Learning to Talk the Talk: Re-Appraising the External Perspective in the EU’s Foreign Policy
CEU Political Science Journal, vol. 8, no. 3, 2013, 296-322
27 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2013
Date Written: 2013
How can the European Union (EU) remain a relevant and effective power in a multipolar world? Past studies have sought to address such questions through a focus on the internal constraints the EU faces in its foreign policy. Instead we propose leaving the beaten path by stressing the need for a stronger inclusion of the external perspective in the EU’s foreign policy. This need, we argue, becomes increasingly important in a multipolar world as peripheral countries find themselves in a position to side by whichever power presents the most interesting proposition. In a case study on the EU’s relations with Kazakhstan we will demonstrate in more detail how the presence of (re-)emerging powers brings new challenges to the front for the EU. Challenges which can best be dealt with by having a good knowledge about what attracts or detracts.
Keywords: European Union, Kazakhstan, multipolar politics, outside-in perspective
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