European Foreign Policies: Does Europe Still Matter?

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The extent of Europe's influence in the twenty-first century is one of the fundamental questions in a rapidly changing world order. How much does Europe still matter in geostrategic affairs? Will the Europeans seek more international clout and be willing to pay the price for it? Above all, will the European-American partnership prosper or weaken? In the only comprehensive study available on the subject, leading international experts explore these vital questions for global peace and security. The book includes authoritative chapters on the foreign policies of the major European countries, of the European Union, and of Europe toward key regions and countries—especially the United States, Russia, China, and the Middle East.

Contributions by: Krzysztof Bobinski, Mark Gilbert, David Shambaugh, Philip Stephens, Paul Taylor, Ronald Tiersky, Nathalie Tocci, John Van Oudenaren, Benedetta Voltolini, and Helga A. Welsh.

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Editorial Reviews

Markus Thiel
This valuable work makes sense of Europe's complex foreign relations. It puts together the play of national interests in EU negotiations, common European ambitions, and Europe's role in international geopolitics. Accessible yet nuanced, the book will appeal to students and scholars of European politics and beyond.
Vivien A. Schmidt
An enlightening book written in an engaging style by an impressive line-up of top experts on the main issues in European foreign policy. This is a must-read for all those who want to understand not only how the European Union works—or not—in the world today but also why it does so.
Sean Kay
This essential book brings together some of the very top experts on European foreign policy. By integrating both European Union and national perspectives on traditional and emerging foreign policy challenges—including security, the financial crisis, energy, and other vital 21st-century issues—this book serves not only to enhance the study of Europe but also to provide a must read for all students of international relations.
Ulrike Guérot
A wonderful overview of the beginnings of the European integration project and the twentieth-century geo-strategy that made 'an ever closer union' emerge as a political goal. The book brilliantly sketches out the new challenges Europe is facing in the new century after the 1989 tectonic shifts in the international system and their impact on the West's security architecture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742557796
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Series: Europe Today Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Tiersky is Joseph B. Eastman '04 Professor of Political Science, Amherst College. John Van Oudenaren is chief of the European Division, Library of Congress, and adjunct professor, BMW Center for German and European Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Europe and the Geopolitical Order
Chapter 2: The European Union as a Foreign Policy Actor: Toward a New Realism
Chapter 3: Europe and the United States: The Obama Era and the Weight of History
Chapter 4: Europe and Russia: Strategic Partnership and Strategic Mistrust
Chapter 5: Europe–China Relations: A Delicate Dance
Chapter 6: Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East: A Story of Concentric Circles
Chapter 7: Europe and Globalization: Internal and External Policy Responses
Chapter 8: France: Nostalgia, Narcissism, and Realism
Chapter 9: The United Kingdom: Old Dilemmas and New Realities
Chapter 10: Germany: Ascent to Middle Power
Chapter 11: Italy: The Astuteness and Anxieties of a Second-Rank Power
Chapter 12: Poland and Eastern Europe: Historical Narrative and the Return to Europe

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