EU Diplomacy: From Theory to Actor
Topics to be covered in lectures:
* the nature, and national origins, of foreign policy think-tank input
* the disparity in disposable military force between the US and EU and its effect on policy
* the Habermasian concept of 'civilised discourse' in an increasingly brutal world: can we be civilised and influential?
the current level of staffing, expertise and independence of EU diplomacy
* individual Member States and their diplomatic priorities.
Students will be marked on:
* participation in class discussion 40%
* essay - to be determined 50%
Students should read around the subject, through newspapers, periodicals and learned magazines, as well as the set texts.
Library ref. Author/Editor Title Page/Chapter
327/.2 Berridge Diplomacy – Theory and Practice Chaps. 1, 7
327/.4 Bretherton The European Union as a Global Actor Chaps 1, 7, 8
327/496/.4 Duke/Jenson Europe Bound pp. 55-86
- Horvath Handbook on the European Union Chaps. 9, 23
(2nd English edition – publication due October/November)
327/.4 Peters A Common Foreign Policy for Europe? pp. 41-76
327/.4 Smith Europe’s Foreign and Security Policy pp.209-238
1st lecture - guide to the reading expectations for the course
2nd lecture - Berridge Chapters 1 and 7 – reading
- the functions and possibilities of diplomacy
- the shape and functions of an embassy
3rd lecture - Bretherton – the EU as a global actor – reading
- can a body like the EU be an effective actor?
- US is from Mars, EU from Venus
4th lecture - Horvath Chapter 9 – reading
- an international personality through trade and development?
- limits to economic leverage – Iran, Palestine, Balkans
5th lecture - Peters – A Common Foreign Policy for Europe? – reading
- Horvath Chapter 23
- can the EU build a foreign policy?
- are the institutional and psychological constraints too much? Core groups, QMV
6th lecture - Peters, pages 59-76 – reading
- the institutions and their limits
- can the world wait while the EU constructs its CFSP? (Iraq, bilateral actions by UK, France)
7th lecture - Duke – lessons for EU conflict management – reading
- the first trial of strength – or the last?
- the seamless web: can the EU develop it?
8th lecture - no new reading but re-read Horvath Chapter 23
- discussion: will the failure/delay in implementing the Constitutional Treaty make a real difference to the development of CFSP?
9th lecture - no new reading but re-read Berridge Chapter 7
- EU diplomacy: a look at EU representation from Member States to Australia via Washington, Africa and Asia
- function of EU missions
- effectiveness of EU diplomats – training, backup, etc.
- the functions of Head Office – mixed signals
10th lecture - no new reading
- EU diplomacy: the procedural trap, the experience gap, the horror of war
- why Prodi was right in wanting to scrap the barriers
- the Constitution’s provisions: too little, too late?
11th lecture - no new reading.
- discussion: a new Convention gathers – should you be nominated to represent a Member State, what would you propose for the foreign policy function?
12th lecture - no new reading
- discussion: class input on the course – ideas for improving, extending the topic.