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An Introduction to European Foreign Policy

2nd Edition

By Fraser Cameron


300 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This text is the best introduction to the history, institutions, actors, processes and challenges of European Foreign Policy. This 2nd edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect the substantial changes to European Foreign Policy as a result of the Lisbon Treaty and other significant changes in European and global politics.

New material for this edition includes:

  • detailed analysis of the changes brought about by the Lisbon treaty including the new High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the new EU External Action Service
  • changing transatlantic relations since the election of President Obama
  • expanded discussion of the European and Security Defence missions in Afghanistan, Kosovo and elsewhere
  • an assessment of the impact of the relations between the EU and its three strategic partners – China, India and Japan –as well as ASEAN and the new FTA with Korea
  • evaluation of the global financial crisis on the EU, examining EU’s external relations within the context of a rapidly changing global power structure.

With clearly illustrated up-to-date case studies, covering major issues such as Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Iran, each chapter includes key questions and suggestions for further reading. As such, An Introduction to European Foreign Policy continues to be essential reading for all students of European and international politics as well as those who wish to become involved in the external relations of the EU.


'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

Table of Contents

1. A Strange Superpower 2. From EPC to CFSP 3. The EU Foreign Policy Machinery 4. The European External Action Service (EEAS) 5. The Member States 6. The Defence Dimension 7. Transatlantic Relations 8. The Neighbourhood 9. The Balkans and Turkey 10. The EU and Asia 11. Development Policy 12. Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management 13. Tackling Terrorism 14. Future Prospects

About the Author

Fraser Cameron is one of the foremost experts on the external relations of the EU and has published widely on all aspects of European foreign policy. A former British diplomat and EU official, he is an adjunct professor at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, a senior advisor to the European Policy Centre and Director of the EU-Russia Centre and the EU–Asia Centre.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General