govaere CHAPTER 5 Striving for a Common Foreign Policy. A Brief History................................................................................... 117 Roberto Francia & Miguel Angel Medina Abellán CHAPTER 6 The Institutionalisation of CFSP and ESDP ................................... 165 Alicia Ambos 8 PART TWO CURRENT EFFORTS: CASE-STUDIES CHAPTER 7 Transatlantic Relations ..................................................................... 195 Dieter Mahncke CHAPTER 8 The EU’s War over Iraq. The Last Wake-Up Call......................... 209 Peter van Ham CHAPTER 9 Russia: Towards a Strategic Partnership?...................................... 227 Miguel Angel Medina Abellán CHAPTER 10 Kosovo: An Example for a Successful European Foreign Policy?................................................................. 241 Armin Michael Mayer & Christine Stockhammer CHAPTER 11 Coherent European Foreign Policy in Macedonia. From Test Case to Prime Example? ................................................ 255 Kathrin Ahlbrecht CHAPTER 12 The Mediterranean: The Progressive Construction of a Common Agenda ........................................................................ 277 Miguel Angel Medina Abellán CHAPTER 13 The Middle East Peace Process ........................................................ 293 Alicia Ambos & Ines von Behr CHAPTER 14 The Great Lakes Region: Testing Ground for a European Union Foreign Policy .............................................. 317 Anja Fiedler CHAPTER 15 EU-ASIA Relations............................................................................ 335 Radhia Oudjani 9 CHAPTER 16 EU Foreign Policy towards Latin America ..................................... 357 Alejandro Ribó Labastida Conclusions ........................................................................................ 371 Alicia Ambos, Dieter Mahncke & Christopher Reynolds...

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