The EU's Foreign Policy What Kind of Power and Diplomatic Action?

Eds. Mario TELO, Frederik PONJAERT
The Globalisation, Europe, Multilateralism Series

Commentators have often projected their own hopes and fears onto the EU and its Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Does the EU, in its foreign policy aspects, represent a “post-modern” world of persuasion and public-spirited action or is it just a hapless would-be state that has to appeal to the United States, as in Bosnia and Libya, to act effectively? The contributors to The EU’s Foreign Policy – from Europe and the three most important Asian countries – reject this simplistic dichotomy, exploring how EU policy actually functions and describing its contributions to modifications in the structure of world politics. How the influence of the EU can be maintained despite financial crisis and long-term recession, and increasing German dominance, remains a major question, not resolved but illuminated by this thoughtful volume.’– Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University, USA
‘The EU’s Foreign Policy is a welcome addition to the literature on EU foreign policy, as it critically assesses the changes that have been implemented since the Lisbon Treaty entered into force, and considers the EU’s influence in the increasingly multipolar world of the 21st century. The contributors are all highly respected
experts, and include academics from well beyond the EU’s borders. Highly recommended.’ – Karen E. Smith, London School of Economics, UK

A very timely and topical volume concerned with the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the European Union’s (EU) capacity to further develop a distinctive foreign policy in accordance with the various policy instruments necessary to fulfill its role as a global actor. This edited volume brings together a host of scholars in the fields of European Studies and International Relations whose contributions offer both innovative theoretical perspectives and new empirical insights.

Contents: Foreword, Pierre Vimont; Introduction, Mario Telò; Part I The EU: a Controversial Global Political Actor Within an Emergent Multipolar World: The EU and the evolving shift of power in global governance, Andrew Gamble; The EU: a civilian power’s diplomatic action after the Lisbon Treaty. Bridging internal complexity and international convergence, Mario Telò; The Lisbon Treaty, CSDP and the EU as a security actor, Jolyon Howorth.
Part II After the Lisbon Treaty: the Common Foreign Security Policy and the European External Action Service: The European External Action Service: can a new institution improve the coherence of the EU foreign policy?, Christian Lequesne; The EEAS and EU executive actors within the foreign policy-cycle, Caterina Carta; The challenge of coherence and consistency in EU foreign policy, Hartmut Mayer.

Part III Assessing CFSP and the EU’s External Relations in Action: Near and Far Abroad: The European neighbourhood policy and the challenge of the Mediterranean southern rim, Richard Gillespie; Inter-regionalism as a coherent and intelligible instrument in the EU foreign policy toolbox: a comparative assessment, Frederik Ponjaert; The EU strategic partnerships: process and purposes, Giovanni Grevi; The efficacy of post-Lisbon Treaty EU’s external actions and China-EU strategic partnership, Chen Zhimin; The efficiency of EU external action and the institutional evolution of EU-Japan political relations, Hidetoshi Nakamura; The efficiency of the EU’s external actions and the EU-India relationship, Ummu Salma Bava; Bibliography; Index.