EU Global Strategy and Diplomacy

In the article 'The EU Global Strategy and diplomacy' Mai'a K. Davis Cross argues that diplomacy is one of the clear strengths of the EU Global Strategy. Cross specifically focuses on the implications for EU diplomacy in the strategy in this contribution to the Contemporary Security Policy journal. 


The new EU Global Strategy has significant implications for EU diplomacy, in terms of both goals and means. This article first analyses the timing of the strategy as an exercise in diplomacy in its own right. Second, it argues that the strategy outlines a more expansive and noticeably more smart power-oriented approach to diplomacy in practical terms. Finally, it notes that the strategy has a new meta-narrative for EU diplomacy, which seeks to project a blend of both realistic assessment and idealistic aspiration.

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Mai'a K. Davis Cross 

The EU Global Strategy and Diplomacy

Contemporary Security Policy, Volume 37, 2016 - Issue 3, Pages 402-413


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