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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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377 About the Authors KATHRIN AHLBRECHT is Political Consultant in Brussels. She holds a CEP degree from the Institut d’Études Politiques of Aix-en-Provence (2000) and an MA degree in Politics, Public Law and Spanish from the WestfälischeWilhelms-Universität Münster (2002), where she worked at the Institute of Political Science as a student assistant from 2000 to 2002. Additionally, she has a Master’s degree in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges (2003). Her main research interest is focused on ESDP issues, in particular European crisis management and EU-NATO-cooperation. ALICIA AMBOS is working for the Political Affairs and Security Division at NATO. She was a research assistant at the Department of European Political and Administrative Studies (Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Chair for European Foreign Policy and Security Studies) at the College of Europe, Bruges. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and has studied at the University of Freiburg, the Freie Universität of Berlin and the University of Adelaide, Australia. She holds an MA from the University of Freiburg in Germany (2000) in Politics, European and International Law, and German Language and Literature as well as a Master’s degree in Euro- pean Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges (2001). Having worked for NATO, the UN, and the South Australian Parliament, her research focuses on European Foreign and Security Policy. ANJA FIEDLER is Academic Assistant at the Department of European Political and Administrative...

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