1st Edition

EU Foreign Policymaking and the Middle East Conflict The Europeanization of national foreign policy

By Patrick Müller Copyright 2012
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines the interplay between the national and the European levels in EU foreign policymaking, focusing on the Middle East.

    European engagement in peacemaking in the Middle East dates back to foreign-policy cooperation in the early 1970s. Following the launch of the peace process in 1991, the EU and its Member States further stepped up their involvement in conflict resolution, focusing on one central area of EU engagement – the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This book covers the period from the beginning of the peace process in 1991 until 2008, and focuses on the actions of the big three Member States: Germany, France and the UK.

    Using the Europeanization concept as framework of analysis, the book examines the problematic dynamics between these Member States’ national foreign-policy models and the construction of a common European conflict-resolution policy. It also provides interesting new insights into the EU’s international role and potential, addressing the often neglected question of how Europeanization effects help to mitigate some of the classical limitations of European foreign policymaking.

    The book will be of great interest to students of EU policy, Middle Eastern Politics, peace and conflict resolution, security studies and IR.


    1. Introduction  2. National and EU Foreign Policy  3. Historic Overview: The EU and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict  4. Germany and the EU's Conflict Resolution Policy: From Self-Restraint to Action  5. France and the EU's Conflict Resolution Policy: From Dominance to Constraint  6. The UK: Promoting a Transatlantic Approach to Conflict Resolution  7. The Europeanization of National Foreign Policy


    Patrick Müller is a Research Fellow at the Institute for European Integration Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna. He has a Phd in Political Science from the University of Vienna.