Smith, Karen E

Professor Karen E Smith  

Department

Position held

Professor of International Relations

 

Experience keywords:

EU-UN relations; European Union foreign policy; genocide; human rights and foreign policy; mass atrocity prevention

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My main area of research has been the 'international relations of the European Union'. Initially, I was principally interested in analysing and explaining why a collectivity of states, the EU, has formulated and implemented common policies towards other countries and in the international system - overcoming numerous obstacles to inter-state cooperation in order to do so. I have since been exploring what kind of policy the EU's foreign policy system produces and related issues of consistency, coherence and effectiveness of EU foreign policy. In particular, I have examined the EU's pursuit of so-called 'ethical' foreign policy goals such as promoting human rights and democracy.

More recently, I have pursued my interest in ethical foreign policy, and tried to explain policy-making within European states regarding genocide. My most recent book is Genocide and the Europeans (Cambridge University Press, 2010). I am currently pursuing several research questions arising from that book.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Europe

Languages:

French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Italian [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Spanish [Spoken: Basic, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6332

Publications

2016

Smith, Karen E. and Laatikainen, Katie Verlin (2016) Without EU clout, how would the UK fare at the United Nations? LSE BrexitVote Blog (8 Mar 2016) Blog entry

Smith, Karen E. (2016) Group politics in the debates on gender equality and sexual orientation discrimination at the United Nations The Hague Journal of Diplomacy. ISSN 1871-1901

2015

Smith, Karen E. (2015) Strengthening policies to protect human rights and prevent genocide LSE Research Festival 2015, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Smith, Karen E. (2015) Mass atrocity prevention: forever elusive or potentially achievable? Politics and Governance, 3 (3). 1-4. ISSN 2183-2463

Smith, Karen E. (2015) The EU and democracy promotion, five years on from the Arab Spring: no time for celebration The European Financial Review (20 Oct 2015)

Smith, Karen E. (2015) Would Brexit spell the end of European defence? LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (2 Jul 2015) Blog entry

De Franco, Chiara and Meyer, Christoph O. and Smith, Karen E. (2015) Living by example? the European Union and the implementation of the responsibility to protect (R2P) JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 53 (5). 994-1009. ISSN 0021-9886

2014

Smith, Karen E. (2014) The EU as a diplomatic actor in the field of human rights In: Koops, Joachim and Macaj, Gjovalin, (eds.) The European Union as a Diplomatic Actor. The European Union in international affairs. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, 155-177. ISBN 9781137356840

Smith, Karen E. (2014) Is the European Union’s soft power in decline? Current History, 113 (761). 104-109. ISSN 0011-3530

Smith, Karen E. (2014) The UK and ‘genocide’ in Biafra Journal of Genocide Research, 16 (2-3). 247-262. ISSN 1462-3528

Smith, Karen E. (2014) European union foreign policy in a changing world 3rd, Polity Press, London, UK. ISBN 9780745664705

2013

Meyer, Christoph and Smith, Karen E. and De Franco, Chiara and Peral, Luis and Strauss, Ekkehard (2013) The EU and the prevention of mass atrocities: an assessment of strengths and weaknesses Budapest Centre, Budapest, Hungary. ISBN 9789630859714

Smith, Karen E. (2013) Can the European Union be a pole in a multipolar world? The International Spectator, 48 (2). 114-126. ISSN 0393-2729

Smith, Karen E. (2013) Acculturation and the acceptance of the Genocide Convention Cooperation and Conflict, 48 (3). 358-377. ISSN 0010-8367

Smith, Karen E. (2013) The European Union and the politics of legitimisation at the United Nations European Foreign Affairs Review, 18 (1). 63-80. ISSN 1384-6299

2011

Smith, Karen E. (2011) Enlargement, the neighbourhood and European order In: Hill, Christopher, (ed.) International Relations and the European Union. The new European Union series . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199544806

Smith, Karen E. (2011) Book review: European neighbourhood policy in perspective: context, implementation and impact - by Richard G. Whitman and Stefan Wolff (editors) West European Politics, 34 (2). 434-435. ISSN 0140-2382

2010

Smith, Karen E. (2010) Genocide and the Europeans Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521133296

Smith, Karen E. (2010) The European Union at the Human Rights Council: speaking with one voice but having little influence Journal of European Public Policy, 17 (2). 224-241. ISSN 1350-1763

Smith, Karen E. (2010) European Union and the role of the Human Rights Council EXPO/B/DROI/2010/06, PE 433.870. European Parliament, Belgium.

2009

Smith, Karen E. (2009) The Justice and Home Affairs policy universe: some directions for further research Journal of European Integration, 31 (1). 1-7. ISSN 0703-6337

Smith, Karen E. (2009) The EU in the world: future research agendas In: Egan, Michelle and Nugent, Neill and Paterson, William E., (eds.) Research Agendas in Eu Studies: Stalking the Elephant. Palgrave Macmillan, 329-353. ISBN 9780230555242

Smith, Karen E. (2009) Book review: ethical dimensions of the foreign policy of the European Union: a legal appraisal – edited by Urfan Khaliq European Law Journal, 15 (6). 809-811. ISSN 1351-5993

2008

Smith, Karen E. (2008) European Union foreign policy in a changing world 2nd, Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745640174

Smith, Karen E. (2008) EU foreign policy and Asia In: Balme, Richard and Bridges, Brian, (eds.) Europe-Asia Relations: Building Multilateralisms. Palgrave, Basingstoke, UK, 47-65. ISBN 9780230550674

2007

Smith, Karen E. (2007) The role of democracy assistance in future EU external relations In: van Doorn, Marieke and von Meijenfeldt, Roel, (eds.) Democracy, Europe's Core Value? on the European Profile in World-Wide Democracy Assistance. Eburon, Delft, Netherlands, 129-137. ISBN 9789059721340

Smith, Karen E. (2007) The limits of "proactive cosmopolitanism": EU policy towards Burma, Cuba and Zimbabwe In: Elgstrom, Ole and Smith, Michael, (eds.) The European Union’s Roles in International Politics: Concepts and Analysis. ECPR Studies in European Political Science. Routledge, London, UK, 155-171. ISBN 9780415459990

2006

Smith, Karen E. (2006) Whither the CFSP after the demise of the Constitution? European Newsletter, March/. 1-2.

Laatikainen, Katie Verlin and Smith, Karen E., eds (2006) The European Union at the United Nations: Intersecting multilateralisms Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics. Palgrave, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 1403995346

Smith, Karen E. (2006) The outsiders: the European neighbourhood policy In: Balzacq, Thierry and Carrera, Sergio, (eds.) Security Versus Freedom? a Challenge for Europe's Future. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK. ISBN 9780754648321

Smith, Karen E. (2006) The EU and Central and Eastern Europe: the absence of inter-regionalism In: Söderbaum, Fredrik and van Langenhove, Luk, (eds.) The Eu as a Global Player: the Politics of Interregionalism. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415463904

Laatikainen, Katie Verlin and Smith, Karen E. (2006) Introduction – the European Union at the United Nations: leader, partner or failure? In: Laatikainen, Katie Verlin and Smith, Karen E., (eds.) The European Union at the United Nations: Intersecting Multilateralisms. Palgrave studies in European Union politics. Palgrave, Basingstoke, UK, 1-24. ISBN 1403995346

Taylor, Paul (2006) The EU in Geneva: coordinating policy in the economic and social arrangements of the United Nations system In: Laatikainen, Katie Verlin and Smith, Karen E., (eds.) The European Union at the United Nations: Intersecting Multilateralisms. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, England, 133-153. ISBN 9781403995346

Smith, Karen E. and Bicchi, Federica and Whitman, Richard (2006) International politics and European states In: Heywood, Paul. M and Jones, Erik and Rhodes, Martin and Sedelmeier, Ulrich, (eds.) Developments in European Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 35-53. ISBN 9780230000407

Smith, Karen E. (2006) The European Union, human rights and the United Nations In: Laatikainen, Katie Verlin and Smith, Karen. E, (eds.) The European Union at the United Nations: Intersecting Multilateralisms. Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 154-174. ISBN 9781403995346

Smith, Karen E. (2006) Speaking with one voice? European Union co-ordination on human rights issues at the United Nations Journal of Common Market Studies, 44 (1). 113-137. ISSN 1468-5965

2005

Youngs, Richard and Emerson, Michael and Smith, Karen E. and Whitman, Richard (2005) New terms of engagement Foreign Policy Centre, London, UK. ISBN 9781903558546

Smith, Karen E. (2005) Engagement and conditionality: incompatible or mutually reinforcing? In: Youngs, Richard and Emerson, Michael and Smith, Karen E. and Whitman, Richard, (eds.) New Terms of Engagement. Foreign Policy Centre, London, UK, 23-29. ISBN 9781903558546

Alden, Christopher and Smith, Karen E. (2005) Strengthening democratic structures and processes in Africa: a commentary on the role of the European Union. In: Os Desafios das Relações Europa-África: Uma Agenda de Prioridades (The Challenges of Europe-Africa Relations: An Agenda of Priorities), 23-24 October 2003, Lisbon, Portugal

Smith, Karen E. (2005) Enlargement and European order In: Hill, Christopher and Smith, Michael, (eds.) International Relations and the European Union. New European Union series. Oxford University Press, Oxford; New York, 270-291. ISBN 9780199273485

Smith, Karen E. (2005) Beyond the civilian power debate Politique Europeénne, 1 (17). 63-82. ISSN 1623-6297

Smith, Karen E. (2005) The EU and Central and Eastern Europe: the absence of interregionalism Journal of European Integration, 27 (3). 347-364. ISSN 0703-6337

Smith, Karen E. (2005) The outsiders: the European neighbourhood policy International Affairs, 81 (4). 757-773. ISSN 0020-5850

2004

Smith, Karen E. and Sjursen, Helene (2004) Justifying EU foreign policy: the logics underpinning EU enlargement In: Christiansen, Thomas and Tonra, Ben, (eds.) Rethinking Eu Foreign Policy. Europe in change. Manchester University Press, Manchester, 126-141. ISBN 0719060028

Smith, Karen E. (2004) The ACP in the European Union's network of regional relationships: still unique or just one in the crowd? In: Arts, K. and Dickson, A., (eds.) European Union Development Cooperation. Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK, 60-79.

Smith, Karen E. (2004) The European Parliament and human rights: norm entrepreneur or ineffective talking shop? Dossier El Parlamento Europeo en la Política Exterior, PE 11/2004. Institut Universitari d'Estudis Europeus, Barcelona, Spain.

Smith, Karen E. (2004) The making of EU foreign policy: the case of Eastern Europe 2nd, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York. ISBN 9781403917188

2003

Smith, Karen E. (2003) EU external relations In: Cini, Michelle, (ed.) European Union Politics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 229-245. ISBN 0199248362

Smith, Karen E. (2003) Understanding the European foreign policy system Contemporary European History, 12 (2). 239-254. ISSN 0960-7773

Smith, Karen E. (2003) The European Union: a distinctive actor in international relations The Brown Journal of World Affairs, 9 (2). 103-113. ISSN 1080-0786

Smith, Karen E. (2003) The evolution and application of EU membership conditionality In: Cremona, Marise, (ed.) The Enlargement of the European Union. Collected courses of the academy of European law (12). Oxford University Press, Oxford, 105-140. ISBN 9780199260942

2001

Smith, Karen E. and Light, M, eds (2001) Ethics and foreign policy Cambridge University Press, New York, USA. ISBN 0521804159

Smith, Karen E. and Light, Margot (2001) Introduction In: Smith, Karen E. and Light, Margot, (eds.) Ethics and Foreign Policy. LSE monographs in international studies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1-11. ISBN 9780521009300

Smith, Karen E. (2001) The EU, human rights and relations with third countries: "foreign policy" with an ethical dimension? In: Smith, Karen E. and Light, Margot, (eds.) Ethics and Foreign Policy. LSE monographs in international studies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 185-204. ISBN 9780521009300

Smith, Karen E. (2001) Western actors and the promotion of democracy In: Pravda, Alex and Zielonka, Jan, (eds.) Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe. Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 31-57. ISBN 0199241678

2000

Hill, Christopher and Smith, Karen E., eds (2000) European foreign policy: key documents 1st, Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415158220

Smith, Karen E. (2000) The conditional offer of membership as an instrument of EU foreign policy: reshaping Europe in the EU's image? Marmara Journal of European Studies, 8 (1-2). 33-46. ISSN 1301-1359

Smith, Karen E. (2000) The end of civilian power EU: a welcome demise or cause for concern? International Spectator, 35 (2). 11-28. ISSN 1751-9721

1999

Smith, Karen E. (1999) The making of EU foreign policy: the case of Eastern Europe 1st, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780312215828

1998

Senior Nello, Susan and Smith, Karen E. (1998) The European Union and Central and Eastern Europe: the implications of enlargement in stages Ashgate, Aldershot, UK. ISBN 9781840145144

Smith, Karen E. (1998) The instruments of European Union foreign policy In: Zielonka, Jan, (ed.) Paradoxes of European Foreign Policy. Kluwer, The Hague, The Netherlands, 67-85. ISBN 9789041105714

Smith, Karen E. (1998) The use of political conditionality in the EU's relations with third countries: how effective? European Foreign Affairs Review, 3 (2). 253-274. ISSN 1384-6299

1997

Smith, Karen E. (1997) The EU's peace-making role in Eastern Europe Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 10 (2). 104-121. ISSN 0955-7571

Smith, Karen E. (1997) Regional agencies and the Yugoslav Crisis: the application of Chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter In: Taylor, Paul Graham and Daws, Sam and Adamczick-Gerteis, Ute, (eds.) Documents on Reform of the United Nations. Dartmouth, Aldershot, UK, 393-403. ISBN 9781855217430

1996

Taylor, Paul and Smith, Karen E. (1996) The United Nations (UN) In: Jonson, Lena and Archer, Clive, (eds.) Peacekeeping and the Role of Russia in Eurasia. Westview Press, Boulder, 189-212. ISBN 9780813389585

Smith, Karen E. and Hill, Christopher (1996) Explaining co-operation on an EU foreign policy towards Eastern Europe Quaderni Forum, 10 (1/2). 23-42.

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