An Introduction to European Foreign Policy
Routledge – 2007 – 280 pages
Written by a Brussels insider, this book examines the origins, workings and priorities of the European Union’s foreign policy and its role in world politics, arguing that the EU has become a new and increasingly influential superpower.
This concise introduction reviews the evolution of the EU’s international role over the past two decades and illustrates the growing influence of the EU in traditional areas such as trade and development, as well as new areas such as the environment and global governance. The development of the EU’s military capabilities is also assessed as is its wide range of relationships with key actors (US, China, Russia) and regions (Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa) around the globe. With clearly illustrated up-to-date case studies, covering major issues such as Iraq and Iran, each chapter includes key questions and suggestions for further reading.
An Introduction to European Foreign Policy will be of great interest to students of European and international politics and for the general reader.
'An extremely useful and comprehensive overview of the current state of European foreign policy written in an accessible style by an experienced practioner with an excellent understanding of what is required in an introductory academic text.' - David Allen, Loughborough University, UK
'Much writing on European Foreign Policy falls into one of two camps. Either the account is bedeviled by an over preoccupation with detail or empirical reality is bypassed in favour of self referential theoretical debates. By contrast, Fraser Cameron drawing on his extensive experience as a practitioner has given us a masterly and wholly accessible account of the evolution of European Foreign Policy which will be required reading on EU courses.' - William E Paterson O.B.E., University of Birmingham, UK
On the eve of another crucial step on the long march towards a more robust European Union foreign policy capability under whatever form of new Treaty this book provides an excellent insider account - it describes in a pedagogic fashion the strength, the shortcomings and the organizational complexities of the EU's external action today. The book will be invaluable for all students engaged in European studies.' - Günter Burghardt - Ambassador (ret.), Visiting professor at the College of Europe and the University of Ghent, Belgium
1. A Strange Superpower 2. From EPC to CFSP 3. The Foreign Policy Machinery 4. Old and New Member States 5. The Defence Dimension 6. Transatlantic Relations 7. The Neighbourhood 8. The Balkans and Turkey 9. The EU and Asia 10. Development Policy 11. Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management 12. Tackling Terrorism. Conclusion. Future Prospects. Glossary