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Working inside out: what role for Special Envoys in the European External Action Service?

24 January 2011
Cornelius Adebahr (Political analyst and entrepreneur working on European foreign policy; Associate in the Europe Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Associate Fellow of the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP))


The creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in December 2010 is about to fundamentally alter the way the EU conducts its foreign policy, raising important issues about the future role of the EU Special Representatives (EUSRs). Cornelius Adebahr in this Policy Brief, questions the actions taken so far by High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, looks at the immediate challenges to the EUSR mandates, and outlines criteria for a strategic use of the EUSRs as an effective instrument of a strong diplomatic service.

Working inside out: what role for Special Envoys in the European External Action Service?

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