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The EU as a Global Player

The Politics of Interregionalism, 1st Edition

Edited by FREDRIK SODERBAUM, Luk Van Langenhove


148 pages

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A new look at the European Union's role as a global actor, with special focus on the theme of interregionalism in its relations with key regions around the world: Africa, Asia, South America, North America and Central-Eastern Europe.

This new collection clearly shows how, since the end of the Cold War, the European Union has gradually expanded its external relations and foreign policies and become a global actor in world politics. During the last decade interregionalism has become a key component of the EU’s external relations and foreign policies. In fact, the EU has quickly become the hub of a large number of interregional arrangements with a number of regions around the world. Promoting regional and interregional relations not only justifies and enhances the EU’s own existence and efficiency as a global ‘player’, the strategy also promotes the legitimacy and status of other regions, giving rise to a deepening of cross-cutting interregional relations in trade and economic relations, political dialogue, development cooperation, cultural relations and security cooperation.

This book was previously published as a special issue of the leading Journal of European Integration.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The EU as a Global Actor and the Role of Interregionalism 2. A Triumph of Realism over Idealism? Cooperation Between the European Union and Africa 3. The European dialogue with the MERCOSUR: a relationship based on strategic and neo-liberal principles 4. New Interregionalism?: The EU and East Asia 5. The Limits of Interregionalism: The EU and North America 6. The EU and Central and Eastern Europe: The Absence of Interregionalism 8. EU as a Global Actor and the Dynamics of Interregionalism: a Comparative Analysis

About the Editors

Fredrik Söderbaum is Associate Professor at the Department of Peace and Development Research, Göteborg University (Padrigu) and an Associate Research Fellow at the United Nations University/Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU/CRIS).

Luk van Langenhove is Professor and Director of the United Nations University/Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU/CRIS).

About the Series

Journal of European Integration Special Issues

The Journal of European Integration book series is designed to make the Special Issues accessible to a wider audience. All of the themes covered by the Special Issues and the series are carefully selected with regard to the topicality of the questions addressed in the individual volumes, as well as to the quality of the contributions. The result is a series of books that are sufficiently short to appeal to the curious reader, but that also offer ample depth of analysis to appeal to the more specialist reader, with contributions from leading academics.

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