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European Foreign Policy

From Rhetoric to Reality?


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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11 List of Abbreviations ABM Anti-Ballistic Missile ACP Africa, the Carribean and the Pacific ADFL Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire AFDL Alliance des Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Congo-Zaire AFET (Parliamentary) Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defence Policy AFSOUTH Allied Forces Southern Europe AIDCO EuropeAid Cooperation Office APEC Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation ARF ASEAN Regional Forum ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEF Asia-Europe Foundation ASEM Asia-Europe Meeting AWACS Airborne Warning and Control System BMD Ballistic Missile Defence CAP Common Agricultural Policy CARDS Community Assistance for Reconstruction, Develop- ment and Stabilisation CCP Common Commercial Policy CEECs Central and Eastern European Countries CES Common European Space CESDP Common European Security and Defence Policy CFA Central Fiscal Authority CFSP Common Foreign and Security Policy CHOD Chief of Defence CivCom Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management CJHA Cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs CJTF Combined Joint Task Forces European Foreign Policy. From Rhetoric to Reality? 12 COREPER Comité des Représentants Permanents (Committee of Permanent Representatives) COREU CORrespondance EUropéenne CSCE Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Conférence sur la Sécurité et la Coopération en Europe) CSDP Common Security and Defence Policy CSM Common Strategy on the Mediterranean Region CSR Common Strategy on Russia DG RELEX External Relations Directorate General DRC Democratice Republic of Congo DSACEUR Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe DTI Department of Trade and Industry EAR European Agency for Reconstruction EBA Everything But Arms EBRD...

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