The Diplomatic System of the European Union. Evolution, change and challenges

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Publication Date 2015
ISBN 978-0-415-73228-4
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Over the past five years, the EU has established a new system of diplomacy centred on the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HRVP). This new system reflects a process of evolution in a changing context, and has been faced by major challenges since its inception.

This book examines the diplomatic system of the EU, locating it within the broader study of diplomacy and the European integration project. The volume is structured around the interrelated themes of institutional change and the evolving practices of EU diplomacy. It tracks the development of the EU’s system of diplomacy, with particular reference to the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the establishment of the EEAS and the emerging practices of EU strategic and structural diplomacy. Bringing together contributions from leading experts in the field, this book provides an original approach to the development and operation of the EU’s diplomatic system.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of European Union international relations, European Union politics and diplomacy.

+ Introduction - Michael Smith, Stephan Keukeleire and Sophie Vanhoonacker
Part I: Frameworks and Concepts
1. The Diplomatic System of the EU: Concepts and Analysis - Brian Hocking and Michael Smith
2. The European Commission’s External Service - David Spence
Part II: The Challenge of Institutional Change
3. EU Diplomacy Post-Lisbon: The Legacy of the Ashton Era - Sophie Vanhoonacker and Karolina Pomorska
4. The Practices of Post-Lisbon Diplomacy - Simon Duke
5. Negotiating a New World Order: The EU and Multilateral Diplomacy at Times of Change - Ole Elgström
6. The EU in the World of International Organizations: Diplomatic Aspirations, Legal Hurdles and Political Realities - Jan Wouters, Jed Odermatt and Thomas Ramopoulos
Part III: The Challenge of Strategic Diplomacy
7. The EU, Strategic Diplomacy and the BRIC Countries - Michael Smith
8. The EU and Russia: A Marriage of Convenience - Tom Casier
9. The EU and China: The Politics and Economics of Strategic Diplomacy - Michael Smith
10. The EU, the US and India: Strategic Diplomacy and Great Power Politics - David Allen and Michael Smith
11. The EU and Brazil in a Changing World: Strategic Partners or Competitors? - Sebastian Santander
Part IV: The Challenge of Structural Diplomacy
12. The EU and Structural Diplomacy - Stephan Keukeleire, Floor Keuleers and Kolja Raube
13. The EU’s Structural Diplomacy Towards Kosovo - Stephan Keukeleire, Daan Fonck and Raphael Métais
14. The EU in the Congolese Police Reform: Structural Diplomacy without Coordination or Alignment? - Arnout Justaert
15. Testing EU Structural Diplomacy: The Challenge of Change in North Africa - Patrick Holden
+ Concluding remarks - Fraser Cameron

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