From internal to external EU diplomacy
Mai'a K. Davis Cross discusses how to maximize the potential of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in the magazine Border Crossing. The EU itself is a product of internal diplomacy, and many of its strengths can be applied to EEAS, she argues.
In the brief 'From internal to external diplomacy', Mai'a K. Davis Cross suggests how the EU's internal diplomacy can serve as a model for the new external action service, the EEAS.
Despite the unprecedented nature of the EEAS, policy makers do not have to look far for lessons on how to maximize its potential, Cross writes. The EU itself is a product of internal diplomacy, and many of its strengths can be applied to EEAS. Internal diplomacy – among EU member states themselves – takes place primarily in Brussels where each member state has permanent representation, operating under the umbrella of the Council of the EU. These permanent representatives provide a rich model for sustainable external diplomacy through the new EEAS structure. In particular, expertise, informal meetings, shared professional norms, and common culture are central to the success of the EEAS.
The article is published in the inaugural online edition of Border Crossing, issued by Diplomat Magazine – the first official diplomatic magazine in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Border Crossing, Vol. 1, Issue 1, February 2015