Karen E Smith
Polity Press (October 2003)
This book provides a clear introduction to the complexities of contemporary European Union foreign policy, and offers a fresh and distinctive perspective on the nature of the EU's international identity. Opening with a discussion of the Union's evolution as an international actor, Karen Smith goes on to explore how and why it pursues five core foreign policy objectives, namely: the encouragement of regional cooperation; the advancement of human rights; the promotion of democracy and good governance; the prevention of violent conflicts; and the fight against international crime. By analysing the various means it has used to achieve these objectives, she considers the extent to which the EU has pursued these goals consistently. She concludes with an assessment of the EU as a global actor, and the effectiveness of its foreign policy, comparing its activities with those of other international agents pursuing similar objectives.
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