Europe in the World

EU Foreign Policy and Global Governance Forum


The European External Action Service and the United Nations: a missed opportunity for self-promotion
16 May 2011
Megan Kenna (External authors)

In this commentary, Megan Kenna argues that the EEAS should better develop its public diplomacy in the wake of its upgraded status at the United Nations.


The EU's External Action Service: new actor on the scene
28 January 2011
Graham Avery (Senior Adviser to EPC on EU enlargement policy)

In this commentary, Senior Adviser Graham Avery considers the potential and problems of the arrival of the EEAS.


Upgrading the EU's role as global actor
25 January 2011
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

In response to globalisation and the new multi-polar balance of power, a new book by a team of Brussels and Leuven-based researchers argues that the EU should build up a world-class diplomatic corps, capable of becoming a major actor in global affairs, drawing on the enabling provisions contained in the Treaty of Lisbon.


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))

With the creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in December 2010, this Policy Brief by Cornelius Adebahr questions the actions taken so far and 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.


Entering the end game: the race for Caspian gas
27 October 2010
Borut Grgic (External authors) and Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

“Oil is money, gas is politics” is the theme of this commentary by Amanda Paul and Borut Grgic.


The EU as a counter-terrorism actor abroad: finding opportunities, overcoming constraints
27 September 2010
Erik Brattberg (External authors), Mark Rhinard (Senior Adviser to EPC on societal security issues) and Peter Wennerholm (External authors)

Issued shortly after the anniversary of 9/11 and with renewed interest in how the new European External Action Service will change the EU’s foreign affairs priorities, this EPC Issue Paper by Peter Wennerholm, Erik Brattberg and Mark Rhinard, of The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, discusses the EU’s role in preventing the growth of counter-terrorism abroad in five key countries, where the security situation remains fragile.


EU Strategic Partnerships: are they worth the name?
15 September 2010
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

On the eve of the European Council, called to discuss the Union’s foreign policy and in particular its relations with individual ‘partners’ (China, the BRICS, etc.), this commentary by Rosa Balfour questions whether strategic partnerships are worth keeping in their current shape.


Europe's contribution to anti-corruption efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa
31 March 2010
John T. Kaninda (External authors) and Stefan Schepers (Secretary General of independent tripartite High Level Group on Innovation Policy Management)

Following on from the publication of the World Bank Report on ‘quiet corruption in Africa’ this EPC Policy Brief says corruption is costing African economies $148 billion a year as lax regulations allow socially-irresponsible European companies to milk many Sub-Saharan African countries of their assets.


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