The Diplomatic System of the EU

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The course offers valuable insights of the EU diplomatic system and a better understanding of the mechanisms, processes and practices of the EU diplomacy.

 

Course Description

The course examines the scope, nature and impact of the EU’s evolving role as a diplomatic actor after Lisbon. It assesses internal and external aspects of EU diplomacy  in the context of a changing global landscape. It discusses the institutional developments of the EU diplomatic system and examines the main actors, processes and outcomes of the EU’s diplomatic engagement with major players and institutions in the context of global governance.

 

Outline of Thematic Areas

The thematic areas covered in the series of lectures comprise:

1.Internal aspects of the EU diplomacy: institutional and political modus operandi

  • EU diplomatic institutions and foreign policy making in the EU: The agenda-setting roles of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the President of the European Council. The European External Action Service: its structure, its agenda-setting role for EU foreign policy and its diplomatic service to and cooperation with other EU institutions. The development of a European Foreign Service: the structure and the work of the EU delegations around the world. The role of the Seconded National Experts as lobbyists, national insiders and advocates for  EU approaches to foreign policy. The diplomatic role of other diplomats and bureaucrats from within the EU.

2.External Aspects of EU diplomacy

  • Modes of EU representation and processes of EU coordination in international institutions (UN, UN conferences and specialized agencies, other IOs such as IMF, World Bank, WTO etc.); The role of the EU delegations and diplomatic corps for EU communication, political dialogue and outreach activities with IOs and major powers and EU strategic partners. Assessment of the EU diplomatic system.

  

Course material

Main textbook: Mahncke, D. and Gstohl, S. (eds) European Union Diplomacy (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2012).

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