The European Union as a Diplomatic Actor

Joachim Koops
Gjovalin Macaj

The volume assesses the European Union (EU) as a 'Diplomatic Actor' in key foreign policy fields in the post-Lisbon era. It brings together leading scholars and practitioners in order to examine the main players, processes and outcomes of the EU's collective diplomatic engagement in the fields of security, human rights, trade and finance and environmental politics.

The IES book series “The European Union in International Affairs”, aims to be a central resource for the growing community of scholars and policy-makers interested in understanding the interface between the EU and international affairs. It provides in-depth, cutting-edge contributions to research on the EU in international affairs by highlighting new developments, insights, challenges and opportunities.

'Relatively little is known about the processes, policies and outcomes of the EU's diplomatic action. This volume is a worthy attempt to address these lacunae. Contributions from seasoned academics and practitioners ensure its relevance and timeliness across an engaging selection of foreign policy fields. For anyone interested in the scope, nature and impact of the EU in the world, this is a 'must-read.''— Simon Duke, Professor at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), Maastricht, Netherlands

Written by a team of leading scholars and practitioners, this is a refreshing account of the EU as a diplomatic actor. Mixing empirical data with theory, it opens the black box of the EU foreign policy-making and provides new food for thought about the diplomatic challenges of a non-statist polity.'— Christian Lequesne, Professor at CERI and Sciences Po, Paris.

Prof. Dr. Joachim A. Koops is Dean of Vesalius College and Research Professor at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Dr. Gjovalin Macaj is a Senior Associate Researcher at IES and is currently reading for a DPhil at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.