European Union Foreign Policy in a Changing World
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European Union Foreign Policy in a Changing World

  • Publish Date: 2008-08-25
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Karen E. Smith

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The second edition of European Union Foreign Policy in a Changing World provides a clear introduction to the complexities of contemporary European foreign policy and offers a fresh and distinctive perspective on the nature of the EUs international identity. Thoroughly revised and expanded, the book explores how and why the EU tries to achieve five core foreign policy objectives:

  • the encouragement of regional cooperation;

  • the advancement of human rights;

  • the promotion of democracy and good governance;

  • the prevention of violent conflicts; and

  • the fight against international crime, including terrorism.

In pursuing these goals, the book illustrates how the EU is faced with acute policy dilemmas because the five objectives not only clash with each other, but also with additional policy priorities such as securing energy supplies or establishing strategic partnerships with key powers. The uniqueness of the EU as a global actor is carefully assessed, and its key policies and the related dilemmas it faces compared with those of other international actors.

This well-written and thoroughly researched book will be a valuable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of European politics, foreign policy analysis, international relations and related disciplines.

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