The European Union as a Diplomatic Actor
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'This pioneering overview of the European Union's (EU's) hybrid and multi-level system of diplomacy is written for and by scholars as well as practitioners. Covering EU representation in a broad range of world regions, international forums and burning issue areas, the contributions not only analyse in depth the challenges facing EU diplomacy, but also offer useful suggestions for future improvements.'
Christer Jönsson, Professor Emeritus, Lund University, Sweden
'Relatively little is known about the processes, policies and outcomes of the EU's diplomatic action. This volume is a worthy attempt to address these lacunae. Contributions from seasoned academics and practitioners ensure its relevance and timeliness across an engaging selection of foreign policy fields. For anyone interested in the scope, nature and impact of the EU in the world, this is a 'must-read.''Simon Duke, Professor at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), Maastricht, Netherlands
'Written by a team of leading scholars and practitioners, this is a refreshing account of the EU as a diplomatic actor. Mixing empirical data with theory, it opens the black box of the EU foreign policy-making and provides new food for thought about the diplomatic challenges of a non-statist polity.'
Christian Lequesne, Professor at CERI and Sciences Po, Paris
'Based on contributions by an excellent international team consisting of both senior and junior academics as well as knowledgeable practitioners, this incisive volume both fills a vacuum and provides the most up to date overview of the growing role of the EU as a diplomatic actor in the post-Lisbon era.'Walter Carlsnaes, Senior Professor (emeritus), Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden
'The volume provides a timely and comprehensive overview of the EU's growing role as a diplomatic actor, covering policies, processes and outcome in key foreign policy fields. It is one of the first attempts to systematically evaluate the build-up of the EU's diplomatic capacity in the post-Lisbon era and is therefore a must-read for all interested in recent changes in EU diplomatic actorness. I find the volume's ambition to link the changing diplomatic role of the EU to the changing nature of modern diplomacy especially interesting.'
Ole Elgström, Professor of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden'As one of the most complex and constantly evolving international actors on the planet, the EU poses a major challenge for those interested in understanding its global purpose and political capabilities. Different perspectives and conceptual tools are often necessary to complete the picture, and this volume combines both in a wide-ranging treatment of how the EU behaves as a diplomatic actor. It also draws upon insights from both practitioners and scholars to explain the considerable variance across different EU foreign policy domains despite the best efforts of the EU to make itself more coherent.'
Michael E. Smith, Professor and Chair in International Relations, University of Aberdeen, Scotland'This volume underlines that the role of the EU within the emerging multipolar and fragmented world is slowly gaining in importance after the Treaty of Lisbon (2009) - despite external obstacles as well as internal deficits of consistency and coherence. The action of the EU as an unprecedented diplomatic actor and of the EEAS are analysed in an accurate and comprehensive way in the main policy fields of trade, human rights, climate change, and finance; with special attention given to the EU's impact within multilateral organizations and regimes. This panel of contributors offers fresh analyses and contributes to enriching the literature on a crucial issue in EU studies and international relations.'
Mario Telò, Emeritus President IEE, Professor of International Relations at ULB and LUISS, Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences